Throughout this non cartography, the points of interest a suggest:
(Note: Though the numbers in these graphs below seem to refer to particualr artistic projects in our points of interest <jump> and on the following pages,they are just randomly selected nummbers. Readers are invited to map where for themselves how each project relates to these cartographic concepts.)
totems refer to the what? that both the idea and its object communicates (they may differ).
humors refer to the how, the technical ways in which things emotionally and physically engage and facilitate relation.
tectonics are the economic, conceptual, geographical (etc) contexts that whatever project is imbedded within and help define their origin and frame.
Key: A non-Cartography of Power
Climate Change will sensibly rearrange everything.
On the fact of a changing climate, this issue overlooks the discourse, measurements,
the anthropocene, capitalocene, chuthulucene, etc. Rather, its curatorial
work begins by squarely
encountering the necessary reorganization of life’s relationality
suggested by what will be undone
and remade in this scenario.
Our approach has three basic precepts:
1) The changing climate appears in the transformation
and rupture of human and non-human
routines, whether or not science and government
recognize them. Life makes do, however.
2) These ruptures will demand yet unknowable
reorganizations of the ways of being and relating
and to the world.
3) The creative and insurgent responses to power’s unequal ethic
that have been discussed in this journal
inception (those ofcapitalism, racisms,
sexisms, etc..) continue with more specific
the unknowable future to be made by climate change.
Between propositions 2 and 3 appears a way
that relations should not be considered; promethean
and accelerationist re-organizations
attendant to capitalistist/state-socialist
social reproduction ignore organizational
ethics that build human capacities besides
accumulation and strict bio-social regimentation.
Other human futures are possible besides
strict order and production. We look
to each submitted project to the extent that
they facilitate such transformations.
These precepts underly our curatorial choice
to neither order nor prioritize any open one call submission that we recieved. We trust people’s knowledge
within particular contexts and situations to
recognize appropriate techniques and ways to
make human their relations (until they don’t).
After blaming capital, this issue affirms that
meaningful cartographies are elsewhere and
best understood in commited engagement with
actually caring about the particulars of the world.
Submissions are hand-written to demonstrate
the curatorial thought regarding context, intended meaning
or use, mediatic afterlife as idea and
form, that each project editorially recieved.
Neither our lack of presentational order or the hand-drawn ethic of this issue isn’t a retreat
from what’s been historically understood as ‘universal’
concepts like “human rights” and
“economic justice” that often order things.
But, inspired by Denise Ferreira da Silva
we want this issue to instigate conceptual
praxis that thinks differently about questions
that seem to have universal answers; Western
modernity’s particular logic of universal
equivalences of value has gotten us into this
mess, there must be another way out. We hope
to demonstrate this by showing consideration
for each project’s particularity instead of
judging what fits where and what doesn’t.