Family Camping Players and the Art of Technology: Being a Pragmatic Perspective on Anthropocene Parenting Problems
||11 November 2019
||2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
||Toowoomba - Q303, or via Zoom
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Dare parents create a new social order? As the Modern Platform sinks into Anthropocene boglands, it is no longer necessary to convince informed persons that we must do so anyway. Only an art can save us now—technology. The ideology of individualism in the liberal capitalist order has roundly diminished the family unit; yet the reduction of family to nuclear cells has radicalized the educational agency of parents. Potentially. The ends of technological reconstruction cannot sensibly be proposed and discussed until the means—the natural and cultural materials and mechanisms—are sufficiently and widely understood, those ends also are means in creation. This study turns a stream of fresh thought upon stock notions regarding the educational means of modern urban family life by disclosure of a contrasting family situation—one less enclosed by culture and more aesthetically primal: regular low-frills family camping. Augmenting Deweyan pragmatism with research in anthropology, aesthetics, performance, and technology, this study develops a pragmatic characterization of regular low-frills family camping as a technological performance co-created with the gratuitous eloquence and force of the structures of nature. It evokes and elaborates the consummatory alignment of means and ends and thus the potential value of the practice to modern urban dwellers. This clarification of the interacting intervention of physical conditions with evolved human factors helps to reconstruct the status quo.