M.I.A. rejecting the Christian binary and looking to Hindu goddesses for the multi-faceted ways a woman can exist reminds me of Carrie Mae Weems’ “Not Manet’s Type" and the accompanying text I knew, not from memory, but from hope, that there were other models by which to live
m.i.a kinda just summed up freud’s oeuvre in two sentences. (the last.) tonight in my seminar on him one of the last things the professor said was, “but interpellation doesn’t work in the unconscious, and that is why it is painful to be in the world.” the pain is that the unconscious knows another way to live, that it is engaged in a refusal of the way we live now. like m.i.a., freud didn’t think you could change the symbols but he did think that in the process of learning to live with our suffering, we might suffer less. others are engaged in ongoing inquiries into whether there might be collective forms that refuse (subjection, interpellation) as well.
A LIVE MAIL ART PIECE
!Mediengruppe Bitnik (2013)
«Delivery for Mr. Assange» is a 32-hour live mail art piece performed on 16 and 17 January 2013. On 16 January 2013 !Mediengruppe Bitnik posted a parcel addressed to Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The parcel contained a camera which documented its journey through the Royal Mail postal system through a hole in the parcel. The images captured by the camera were transferred to this website and the Bitnk Twitter account in realtime. So, as the parcel was slowly making its way towards the Ecuadorian embassy in London, anyone online could follow the parcel’s status in realtime.
The parcel was a REAL_WORLD_PING, a SYSTEM_TEST, inserted into a highly tense diplomatic crisis. Julian Assange has been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since June 2012. Although he was granted political asylum by Ecuador in August 2012, he is unable to leave the embassy premises for fear of being arrested by UK authorities.
We wanted to see where the parcel would end up. Whether it would reach its destination. And which route it would take. Would it be removed from the postal system? Or would it successfully complete the system test and reach Julian Assange.
After aprox. 32 hours and a journey in various postal bags, vans and through delivery centres, the parcel was delivered to the Ecuadorian embassy in London in the afternoon of 17 January 2013. By that time several thousand people had gathered on Twitter to follow the tantalizing and intense journey. The experiment was crowned by Julian Assanges live performance for the camera.
First they came for the asexual ひきこもり internet autists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a level 77 NSA data rapist.
Then they came for the beautiful eugenics of gender neutralisation,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t an irl rapist.
Then they came for the human evolution into sexless, genderless alien greys,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Guardian anime.