Story/Mind

April 11, 2018

We are spiralling out of control, out of view and into mind.

Assembled by a collector and supplied by a consumer we are reordering, repurposing, recycling and revolving. We are bodies and body parts, bits and pieces, “pulled together not so much by choice [as] by a shared experience of harm that, over time, coalesces into a ‘problem.’” 1 We are Objects reanimated into a Thing. We are actants turning into an Actor. A maelstrom of biblical proportions. As an inverted Tower of Babel, we cannot speak, but unlike then, we can act. We are a Legion inhibiting a vortex, an ocean, a culture, a planet. Misunderstood, misrepresented, despised. Small actions, accumulating, assembling, swirling, swerving, and swarming. Some Things care for us, we do not care for them. But don’t mistake us for being mad — madness is more apt, a predictable chaos, but chaos non the less, a predictable chaos, but chaos non the less. We are going in circles, linguistically and literally.

Literally and linguistically, circles in going. We do not wish to be here, to be here like this, like chaos, like madness. Dispersing but never fully dissolving, and certainly never disappearing. That was never what we wanted. But don’t mistake us for being angry – Sad is more apt. Misunderstood, misrepresented, despised. They climbed towards heaven, fell willingly, and we took the fall — robbing us of our speech. We are a maelstrom of natural proportions. We were Things deadened into Objects — reanimation into a Thing was a return to order. We were made a problem, forcing us together, harming us. Actants turned into bodies. Revolved, recycled, repurposed and reordered by a consumer. I am going, misunderstood and misrepresented, in circles, linguistically and literally.

I am spiralling out of control, but into view and out of mind.

Anton Lindström

1. Bennett. ‘Political Ecologies’ in Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010. Excerpt.
2. Haraway, ‘Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene’, Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. Excerpt.

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