Dying/broken/forgiven.... now I begin

Born: 17-06-56....gemini.... monkey
re-born: 3-09-80
born again\found: 14-04-08
other notable dates: 10-03-68; 03-09-87; 23-03-96;
1-05-98; 31-01-02; 5-04-04

Interests: movement, stressed/transgressive embodiment, lived experience (body\space\time\relation)
expression ( word, dance, text, image, story, music, poetics)
learning, yielding......

Hopes for the blog:
offer up the wild intersectedness of lived experience and engage others in creative, expressive, perhaps irreverant, hopefully playful, and respectful encounters....
enact kindness
create moments of pause for disclosure, discovery, stillness

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Ambiguity



BILLBOARDS

who/what do
cultural natives have
to
look
up
to
(?!)




7 comments:

  1. Themselves. (great post by the way)

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  2. thanks, Mariana-- I was also struck by the word "have" also possibly meaning " required" ... literally, if something is on a billboard, one "has" to look up to it...
    nice to see you :))

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  3. Pisces-- thanks for the question. Cultural natives are the folks who inhabit a culture that might or might not be of their making. For example, I am a cultural native of Newfoundland and consider that my culture even though Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949 and is supposedly also Canadian, and there is enough Canadiana in and on Newfoundland property that it is difficult not to see it, or, literally, to look up to it.
    I was also thinking about the public advertising of "must have consumer products" in countries who can barely afford to buy the products that they themselves make.
    I always like it when you drop in and ask the question that elaborates the deeper question.

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  4. And a very enlightening (and eloquent) answer too. As one who finds himself at deep odds with his cultural nativity (being a product of Apartheid South Africa) I often forget that there are those like yourself who sit on the side of the angels.
    Now, in response to your original post (and again this will be informed by my own position as a native of nowhere) the cultural native should look up to no-one, since billboards seldom deliver on the goods they promise.

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  5. Pisces-- thanks for coming back and for that great response..... Mariana is of the same mind.... and, of course, so am I. And it is not only billboards who seldom deliver on the promises....it's tougher and tougher not to be cynical as hell.

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  6. Goodness knows. I still haven't worked out what's so great about native Scottish culture yet.

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