As is so often the case for a mind slowing down, things only acquire full sense and meaning after a fashion and only when made sensible and meaningful by attention to other things in parallel. So it has been with my reading of Gerry Hassan’s stimulating most-recent book, Scotland The Bold (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2016). In parallel, in part prompted by topical and active critiques in the art school in recent months (my place of work) current meaning-enhancing reading material includes the excellent Institutional Critique and After, John Welchman (ed.). The crossover arrives from Hassan’s established work on new spaces for participatory debate. These spaces flourished within and drove from outwith the 2014 indyref. On this ticket Hassan has much to say of interest about…