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S T RAT I T ACT I CS

AGRAPHI CGUI DEFORRESEARCHCREATI ONI N THESOCALLEDANTHROPOCENE


CONT E NT S STRATI TACTI CS

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ACORNMUSHI NG

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ANAMORPHI CGAZI NG

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BLACKMI LKI NG

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DI STURBI NGREGI MES

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( EM) PATHETI CGESTURI NG 8 FI GURI NG

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GLEANI NG

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MI CROBI OPOLI TI CKI NG

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MI SANTHROPOLOGI ZI NG

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PARASI TI NG

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POACHI NG

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NOTES+REFERENCES

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I ti sal waysont hewat chf oroppor t uni t i est hat mus tbes ei zedONTHEWI NG.1

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S T RAT I T ACT I CS Acombi nat i onofs t r at egi candt act i calappr oachesi nwhi chacor e l ongt er ms t r at egi cpl ani st hebas e,ands i t uat edt act i calchangesar e madei nr es pons et ol ocalecol ogi es .

QUE S T I ONSWI T HOUTANS WE RS Whi chbei ngsflour i s handwhi chbei ngsf ai l ,whennat ur alandcul t ur alwor l dsi nt er mi ngl e andcol l i de? I nt heaf t er mat hofdi s as t er swhatar et hepos s i bi l i t i esofbi cul t ur alhope? How mi ghtwer econfigur ebi opol i t i calr el at i onsbyt i nker i ngwi t ht echnos ci ence? Whathappenswhenwor dsbecomes out t er l ypol l ut edt hatwecannotwi el dt hem wi t hout hur t i ng—or ,att hever yl eas t ,obs cur i ng—our s el vesandt hos ewel ove? Whi chdi s t ur bancer egi mesar ewewi l l i ngt ol i vewi t h?Gi vent her eal i t i esofdi s t ur bances wedonotl i ke,how s hal lwel i ve? Wecannothel pknowi ngt hatwear eher et hr oughdi s pos s es s i onanddeat h… Whatal t er nat i vesexi s tf orus ,andwhati sas kedofus ? Whati st heher i t agef orwhi cht echnocul t ur albei ngsar ebot haccount abl eandi ndebt ed? 3


ACORNMUS HI NG Ourent angl ed net wor ks ofmat t erand meani ng neces s i t at e ever mor e dynami cr el at i ons hi psbet weenbodi es— bet weenpeopl eand t hos ewi t h whom wes har et hi spl anet .To r ecl ai ml and l os t— l os tt ot hevi ol enceof col oni alpur s ui t sdr i ppi ng i n oi l— bodi esmus tpr ovi de mut uals uppor t t hr ough ever yday encount er sbas ed i ns us t enance and car e,vi gourand di ver s i t y.Acor nmus h,amos tbi t t ermedi ci ne,r epr es ent sas har edpol i t i csof r es i s t ancel ocat ed bet weens weet nes sand acer bi t y,bet weencomf or tand pai n,bet weenbount yanddepr i vat i on.

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ANAMORPHI CGAZ I NG Somet i mes j us tknowi ng aboutt hi s ongoi ng des t r uct i on,about humani t y’ si nevi t abl edownf al lmakesushappy.Oratl eas tj oui s s ant . Thi s ci r cul at i on of enj oyment mani f es t s as our compr omi s ed condi t i onsofpos s i bi l i t yanddi mi ni s hedcapaci t i est oi magi net hi ngs goi ngot her wi s e.Jus tt r yi ngt ounder s t andt hes copeoft hi ss hi t—cal l i tant hr opogeni ccl i mat echange—l eavesusi gnor antandconf us ed, ands oweent r apour s el vesi nf ant as i esofs avi ngt hewor l dand/ or cel ebr at i ng i t ’ s end. Par al yzed by di s s at i s fied enj oyment ,t he enj oymentofdi s s at i s f act i on, wemus tadj us tourgaze. Ananamor phi c gaze,t obepr eci s e,mi ghtdi s l odgeus .Di s t or t edf r om headon,yet cl earf r om anot herper s pect i ve,anamor phi cgazi ngadopt sapar t i al per s pect i ve,t ur ni ngwhol esi nt ohol es .

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BL ACKMI L KI NG I ndeed,wor dswor l d( l i keaver b) .Butwor ds—ourl i mi t edhumanl ogos— of t enf ai lt oi ncl udet hei nt er s peci eswi s domst hr oughwhi chwemi ght r edevel op r el at i ons hi ps bas ed i ni nt i macy,bas ed i nl ove.Human r epr es ent at i onsgi veusconcept sandf r amewor kst omakes ens eoft hi s wor l d,yetnoneoft hes ecanencompas st he“ body’ snoct ur nalmemor y” . Tor eckonwi t ht hi spas s i on,apas s i onf orwor dl es sbodi esandf or got t en wi s doms ,wel ookt obl ackmi l k.Theunwr i t t ens t or i esofourent angl ed r el at i onsl eaveonl yi nvi s i bl et r aces , andt huswecanexpl oi tanddes ecr at e s omanyf or msofl i f ei nt henameofal l t oohumanwi s dom andpr ogr es s . Bl ackmi l kfigur esabr eachbet weennami ng and ot herbodi l ywaysof knowi ng.Wemus tl ookt o bl ackmi l k,t ot hes hadowyr es i dueofl os t connect i ons ,t or edi s covert hehopef ulwondert hatmi ghtbef oundi nt he wor l dwi dewebsofcr eat ur el ybei ngs . Wher ei st hebl ackmi l know?


DI S T URBI NGRE GI ME S Hope,l i ke mus hr ooms ,can not al ways be cul t i vat ed. Radi oact i vi t y,ont heot herhand,i seas i l yi ncor por at edi nt o l i vi ng bodi es ,es peci al l y mus hr ooms .Bet ween hope and des pai r ,bet ween l i f e and r adi oact i vi t y,whi ch di s t ur bance r egi mesar ewewi l l i ngt ol i vewi t h?Af t eral l ,s omef or msof di s t ur bance can be l i f egi vi ng.Mus hr oomsmaynotbe a por t alt o hope,butt hey can t each usabouts ys t emsof wor l dmaki ng t hat r each beyond r educt i ve l i f edeat h bi nar i esands i mpl i s t i cvi ewsofs t abl eecol ogi calhar mony. Mus hr oomsr emi ndust oas kwhatl i vesmat t er ,andhow? 7


( E M) PAT HE T I CGE S T URI NG I nt he f ace of appar ent i ns ur mount abi l i t i es ,pat het i c pol i t i cal ges t ur esactongenui nedes i r esf ort r ans f or mat i on. Al waysdefici ent and abs entofguar ant eed ef ficacy,a pat het i cges t ur e pr ovokes di al ogue asmuch asi tmobi l i zesmat er i alr es pons i venes s .The dandel i on,a mos t banalpol i t i calfigur e,i s our gui de her e. Pos i t i onedasar eci pr ocal( em) pat het i cs ubj ect— dandel i onsar e, s i mul t aneous l y, veget al mat t er , di s pr opor t i onat e r emedy f or di s eas edbodi es ,andi nvas i ves peci es—t hi spl anthast hepot ent i al t oopenupbi opol i t i calr enegot i at i ons .Asan( em) pat het i cfigur e, ges t ur i ng i n t he wi nd, dandel i ons r emi nd us of our own “ becomi ngwi t h”and t heconundr um ofourdeeps eat ed human except i onal i s m.


F I GURI NG Andj us tasdes i r ess t ar tt os wi r landflow,s t i l lopent ot empor als hi f t sand di ver gents pat i als cal es , t heyar egat her edupbypar t i cul arfigur es , s er vi ngas anchorpoi nt sf orunr eal i zed dr eams .Fi gur esof f eraf or m off as hi oni ng,a r es embl ance,acas t e.Tofigur ei sal s ot ocas t ,t ocas tar ol ei nt hes t or y.I si t pos s i bl e,t hen,t o di l at eper cept i onbeyond t hos epr edet er mi ned figur es t hathavepl ayedt her ol eoft heher of ort ool ong?Wemus tnotat t achf ut ur e pot ent i al st os i ngl e figur es ,buti ns t ead l ook t o gat hert oget herdi ver s e figur es .Hal f f or medfigur es .Chi mer i calfigur es .Coal es centfigur es .Fi gur es t hatdi s s ent .Fi gur est hats t i ract i on.

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GL E ANI NG

Ever yt hi ngi sundercont r ol .How dowechanget hat ?St epone:Gat heras war m.St ept wo:Des cend onf r es hl yhar ves t edfiel ds ,bei tfiel dsofwheatorfiel dsofdat a.St ept hr ee:Col l ectgr adual l y,bi tby bi t ,byt ebybyt e.Col l ectpr act i ces .Col l ectcommuni t i es .Col l ecti nt er act i ons .Col l ecti nt r aact i ons . Col l ectl anguages .Col l ectcul t ur es .Col l ectal loft hes et hi ngs ,orcol l ectnoneoft hem. Themai npoi nt her ei snott ocont r olt hebor der s ,butt oget“ abi toutofcont r ol ” .St epf our :Reveli nt het r es pas s es .


MI CROBI OPOL I T I CKI NG Your$5kombuchai snomi r acl eandi twi l lnots avet hewor l d( l etal one yourf ai l i ngdi ges t i ves ys t em) .Buts af et yi sr el at i ve.Thedi s s entover howt ol i vewi t hmi cr oor gani s ms—nomat t erhowyummy, i cky, s t i nky, or s our—r eflect si mpor t antdi s agr eement sabouthow humansoughtt o l i ve wi t h one anot her .Mi cr obi opol i t i calher oesand vi l l ai ns— t hos e mul t i s peci esmuddl escont i nuous l yengagedi ni nflect i on,i nocul at i on and di ges t i on,among ot her t hi ngs — r es i s ts i mpl e par s i ng and cat egor i calval uat i on.Mi cr obi opol i t i cki ng,t hen,of f er san i di om f or anal yzi ng al l t oohumanant i s ept i cr egi mesofmat er i aland af f ect i ve di s t r i but i ons ,i nt ur nr ef ocus i ngat t ent i ont owar dsmi norknowl edges andt hei rs i t uat edandcont i ngentconnect i ons .

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F UCK MI S ANT HROPOL OGI Z I NG Fuck t he human.Fuck t he ant hr opocene.Fuck geol ogi calhi s t or y.Fuck yours ur vi val .Fuck pr ogr es sand yourr el ent l es s cont i nuum ofant hr opol ogi calconcei t . Fuckyourapol ogi es . Mi s ant hr opol ogyi snott hes ameasmi s ant hr opy;mi s ant hr opol ogy s eekst os t udyt hecondi t i onsofmi s ant hr opy—i nwhatwor l ddoest hi smakes ens e?—andt hecont r ar yknowl edget owhi chi t gi vesr i s e.Mi s ant hr opol ogymani f es t si nexces s ,beyondt hel i mi t eds emant i cpos s i bi l i t i esofhumans pacet i mes ,asas poi l ed i deal i s m.Fuckyourpoems .Poemsar enei t hert heans wernornot . Poet i cmi s ant hr opol ogi zi ngi saboutwr i t i ngi ns pi t eoft he ant hr opoi d, notasas ol ut i ont omi s ant hr opos cenes , butasapos s i bi l i t yf ort r yi ngt ofigur eoutwhati sneededi nt hefir s tpl ace. 12


PARAS I T I NG Exper t i s ei sover r at ed.Exper t i s e,i ni t smos tr educt i ves ens e,s t abi l i zespower hi er ar chi es ,nomat t erhow i l l us or yorar bi t r ar yt hi sdomi nantpecki ng or der r eal l yi s .Par aet hnogr aphyevadess uchs i mpl i s t i car t i cul at i onsofexper t i s e, opt i ngi ns t eadf orexper tcol l abor at i onsbet weenmul t i pl es har ed,di s cover ed and cont i nuous l y negot i at ed cr i t i cals ens i bi l i t i es .The Par a — a mode of al t er at i on, per ver s i onors i mul at i on—oper at esf r om anal ways ot her edvant age poi ntwher ei nwemus tdef ami l i ar i zeourcommons ens es . Thepar as i t e, t hen, i s as paceopent oal t er nat i vemodesofs peaki ngandt hi nki ng, t hos et hatunr avel , pus hagai ns t ,andexpos et hel i mi t sofs ocal l edexper t i s e.Par as i t i ngi sabout cr eat i ngs paces ,evenmoment ar i l y,wher es omet hi ngdi f f er entmi ghthappen.

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POACHI NG Meani ngsdonotexi s t“ outt her e” ,wai t i ngt obef ound t hr ough pr oces s es of r eadi ng, of decodi ng, i nt er pr et i ng,and ul t i mat el y,under s t andi ng.Ever yday meani ngmaki ngi s ,i ns t ead,apr oces sofpoachi ngon t het er r i t or yofot her s .Weus et her ul esandnor mst hat exi s tt ocons t r ucthol eyknowl edgeandpar t obj ect sof under s t andi ng. Wei ndi vi dual i zemas scommuni cat i ons , mas s cul t ur e, mas s obj ect s of meani ng t hr ough pr oces s esofal t er at i on,mut at i on,t r ans mogr i ficat i on,i n or dert omaket hem ourown.Poachi ngf ormeani ngi s not a pas s i ve act of cons umpt i on, but i ns t ead det er mi nedbys ys t emsofgener at i vepr oduct i on.


NOTES 1.Mi cheldeCer t eauasci t edi nKi r ks ey,Schuet ze&Hel mr ei ch,2014,p. 9. 2.JodiDean,“TheAnamor phi cPol t i csofCl i mat eChange” ,2016,par a.3. 3.Kr i s t evaasci t edi nBol ender ,2014,pxx. 4.Nat hanBai l eyasci t edi nKi r ks ey,Shapi r o,andBr odi ne,2014,p.x. 5.Cl overandSpahr ,“TwoPoet sonPol i t i cs ”5 6.Mi cheldeCer t eauasci t edi nKi r ks ey,Schuet ze&Hel mr ei ch,2014,p. xx.

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