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THE BLISS OF THE SPAM #25

Creating barricades of bodies in times of permanent conflict.

  • Jun 23 2021
  • Dalia Maini
    is a writer, editor and urban mermaid.

the bliss of the spam are naughty political poetical observations, monthly collected and inspired by the voices of the many.

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Dears inbetweeners,

Do you still remember? Congratulations! You have a body! 
Are you curious to see it moving in space AGAIN?

Colonized bodies, racialized bodies, undignified bodies, fallen bodies, forgotten bodies, murdered bodies, lacerated bodies, isolated bodies, hidden bodies, static bodies, bodies on the run, nomadic bodies, transient bodies, in between bodies, atomic bodies, interdependent bodies, solid bodies, fleshy bodies, desirous bodies, powerful bodies, dominant bodies, settler bodies, colonialist bodies, white bodies, black bodies, brown bodies, yellow bodies, red bodies, celestial bodies, heated bodies, playful bodies, crying bodies, traumatized bodies, healing bodies, resting bodies, patient bodies, sentient bodies, mysterious bodies, micothic bodies. 

Soft bodies shelter hard bodies, 
Sad bodies desire happy bodies, 
Silent bodies scream for bodies.

…We miss bodies.

Can Bodies without eyes perceive with pores?
Will Bodies without organs organize the virtual?
Shall Bodies without emotions be gatekeepers of love?

We don’t even know what bodies can do. (Baruch Spinoza)

Oh well… 

As in the very privileged zones of the world bodies gather joyfully again, pushed by capitalist rhythm of consumption, craving for the end of the COVID boredom and insecurities. In not so remote corners of the globe, all around us, at the peripheries of the so called occidental world, fires of injustice tear apart bodies and bring people together, in protest, in fight, in war, in genocide, in apartheid. 

And we ask ourselves: What is the difference between our bodies and theirs? 

So far the answer to our query is very simple> a matter of space. 

Privileged bodies are always very well organized in sections, positions, fields of knowledge, emotional bonds, elective affinities, monthly paycheck, domestic walls, gender relations. Our complex bodies are organized in discrete units of catalog-action.


Oppressed people are categorically lumped together and categorically broken from each other, reduced from multiplicity to unity through abstraction, a form of domination and social control. 

Then, if the resistances should not follow the logic of the purity of representation— the resisters must be ready to intervene in the space of categorial separations and the categorial lumping together of peoples in a struggle to connect with each other and make oneself indispensable. 

A higher sense of unity, common mission or survival tactics tight together now shall be the very history and practice of resistance.

She went “outside,” around the streets, freely asking people to come “inside” her home and take all the furniture with them, the refrigerator, the stove, the bed, everything was up for grabs. She was put “inside” a different repressive enclosure. The spatiality of her sense violated what could be tolerated as public discourse. [Maria Lugones]

What is the meaning of having our bodies if we keep them orderly and tidy and sitting at bars and restaurants, on the chairs of our offices and reading opinions and doing theory and visiting exhibitions and travelling on air polluters and being underpaid and greedy and being insensitive and selfish and dormant and just stuck in structures of power.

WHAT’S THE SENSE OF KEEPING THIS KIND OF DISTANCE VERY MUCH ENGRAINED IN HOW WE SOCIALIZE? When we could slide within each other and feel the space not as something to cross and perpetuate, but to respect, worship and reorganize.

THE NEW EDUCATION OF OUR BODIES SHALL FIND SOLUTIONS FOR POPULATING THOSE SPACES WHERE THE STRUGGLES WE WILL NEVER EXPERIENCE STRIVE TO FIND A SOLUTION. 

THE NEW MODELS OF SOCIALITY, HENCE SOCIETY TO BE CRAVED FOR ARE THOSE OF COEXISTENCE AND FOSTERING OF MULTIPLICITY OF THE SILENTS, MUTED, MURDERED BODIES. 

Shall we be mingling with whom we don’t know and who is totally alien from us, and scary and in more pain. Otherwise now that parks are open and a sort of liberty shimmers in us we will prevent ourselves from knowing what our bodies can do when really together.

That’s your task from this better world we are advocating for and we want to move toward, dissemination of common trajectories from the very space we inhabit.

Please boycott the bar where exclusion is fashionable, boycott the exhibition where nobody is keen to explain to you the meanings, boycott those who gaslight you, exclude you, treat you as a subaltern, as stupid, as disposable, boycott those that are too self-centered and never interested in knowing who you are, boycott and gather in the square, on the discord channel, in the lobby of your company, in the darkroom, on the field, and you will see who the many are. 

 

And as barricades of bodies move toward geographies of conflict,

Where we always are, in the spam and further.

 

Your faithful blisses

xxx

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