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The silent body is more eloquent than words

Performance collaboration between Preach R. Sun and Ian Deleón | presented at Mobius Gallery in Cambridge, MA, curated by Anabel Vázquez

"We are not the avant-garde, trumpets heralding the army to come. There is no army here. We are déserteurs, fugitives. Breaking rank and breaking away. Unsheathed, we scurry ‘tween the boots of footsoldiers––waiting, building, growing. We migrate, contradicting and upsetting the rigid pathways of their history. Burrowing underfoot, we channel––diverting and refocusing while the strapheels march on, unaware of our misdirection. Quietly they’re lead, from mountain to mangrove, feet coming up bare as soles stick in the mangal’d forest floor. Saline and eros-ive, we permeate––spread––then inhabit. Micro, dermal eruptions slowly pronounce our centrifugal victory over that most limiting of carapaces, that inert form, the immobility of its brooding, the arrogance of its verticality.

Unleashed, we betray the carcass against itself, transforming its landscape from within, the corporeal terraforming of a million tiny mandibles in concert. Skins cast-off, our silent, moulted bodies form a communal phantasm piloting this shell, this relic, toward an unwilling future."
–– The Fugitivist Papers, Deleón and R. Sun, 2015

Framing quotes:

"'It is less use to the trapped to decide upon some holy condition of freedom’ than to ‘understand how one is implicated in the mechanism of one’s entrapment. ‘A good snare kills through desperation, strangling the target as it tries to escape’. The trap is the trap." –– John Russell quoting Benedict Singleton

"The fly is ‘already mapped, signaled, its place accommodated [bodily/spatially] in, for example, its inability to see the smooth unmoving threads of the web’. Given this structure, one of the ways the fly might escape is to not be a fly. The exceptional thing here is not only to escape the trap but to express a freedom as other to the logic of the trap. That is, to change the rules of the game. And the conditions which create the spider and the fly." –– John Russell quoting Elizabeth Grosz

"All other animals are capable of some degree of education; their instincts may be suppressed or altered; the dog may be taught to fetch or carry; the bird to whistle a tune; and the serpent to dance." But the insect was immune to such manipulations. "No arts," he lamented, " can turn it from its instincts." It was, he concluded, "armed with the powers to disturb the peace of an emperor." –– quoted by James E. McWilliams

“Many people cannot bear to think that they are cousins not just of chimpanzees and monkeys, but of tapeworms, spiders, and bacteria.” –– Richard Dawkins

"Falling is relational – if there is nothing to fall toward, you may not even be aware that you’re falling. If there is no ground, gravity might be low and you’ll feel weightless. Objects will stay suspended if you let go of them. Whole societies around you may be falling just as you are. And it may actually feel like perfect stasis – as if history and time have ended and you can’t even remember that time ever moved forward." –– Hito Steyerl

“Subjective vertigo is vertigo of the event. But the sensation that one is not simply spinning in an otherwise stable environment, that one’s environment is perpetually unhinged stems from a relationship to violence that cannot be analogized. This is called objective vertigo, a life constituted by disorientation rather than a life interrupted by disorientation." –– Frank B. Wilderson III

"New identities dream life into intermediate possibility as two lives are expressed in a single day.' –– Adam Young and Rebecca Diamond

We could conjure a ‘wild writing’, a writing to come, that positions itself within a cognizance of language’s ultimate failure, its impossibility to truly mean, and that frees language from its increasingly endangered position as a vehicle for conveying forms of meaning acceptable to the masses in the so-called information age, and rather utilises language as a medium for creating new sounds, new meanings. Language against the law, against information. –– Travis Jeppesen

"To ‘die alive’ is no longer undertaken only in terms of one’s own body and the turning of its own being in relation to innateness. In a dead and hollow-body this turns into an affective communication with other beings, through a form of continuity or becoming as infinite opening (morphogenesis). This is where transmutation occurs [...] where the impersonal aspect of death offers the chance to experience so many deaths, and to have these other deaths transfigure [one]." –– Michael Hornblow

“We are criminals and we do not know how to express or prove that we are criminals. The problem is that if, as criminals, we were recognized as such, we would have to pay for the crime. Yet if we paid, the crime would disappear and our debt would be wiped out. We must keep our crime in order to keep our crime safe, to avoid the terrible fate of being forgiven.” –– Hélène Cixous

a new kindness is ceaselessly growing on the horizon

it is the rancor of words that guides us
their perfidious smell
(slime made from the intimate friendship of our wounds
just as their rage was nothing but the recrystallization of burning ghettos)
the dreadful resentment of saliva reswallowed by the surf

–– Aimé Césaire