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F19 UGP-1 Residency has ended

Abenaki Acknowledgement

We acknowledge this land we sit on and the people whose home this is. This land is the land of the aboriginal Abenaki people who have lived here for over 12,900 years. The Abenaki people faced centuries of war and disease stemming from the European invasion, continued eradication pre and post American Revolution and sterilization as a result of the Vermont Eugenics laws in the 20th century. The resilience and strength of the Abenaki people continues to manifest itself today in their protection of the land and their communities. As members of the Missisquoi Tribe of the Abenaki Nation shared with us, “We will always stand up and protect our aboriginal title.


Apocalypse, Futurity, and (Re)Making the World:

Are We at the Beginning, the End or Somewhere Else? 


To see that your life is a story
while you’re in the middle of living it

may be a help to living it well.

-Ursula K. LeGuin


This is a turbulent time for the planet, the United States, and Goddard College. Challenges abound. Uncertainty is commonplace. And we are being asked to (re)consider who we are, what we believe, and what our future will be. 


Our theme for this residency was created as a call to question where you are in any of the particular stories in which you exist and consider how that questioning changes what is possible.  How does your worldview open or foreclose possibilities? What stories have you been holding about where the planet, the United States, and Goddard College are in their life cycles? How do those stories inform your decision-making as a person, community member, artist/writer, scholar, activist, learner, healer, practitioner, etc.? What are the sources of your stories/worldview? How does the location of those sources affect the kinds of stories that appear in and are embraced within those spaces? What makes it possible to think outside of one’s personal story in order to understand other stories? What skills are required in navigating these stories and the worlds they create? 


Keeping these questions in mind and heart, we invite you to utilize the creative and intellectual resources of your degree track to propose answers to the residency theme as well as visions for what the planet, the United States, and/or Goddard College could look like in the future.


A NOTE ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY: To document residency activities, we may take photographs of events. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken, please inform the photographer. If you are photographing people, please check with the group or individuals to see if anyone objects to being photographed.

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Liz Medina

Goddard College
Graduating Student
Growing up around Syracuse, New York, I immersed myself in the local punk and hardcore scene. I’m older now, but while the combat boots and jean jacket spend a lot more time in my closet these days, that culture of critiquing everything which asserted itself as established truth has remained with me...along with the tattoos and some of the piercings. Critiquing everything comes from a place not of apathy but care: we decry the powers that be because we love the world and the possibilities it holds.

Using visual art, social theory, and stories, I examine how capitalism shapes individuals and communities. In turn, I find and provoke subversive subjectivities: workers who are unsatisfied with the regime of work and the division of labor, who demand time for dreams, desires, and discovering new ways to relate to each other and the world. The result is a liberatory aesthetics that asks the audience to critically engage with their relation to production and fight for the freedom to produce and create their own lives.