I’ve been really into James Scott (see: Seeing Like A State and Two Cheers For Anarchism) and Anna Tsing (see: The Mushroom At The End of The World and On NonScalability) for some time, and I recently got hip to this amazing artist Kenya Robinson (https://www.teamhuman.fm/episodes/kenya-robinson). The thing she said on that podcast was so great.
“You will never catch me at a protest…I wonder if we are missing out on other options such as deceit, secrecy, spycraft, glamour….”Kenya Robinson
This is from the Nick Cave show at the NYC Armory in 2018. My son is there at the end. Following enthralled.
Maybe we are going about this all wrong and the project of making ourselves more and more defined is just a trick to make us even more legible to the state and ruling classes?
Maybe we need loose cloak, spy closet identities to drape over who we actually are and what we are after?
Maybe instead of
we focus on