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It’s not as simple as bringing more black and brown people into the museum, but asking why we weren’t there in the first place? There could definitely be more but there are no shortage of inventive Black art workers, artists, and community cultural production - We deserve more than assimilating into the current museum-industrial complex. Rather, after decades worth of violence, erasure, and being embedded in colonialism, this future is one where the museum has de-centralized by redistributing funding into those alternatives contextually relevant models - Let’s get into that - the how, why, and what other possibilities exist.
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"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
Relating to the capitalist construction of the artist individual:
"Being an artist, you hear a lot of talk about genius — which is the process of singling out certain people in art history and saying, ‘Those were the important ones.’ … Whenever you look at any of those artists, you find that they lived and drew from a very active, flourishing cultural scene, and they were only one of the elements in that scene. All these people who are called ‘genius’ actually sat in the middle of something that I call ‘scenius.’ Just as genius is the creative intelligence of an individual, ‘scenius’ is the creative intelligence of a community." - Brian Eno
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...
human who is considered human, archaic human, black people de-humanized. human as a tool of control/imperialism- post human, rethink how we contend with life:
readings : unsettling the coloniality of being/power/truth/freedom,” and “no humans involved” by sylvia wynter and reading them alongside black power by kwame ture and charles hamilton. also the intro to becoming human by zakiyyah jackson
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.
Dub, Wayward Lives, Demonic Grounds, poetics of relation, disidenification, lo-tek indigenous design, biomimicry
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
UBULAWU, an investigation into communication technologies from the spiritual world. We exhibited plants used in southern African spiritual traditions, which open up your dreamspace to ignite communication with your ancestors.