R.M. Vaughan’s homes (including my own)
Chair, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Community Services
About the Artist
Ken Moffatt is the Jack Layton Chair, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services as well as Professor of Social Work at Ryerson University. He has recently published Postmodern Social Work focussed on how we face personal and social precariousness due to our neoliberal, capitalist economic and social structures. He considers the effect of information technology and media on our notions of freedom and subjectivity. He engages in an interdisciplinary approach to reflective pedagogy, meaning making, and student engagement with a special interest in the concept of the self. . As Jack Layton Chair, he works to keep alive the legacy of Jack Layton at Ryerson University through a commitment to social democratic ideals, to expanding our understanding of cultural space, and working against social exclusion.
About the Work
This is a memoir/ biography/ photography about RM Vaughan, curator, artist and writer who suicided in the fall, It is about his attachment (and not) to concepts of home. What is there about home that is tied to attachment and marginalization?Home is a space, location marked by physicality to be cherished. This work is site specific to artists homes in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin and yet cosmopolitan in that RM Vaughan fit none of those places. It challenges dominant architectural and social narratives as home as a permanent space rather it can be a liminal space defined by attachment (or lack of attachment), and acceptance. Home is also tied to economic ability to maintain a space as cultural worker become increasingly impoverished.