FRIDAY Fast Five: Speak on it

This week I am writing about voice. There have been a few events over the last week that have shown how important having a voice is, and on the flipside, how dangerous it can be. With Tusk, a central tenet has always been that this website is a platform for people to share their views. It is a space for us, a space where ourselves and our peers can write about our experiences in the sector while acknowledging that what we do is part of the fabric of wider society. In light of what has happened in Charlottesville this week, we have seen how dangerous an unchecked freedom of speech can be, how dangerous it can be if there is an assumption that a right to speak means a right to attack. 

With this in mind, let's look at some instances where people have spoken, sometimes for the first time.

1. #museumhour, Change Makers and Citizen Curators

This week I had the pleasure of hosting Dr Tehmina Goskar at Te Papa for two workshops and to co-host Museum Hour. The first of her workshops was related to leadership thus inspiring the #museumhour kōrero that occurred on Monday night. This was my first time taking part in a #museumhour and it was such a revelation seeing how quickly and fervently the UK GLAM sector took to the hour-long twitter kōrero. Tehmina had warned that the hour would go by in a blink and she wasn't wrong. What I liked so much about the experience is that not only was there a lot of sharing on experiences but there were also some rather provocative statements shared, if you're on twitter, you should check back on the hashtag.

The following day Tehmina led a workshop on a pilot programme she's establishing in Cornwall that upskills the volunteer base at her museum. There was a really interesting kōrero where people shared their views on what they see their position in the museum to be. It seems like a no-brainer really but it did make me ponder how little we share about our roles, especially given how passionate we all are about our place in the sector. Speak on it whānau, it's a great exercise in reaffirmation.

2. Mata Aho Collective on Contemporary Hum

This was a really interesting read from a panel held as part of the 'Islands on Sale' conference which looks at the differences in support offered to the Collective in contrast to the Venice Biennale. The discrepancies are really stark. Read it, hear it from the panelist's perspectives.

3. Mātakitaki podcast

The first, and likely the only, podcast episode from The Spinoff that provides a platform for Māori voices. I mean, the excitement I had in finally finding the exact kind of podcast I wanted to hear (Māori creative voices unabashedly talking about their experiences in getting their work out with such candid awesomeness) led me to saying that you better bet your fucking kumu that this is all I ever wanted. Well, to buzzkill you, this looks like it will also be the last. Greaaaaatttt. And, typical.

4. Monuments

On the toppling of monuments to some of history's worst losers and why their monuments must fall. Buh-bye.

5. Game of Thrones and White Supremacy

And to end on a fun note (if you watch GOT that is), have a read on this take on the world of Westeros as an analogy for White Supremacy in the US. It's just so good. So hilarious.


Thanks also to Bridget for putting me on to Gay of Thrones, so concise, probably the fastest recap you'll come across.

As I said, we'll keep saying what we want.