“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Freak Show Ecology

I wrote the “ideation” for Design Ecologies 1.2. People in design are doing some very interesting work, is all I can say. It's strange how many people are honing in on roughly the same areas at the same time: you can see why idealists imagined a Zeitgeist. Every essay and every design piece had something slightly startling about it. Shaun Murray has done a great job getting this journal off the ground.

I've been tweeting some phrases I enjoyed writing yesterday and today. In particular I like that this essay seems to bring together the OOO strand of my work with the dark ecology strand. Since Freud thinks the death drive beyond life itself, there's no particular reason why this should be difficult. But both sets of thoughts have their own momentum and it's hard sometimes to find a car park in which they can crash into one another properly.

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