Fourth Angostura Project meeting
On Thursday December 21st, 2017 at 9am, the research team of the Angostura Projetc (PA), held the fourth review meeting in the temporary FHD venue of Carabobo street, Ciduad Bolivar, Venezuela. The list of attendees included Dr. Francisco Rodríguez, Lic. Fabiola García, Msc. José Toledo, Fisioterapeuta Arturo Briceño, Msc. Fernando Henriquez and Dr. Antonio Salloum.
Dr. Antonio Salloum summarized the justification, organization and objectives of PA stressing the spiral-shape plan, research methodology and social impact. An update on FHD activities was made showing list of Venezuelan Scientific Research Reports, participation in national seminars, organization of workshops on qualitative research methodologies, Portal web creation, publishing of books related to social and politics subjects, radio broadcast productions on education technologies, press releases, meetings with research partners as well as TV broadcast programs participation.
Next, a discussion on the research methodology and paradigm options took place. MSc. Fernando Henríquez considers it is important to review the environment concept and the problem of the city. The city is an environmental problem influenced by space distribution, decision making processes and food. But this is a political problem too. To answer the question How is the city?, a paradigm must be selected a priori. What is the PA paradigm?. An initial category must be chosen to proceed further. What are we looking for? A political concept of the urban problem is required. And the urban problem is also influenced by economy and technology as well. Dr. Francisco Rodríguez considers the PA questions are a productive methodology resource to start the study of the city. Science and knowledge meet in a crossroad defined by people interpretation. Hence, it is key to capture what people think about the city. People answers are based on people experiences and it implies multiple paradigm options: ethnographic, phenomenological, critical interpretation and dialectics. To approach the study on the city, the Max Weber suggestion may help: city is the insertion of the citizen in the public space. Lic. Fabiola García replies that absolute truth is not possible but an approximate one, we are human beings immersed in a huge complexity of political, culture, economics and social dimensions, which are interconnected as Edgar Morin states. Then, it is proposed the Social-historical Rebuilding of Subjectivity as the PA paradigm. Msc. José Toledo warns about the contrast with positive paradigm found in other city studies made by scientific organizations which prefers the use of sustainability concept. Dr. Francisco Rodríguez shall detail the Social-historical Rebuilding of Subjectivity paradigm.
At the end, Dr. Antonio Salloum exposed the contribution of technology to the city stressing the artwork of artist Jesús Soto. According to Soto, artwork is science and a demonstrable parallel research about a particular state of the universe. These ideas are still valid with the multiple dimension space derived from Soto´s “Cubo de espacio ambiguo”.
Cubo a espacio ambiguo”. 1960. Acrílico y plexiglás. 240x240x240 cm.
Jesús Soto Modern Art Museum. Ciudad Bolívar.