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FUSE 28.1: Spring 2005

SHIFTING THE FRAME

In his 2005 Sate of the Union address, George Bush turned his greedy, oil invested, monopolizing, privatizing, restructuring, war mongering government toward North Korea and Iran, stating that people of these countries, like the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, deserve freedom and democracy.

FUSE 27.4: Winter 2004

We here at FUSE are baffled and deeply disturbed by the results of the US election. We expect the next four years will demonstrate major changes in the way democracy is practiced in the West. If there is any hope to be salvaged from election results it is that the world has become more polarized, and liberalism – the kind of passive fence sitting that we are especially prone to in Canada – will lose its position as a viable political option.

Connecting the articles in this issue is writers’ and artists’ desire to get at the complexities of our situation, to find the spaces in between those that have been institutionally sanctioned and launch them into the public domain.

FUSE 27.3: Fall 2004

TAKING OVER BY SCREEN

Watching CNN, it would be tempting to believe that the Kobe Bryant trial is at least as significant a world event as the American occupation of Iraq. And recent eents in Sudan seem completely off the radar. This is not unlike the Rwanda genocide ten years ago, when 800,000 people being hacked to death with machetes seemed less compelling to the mainstream media than the question of whether OJ Simpson would be found guilty.

FUSE 27.2: Summer 2004

INSTITUTIONAL HAUNTINGS

History, even recent history, has a habit of getting away from us. We lose (and gain) so much from one generation to the next that the horizon of the present can seem like a site of constant struggle.

We are torn between what will be held in our short memories and what will give way to the future. Many of the articles in this issue insist that the things we choose to remember, preserve, or re-invent are crucial to our future. There is a politic to memory that will often fiercely resist forgetting, that will speak up angrily from the margins when it appears to have been all but stamped out. FUSE has long been a place for such voices.

FUSE 27.1: Spring 2004

If this issue is a little bit delayed, the blame can be laid on the board of the Regina Public Library that announced on November 26th that they intend to close the Dunlop Art Gallery and severely cut other library services that they offer to the public. When the press release reached our office, we were well on the way to finalising the content of the issue, almost ready to go to design.

FUSE 26.4: Winter 2003

NEGOTIATING DISSENT

In mid-August, one South Indian and twenty Pakistani men were detained by the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and the RCMP on the basis of visa violations, and jailed on the basis of suspected links to terrorist organizations – Or more likely, prima facie semblance with a terrorist profile. But while RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli was surprisingly quick to acknowledge the lack of evidence linking the men to terror organizations, customs has demonstrated a Bushlike unwillingness to admit that they acted without knowledge or evidence to justify their action. At the time of this writing three men have been ordered released for lack of evidence, but the threat of deportation still looms. As for those still held at the Maplehurst Detention Centre, according to Project Threadbare (a solidarity group working to have the men freed) they have been and continue to be tortured and harassed, reviled as Taliban and Al-Queda by prison guards.

FUSE 26.2: Spring 2003

DEMOCRACIES IMPROVISED

At the heart of all these democracies, and indeed this issue of FUSE, lie questions of democratic participation: What are the questions of our participation, and who frames them? Beyond the radio call-in show, the focus group, the survey, the poll and the vote, where can and do people, as opposed to “the people,” articulate other kinds of participation in the public sphere? How do culutral producers and cultural justice workers articulate their own participation?

FUSE 26.3: Summer 2003

MEMORY AGAINST THE MONUMENT

This issue of FUSE has a number of voices speaking directly about possible pedagogies in the cultural sphere. Our feature roundtable presents a dialogue between Tracey Bowen, Ellen Flanders, Richard Fung, Rogers Simon and Rinaldo Walcott, the organizers of Terms of Address: A Symposium on the Pedagogy and Politics of Film and Video Programming and Curating. In it they reflect upon and debate their impulses to stage a public conversation about practices of presenting film and video as pedagogy, while pushing at what it means for cultural workers to take seriously the pedagogical dimension of their work. Columns by Joseph Rosen and Amish Morrell offer insightful investigations into public commemorative practices and gesture toward the proposed ethical pedagogies of memorial projects. Our artist pages feature Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay’s invitation to revisit the lyrics of Alphaville’s ’80s pop anthem “Forever Young,” an invitation that highlights the role of popular culture as both entertainment and a powerful influence in the formation of political attitudes and identities.

FUSE 26.1: Winter 2003

In times of global crisis – and impending war, driven needlessly forward by the superpower to our south, seems to count – time itself becomes of utmost importance. The rhetoric of immediate action seems to provide not just the sense of urgency that governments employ to push through measures that would be recognized as absurd at any other time, but also the sense of psychological relief that civilians desire to allay doubts and fears about who’s really right, and whose life is really worth “fighting” for.

FUSE 25.4: Winter 2002

25th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

Resisting the impulse to simply stroll down memory lane – to congratulate, archive and reflect on the past – we decided that the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of FUSE required a fgood dose of what is to come. Responding to structural shifts at the magazine, feedback from writers and readers and a some-time reputation for being pessimistic and cynical about our present cultural environment, we thought it an important time to address the great unknown space of contested hopes and fears: this issue of FUSE is dedicated to the future.