Monday, May 21, 2012

moving backward, forward. is there a way to know?



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all congas move forward (to be more precise side-and-forward). this one, entitled "irreversible conga," choreographed and designed by los carpinteros for the havana biennial 2012, is a first to challenge the rule. "irreversible" can be seen as a global reference to time & social progress.

the message is clear: we are moving backward and there is no stopping it.

that much we know. but to understand what that means we have to be able to see the bigger picture. so, what's "forward"? the problem is that we've been moving backward for so long that we don't remember.

better yet, what if all this was, from the start, an irreversible march backward?

is there a way to know anymore?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

true, triff. how about this one: are we moving at all?
Danielle

Feminist said...

A very ingenious performance by Los Carpinteros. I think it has a local and global meaning.

The Mike said...

When we have become inured to alienation to the point that even thinking of that abstraction (itself an abstraction) becomes a metonymic trap, we lose sense of direction. One may argue the opposite has occurred, that we first lost direction and have grown used to the alienation associated with being lost, even reveled in it, but my sense is that we have been drawn to alienation. That sense of disconnection, what used to be horror, appeals to us as a drug. With each hit we build up a resistance, grow bolder in our experimentation. Alienation becomes extreme. We see examples in our music (from rock moving into extreme metal, rap and hip hop moving into extreme lyrics), literature (Chuck Palahniuk's "Guts", Dom Delilo's "Falling Man"), urban planning and architecture (the Palm Islands in Dubai, the race to build the tallest building around the world); just about everywhere one looks we see examples of extremism, the result of alienation no longer alienating. One of the reasons we have lost sense of direction is that we are looking for our next "fix" of what used to be not real but which we have pulled from nothingness into being.

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Alfredo Triff said...

Thanks, Danielle. You Parmenidesian?

Tx, Feminista. You didn't sign as usual.

The Mike, I like this one: One of the reasons we have lost sense of direction is that we are looking for our next "fix" of what used to be not real but which we have pulled from nothingness into being.

swampthing said...

siempre para atras conga cuba de ayer