Perhaps that’s what I’m doing here. In Ghana. Trying to escape my life… perhaps trying to chase a life that escaped and still escapes me. Anyway hunter or hunted, pursuer or pursued, here I am in Afronet. That’s the ever- so- cool name of the internet cafe. So many resonances there that connect with African cultures that, at their foundation, work on principles of connectivity and breaking (dance); synapse jumping and colliding; bouncing off this, riffing on that, picking up stuff here and leaving it there. Like jazz, I mean. Or Negro music as Ellington wanted to call it.
-Nourbese M Philip
"Queerness is that thing thats lets us know that this world is not enough" - José Esteban Muñoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity
"Cybernetics comes from the Greek root kubernetes, meaning pilot or helmsman, and was first used by Plato in his dialogues on Laws and The Republic to denote a governor of a country. In the 1940s, cybernetics was given its current meaning by Norbert Wiener in his 1948 book Cybernetics, Or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine. According to Weiner, at a basic level, cybernetics refers to “the set of problems centred about communication, control and statistical mechanics, whether in the machine or in living tissue”. Wiener’s concept was that the behaviour of all organisms, machines and other physical systems is controlled by their communication structures, both within themselves and with their environment. The result of this book was that the notion of feedback penetrated almost every aspect of technical culture. Early influential cyberneticians working in Britain include W Ross Ashby, Stafford Beer, W Grey Walter, Frank H George and Gordon Pask. Pask’s interactive cybernetic work Colloquy of Mobiles was exhibited at CS. This large-scale reactive and educable sculptural installation is now seen as a precursor to human-machine interaction. Cybernetics, the study of how machine, social and biological systems behave, offered a means of constructing a framework for art production in which artists could consider new technologies and their impact on life." - Catherine Mason
Ease at whose expense? What does pleasure obscure? (Chocolate, sugar, gold, silk + colonialism) What are regenerative forms of joy? (Urban farming, community care, carnaval, festival, ancestral veneration+performance...
Shout out to every professor who has assigned No Humans Involved, Beyond Miranda’s Meaning and On How we Mistook the Map... because whew... it’s still killing me.
folks new to abolition: we need abolition of all carceral regimes (not just cops & prisons), or else we simply reconfigure carcerality. And think about abolition as internationalist, or else we outsource violence.
"Abolition must be green & red & international" - Ruth Gilmore
Dub, Wayward Lives, Demonic Grounds, poetics of relation, disidenification, lo-tek indigenous design, biomimicry
slave: a sentient body made available to gratuitous violence, through natal alienation + general dishonor, rendering them fleshly commodity and ontologically plastic.
human: a self-possessed, self-sovereign, auto-poetic ethnoclass of species w/ immanent ethical-global concern.