A tomb for some booby

“As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs. … it is much the same all the world over, wheter the building be an Egyptian temple or the United States Bank.”

Walden, Henry David Thoreau.

Listenings

• Touch Radio 59 | Ghost of Gnathonemus Petersii (2011) [listen]
Phantom Airwaves

• You are listening to Montréal [listen]

• Dead Man’s Bones (2009)
Dead Man’s Bones

• It Took Several Wives (1982)
Bohack

• ID
Cyclo

• The Radius Episode 01: Michael Woody “Numbers Station 1 & 2” [listen]
Michael Woody

• The Radius Episode 02: Margaret Noble “Frakture: George Orwell’s Novel “1984” Remixed” [listen]
Margaret Noble

• Tender Prey
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

La herida únicamente puede curarse con la lanza que la hizo

O, como dice un párrafo de Parsifal, de Wagner, “la herida únicamente puede curarse con la lanza que la hizo”. (…) Entren al perverso placer del martirio prematuro: “¡Ofendimos a la Madre Naturaleza, así que recibimos lo que merecemos!”. Estar dispuesto a asumir la culpa de las amenazas a nuestro medio ambiente es algo engañosamente tranquilizador. Si somos culpables, entonces todo depende de nosotros; podemos salvarnos simplemente cambiando nuestro estilo de vida. Desesperada y obsesivamente reciclamos papel viejo, compramos comida orgánica, lo que sea para asegurarnos de que hacemos algo, que contribuimos. (…) El hecho de que las cenizas del modesto estallido volcánico en Islandia hicieran aterrizar a la mayoría de los aviones en Europa es un muy necesitado recordatorio del grado en que nosotros, los humanos, con nuestro tremendo poder sobre la naturaleza, no somos nada más que otra de las especies vivientes sobre la Tierra, y dependemos del delicado equilibrio de sus elementos.

2010: El fin de la naturaleza by Slavoj Zizek

One big shopping mall

“Obviously one of the worst predictions you can make is that things continue as they are, only becoming more and more intensified, like a J. G. Ballard-type future where the whole universe is one big shopping mall. That would be the worst. Any catastrophe might be a relief compared to that. But on the other hand, catastrophes are bad for you and me, and we don’t want to get caught in one. It might be good for history, but would be awful for individuals, especially artists, who never had that much going for them in the first place. I’m not one of these people waiting for the big ecological catastrophe. I don’t want to see it happen. I’m still hopeful. And in the end, what else can you do? You have to have, as Ernst Bloch said, revolutionary hope.”

Hakim Bey
Hans Ulrich Obrist, In Conversation with Hakim Bey / Journal / e-flux

Una incorrecta descripción del mundo

“Desgraciadamente, tan pronto como empezamos a crecer somos adoctrinados por todos los medios posibles. A causa de la conceptualización, nuestras experiencias sensoriales nos informan con una incorrecta descripción del mundo. Cuando vemos una montaña no la vemos en su mismidad, sino que adherimos a ella toda clase de ideas, a veces puramente intelectuales, pero frecuentemente cargadas de emotividad. Cuando todo esto envuelve la montaña, esta se transforma en algo monstruoso. Ello es debido al propio adoctrinamiento de nuestra enseñanza «intelectual» y a nuestros intereses personales, ya sean individuales, políticos, sociales, económicos o religiosos. La imagen que así se configura es horrible, retorcida y tergiversada de todos los modos posibles. En lugar de vivir en un mundo presente a la Naturaleza Primaria en su desnudez, vivimos en un mundo artificial y «culturizado». Y lo peor es que no somos conscientes de ese hecho”.

El zen y la cultura japonesa by Daisetz T. Suzuki

Readings

• Medicina tradicional china [leer]
Daniel Reid. Ediciones Urano. 1999.

Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction
Colin Ward. Oxford University Press. 2004.

The Laws of Simplicity
John Maeda. The MIT Press. 2006.

• A User’s Guide to Détournement [read]
Guy Debord & Gil J Wolman. 1956.

• On Found Poetry (A FOUND INTRODUCTION) [read]
John Robert Colombo
From Open Poetry, (Ronald Gross & George Quasha, eds., 1973)

• A Day in the Life of a Musician [read]
Erik Satie

• Dead and Gone
Charlaine Harris. 2009.

Modern political terrorism on a indiscriminate scale

“(…) modern political terrorism on a indiscriminate scale is the monopoly of goverments and is directed at civilian populations.”

“Bakunin claimed that there were three routes of scape from the miseries of life, two of them illusory and one real. The first two were the bottle and the church, ‘debauchery of the body or debauchery of the mind; the third is social revolution’.”

Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction by Colin Ward

Le Quartier Sinistre

“Le Quartier Sinistre n’aurait nul besoin de recéler des dangers réels, tels que pièges, oubliettes, ou mines. Il serait d’approche compliquée, affreusement décoré (sifflets stridents, cloches d’alarmes, sirènes périodiques à cadence irrégulière, sculptures monstrueuses, mobiles mécaniques à moteurs, dits Auto-Mobiles) et peu éclairé la nuit, autant que violemment éclairé le jour par un emploi abusif du phénomène de réverbération. Au centre, la « Place du Mobile Épouvantable ». La saturation du marché par un produit provoque la baisse de ce produit: l’enfant et l’adulte apprendraient par l’exploration du quartier sinistre à ne plus craindre les manifestations angoissantes de la vie, mais à s’en amuser.”

Formulaire pour un urbanisme nouveau by Gilles Ivain

Sitting with crossed legs

“When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them —as if legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon— I think that they deserve some credit for not having all committed suicide long ago.”

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Crossing the Great Sagrada (1924)


Adrian Brunel
Original: 35mm, black and white, silent.

Crossing the Great Sagrada is a strange film with an odd sense of humour and a slightly postmodern feeling. It’s not a masterpiece, but in a sense it’s decades ahead of its time.

“(…) this journey is portrayed in an absurd manner, drawing attention to the artificial nature of the film. (…) Titles, intended to provide narrative orientation, constantly give conflicting information, producing a confused, comic effect. (…) Crossing the Great Sagrada satirises the colonial stereotype of ‘native’ people. It also places doubt upon the authenticity of many of these travel films (…) The film’s surreal humour prefigures that of later innovative British comedy, such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

Jamie Sexton