"... every individual garden has its own moral economy where the horticulturalist plays god – policing the behavior of various species through propagation and extermination, in order to create an image of paradise. Above all else, this is a system of controlled copulation: a regulated sexual logic in which plants perform for the pleasure of the human observer’s hedonistic gaze. Far from a benevolent ruler, the gardener cons certain chosen plants into producing sexual displays for his own pleasure. Refusing to conform to this functional promiscuity, weeds conduct sinful sexual practices. When discovered, they represent a threat to the moral and sexual sovereignty of the garden and must be eradicated."
-- Queer Undergrowth: Weeds and Sexuality in the Architecture of the Garden
I started using Krita (open-source freeware alternative to garbage Adobe and its garbage products) for digital art stuff and I'm mesmerised by the wraparound function it has for creating seamless patterns. I'll be doing nothing but making psychedelic tiling patterns for the foreseeable future. Suck it, Adobe.
And as should be the case, I hope the wood lice revolt against any arrogance and hubris I demonstrate in relating to them:
"In the film, the Ohmu are aggressive herd animals whose sole mission is to protect and extend the jungle so that it can continue to purify the earth. This facet of the film was problematic for Miyazaki, as it is a naïve perspective, one rooted in mankind’s inability to engage nature on its own terms. Our constant need to anthropomorphize and to look for rational causality and moral behavior in natural events estranges us further from it. In fact, he claims to have used a fungal setting full of bizarre insects in both the anime and the manga to frustrate the potential for his audience to recognize and identify with the environment and its denizens; he sought viewer estrangement rather than identification. In Nausicaä, mankind’s estrangement extends even to the nature of the Toxic Jungle, or Sea of Decay: the mycological dynamic implies rot, an uncontrollable rhizomatic decay that invisibly takes root and eats through the remains of man’s artificial environments. A regular jungle can be burned, tamed, colonized, reordered, and turned into a garden; Nausicaä effectively does this in her hidden room, where pure water (and, presumably, love and understanding) renders the plants safe and beautiful. But in the manga, the Sea of Decay revolts against mankind’s arrogance and hubris at even the cellular level."
-- Neutering the Monster, Pruning the Green: The Ecological Evolutions of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
#introduction Hey everyone, I'm looking forward to exploring and finding the various pockets of the Fediverse that can give my brain what it needs, i.e. primarily some intertwined combination of art, ecology, and the complete destruction of all the hegemonic, violent, exploitative, extractive establishment structures of society.
Sometimes I'll be posting my art, which at the moment is primarily nature-centric photo-collages, often featuring the group of wood lice/pill bugs that have turned up in the tiny concrete courtyard outside my front door to eat some of the composting vegetation there.
Art, ecology, anarchism.
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