Metalogue: Why do we go searching for America?
Brother: Sister, why do we go searching for America?
Sister: What do you mean, searching, America?
B: I mean why have we come here, what is all this about? What do we have to learn from doing this?
S: I want to know what unifies desire in relation to consumption? What symbols are creating commonality, that are confirming something in this collective that we are calling America. I am searching for crossover, where can this exist between the desire of the individual and the pack? Brother we must not forget the ruptures and bonds of our decision making and how to avoid the obvious threads. I am looking to decentralize myself within the hierarchy or traditional modes of expression. Are you not?
B: I guess in many ways I am, I am looking for something also, looking for something to propose. What do you propose we should do here sister?
S: How great it would be to make A ceremony of consumption, a glorification of Capitalism to investigate the duality of spirituality and the iconography of consumption for these people. We might find out how the culture of freedom has influenced the aesthetic in this part of the world.
B: Maybe we could learn something about ourselves in doing that also?
S: Yes! Yes! now you have it, but I can’t help feeling like I have lost something, like something was given to me, to take care of but I got distracted by this place and now I cant find it.
B: Maybe we can find it together? Maybe these people can help? Maybe you haven’t lost it at all and its here, it’s all about participation sister, we have to share something in common with these people, find out what works, what doesn’t work, what brings people together?
S: You sound like your Father brother, it sounds like old rhetoric to me, just because we are here and they are all here now we can’t forget that we are all facing a power structure, that it is creating our decisions, controlling us, it’s a foundation for the construction of our identities, that we are facing it together.
There is an Icon. There is a God. There is Power. There is an idea.
B: How right you are.
S: Remember those women we saw, those women picking apples in the fields.
B: Yes, I remember I think, but I don’t remember where we were, just that it was warm and the sun was shining.
S: It’s not important to remember where it was, just focus on where we are going. What are we looking for? We came here to find something. I’m all confused.
B: Me too, it’s hard to know anymore.
S: Well those women in the field, picking apples, they were mining something, they could take those apples home, I wonder what we can bring home?
B: Being here, now, I am interested in the reality of people, and what separates us. I wonder can we bring these people home with us? They are so warm, wouldn’t it be nice to bring them home with us this Winter. Can we create an illusion of togetherness, in order to provoke a response from them?
S: Do you think that’s realistic brother? Is any of this real anyway?
B: Well there are two things happening I think, firstly, what we experience in this “room” and secondly what we experience in this world through our daily lives both are experiences, like an augmented Reality.
S: You have to remind myself that this we are fact finding not on show here. This is not show and tell brother. This is more like something Mother would teach you. Don’t bother yourself worrying about what you are making, but more the reaction people will have or their experiences of it.
B: I want to generate an experience through participation in the event. I am maintaining my borders here, you are helping me do that, but we can’t help uniting with these other states of being.
S: Are you here to make friends brother?
B: I’m not that naive sister, I have been building myself in relation to others since we were born, I am always looking for people to play with father’s sense of nationalism demands that I maintain my own borders.
S: I told you, you were just like him. It’s nice like having him around, but not having to put up with his complaining. What were we talking about again?
B: Forgetfullness and making new friends to play with?
S: No that is not it, it was something else…
B: What we are looking for, I have it written on my hand so we don’t forgot, we just need to remember that it is there.
S: We are so clever, we should eat something, don’t you think?
B: There is no need, We are constantly being fed with connectivity here. Wouldn’t it be better to contrast this with a manifestation of the feeling of isolation within a community context. I am looking for a true individual and a “real” person, like me and you! only then can we explore the individual and the community all at once.
S: What do you think a “real” person is looking for, is it the same as what we are looking for or different? What are you looking for? (direct address to the reader)
B: This person I am looking for exists at the meeting points of inclusivity and commonality. They are always arguing for the justification of the oneness and the wholeness, like a lawyer or something. Community demands inclusivity in order to function. We can’t be here and not play their game, we are required to have an identity but to offer that up to this experience.
S: We really do talk around in circles, we talk so much I forget what we are talking about.
B: Don’t worry that happens me too.
S: Brother, why do grown ups have wars instead of fighting they way children do?
B: Who knows sister, lets not find out either or else we will end up just like them, now where did you put it?
S: Put what?
B: What we are looking for of course!