The project of Eco-Guerrilla Education was essentially a project in poetic education. The poetic nature of this work finds it definition in a book entitled: Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space. Outlined in this page is the end result of the Eco-Guerrilla Education project. Below the hyperlinked poem which was interspersed throughout Vancouver’s Downtown Core. The last portion of this post are some the final reflections on this project.
We bubble and
Split – sucking on,
Green cum and…
tits; naked to the
blind to the
Consuming – Consuming – Consuming
BP’s picture perfect
prim green petroleum
Consume – Consume – Consume
Capitalist green consumption
/homogenize – homogenize – homogenize/
North/South – West/East
tickle our trickledown
Consume – Consume – Consume
Choking – death on
billion dollar CEfuckingOs/
Orgiastic Laughing Ecocide!
Each time I write,
it feels ___ I’m advancing ___ new territory,
haven’t been before,
this type → advances ++++ demanding certain gestures ——
can be taken: aggressive
regarding other thinkers / colleagues –
I’m not naturely polemical but:
true deconstructive gestures: destabilizecauseanxietyorhurt –
so, every time
this gesture is made:
there are moments of feAr!
Not during writing.
Actually, I write _ a feeling _ necessity,
stronger ___ myself,
demands I write – write.
never renounced anything
because → certain consequences.
I say into said.
That is to say,
when not writing,
a strange moment: going ↔ asleep.
When I have a nap → fall asleep.
At that moment – With Half Sleep,
suddenly I’m terrified __ what am I doing?
“You’re crazy to write this!”
“You’re crazy to attack such a thing!”
“You’re crazy to criticize such and such a person.”
“You’re crazy to contest such an authority, be it textual, institutional or personal.”
Panic of subconscious
If … comparing it to? …
Imagine singular child doing: horrible.
Freud → childhood dreams: nakedness
terrified exposure: naked.
Here with Half Sleep: impressions ↔
Actions into criminal, disgraceful, unavowable,
I shouldn’t do.
Half Sleep telling me:
“But you’re mad to have done that.”
Half Sleep … Convincing.
“Stop everything! Take it back! Burn your papers!”
“What you are doing is inadmissible!”
But I ascend from Half Sleep.
Meaning, or interpret: in supposed awake, conscious, working –
I’m certainly more unconscious than with Half Sleep.
When Half Sleep is there: in vigilance –
telling me “truth”,
Telling me: I’m doing → very serious!
In awakeness and working:
Vigilance is sleeping.
Vigilance is not stronger than Awakness.
And so I do what must be done.
Reflections on the Eco-Guerilla Education Project
Firstly, I would like to qualify the term Eco-Guerrilla Education. “Eco” is in reference to the term ecological. I use this term with the following signification: Ecology, within the human sphere and how I will use it in this project, incorporates the interaction between the ecosphere, technosphere and sociosphere. I believe that, to be truly ecological beings, we must sustainably integrate within the limitations of our physical environment, create a socially just and egalitarian society, detach from seeing humanity as a means towards growth and capital accumulation, and create a vibrant multicultural community which values art, music, critical thought an diversity. In other words, ecology is more than just how biological organisms within a given space interact and sustain each other. Ecology, in my mind, represents a paradigm shift in how we view ourselves in relation to our society and the natural environment. If we continue to subjugate, dominant, rape, enslave and murder our very own species, the planet has no hope. We cannot know how to save the planet until we understand how to save ourselves. This will require investment and education in the elements describe above. Which brings me to the educational aspect of Eco-Guerrilla Education. My project is educative in two ways: 1. In a casual way, which means that most people will interact with the educational experience while in transit or in process (i.e. while in the process of doing something else not related to the post), and it ends their. 2. In an inquisitive way, which means that some people will take the time to consider my statements and read more on my website. Both educational experiences are valuable. The casual person will at lest have their day interrupted by a statement which causes them to critically engage with themselves, however brief this may be. The second creates a deeper and sustain dialogue with the individual. Maybe they are perplexed, deeply interested, intensely curious, or maybe they just want to find the guy who wrote this so they can do something mean to him/her. In any case, it effects them for a sustained period of time and thus they create a deep dialogue with the text.
As was noted in my proposal, this project was about disrupting the dominant capitalist consumer narrative. My inspiration for this project came about from reading Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space. Within this book the authors argue that public space is “produced for us rather than by us” (6). In such a space “the call for cool-headed deliberation can be used to dictate the terms of social debate that tend to dismiss subordinate, dissident groups” (13). Thus I desired to turn the public space, in the downtown core of Vancouver, into a place “where a person constructs meaning rather than consumes experiences” (11). The meaning they would primarily construct is their relationship to the statement presented. Through this I desired to “politically subvert dominant modes of thinking [and] challenge common beliefs” (26). Guerrilla poetry is meant to partially reclaim public space from it increasingly depoliticized nature. “While neoliberal capitalist practices trend towards a depoliticized puiblic, guerrilla poets … attempt an oppositional politico-aesthetic stance that registers dissatisfaction with hyper commercialism, social injustice, and the increasing inability of citizens to slow down” (7). Moreover, the traditional political apparatus is entirely entrenched in the capitalist hyper-consumption mentality; our subversive ecological politics are completely ignored by the public as just another Eco-Nutcase trying to control their life. Thus, “rather than relying on traditional forms of political action like voting and petitioning, [I used] a variety of unconventional tactics in public space” like leaving poems on buses, wheat pasting environmental facts to light posts and other places, and attaching painted plywood signs to fences around the downtown core (16). As such my “intervention poaches public space in innovative and sometimes antagonistic ways, seizing democratic rights, rather than stuffing them silently into [a] pocket” (26). Furthermore, my actions were non-sanctioned and non-commissioned, nor did I receive permission or funds. As such my actions are purely guerrilla (28).
This could take the form of anger and offence to the statement, to curious consideration, to just a causal thought.
Boykoff, Jules and Kaia Sand. “Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space”. Palm Press, Long Beach: 2008.