This is how I, idiosyncratically, conceptualize empathy: as the willingness to meaningfully project my existence beyond its structural confines. Here, empathy is an attempt at awareness that cannot ever capture, nor is it meant to, actual facets of different ways of being. When empathy is effective, it encourages a resonating vulnerability that increases interdependencies. Empathy is a tool to reduce the distance between myself and others.
Empathy is surely not the only tool that can be used to get from me to you, but when it functions in this way, what makes empathy more or less effective? What other tools are either already available or possible to cultivate when I endeavour to understand myself in unfamiliar ways?
I am staking out empathy as an initial position to consider speaking difference from, and in a practical sense I have to come to terms with what it might mean to apply empathy to my own curatorial methodologies. Maybe it’s like this at the beginning of any investigation, but I’m not sure at all how to instigate an empathic curatorial practice, nor even if empathy is capable of the things I hope it is, but empathy is my hypothesis.