Category: Images

“Ça grésille dans le poteau”

“Ça grésille dans le poteau”. The book about activism against High Voltage in western part of France will be printed soon. The collectif from La Grange de Montabot call for subscription. A lot of friends were invited to work on sound, screenprintig, drawing and texts. It will be a kind of pluridisciplinary documentary about the struggle.The book is in french.

Brighter than the sun

Invention of light bulb made our days longer. It made our days never-ending. We stay work or actif before sunrise and after sunset. Light is often a synonym of safety and progress, as darkness is compared to ignorance.

In the beginning of XX century, Russian futurist mixed graphics arts, music and literature to set up a new opera : Victory over the sun1 . Malevich’ Black Square was used as background in scenography. This painting is considered as spiritual, not only because the square is a geometrical monochrome. Artist, as a lot of his time, was inspired by theory of four-dimensional space. Victory over the sun feature a rupture with romantic view of nature and promote a future and new technology. It reflect a patriarchal and military visions: “If you beat the stronger, you’re the strongest”. The desire to represent our “ideals” strongest than the sun is not something new. For example Augustin Calmet2 wrote what “[…] God’s eyes [… ] are brighter than the sun […]” and see everything from the Most High. Christians condemned pagan rituals of the sun to promote their own new religion strongest than the sun. It remind me the “power-over” defined by a feminist and anti-nuclear activist Starhawk3 as a power of domination, in opposition with “power-within”, or “power-with”. The 6th of August 1945 an atomic bomb was drop on Hiroshima. “Ten thousand sun, they will say” – say woman in dramatic film Hiroshima Mon Amour written by Marguerite Duras.
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those pictures cannot substitute…

I really meditate about images and specially images on struggles and political topic. I love illustrations on Earth First! and radical ecology. It’s so punchy and romantic. But those pictures cannot substitute a struggle. Like no picture will substitute the forest or the dying earth.

Have a look on Susan Simensky Bietila, Emma Roulette or Sarah Quinter’s work. It’s amaizing. Continue reading “those pictures cannot substitute…”