Curated and produced by Megan Arney Johnston
“The world currently sits in an epoch of change, of division, of conflict, of potential re-alignment. More than ever we are in need of saying and hearing: I love you.” –Anne Labovitz
Radical kindness through relational listening is a process embedded in the practice of American artist Anne Labovitz. The I Love You Institute, created in 2018, is an initiative with roots in art and social justice. Resuscitating the power of dialogue and humanity, the work urgently proposes actions and gestures of kindness and connection. We believe by having the ability to say, “I Love You,” as an alternative to division and conflict, we can utilize listening as a method for positive change in humanity. Through a series of events, performances, interventions, and workshops, we are a part of the political movement in contemporary art to resuscitate and facilitate relational dialogue as well as communicating love and radical kindness.
The aim of the I Love You Institute is to facilitate a series of events that emphasizes connecting with each other through creative dialogue. We are action-oriented. We embrace the tension found within conflict and messiness of the world we live in. We will offer participants an opportunity to respond to our world through an act of love and connection. We will support the idea of self care as an act of resistance and for ourselves to be truly seen and heard through an art experience. “The world currently sits in an epoch of change, of division, of conflict. More than ever we need to say and hear I Love You,” Anne Labovitz. The intention will be to create a quiet space in the contemporary sociopolitical storm to connect one-on-one.
The I Love You Institute will undertake varied, yet connected experiences:
- One-off events, performances, and interventions as invited by individuals, groups, and institutions (for example, art museums/art centers, libraries, hospitals, schools);
- As an institute, to conduct small and/or large classes to teach the I Thou philosophy and an art curriculum based on the philosophy created by Labovitz in schools for all levels (with particular interest in teaching artists and students at the University level);
- Networking experiences for those interested in how socially engaged art practices can be expressed through a variety of mediums and approaches.
- Follow up work/engagements can be organized, if desired.
To learn more about the I Love You Institute visit my webpage.