If we see society as a mechanism for producing and protecting individual wealth, then it is only fitting that property be an individual’s sole and despotic dominion over land. But if we see that people can live alone but come into political association in order to live well, then government, laws, and the rest of the system can protect property or prune it, depending on what creates the most beneficial situation for the most people. Today we see the market as the ultimate arbiter of our ability to dwell here on earth. But when it comes to human necessities (such as having a place to live or enough to eat) the market doesn’t seem to do such a good job. The world’s squatters are demonstrating a new way forward in the fight to create a more equitable globe. Without any laws to support them, they are making their improper, illegal communities grow and prosper. There is no life without a place to live. Every consideration of objects, and of buildings too, is produced out of a dwelling. Concretely speaking the dwelling is not situated in the objective world, but the objective world is situated by relation to your dwelling. In other words, without a home, there is no world.
Global Islands Project – ongoing series of multi-media pdf-ebooks – a pastoral, pictorial and phonic elicitation of island parameters.
Your (Art)world is based on mutual relief at your common corruption. Maybe some cultures are based on even worse. But that wouldn’t change the bad faith of it and as years go by, you wake at night in terror of your whole life being an act of bad faith, where everything is self-interest and nothing more, where every human interaction is driven by a silent, even subconscious calculation of some ulterior motive, to the point that a sea of bad faith has taken over your whole life, there’s no small island left from which you can even try to build a bridge of good faith, because even that effort becomes suspect, even good faith is nothing but self-interested, even altruism is nothing but solipsistic, even your professed agonizing right here right now is nothing but a gesture, made to the conscience in order to assure it that it exists.
Island 1.0 is Ambergris Caye, Belize
Island 2.0 is Koh Si Chang, Thailand
Island 3.0 is Lamu, Kenya
Global Islands Project:
Island 1.0 -> http://bbrace.net/islands/island1/island1.html
– over 800 images and hour-long audiotrack – 69mb – (acrobat 6)
Island 2.0 -> http://bbrace.net/islands/island2/island2.html
– over 535 images and hour-long audiotrack – 78mb – (acrobat 6)