Here is a piece about seeing challenges as new opportunities to grow, evolve, and make something better out of the decadence of the present and the ruins of the past. Instead of fighting a futile war against the positive winds of change, there is another way: an embrace of radical transformation for the sake of humanity and the dignity of all people.
The title comes from a pamphlet written by avant-garde artist Dom Sylvester Houédard, a Benedictine monk primarily known for "typestracts:" works on paper made using a typewriter and existing somewhere between architecture, graphic design, and poetry. In the pamphlet, Houédard discusses the idea of ADA (auto-destructive art): “the frozen (in art as in society) is death — but life implies change & the death of successive states — it implies the transformation of past into future thru an ephemeral constantly destroyed present. This is the basic element in ADA." An application of ADA to politics and economics seems especially urgent. The broken systems in place all over the world, leaning towards fascism, extraction, and hoarding, require transformation and must be replaced with working systems that value human beings and the planet.
ADA is also applicable to the body and identity. To some extent, many of us have all changed, manipulated, or reinvented our bodies and minds, and some of these changes may be perpetual or continuous. Among other things, the EP deals with gender transition and hormone replacement therapy, which reroutes the connections of the mind and transforms the body in an ongoing way, catalyzing not a total upheaval, but an evolution of one's person. Active destruction of parts of the self through ADA incites constructive growth and greater connectedness with the world. Houdedard writes: destruction = redistribution = change. Commitment to ADA is a way to live in a changing world. -Lira Marie Landes
released July 27, 2022
Electronic Musical Instruments, Voice, Composition, Production and Design: Lira Marie Landes
Remix Composition and Production: Daniel James Shields
Photography: Kevin Spaghetti
Mastering: Dietrich Schoenemann
2021 (c)(p) Kraftjerkz
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