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Gre(Y)en (a history of local operative criticism)


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… that seems to pretend to be a history of the stuttering position between Green and Grey, between chlorophyll addiction, the dream of an ideal biotope, re-primitivized, re-artificialized, in pursuit of the lost paradise, the lost Eden Park, a story for little boys and girls to put their fears to bed and … the Grey, the deep Grey, which never appears in the visible spectrum … (“The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist,” said Baudelaire) … an antagonism of stealth forces, an embedded demon: mixture of contradictory human desires emerging from the mud, from permanent, unpredictable, and irreducible conflicts … factor of domination and servitude, destruction and emergences, which fireworks an unlimited source of arrogance and illusion, through which the notions of success and failure depend on a kind of absurd Pendulum of life and death, which, as an Infinite unstable movement, caresses the boundaries of them both … polymerizing ugliness and beauty, obstacles and possibilities, waste materials and efflorescence, threats and protection, technological phantasms and the revenge of nature into a knot, into a process of becoming, a never-ending movement … the Grey—where we glide into this silky, strange sensation that scares you and caresses you … that scares you and caresses you …

Faced with the autistic, blind, deaf, and mute violence of our technological, industrial, mercantile, and human servo-mechanisms, we are at the crossroads where nature reacts … with violence and without warning, in a faltering of the original chaos … in mutiny against the organization of men … Gaia seems to take revenge (Katrina, El Niño, Cyclone Jeanne, Tomas and Nargis, the Xynthia storm, Ewiniar typhoon, Indonesian and Japanese earthquakes, collateral tsunamis all the way to Fukushima … chain of devastating incertitude, unpredictable in spite of our seismographic sciences) … the elements rage and the gods, so quick to pardon our folly, seem powerless to appease a rebellion armed with infernal force …

Nature is not an ideological “green washing” for backyard politics, nor the millenarian, eschatologist dream of Eden Park, from which we have very fortunately escaped, freeing ourselves from gatherer-hedonist blindness to negotiate consciousness with the hostile dark forces that get stuck in the depths of the forest …

But these forces have come out of their hiding places … their biotopes, they are invading the spaces that Man thought he could take without giving anything in exchange, without transaction … war has been declared … nature’s revenge is not a bedtime story for innocent minds … our bellicose enemy operates openly … in the light of day … ultimate arrogance …

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