Yesterday I finally leafed through the last Datacide issue, still smelling of freshly copied sheet (or maybe that was just in my head).
Actually the glorious issue 14 is been released a week ago in London during the Anarchist Bookfair.
I illustrated the essay ” Dancing with Death: The excremental, the Sacred& Ecstatic Community in Free Party Culture” by Hannah Lammin.
The essay starts from free parties in a disused abattoir in Hackney Wick, to analyze the “architectural metaphors, which connect the structure of logical systems with the monuments that express a society’s ideal nature”. With a comparison of the old slaughterhouse “quarantined by the good folk” and the free parties, set apart from the so-called normal life.
She examines the sacred–profane dichotomy in this modern times “rituals” that starts in/with the lowest matter, what she calls squat juice,to elevate itself to an ecstasy state.
When I got offered to illustrate this essay I was reading about alchemy transmutation and the text made me think of the Nigredo state, which is related to putrefaction. The alchemists believed that as a first step all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter, it is the decomposition needed to elevate matter to an higher state.
So here’s the result.
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