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Kettlebell History Goes Back Much Further Than Russia (2016) Nick English.

In 1981, The Official Kettlebell Commission was formed [USSR], which advocated (but didn’t enforce) mandatory kettlebell training for all workers.

Felkar more or less agrees that Pavel’s marketing was extremely influential in spreading kettlebells as a fitness tool. She likens him to Eugen Sandow: he wasn’t the first guy to excel at bodybuilding, but he was a marketing genius who lay a lot of the groundwork for today’s world.

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness (2016) Olivia Goldhill.

Darwin Grosse’s Art + Music + Technology feels like an interesting podcast series. Listened to the chat with Michael Hetrick. Fun and nerdy.

Guerrilla Public Service Redux (~ 2017) a happy story of artist Richard Ankrom’s infra-art activities from 2001. A positive narrative. The same strategies of using uniforms to disguise guerrilla actions are still actively used.

Deep Decay – Into Diachronic Polychromatic Material Fictions (2017) Andy Weir. A difficult but informative text. Deep time Marxism feels like a fresh and fun approach/addition to the discussion. I should continue making melancholic downbeat electro (I’m dreaming of a drum machine).

As philosopher Ben Woodard has pointed out, the radical futurity invoked by the eco-crisis remains largely wedded to an anthropocentric horizon—understood in terms of “our children” and future generations. The deep geological repository, however, embodies not only a call to future generations, captured as a narrative of protection in the film [Into Eternity (2010)], but also a more radical confrontation with the death of human thought, and so its contingency alongside nuclear timescales.

If the more radical futurity of the eco crisis, alluded to by Woodard, can be understood as the further and scientific removal of the human from the centre of the universe, then the deep geological repository registers and deepens this germ of trauma.

The deep geological repository, as site of activity and its operational conditions, presents a specific kind of problem, one that necessitates what Jussi Parikka has called for in a media archaeology that he aligns with art practice, “the investigation of the mineral and substrate materialities as well as the materialities of production, management of global labour processes, and various other materialities that are always entangled”.

Art can be an experimental platform for building multiple “diachronic material fictions” that think the deep geological repository as futurology, excavating its political stake. From one perspective, this is important as artists are stakeholders in an ongoing industry consultation process, demanding critical reflection on what this could mean beyond the instrumentalisation of making seductively stunning images. From another perspective, our understanding of the “contemporary” of contemporary art is subject to traumatic reconfiguration, amplified alongside inhuman scale, refracted through multiple interface methods. Finally, developing the ideas of thinkers such as Parikka, who proposes “concrete and long-term investment in geological times of media as crucial for processes of subjectivation”, we can consider what it means to think production and circulation of these fictions as constitutive of radical, processes of subjectification, opened and cut across by deep time.

20170322

Submitted the terms deep time Marxism and the institutional horizon to the Bureau of Linguistical Reality database.

Work on the SOW: Blacksmith ed1 metadata is progressing steadily. I’m currently authoring a .csv table with descriptions, filenames, tags etc. for freesound.org. The work is very tedious. The table has 324 rows (each with eight columns). Also added ID3v2.3.0 & RIFF INFO metadata to the files. Unfortunately I couldn’t sync the data automatically so the details are a bit different between the .csv and the metadata embedded into the files. Got the Sound of Work: Blacksmith edition 1 webpage on Ore.e Ref. site ready. Prepared a collection of one shot sounds for Kristian, so that we can start rehearsing with them.

20160831

Found a clever song by Kids Without Instruments “Fossils”  from 2014.

Someday we’ll turn into dust
Places we used to love will be rust
In another life I won’t know your name
In another life things won’t be the same

The song motivates me to continue working on making the concept of Deep time Marxisim audible. I stumbled to the song via FrankJavCee’s youtube channel. He has also made an interesting video on the History of Muzak. His channel reminds me on Hennessy Youngman videos.

Applied for the The Young Artist Grant. I’m feeling lucky with my grant game.

20160813

Review of Ted Nield’s book “Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet” (2009) casts a shadow over the concept of Deep time Marxism. Apparently “even if some civilization of 200 million years ago had completely covered [the Earth] in cities and then wiped itself out in some gigantic global nuclear holocaust, nothing—not even the faintest trace of some unnatural radioisotope—would now remain on the surface.”. The review highlights a novel concept “no-analog” landscapes which are environments (in the past and future of earth) that aren’t in connection with our current modes of life.

I’d like to further my rhythmical indoctrination to Marxism in the dance workshop for “HEGELIAN DANCERS“ by Ericka Florez.

20160812

Playing around with “Deep time Marxism”. I explained the concept to Paula, as being 40% chitchat with Pietari and 60% of the “Dust and Exhaustion” article by Jussi Parikka, with some references to the concept of “Anthrobscene”. I made two educational videos about it. One for grooves and smoothes and the other for seduction and the weeps.

  1. The Deep Time Marxists of the Future
  2. Indoctrination to the Arts

We are preparing the “Horse and Performance” course for the Theater Academy Helsinki with Pietari. This time the course will be conducted inside a week which will push as to work even harder than last time (Here are the un-proofread notes of the course).

20160810

Deep time Marxism (noun)

/diːp tʌɪm ˈmɑːksɪz(ə)m”/

  1. Investigation of political subjectivities which develop as direct results of geological developments and the concentration of valuable minerals in specific regions of earth’s crust (and celestial bodies in outer space).
  2. Class consciousness which develops from investigating oneself as a fossil of the future (i.e. Imagining how traces we have left in to earth’s crust and geospace [traces of radiation, concentrations of metal, space junk, etc.] will be interpreted by the Deep time Marxists of the future).
  3. A pedagogical movement working to deposit specific traces of human activity in geographically strategic sites, so that the Deep time Marxists of the far future may come to terms with their role in history.
  4. (Fig.) Of a communist or socialist ideology resurfacing from history. Ref. Geological theory of deep time which manifests itself in minerals and fossils surfacing from earth core; living fossils.