[NetBehaviour] Drowning man with cell-phone

A. Andreas ajaco at xs4all.nl
Wed Dec 19 22:22:14 CET 2007

Creative insurgency opposes established cultural domination

Contrary to creative resistance, creative insurgency, aims to  
overthrown and re-establish a new kind of creative order, in which  
the might and prowess of the mainstream art world is definitively  
pushed aside to make place for a more profound and human based  
faculty of sharing and re-distributing objects of art and devotion.

Creative insurgency re-claims art’s own, autonomous right to resist  
and subvert society’s (mis) use of its idiomatic resources. Claims  
currently made by designers, merchants, industrialists and the like.

One of the key debates among art officials, (inter)national cultural  
experts and scholars concerns changes underway in the nature of  
insurgency. "Classic" insurgencies sought to seize power and evolved  
from underground and guerrilla forces. Contemporary insurgencies are  
characterized by linkage to broader systemic conflicts or failures  
normally involving networks as well as insurgents; by their use of  
the Internet and other forms of information technology; by the need  
to generate their own financial resources rather than relying on  
external sponsors; and by the desire to create political "space" in  
which to operate rather than the seizure of cultural power.

Cultural  forces are still struggling to understand contemporary  
insurgencies and find ways to counter them. This is a common pattern  
since insurgencies often take the form of "learning contests" between  
insurgents and counterinsurgents.

Purposely taken the army as a metonym for the strategic and longtem  
vision on how to achieve a given goal .i.e. to maintain or to  
surplant a wanted regime, by the use of power, creative insurgency  
uses in parallel the same theoretical foundations to achieve their  
goals. i,e. the liberation of art from capital.

Also in complete analogy with the army creative insurgency uses  
massive global propaganda means to find sufficient mass for its  
accomplishes. The widespread use of Internet, mailing lists, do it  
yourself activities arise worldwide producing a critical body of  
strongly motivated artists.

Modern life appears as a drowning man filming itself in its dead  
struggle, the sight of  a drowning man filming his own drowning in a  
world which as a whole is drowning is extremely absurd, there are  no  
spectators to watch left. It is as if the act of filming replaces   
life itself . The residual of life is more life than life itself .  
This scenery is really a last station, the complete artistically  
epigraphical  swan song of mankind, filmed on a cell-phone by a  
drowning man.

The act of seeing (active) gradually changing in the act of looking  
(passive) is exactly what modern global capitalism is doing with  
human mankind.. By replacing the means to create a life (rurality,  
agriculture, self protecting, autartic societies) with the means to  
earn a life( industries, labour, rent, mortgage, salary, funeral  
insurance) the accent slowly drifts from the active sense to the  
passive sense. Exemplified by the way internet developed  from a  
research instrument to an entertainment device. In this process which  
lasted a surprisenly short tem of about ten years, the presence of  
the web turned from a small interesting peer to peer group to a huge  
beast of milleniary proportions. The monster as the natural compagnon  
of a gigantic destroyer. The spider’s web is an-eying the world , the  
eye lost its vision and is multiplied inwardly on a enormous scale ,  
blinded by its own image like the drowning men filming its own  
drowning in a drowning world.

We are being reduced to garbage, we are the waste of existence, we  
are the remnants of life zombificated by capitalistic power systems,  
which more and more getting their feet into cultural practices. We  
are the real living dead who ... are in all possible ways trying to  
die. And on our way  feverelishy taken everyone with us. Every drop  
of life is vampirized by these machinery.

Media labs everywhere , digital culture studies at every university ,  
call for art works , call for proposals, call for papers, call for  
citizen participations, all under the guiding eyes and financial  
protection of govermental and institutional supervision. Our eyes are  
subvisions , sub eyes, subordinated tentacles of the big tactic  
monster disguised under number of names as freemarket, nato, unesco,  
vn, gatt , g8, democracy, peoples republic, republic. Selling and  
marketing ideologies, goods, idead, opinions, academic curiiculli  
partaking in a rat race to compete , produce new, newer, hot hotter  
and even more sexier, erotic ways to seduce the few reluctant  
outsiders, to lost themselves in an overwhelming orgastic act of  
suicidal auto eroticism . Our senses a mere reciprocal facility of  
cooperative powers, disguised as democratic principles. Our bodies  
submerged in even more and more artificial pseudo-avataric states as  
Second Life, Sexual aid machineries penetrating our orifices with a  
50 days guarantee. Man turning into women, women turning into men,   
gratuiteous interchanging freudian sexual role notions.

Disengage, disgust, disembody, discourage, disgrace, dislike,  
discourse, disintegrate, dissolve

A. Andreas 19 Dekemember 2007

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