thank you Dr. Shefali
🗣: Universe, why do you put me in the pangolin?
✨: This animal, Corona, is on the verge of extinction. Yet men continue to poach and eat it. This will be the first step of my lesson.
🗣: Ok Universe. Why do you want me to start in China?
✨: China is the symbol of globalization and mass production. This country is overpopulated, mass-producing and mass-polluting
🗣: It’s true Universe. But at the same time it is because other countries also have a financial interest, right?
✨: Yes, that’s why your mission will be to spread you all over the world, and mainly in all the countries affected by this system, in Europe, in the United States, in the oil-producing countries
🗣: what shape will you give me, Universe?
✨: That of a virus that will mainly infect the respiratory tract.
🗣: But why Universe?
✨ Baby, see … these days men are endangering the planet. Pollution has become too great, but humanity does not measure its extent. What could be more symbolic than breathing, you understand?
🗣: Yes, but does that mean I’ll be dangerous, Universe?
✨: You will not be more than many other small existing diseases and you will be much less than the pollution itself that generates thousands of deaths! But the difference is that you will be visible
🗣: Okay Universe. But do you think this thing will work, I don’t understand how?
✨: You are right baby. That’s why I will make you very contagious. You will spread quickly. The propagation speed will be much higher than your danger.
🗣: Ok but if I’m not so dangerous, do you think they’ll be afraid of me?
✨: Oh baby yes, trust me. This is what I count on to change the mentality: fear. Only when a man is afraid that afterwards can he change
🗣: Do you believe?
✨: Yes baby, and I will add a whole context to amplify fear and awareness.
🗣: What Universe?
✨: Fear will take over so much that people will be confined to their homes … you will see. The world will stand still. Schools will be closed, public places, people will no longer be able to go to work. Cruises, planes, means of transport will be empty.
🗣: Oh la la, Universe, you’re going far, but what do you expect from this?
✨: Let the world change baby! May Mother Earth be respected! Let people realize human stupidity, inconsistencies in lifestyle and take the time to think about all this. Let them stop running, let them find that they have a family, children and time to spend with them. That they can no longer resort to external hyperactivity because they will be closed. Reconnect to themselves, even their family, this is essential
🗣: Ok but it will be dangerous, the economy will collapse
✨: Yes baby, there will be great economic consequences. But you have to go there. By touching it, I hope the world becomes aware of its operational inconsistencies. People will have to go back to a minimalist lifestyle, they will have to go back to the local and I hope it will help.
🗣: How will I transmit myself?
✨: through human contact. If people kiss, they touch …
🗣: bizarre Universe I don’t follow you, do you want to recreate a connection but keep people away?
✨ Piccolo, look at how men work today. Do you think the union still exists? Go through the virtual and screens. Even when men go around, they no longer look at nature but at their phones. Aside from the kiss, there’s not much left of being connected, so I’ll cut what’s left of their connection and go overboard. Staying confined to their homes, it is likely that at first they will celebrate on the screens but after several days they will saturate, raise their eyes, discover they have a family, neighbors and open their windows just to look at nature
🗣: You’re a tough type, Universe. You could have warned before hitting so hard
✨: But Corona, before you I sent many other little babies, but it was too localized and not strong enough
🗣: Are you sure men will understand this time?
✨: I don’t know Corona … I hope. Mother Earth is in danger … if that is not enough, I will do everything to save her, there are other babies waiting. But I trust you Corona and then the effects will be felt quickly: you will see the pollution decrease and will make you think. Men are very intelligent, I also trust their awakening potential, their ability to create new possibilities, they will see that the pollution will have dropped in an exceptional way, that the risks of shortages are real due to the fact of having globalized too much, that real luxury is no longer the money but the time. It takes a small global exhaustion because humanity can no longer bear this system, but it’s too much in the gear to realize it … it’s up to you!
🗣: thank you Universe… I’ll go
Many try to console themselves with this idea. A return to normalcy after the virus epidemic. This means living in a world of dreams, hypnotizing ourselves with a hope that in fact has no chance of coming back.
And what normalcy? That of individualism, the one where everyone thinks about themselves to beat others?
I try to indicate some of the various reasons that make this idea absurd and enemy of our evolution as human beings:
1. First of all, I wonder what is “normal” in a world where you work like crazy to buy “things” that mostly do not help but fill our lack of meaning and contact with ourselves and others ?
What is normal regarding the separation that we continuously nourish within ourselves and others through judgments, prejudices, exclusion, racism, ideology, nationalism, false gods?
What is normal about not having time, being stressed, running after money and success?
Telling us the tale of the golden age that preceded this moment only serves to keep us in a perennial state of narcissistic infantilism.
2. What is usually called normality is a continuous reduction in the field of possibilities and an adjustment to mediocrity as established by the canons of power.
“What is mediocrity? Mediocrity is a way of being in which the aspirations and yearnings for the highest values and meanings of existence are suppressed or latent. Mediocrity is not what the average is, but conforming to the average in the absence of desire, aspiration and longing for the highest values and meanings of existence.
Since no human being was born with an intrinsic desire to be mediocre but, on the contrary, with the desire and aspiration for greatness, the mediocre person must justify or ignore his mediocrity in order to live with it and with himself. This means that he or she must live a life that is false and without integrity disconnected from his deepest desires and aspirations “. Yasuhiko Genku Kimura
3. And then, in short, when will we understand, once and for all that the past is dead, and that the new continuously presents itself? What we call normality, referring to what has been, is now a corpse. It would be better to bury it, burn it, let it go, possibly even celebrating it. Our existence, in its infinite goodness, is pushing us to say enough!
4. Fortunately, normality does not exist. It is only a concept with which power — in all its forms, social, political and religious — has attacked the individual and our uniqueness.
It has manipulated us for millennia to induce us all to obedience.
The obedience to a certain way of seeing the world and oneself, the obedience to shoes and designer clothes, the obedience to the search of certainty, the obedience to hide ourselves and presenting a mask that wishes to please others, the obedience to money … etc. etc. (The reader can add whatever he/she wants to this list)
5. A look at the history of humanity clearly shows that it is not possible to go back to the past.
As far as we are concerned: globalism is showing all its limits, as a productive and financial strategy, expression of capitalist ideology, finally opening the way for a more human form of production where there is also time for oneself and life; the US empire has dominated the international scene since WWII, hiding behind the myth of democracy the desire for domination. This is falling apart with Nero / Trump burning what he can and showing his real face; communism has failed long time ago. So the planet is re-harmonizing as always, cleaning itself of useless things and offering new unpredictable possibilities; contact and cooperation re-propose themselves as real, and concrete; non-ideological values go beyond the status quo and invite creativity.
It is up to us to take this evolutionary challenge and look for a meeting point between the individual and the community beyond known boundaries: I + We = All of us.
Whether you want it or not, this is where we are going: Infinite possibilities in infinites.
The Topography of Tears is a study of 100 tears photographed through an optical microscope. The project began in a period of personal change, loss, and copious tears. One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness – and I set out to explore them up close, using tools of science to make art and to ponder personal and aesthetic questions.
Years later, this series comprises a wide range of my own and others’ tears, from elation to onions, as well as sorrow, frustration, rejection, resolution, laughing, yawning, birth and rebirth, and many more, each a tiny history.
The random compositions I find in magnified tears often evoke a sense of place, like aerial views of emotional terrain. Although the empirical nature of tears is a chemistry of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series is like an ephemeral atlas.
Roaming microscopic vistas, I marvel at the visual similarities between micro and macro realms, how the patterning of nature seems so consistent, regardless of scale. Patterns of erosion etched into earth over millions of years may look quite similar to the branched crystalline patterns of an evaporated tear that took less than a minute to occur.
Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as a rite of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis: shedding tears, shedding old skin. It’s as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.
I’m pleased if my artwork has something to add to a larger conversation, and if public interest helps motivate scientific inquiry that ultimately leads to deeper insight about the language and content of our tears. Then it’s the best meeting of art and science. I’m not making any scientific claims in my work though, nor any declarations about anything except perhaps the poetry of life.
© Rose-Lynn Fisher 2013-2015