Archive Fever – Home of Authority

“As is the case for the Latin archivum or archium (a word that is used in the singular, as was the French archive, formerly employed as a masculine singular: un archive), the meaning of “archive,” is only meaning, comes to it from the Greek arkheion: initially a house, a domicile, an address, the residence of the superior magistrates, the archons, those who commanded.  The citizens who thus held and signified political power were considered to possess the right to make or to represent the law. On account of their publicly recognized authority, it is at their home, in that place which is their house (private house, family house, or employee’s house), that official documents are filed. The archons are first of all the documents’ guardians. They do not only ensure the physical security of what is deposited and of the substrate. They are also accorded the hermeneutic right and competence.”  ~Jacques Derrida, Archive Fever (1995)

Mushi-Shi is a poignant, visually lush and compelling anime (animated-show) that takes a alter-dimensional view of common ailments and situations we often dismiss. This particular episode conveyed Derrida’s outline of the lineage of the Archive and its relation to power, that it seems the creators of this either read Archive Fever, or Derrida studied traditional Japanese ways and means, or the concept of the Archive is so very rooted in authority that it cannot but express its true essence, even in anime. The particular connection of how these two things came to resemble each other is less interesting to me than the fact that one of my favorite shows neatly visualizes the work of one of the most opaque although brilliant minds of our time.

M.I.A. Oracle.

M.I.A. takes A.I.M. To her, I say ‘Brava’ for Showing It.  You’ve found a way in, pierced the outer shell to the amphitheatre and are turning the reflective mirror, Westward. we don’t get to see images of the reality on U.S. Network news. brilliant. Genius.

Endangered People Series 1

Wall-E and Dead Prez

Dear Thinkers:

Avant garde in their divergent yet specific ways. Pixar’s Wall-E and Brooklyn rap duo Dead Prez entreat us to Be Healthy and to treat plant life with its due respect. Whereas Wall-E urges us to protect plants and appreciate all forms of  non-human life, Dead Prez tempts us away from animal-based diets with descriptions of delicious urban vegetarian meals.

Both Wall-E and Dead Prez appeal directly to their target audiences. Wall-E successfully glues their trademark animation, wit, nostalgia and US History and culture to the parallel blossoming of Robot and Human PG rated romances.

Dead Prez describes wholesome, delicious vegan meals to city-dwellers who often choose for inexpensive, energy depleting fast food. Their flow and metaphor is skillfully familiar to native New Yorkers, although it may be startling to folks from elsewhere who have differently ideas of what constitutes rough / racy or ‘improper’ language.

Wall-E is an entertaining and heart-warming love story that inadvertently forecasts diminishing human health, excess consumption, diminished sociality as the dangerous outcomes of passive acceptance of a patriarchal capitalist State (authoritiarian, government that supports business rather than citizens). Wall-E represents the essential feminine emotion within us all, the child-like wonder and attention to beauty that is necessary to balance the harsh structure of the very same patriarchal capitalist State.

The soundtrack for this YouTube video is Be Healthy by Dead Prez. It was filmed in a GreenMarket in Hamilton, Ontario. This fellow gets an “A” for courage. Hamilton, Ontario gets an “A” for allowing this particular freedom of expression and you, my dear community get ‘A’ WARNING that there is strong, urban language at the end of the song. This disclaimer means that I bear no responsibility for any issues offense taken at the language.

Portrayals of New York

Another interesting parallel between these two works are the portrayals of New York. Wall-E creates an appropriately garbage hewn New York with the Cubist high-rises he sculpted out of ‘mountains and dunes’ of compacted garbage. Dead Prez’s artfully describes (via shifts in elocution and rhythm) the cuisines of the diverse peoples living in beautiful Brooklyn, New York: Soul Food-Black American, Curry Falafel-Middle Eastern, Ital Stew, Green Callaloo – West Indian to name just a few!

Welcome to Think. Feel. Grow!

Thinkers! Feelers! Friends!

Welcome to Think. Feel. Grow! For the foreseeable future, and with your help, we will think deeply about the various ways that our relationship to nature and one another is created and reinforced by the Everyday Myths of pop culture.  We will think about the messages encoded in our books, advertising, science,  music, cinema and traditions. We will discuss the way we feel about their affect on our beliefs and choices. The combination of which will help us to grow a sustainable, deeply social and aware community of environmental thinkers, ’emoters’ and doers!

By delving into  art, books, science, advertising, movies and song we will decode the messages we passively imbibe and share with our loved ones. The goal is not to mourn our misguided efforts, but to take the opportunities presented to us every day, to actively envision different ways to think about and relate to nature and one another. Through critique and discussion we will usher in the new way of being by becoming the change that we want to see in this world. Today we begin to co-create!