“To live in this hell of a world does not trump our capacity to leave a little heaven behind.”
Dr. Cornel West
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Inspired by the 25-year inquiry of the Foundry Theatre, A MOMENT ON THE CLOCK OF THE WORLD is an invitation to consider what it means to make the world… together. It is an anthology of inquiry arising both within and between art and social justice practices, collecting the voices of artists, community organizers, cultural critics, and public intellectuals who worked variously with the Foundry across its history.
The layout of the book follows the Foundry’s long-standing exploration of the provocative relationship between form and content. The text—which begins on the cover—is divided into two discrete sections; the top two-thirds contain each contributor’s chapter, while the bottom of the pages throughout the book hold a history of the company from its founder and leader Melanie Joseph. There is no intentional relationship between the top and bottom, rather the book is designed to to invite the reader to discover and gather shared themes and ideas in any number of ways.
Its title recalls renowned activist and philosopher Grace Lee Boggs’s call for a new kind of activism: “Now is the time on the clock of the world to grow our souls.”
This book gathers together hard-won insights of its “moment,” one that exists on the continuum of ever in the (r)evolutionary human project of making the world.
Contributors (in order of appearance)Melanie Joseph
Carl Hancock Rux
Robin D.G. Kelley
Edited byMelanie Joseph
and David Bruin
Book Design byBenjamin C. English
Associate EditorsMiriam Felton-Dansky
“Below the lofts, gyms, and dog-walking, is a radical history of cultural resistance and wildness. An essential inspiration and document for those interested in curing the gentrification of the mind.”
Nato Thompson author, Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life
“A fascinating testament to the game-changing spirit of one of the most important things to happen to the American theatre. Any artist or producer seeking inspiration or lessons on how to truly shake things up should start here.”
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins playwright, An Octoroon
“ These stunning essays, interviews, incantations, manifestations are by the best radical thinkers in the US. This collection is a manifesto of bold ideas, magic and poetry, a living record of the best of what is still called the “un-American tradition” in theatre, reaching to the very root of why we make theater, and why we keep coming back. Best of all, this book wrenches apart neoliberal notions of what “resistance” truly is, and redefines and recontructs them from the root up. The root is the only place where the radical still lives. And there also lives the Foundry Theatre.”
Naomi Wallace playwright, One Flea Spare
“ Like the Foundry Theatre itself, this gorgeous book is a profound and playful meditation on the relationship between art and politics. It illuminates the history of the Foundry’s paradigm-shifting, twenty-five-year-long artistic experiment. Working with the Foundry taught me how to embrace hope without succumbing to delusion. I hope this book will give to many others what the Foundry gave to me.”
Heidi Schreck playwright, What the Constitution Means to Me