WHAT IS POPc?

POPc creates inspired insights for people through one-to-one conversations with a professional philosopher. Various philosophers participate, and the events are staged in public settings.

There is an Input and an Output. 

I have done the Input part: it is both visual and verbal. I start the conversation off with topical writing and artwork because at some point I realized that philosophy & art-making are really just conversation. When we make art or when we do philosophy what we are doing is taking our own experience of the world and trying to give that to other people. We hand over this little bundle of experience, all packaged nicely and made to export, like a box right out of a factory, and we hope that others get it. They unwrap it, understand it, and appreciate it. In this giving over of that little package, the artist (and philosopher) hopes that others see into the mind of the maker. After they see, they empathize, and they think.

The topics for the conversations periodically change. This is what we call the “input”. Each topic is one that the founder of the organization, Dena Shottenkirk, has both written a book about and made artwork about. They are the start of the conversation. 

POPc has as its main goal the facilitating of conversations. 

The “outputs” are the thoughts of others – the conversation itself. This is the main function of POPc. POPc is a way of drawing attention to those topics and allowing people to add their thoughts. It is building thought. There are two kinds of conversation outputs. Primarily, it is the one-to-one conversations with a philosopher. Secondarily, conversations happen when the artwork itself is borrowed and lived with, and the borrower then gives an interview about the experience. This is the “Lending Library”. This is making artwork a way to have a conversation, instead of a thing owned. 

You can visualize it like this:

By situating POPc events in diverse national and international locales, POPc strives to give people a chance to develop their own thoughts on particular topics. It aims to build responsible citizenship and full humanness through therapeutic self-awareness. 

Change happens because people talk.