[-empyre-] vigilar y castigar
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Jan 19 23:15:38 EST 2011
Hi Davin & all,
Sorry for not getting back earlier, it has been rather busy here...
> I think it is easier to see that art from a blank anthropological
> view, over our lifetime, has expressed an ironically posthuman set of
> priorities--the service of markets, the expression of those markets,
> and the general reification of market mythology.
Posthumanism is an interesting element which I feel can be included in
the larger context of what is being discussed. If we include the
netopticon, neoliberalism and postmodern marketing appropriations and
its techniques as well, we see a vista so profound and absolute in its
influence on our world; surely then 'as you suggest', we are unable to
build alternatives as 'equally' powerful.
> Rather than surrender to the bleak view that resistance is futile or
> flee to the false view that resistance is inevitable, I hope to join
> my voice with the growing chorus of people who are saying that a
> better world is possible, but we have to work for it. We need
> critical thinking. We need aesthetic practices. We need each other.
Universal change from the bottom up seems like an impossibility.
Universal change may be misdirected desire, serving a lack of personal
growth intuitively and psychologically. Perhaps It would be more
appropriate to introduce small, human-scale initiatives which include
individuals and groups, according to their own needs and shared
resources, and then build from there. As far as I am concerned
(personally & with others), this has already been happening in regard to
furtherfield and other forms of networked peer production, and
independent community ventures, on-line and off-line.
"Peer production is based on the abundance logic of digital
reproduction, and what is abundant lies outside the market mechanism. It
is based on free contributions that lie outside of the labour-capital
relationship. It creates a commons that is outside commodification and
is based on sharing practices that contradict the neoliberal and
neoclassical view of human anthropology. Peer production creates use
value directly, which can only be partially monetized in its periphery,
contradicting the basic mechanism of capitalism, which is production for
exchange value. So, just as serfdom and capitalism before it, it is a
new hyperproductive modality of value creation that has the potential of
breaking through the limits of capitalism, and can be the seed form of a
new civilisational order." An interview with Michel Bauwens founder of
Foundation for P2P Alternatives By Lawrence Bird.
A term I've come across is 'Zipperheads', which draws on the vocabulary
of hacker culture - Zipperhead is a term for a person with a closed
mind. I consider that various systems in place reflect a 'Zipperhead'
mentality as default, in many different places - family, our everyday
media and in our institutions etc. We can re-imagine perspectives and
processes of changing our behaviours in how we engage with the art
world, if we wish to and if it deserves it that is ;-)
Wishing you well.
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