Music Festivals as Community Learning and Development
Chapter 4. A-CLD: Production of Subjectivities in the Festival-Machine
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A-CLD: PRODUCTION OF SUBJECTIVITIES IN THE FESTIVAL-MACHINE
The festival-machine is a particular type of social technology that has played a central role in the production of the folk aesthetic system. The success of A-CLD requires an understanding of the ways culture workers can develop programs that plug into currently existing social flows. While this may seem rather abstract on the surface, I believe it is necessary to develop comfort with this complex language. A-CLD is complex work that requires creativity, healing, confidence development, and capacity building to be successful. Culture workers must navigate individual, social, and economic issues simultaneously and develop an awareness of the continuity that connects individual development to social machines. I draw from the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari to theorize social flows of becoming. They provide a language of complexity that fits with the complex theoretical requirements of A-CLD work. In the next two chapters, I explore a festival as a case study to illustrate the complexity of creativity, healing, and community building that is at the core of successful festivals. In this chapter, I focus on the social machine of the festival structure itself. The festival, built a certain way, can be a social machine for the production of the negation of negation. It can work against the alienation of life under predatory anthropocene and can help people learn about building integrated community spaces that connect to environmental ← 55 | 56 → responsibility. The following...
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