This looks really promising. What a shame I can’t be there:
The Natural History Museum is a new museum that does exhibitions, expeditions, educational workshops and public programming, but includes the social and political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums.
The Natural History Museum borrows from the legitimating aesthetics, pedagogical models, and presentation forms of natural history museums in order to support a perspective on nature as a commons. From this perspective, it lifts up the work of socially engaged artists and climate activists so that their interconnections appear.
The museum is a new ongoing project initiated by arts collective Not An Alternative. Members of the collective perform as anthropologists in the museum and as museum anthropologists, interrogating the influences that affect both the atmospheric climate on Earth and the political climate within natural history museums.
Like many of the collective’s previous projects, this one will employ the strategy of mimicry—originally a scientific process among animal species, now powerfully deployed by activists to exert pressure on predatorial actors. In this case, they will mimic traditional natural history museums with an aim to politicize the aesthetics of the re-presentation of nature.
A friend of mine was recently polled regarding her political preferences. Asked whether she was interested in immigration, she said “yes” before quickly realizing that this would mean immigration would be registered as a “concern,” rather than something she actively supports: thus public interest in immigration is simply seen as the interest in reducing or eliminating immigration.
A video of a fox hunt played backwards would show the fox chasing the hounds arse-forwards, with posh people on horses running for their lives. I hope they do.
Nina Power, Rainy Fascism Island
So looking forward to moving to the UK next month.
For a sharable, interactive visualization of global inequality, we present this explorable viewer for the WTID. See how the income of the wealthiest classes have evolved, and how much greater wealth the top 1% have compared to the rest of society in each country.
#normcore and the whatever singularity
Normcore doesn’t want the freedom to become someone. Normcore wants the freedom to be with anyone.
K-Hole, Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom
Does one ever escape alone from the prison of the Self?
Tiqqun, How is it to be done?
Agamben got it right all along: the fractal-like proliferation of dispositifs paradoxically begets desubjectivation. When everyone is constantly caught up in apparatuses of identification and classification, then being whatever, being without qualities, escapes from the terror of individuality, where marketing and security become indistinguishable, toward a common beyond predicates. In the future, the black bloc wears GAP.