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Re: “Will Redmoon's Great Chicago Fire Festival survive its own plan?

I liked her use of "communal exorcism," which is pretty much what the festival is, but she is dismissive and contemptuous, which is always an obstacle to really looking at something from all perspectives. She voiced the same doubts and concerns we had about the festival really well, on the authenticity and effectiveness of the project, but that's it. She could've done better. She failed to consider or actually go to one of the events (I'm assuming) and see the empowerment that DOES go on with sharing something you've had to overcome with the world. I've seen people go up to the photobooth and tell their hard to tell stories and their friends being proud of them for having the courage to do so. There IS empowerment in simply WANTING to hear someone's story and giving them a platform to share their triumph with others and affirm it to themselves. She says this project represents Chicago as a city of hapless residents, and maybe the actual representation of the stories come 10/4 won't do justice to the people. But what I see at the events when we are actually interacting with anyone who comes across the event (yes, they are actually "ordinary" Chicagoans) and decides to participate are people many of whom are happy to share their stories at this juncture where Redmoon provides a space for reflection on their personal life and a space for personal celebration. Does it solve their problems? No. But I think it is a moment of celebration, and that's what the festival is about.

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Posted by need_to_comment on 08/26/2014 at 12:36 PM

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