Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from―it’s where you take them to."
| Jim Jarmusch
“Art and culture give us the language to talk about what we are experiencing as oppressed people.”
Algorithmic feeds offer to save us the labor of making a self through media consumption — an imperative under neoliberalism to make our personalities productive — by handing us a gimmicky self: an overtly false identity that conveys how thoroughly we have been surveilled and the hidden truth about who we really are under capitalist conditions.
Indigenous Futurism also advocates for the sovereign. It dares to let Indigenous creators define themselves and their world not just as speaking back to colonialism, but as existing in their own right. That is not to say that the past is ignored, but rather that it is folded into the present, which is folded into the future—a philosophical wormhole that renders the very definitions of time and space fluid in the imagination.
decolonizing the mind has been a painful journey. liberating, yes. but painful nonetheless. a type of pain that has been always been there, and is finally getting the time it deserves to be felt. a type of pain that feels like grief; grief for something bigger than myself. and maybe the pain will always be with me, but maybe it will also be the source of my liberation.