“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

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day

I guess the main thing for me to do is to reflect on the brilliant aural assaults of last night, done in the name of dark ecology (and happily so I might add!).

Claire and I had to duck out early (sorry about that, Claire's 8 year old ears!). The two pieces we heard complemented one another perfectly. Andrea Williams's zoomorphic ocean of white noise and animal sounds conveyed, and then blocked, the illusion of being "in" an environment. Brilliant. While Pod Blotz's piece was a truly horrifying (in the best way) forcing of coexistence upon one. The photos of quartz and the sounds made me feel I was being pushed through metamorphic rocks.

Then there was the human, clad in wet rainbow shreds. Monstrous half illusory glimpses of an eye, some teeth. The music was like that too.

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