I never got to the deliver this 'poem'/recital because the event at the Design Museum was cancelled but I thought I'd share it with you all:
The story I will share with you tonight
some of you might know.
But none of you have heard it
in quite this way before
walking down the Broadway
yes, the famous one in New York,
I came across Allan Andre
He has a stand in
"Poetry while you wait"
and so we did
We told him of our story
of Public Lab
of the beginnings
and the oil spill
and the flares
and of course,
the spectral signatures
And so we waited
with every key stroke
to the music of his typewriter
and so he wrote
there is no time. we have to act-
as fluids drain into a basin and the pouring
vessel is called "empty". we haven't gone anywhere-
our feet are still covered in oily puss
and our lungs still working to digest soot.
there is no one "responsible", so everyone
must take on the cleanup. there are no more
legends left to tell ourselves, no power
other than our own- so this "God" who has
plowed "His" hands into the flesh of others
must be seen in his true light, as rapist,
and the Created must take the Creator's place.
whatever forces our puritan ancestors worshipped
were not the Creator anyway and worked against
Creation with a diligence we can only hope to
emulate now that we're working on the other
- allan andre (.net)
-let's take a moment to imbibe allan's poem-
So what sort of story,
you might ask,
could inspire such a poem?
or raise 166%
more than was pledged for?
From the Kickstater page:
"_We're hitting the beaches and hitching boat rides to make aerial images of the gulf oil spill's effects using cameras attached to balloons and kites. We are a group of citizens and activist mappers who are documenting the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast with a set of novel DIY tools -- we send inexpensive cameras up in helium balloons and kites, and take aerial photos from up to 1500 ft.
The data we're gathering will be vital in both the environmental assessment and response, as well as in the years of litigation following the spill. All the imagery we capture is released into the public domain and is free to use or redistribute. See our Flickr photo pool for more of the incredible imagery volunteers are bringing in. We need support to keep a supply of helium, and to pay for gas, kites, cameras, and protective gear for our volunteers._"
And this is how it began
a call for action,
a coming together of hearts and minds
It didn't stop there
for environmental health awareness,
for civic action,
and for self-assertion,
has given birth to a convergence
of opportunity with ingenuity.
The Public Lab community
and the result
is a growing merge
of experimental prototypes,
linked to open source software
in a platform that blurs time, space, and context
but more than that,
it has weaved a network,
of inspired local groups,
kindled hopes that
as Hagit has said it,
"connects my work to a wider political and social context, rendering it part of a global movement for environmental and civil rights"
This is not a sales pitch
but the story of what happens
when people come together
in heart and soul…
As I often say
"There is evidence that it is through the bottom-up envisioning and devising of methods and through the creation, re-purposing, and use of technologies, that some people are taking a lead applying their civic capacities into scientific research initiatives that challenge and/or question the state of things to address issues of concern to them. As Eymund Diegel put it, these efforts provide the granularity and nuance that renders them inclusive of local issues, knowledges, politics, and sustainable solutions."