viernes, 12 de octubre de 2018

De Robin Hood a Banksy



Hay que tener cuidado a la hora de analizar cierto tipo de constructo concerniente a la decadencia de la llamada cultura occidental. Si bien es cierto que, por un lado, existe un evidente agotamiento de la creatividad en cuanto a los mecanismos tradicionales relacionados con la imaginación y sus perversos fines, también es cierto que los nuevos y burdos medios utilizados para estos mismos fines continuan siendo efectivos. Una sólida paradoja parece perpetuarse en la contemporaneidad: la superficialidad y la falta de sutileza de los actuales métodos promueve, a su vez, una cada vez mayor y más profunda precarización de la razón colectiva. Los hacedores de zombies actuales han logrado inocular las naderías de manera exitosa en el quehacer cotidiano. Habitamos una suerte de malestar general festinado; un hedonismo kitsch donde el like virtual es la patente de corso para ser aprobados como seres socialmente útiles. De ahí que tengamos y aceptemos como revolucionario y antisistema a un antihéroe de la categoría de Banksy. En la más reciente "performance", el enigmático "artista" vuelve -supuestamente- a burlarse de la industria del arte (pero dentro de la industria del arte) pretendiendo hacernos creer la infantil puesta en escena de un espectáculo a todas luces ideado y, perpetrado, por el verdadero artífice que no es más ni menos que el monstruo que Banksy (desde su falso anonimato) aupa con su farisea resistencia. He aquí una prueba más de un timo vulgar y decadente dentro de una cultura que, sin embargo, sigue siendo el paradigma existencial actual. De Robin Hood a Banksy, así vamos deificando nuestra nada cotidiana.

martes, 11 de septiembre de 2018

El affair de Serena



El bochornoso espectáculo mostrado el pasado sábado en la final del US Open por la tenista Serena Williams y el público presente en el stadium, tiene algunas aristas dignas de ser destacadas. La actitud arrogante y soberbia de Serena y el respaldo irracional del público, es un fiel indicador del ADN cultural de la sociedad estadounidense. La excesiva competitividad y el engreimiento enraizado en el inconsciente colectivo de la población norteamericana ha imposibilitado que sean buenos perdedores; y ser un mal perdedor denota una fragilidad espiritual muy elevada. De ahí que muchos analistas políticos y sociólogos sientan temor de hasta dónde es capaz de llegar (en cuanto a capacidad de provocar daños) el imperio estadounidense en su irreversible decadencia. Los estadounidenses son tan incapaces de aceptar una derrota en cualquier asunto que, una vez derrotados, optan por escenificar un show para, de esta manera, seguir siendo protagonistas del espectáculo. Porque, a fin de cuentas, es precisamente el espectáculo el que los ha mantenido y, aún mantiene, en el falso pedestal de superioridad mundial. Es por esto que Serena, incluso después de mostrar una actitud tan pedestre y rastrera, logró acaparar todos los titulares del mainstream en detrimento del triunfo de su gran rival, la japonesa Naomi Osaka. Otro asunto, no menos importante, es el falso y descontextualizado argumento usado por Serena Williams contra el árbitro del partido, acusándolo de machista y sexista. Serena, haciendo gala de un chantaje feroz, izó la bandera (muy de moda) del feminismo como forma de arengar a las masas políticamente correctas. Al final de todo, la arrogante y soberbia Serena Williams se erigió como víctima del patriarcado reinante y su patética conducta fue relativizada y hasta justificada. Una  muestra de la manipulación y las presiones en nombre de una falsa causa esgrimida es la censura de la caricatura que ilustra este post, realizada por Mark Knight y retirada después de ser publicada en el diario australiano Herald Sun.

Ilustración: Mark Knight

lunes, 10 de septiembre de 2018

Are You Lost In The World Like Me?


Are You Lost In The World Like Me? from Steve Cutts on Vimeo.

The animation is made by Steve Cutts for a video for Moby. Are You Lost In The World Like Me, a song from the album by Moby and the Void Pacific Choir The Systems are Failing.

domingo, 26 de agosto de 2018

Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze Live at the Jazz Gallery 2010: Sira


Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze Live at the Jazz Gallery 2010 from Volker Goetze on Vimeo.

The day when Sira came into the world,
The ocean was calm, neither vagueness nor noise.
All peaceful flying species are in the sky and turn to him. 
The day when Sira came into the world, 
I understood many things, which are not
Clear in my head, another vision of my 
Circle of friends and Family, my environment and had a
New step in this world. 
I return thanks to God from me to give, 
What any man can only dream.

martes, 21 de agosto de 2018

Homo Estridente


Por favor, mátame en silencio... Oh, dulce espada.

Desde el "Ladran, Sancho";
pasando por el "tic, tac" del reloj...
entonces llegamos al Blower:
ese mezquino e infame artefacto
que nos define como especie.

martes, 7 de agosto de 2018

The Holocaust and its Deniers


By Gilad Atzmon

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, some Jewish intellectuals and humanists expressed the thought that ‘after Auschwitz Jews have to locate themselves at the forefront of the battle for humanity and against all forms of oppression.’

This is a principled and heroic ideal, but the reality on the ground has been somewhat different. Just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the Jewish state ethnically cleansed the vast majority of indigenous Palestinians. Two years later, in 1950, Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return, a racist law that distinguishes between Jews who have the right to ‘return’ to someone else’s land and the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees that were expelled by force from their villages and cities.

In the seven decades since, the Jewish State has committed every possible human rights abuse. It made Gaza into the biggest open-air prison in human history and has repeatedly dropped bombs on the most overpopulated place on earth. Recently the Jewish State deployed hundreds of snipers against unarmed Gazans who were protesting at the border. Israel killed dozens and wounded more than 13,000 Palestinians, the majority severely, with over 1,400 struck by three to five bullets.

If the Holocaust left Jews with a mission to fix the world, the Jewish State has done the opposite. Its crimes against humanity can be seen as a complete denial of the Holocaust's message.

Some Jews who survived the Holocaust did dedicate their lives to a universal battle for a better world. Among these heroes was Hajo Meyer, a Dutch Auschwitz survivor who, for the obvious reasons, saw the similarities between his own suffering and the Palestinian plight.

In 2003 Meyer wrote The End of Judaism, accusing Israel of usurping the Holocaust to justify crimes against the Arabs. He participated in the 2011 “Never Again – For Anyone” tour. He correctly argued that Zionism predated fascism, and he also reiterated that Zionists and Fascists had a history of collaboration.

Meyer exemplified the Jewish post-Shoah humanist promise. After Auschwitz he located himself at the forefront of the fight against oppression. He fought Israel.

On Holocaust Memorial Day 2010, Meyer was invited to an event at the British Parliament which included MP Jeremy Corbyn. At the event Meyer compared Israeli racial policy to the Nuremberg laws. At the same event, Haidar Eid, a Palestinian academic from Gaza, pointed out that “the world was absolutely wrong to think that Nazism was defeated in 1945. Nazism has won because it has finally managed to Nazify the consciousness of its own victims.”

Eid didn’t ‘compare’ Zionism with Nazism, he described an ideological continuum between Nazi ideology and Israeli policy. He maintained that the racial discriminatory ideology of the Nazis was picked up by the Jewish state and has been rife in the Jewish State since then.

Yesterday MP Jeremy Corbyn was attacked by the Jewish lobby for being present at that meeting that explored these universal ethical positions. Our Labour candidate for prime minister anemically recalled that at the event in question views were expressed which he did not “accept or condone.” Corbyn even apologized “for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused.” I wonder why my preferred candidate has to express regret for being in the presence of a humanist exchange. I wonder why our next PM feels the need to disassociate himself from people who advocate ‘for the many, not the few.’

The message for the rest of us is devastating. The battle for a better world can’t be left to Corbyn alone. Needless to say, the Jewish State and its Lobby haven’t located themselves at the forefront of humanity. It is actually the Palestinians who have been pushed to the front of that frustrating struggle. Not to see that is to deny their holocaust.

Source: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/8/2/the-holocaust-and-its-deniers