Monday, November 21, 2016

Call me Helium (Hélio Oiticica & Jimi Hendrix), boné caco movo cesta páli-da!*****











***Portraits taken from the Internet.
Roubado, sem crédito, porque só mortos caminhamos
(Camélia, meu cú que ria!!)...
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Untitled (1981)
image from Leonhard Emmerling's Basquiat

***The War on Drugs is an Epic Failure (Jim Batt, Kim Boekbinder);
Jesse Owens (and Naoto Tajima) at Berlin Olympics 1936;
Dina Sfat, Elke Maravilha e Marília Pera;
Pessoa Nefasta (Gilberto Gil, 1984);
Chomsky about the War on Drugs (see text below);

"An ordinary theatre going public generally has a certain narrow-minded seriousness."
Constantine Constantius (translation by M. G. Piety)
"... blackness is also attributed to the sun, according to a certain long-hidden tradition. One of the shocks for candidates in the 'Mysteries' was the revelation 'Osiris is a blackgod.'"
Aleister Crowley, The Book of Thoth
"The style, the grace, the coolness, the cynical zen detachment from the system came from the blacks. No white professor had to tell the blacks to turn on, tune in, and drop out of conformity."
Timothy Leary
"Eine lange lateinische Abhandlung in Einer Nachtwache niederzuschreiben und auch noch ab-zuschreiben, mit dem Ehrgeiz in der Feder, es meinem Vorbilde Sallust in Strenge und Gedrängtheit nachzuthun, und einigen Grog von schwerstem Kaliber über mein Latein zu gießen, dies stand schon, als ich Schüler der ehrwürdigen Schulpforta war, durchaus nicht im Widerspruch zu meiner Physiologie, noch vielleicht auch zu der des Sallust — wiesehr auch immer zur ehrwürdigen Schulpforta..."
Nietzsche

"'Call me Helium' (Me chame de Hélio) — pedia Jimi Hendrix." Waly Salomão, Hélio Oiticica: Qual é o Parangolé (Companhia das Letras 2015, p. 25).
"Eu quis homenagear o que penso que seja a revolta individual social: a dos chamados marginais. Tal ideia é muito perigosa mas algo necessário para mim... o que me deixava perplexo era o contraste entre o que eu conhecia dele como amigo, alguém com quem eu conversava no contexto cotidiano tal como fazemos com qualquer pessoa, e a imagem feita pela sociedade, ou a maneira como seu comportamento atuava na sociedade... Esta homenagem [ao Cara de Cavalo] é uma atitude anárquica contra todos os tipos de forças armadas..." (p. 37).
"São dirigidos aos sentidos, para através deles, da percepção total, levar o indivíduo a uma suprassensação, ao dilatamento de suas capacidades sensoriais habituais, para a descoberta do seu centro criativo interior, da sua espontaneidade expressiva adormecida, condicionada ao cotidiano..." (p. 60).
"Todas essas relações poder-se-iam chamar 'imaginativo-estruturais', ultraelásticas, nas suas possibilidades e na relação pluridimensional que delas decorre entre 'percepção' e 'imaginação' produtiva (Kant), ambas inseparáveis alimentando-se mutuamente..." (p. 85).
"Eu sou filho de Nietzsche e enteado de Artaud. Desde os treze anos que leio Nietzsche" (p. 87).
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Sirvam-se:
"Angela Maria... uma criadora total, particular, mais do que Dalva: a primeira grande criadora negra do Brasil — isso é importante e mostra o prejudico que as pessoas têm com ela: Dalva era mestiça, mas branca. Mas Angela ninguém quer aceitar: é uma ameaça..." Helio Oiticica em Torquato Neto, Torquatália (p. 236).
"Ex-Amor, sem a vulgaridade, ou melhor, banalidade das novelas da Globo: supervulgar, inteligente... Adelino Moreira é justamente a imaginação nativa do Brasil, em tudo o que de gasto ou não esse conceito possa possuir: Angela ou Nelson Gonçalves sabem disso..." (p. 237). 
"Angela nada tem de cafona... Nunca hei de esquecer quando vi Emilinha de perto, da precisão de detalhes da vestimenta: cetim verde, sapato de salto altíssimo verde do mesmo, ou não, mas do mesmo tom: uma pintura digna de qualquer mestre expressionista alemão plus Matisse, sei lá..." (p. 237). 
"Vocês pensam que Nova York é porta do Paissandu? Ignorância mais provincianismo..." (p. 366).

See also:
- Concretos &/ou Brazilian Inteligentsia;
Cinema Novo's Judgment Day;
- Cordiais Saudações;
- Tropicalismo;
- Augusto Meyer and Machado de Assis;
- God Save the Queen (Blake's Palace of Wisdom);
- Darkwaves beyond the 80's;- Genug! Manifesto;
Godard's Sympathy for the Devil;
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I would usually dismiss much of Chomsky's narrative in this video as unreliable conspiracy theory; but since totally incredible things such as Trump, Brexit & Bolsonaro indeed turned up as totally REAL, what would be fair to believe in?! at least Chomsky gives a clear narrative from the opposite side of what has now "succeeded"; what he says about the so-called War on Drugs reminds me of Burroughs and seems particularly important:
"... you have to really ask yourself whether controlling coca production has anything to do with the purpose of all of this... for decades the United States has been fighting what is called the drug war, to try to get rid of the opium production... it has essentially no effect on opium production, but it has had other effects, perfectly predictable effects... in the United States it is a technique for reintroducing slavery.... black life was criminalised and you had a new slave class... for a couple of decades after the Second World War, there was a substantial economic growth, industrial growth, so black men could get job as other workers and start moving into a relatively decent life... well, but by the 70s that essentially was over... the economy moves towards financialization, towards the elimination of industrial production, the neoliberal policies were introduced, you got this huge superficial population again... what do you do with them? throw up them into jail... and in fact that is exactly what happened; so the consequences of the drug war here was primarily, domestically to reincarcerate a large part of the black population, and also Hispanic population... and in fact they are again factory labour, they are cheap and easy exploitable labour... it is called voluntary, but when you are in jail voluntary has a special meaning... and you know when people complain about say... Guantanamo, it is all kind of a little ironic, because American prisons aren't that much different, they are torture chambers, it is a horrible system... and there were other consequences: it is a way of frightening the rest of the population here, imposing what is called law & order; so if you want to frighten and control the population, they have to be afraid of something; and they can be afraid of, you know, Hispanic narcotraffickers that are trying to destroy us and that sort of thing... the fact that it consistently fails in its alleged purpose, namely, reducing drug use, or even availability of drugs, doesn't matter, because it is succeeding in its actual purpose... in fact three, quite conservative, Latin American ex-presidents, Zedillo, Cardoso and Gaviria... put out a study which calls for just the elimination of the drug war, they said it's got nothing to do with controlling drugs..." (Noam Chomsky, History of US Rule in Latin America): 

****Excerpts from a Michèle Lamy & GAIKA interview (Dazed, March 2018): 
"I always want to explore ‘radical luxury’ – I mean, I like radical more than I like luxury, and it’s very nice to be able to combine art and the commercial, but it’s one thing to say something, but you need to demonstrate it with the theme. And so we have the collection upstairs and this here (the boxing studio)." 
"For me it’s about equality, it’s about honesty. It’s about all these things where I can’t accept the alternative. Like some of the things we just seem to accept in the world as normal. Misogyny, racism, intolerance, you know, we have conversations surrounding these things in the media all the time, but nothing’s changing. And when you think about it, it’s pretty abhorrent. You know, you have to tell men not to rape people, like, including people who supposedly run the world, they have to be told not to rape…"
"I think boxing is a good metaphor for the fight we face and how we should be fighting it. You know, boxing is one-on-one. You look your opponent in the eyes and there are a lot of rules and and there is a lot of respect, traditionally. You know, it brings in a lot of different people; you take people off the street, and kids, and people from all different walks of life, and you see people realise themselves and their potential in the boxing ring. Instead of taking a gun and shooting 20 people in anger, you can be measured and see how to be strong and how to stand for yourself as an individual here."
"The world’s changing and I think the power in the world is shifting and changing. It’s shifting away from the West, it’s shifting away from men, and you’ve got one of two reactions: accept the world is changing and be part of it, or build walls, physically or metaphorically to stop it and to block it out... Yeah, to be like Trump and his wall, you know, in the White House cowering thinking ‘we are the last supreme white beings’, sitting there with his finger on the nuclear button... So extreme. You know, I think that it (Trump’s appointment) made a lot of people wake up..."
"You know, it never really made sense to me – the massive amount of inequality in the world just seems unnecessary. It just doesn’t seem like an efficient way to keep the world turning if you think of it as a machine or a structure. It’s purely about ego as far as I can tell, it’s not even just about the material side of things or money, it’s about dominance."
"... since the dawn of the internet, and people being constantly connected to these violent images every minute, every second, it’s important that the press change too. The media should be analysing themselves and changing the way they do things. I want to see unbiased opinions, I don’t want to see left-wing newspapers or right-wing newspapers. I want to see a tribune that covers it all in a fair way..." Michèle Lamy and GAIKA go head to head on the fight for the future (Dazed, 2018)

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