The last few months have given credence to Lenin's claim that “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” It's been a wild (ongoing) ride, shattering whatever sense of normality late-stage capitalism allowed and sending many – myself included – into the dark space of unknowing that accompanies a breakdown in our collective sense-making.
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” – Arundhati Roy The water seemed clearer, translucent. Was it the weather, or the lockdown? Across the harbour, a sole ferry burned its … Continue reading Shut Down Diaries III: A Walk to the Grave / And Back
"In an entangled and entangling world, abandonment is not possible..." – Bayo Akomolafe (2020) I am in the kitchen, making cheese on toast. Hamish has a monitor set up at the table, his laptop to the side. The new normal, I muse. “More just figuring it out,” says Hamish. Adjusting. Then Anna comes in – … Continue reading Shut Down Diaries: Day 1