The Anti-Capitalist Archive

29 09 2010

The subjective realm is an archival topic because body-memory is a record of the socialized body–the body that participates in action.  What information do we put in to ourselves to facilitate particular behaviors? Capitalism has operated through disempowering others into its narrative of objectifying and commodifying self into monetary culture. Value is in what can translate into market demand.  Standard is the market value determined by mass producers, consumers, politics of which trend can circulate to allow certain things to be produced, bought and sold en masse.

The self measures itself to an outside standard–not what it is, what its talents are from organic, local processes of becomng. Why industrial and post-industrial society has led to disenfranchisement of local areas for centralized development of cities. To focus on environmental justice frameworks is to bring back life back to local places, ignored and abused by the capitalist development process.  Bring back to the value of the self as in relation to its surroundings. How the self must come to face its subjectivity, and assess and appraise its own narratives of truth. To transform how its bodily behavior, previously configured toward industrial labor practices and culture, toward a more locally aware of being that seeks to understand how global process of industrialist expansion has creeped into the local, ecological, biological networks that the self has been embedded in.

Centralized Archive to Decentralized Archive
Archive and knowledge production are similar in that there is a parallel dynamic of leaving localities to go to four-walled institutions with records en masse, or big cities with buildings en masse, to learn. This led to the loss of value for local knowledge, specific to understanding the specific ecology of place.  When bodies become archives, knowledge is everywhere, around where the body lives.  The body makes connections between emotions and landscape, history and present.  Why sad places are polluted, with the scent of violent behaviors, and its stifling air of traumatic histories colonization and institutions of militarism.  The way knowledge of time and place are configured by industrialist mindsets that allowed the physical and tacit structure of our worlds to be that way.

Social movements, like Ethnic Studies in particular, made the connections, crossing the borders between university and community, to decenter sources of “truth” and validate that knowledge existed in community.  The body as archive articulates this decentralization of knowledge processing its own history, space, present becoming, to reconfigure the whole notion of truthful order, that governs according to old paradigsm of ctities as center, rural as periphery, policy as truth, and community practice as untruth.

Anti-Capitalist Archive
Postcolonial/indigeniety. Subjectivity and action. Decolonization of subjectivity is awareness of colonial and industrial past as constructing present issues of self-esteem and local disenfranchisement.  What do we use our socio-technical systems for? Whose networks do we empower? The anti-capitalist archive does not live in a structure funded by the capitalist paradigm.  The anti-capitalist archive is the decolonizing mind that walks through dominant institutions and disenfranchised streets, feeling the records of memory remind the self to transform and rupture unjust orders, breathing in and exhaling imaginations for new ones.  These new orders are not “new,” but repressed memories emerging from the fractures of the industrial, capitalist subjectivity, like weeds growing out the cracks of hegemonic cement.

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