FIELDSTATION TIME / 25-28 april 2019 / in POPPOSITIONS “Capital of Woke” / 8th edition
The 8th edition of POPPOSITIONS revolved around the term “woke” and how its mainstream popularity and increasing application intersects with corporate and capitalist structures. The idea of being woke and wokeness concerns raising social awareness, taking actions in response to dominant paradigms, acknowledging one’s privileges towards understanding the struggles of others, and giving space to social bodies that have been silenced, unacknowledged and underrepresented.
Being woke, let alone becoming woke, is not an easy task, otherwise it would hardly be a topic worth exploring. In addition to empathy, “wokeness” requires people to envision a better world, explore unfamiliar situations, and recognize that people value time differently.