At the beginning of December, PIRG met in Rawberry cafe, Winchester to reflect on what the group had achieved so far and to think about 'what next'? To mark the occasion I offered to create an artists' book. I asked everyone to choose a word/sentence/paragraph from Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space and bring it to the session so that we could form a conversation around it. PIRG started in 2013 as a loosely defined 'reading group' that explored the notion of phenomenology through Bachelard's book. I thought it would be a nice gesture to revisit the text as we reflected on the group's past, present and, hopefully, the future.
The finished book captures the conversations that took place that day. Nothing out of the ordinary happened. We carried on as we have always done, listening, commenting and sharing.
At the end of the session we came to a conclusion that we needed to continue to meet once a month, to use PIRG as a platform to keep developing and exchanging ideas 'slowly' in a gentle and caring environment, which has always been so unique about PIRG. We will explore new methodologies and entertain new research topics. But for now, it is good to know that PIRG will be starting a new chapter in the coming new year.
Below are images of the finished book.
posted by Noriko Suzuki-Bosco