[-empyre-] empyre: engagement was all

Simon Biggs simon at littlepig.org.uk
Sat Jul 27 19:06:58 EST 2013

I wonder what Gary Warner, one of our earlier guests this month, might have to say about rewilding?



On 26 Jul 2013, at 22:48, simon <swht at clear.net.nz> wrote:

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> two brief notes elicited by Johannes's avowal of "control society" hypocrisy and entanglement and his disavowal of 'interactivity' for resulting in only the recognisable, while the performance is elsewhere - as it was Grotowski, I think, who gave as his reason for ceasing to direct theatre any more the fact that everybody has got so good at acting in their everyday lives there is no use for theatre, so theatre and performance lose their supplement of unpredictability becoming all too recognisably theatrical and performative - and boring - while for the spectacle of technoculture, likewise?
> 1) Paul Goodman's epigraph to Neil Postman's Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology reads: "Whether or not it draws on new scientific research, technology is a branch of moral philosophy, not of science."
> 2) George Monbiot's Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding uses the verb "to rewild" - not to evoke a vision of hoards of occupiers reappropriating "wilding" as a tactic in Central Park or anywhere at all - but to indicate another kind of activity, engagement or activism: restoring the wilderness to wildness. I think he does mean to advocate for a reciprocal becoming - I rewild - the romanticism notwithstanding. ... The significance of the term it seems to me is to break with both "wired"-ness and "ecology" - the latter itself arising from a mechanistic appropriation (and determination) of natural processes that gives us without too great a metaphorical leap social and cultural, economic and technological ecologies (engaging a thoroughgoing and thoroughly entangling ecological determinism).
> Best,
> Simon Taylor
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