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linear data | debate

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Debate: A discussion between people in which they express different opinions about something.

In September 1963 James Baldwin debated Malcolm X on the subjects of race, class, black identity, theology, integration, and white supremacy. I recently listened to the debate on YouTube (see link below), and found it riveting and constructive. Here we have two of the most celebrated, and articulate intellectuals of the time, in a civilized, yet powerful debate: Malcolm X defended his position of the sit-in movement as passive and non productive. He did so by injecting the need for forceful intervention by what he suggested as being “any means necessary”. While simultaneously being opposed to the concept of passively waiting for freedom—and inherent civil rights, and recognition as human beings as “something to be given” to the “American Negro” by the “White man”. In contrast, in reference to the sit-in protests and any violent response as a solution, “Baldwin argued that maintaining calm in the face of vitriol demands a tremendous amount of power.” He continued by expressing the belief that “when the sit-in movement started in the western world, I think it had a great deal less to do with equality than with power.” As a result of this analysis, it can be noted that Baldwin began to contemplate the important distinction between “power and equality” and “power and freedom.” Also, interwoven throughout the debate between Malcolm and Baldwin, was a civil discussion on the validity of segregation (and pure independence; in political, and economic constructs), or integration as the valid means of advancement in a dominant white society. And of course that debate continues to today: Taking its place on various social media platforms and newly authored independent (non-white owned media) online black commentary sites and publications.

 

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linear data | supremacy

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Supremacy : the quality or state of having more power, authority, or status than anyone else : the state of being supreme

In light of recent and historical events involving privilege, supremacy, oppression, and the obsession with the GUN, I am beginning a new series in which I hope to explore the psychosis and almost god-like transcendental link the white male (as the main component of supremacy) has, and has had, with societal domination, the psychology of entitlement, the innate will to conquer/subject others, and the inherent consequences of such machinations on society, women, and people of color.


linear data | sacred poems

sacred poems 200 dpi text.jpgIn our interior rooms, I would start by sharing some sacred poems maybe….


linear data | a room full of things we left behind

a room full of things you left behind text 200 dpiThe interior room of things. Colorful. Composed of data and moments. The beautiful memories we left behind.


linear data | in a room of things

in a room of things 200 dpi textHere in the interior rooms, we find the things we left behind. The data of memories and moments.


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linear data | 20 minutes

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linear data | in love with a ghost

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linear data | it brings back memories of things that never happened

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into abstraction | form and memories


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Into Abstraction | Form and Memories, the artist Walter Smith continues his exploration of field recordings translated into abstract constructs.


into abstraction | form and void


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The exploration of abstract forms and memory attachments.