untitled. acrylic and ink on index card. 2013.
Untitled. Acrylic and ink on index card. 2013.
Someone I will never be. Acrylic and ink on index card. 2013.
Rather than post this again on here, I figured it would be easier to reblog. Kinda annoying looking but I’m lazy.
One of the paintings I am preparing to have printed on fabric. You’ll have to wait to see what I turn this into.
This is really good.
NEURO DISCO INFERNO-
Here is the comic that was featured in a recent issue of the Lifted Brow, that’s available here.
Fuck this is great.
The binary opposition of nature/civilisation is one of the enlightenment’s favourite dualisms, like mind/body, masculine/feminine - in fact the whole construction of ‘nature’ as a separate idealised sphere dates from this time, with help from the romantic poets.
These dualisms have historically been deployed to create and justify privilege and hierarchy - this binary in particular has been instrumental in the creation of oppressive subject positions; the poor, the uneducated, women and indigenous peoples being associated with ‘nature’ , in permanent opposition to the privileged category of ‘civilisation’, occupied by educated white men.
By inverting this binary in order to privilege ‘nature’ over ‘civilisation’, primitivism stays firmly inside the dualistic logic, it actually reinforces the binary by accepting its categories as fundamental truths.
The problem with this is that ‘civilisation’ is a discursive category with virtually no essential referents. It’s one of those words that deserves permanent inverted commas. If you want to get rid of ‘civilisation’, and therefore try to logically trace the concept backwards to determine it’s essential origin, you arrive (as Zerzan does) at the human capacity for language and symbolic thought. You are then faced with the absurd proposition that we must “unlearn” these things. This is what most people interested in practical radical change would refer to as “a dead end”.
“Civilisation” is a term which was invented and popularised as part of a specific discourse, for the purpose of creating an artificial distinction between the educated white man and the rest of the world. It is a term which is only applied to non white cultures in order to gauge their proximity to white European ‘civilisation’. It has no meaning separate from this original, defining context, and is therefore not a useful category of analysis for revolutionaries.
THANK YOU, YES
Käthe Kollwitz, The Mothers, 1922-3
Forever love Kollwitz, she had a great style.