Saturday, December 15, 2012

Grasshopper Mind

Grasshopper Mind is related to what artists do:
Five goals of artists and art, particularly Land Art, in the health of a technological society: 

Creating a Sense of Place
Linking to our hunter/gatherer history,
Witnessing to Other,
Building the capacity for ambiguity,
Testifying to the Organic.

Grasshopper Mind is quite related to the mind of the Hunter Gatherer.  I've just read Hugh Brody's book, The Other Side of Eden.   a few quotes:

 There are eruptions of the hunter-gatherer in the [modern] urban setting… arenas in which a rival mind seeks expression and longs for its particular forms of freedom […] The hunter-gatherers in the heartland of the exiles… are opponents of the dominant order. They oppose hierarchy and challenge the need to control other people and the land itself. Consciously or not, they are radicals in their lives.
At the least, they experience the tension in themselves that comes from a longing not to plan and not to acquiesce in plans; at most they use a mixture of knowledge and dreams to express their vision. It is artists, speculative scientists and those whose journeys in life depend on not quite knowing their destination who are close to hunter-gatherers; who rely upon the hunter gatherer-mind.

The distinction between respect and control is of immense importance to an understanding of how agriculturalists approach hunter-gatherers. The skills of farmers are centred not on their inner relationship to the world but their ability to change it. Technical and intellectual systems are developed to achieve and maintain this as completely as possible. Farmers carry with them systems of control as well as crucial seeds and livestock. These systems constitute ways of thinking as well as bodies of information. .. the achievement of abstraction and the project of control are related.

Grasshopper Mind is related to Metaxy  in-between-ness

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