Occupy as Form: Megan Lavelle

The Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley is sponsoring the working session “Occupy as Form” on February 10, 2012. Participants have been invited to post some brief thoughts on the topic in advance of the event. This guest posting is by Megan Lavelle, graduate student in Social Practice at California College of the Arts.
Keyword: Consensus / Consentio
              Agreement / Feel better
Defined as “first, general agreement, and second, group solidarity of belief or sentiment.”, consensus has taken on a new, confounded meaning since August. An often times difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming act has produced renewed faith in a participatory system. Every opinion counts, every voice heard. Everyone feels better.We have been activated, informed, enraged.

This movement is fluid. Consistently needing to re-evaluate not only it’s core principles, but also the surrounding world and it’s ebbs and flows. Consensus creates an atmosphere where this fluidity can maintain activation and renewed faith in possibility.