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how to continue during lockdown #viromecaravan

Seemingly we are at the brink of a new lockdown from the 5th.
(some tory publications say that since the R rate went down past day or so – lockdown may have a delay button, and with bojo-and-gang, u-turns come as the preferred jungle..)

Since I didn’t manage to get any electricity generetation with the virome caravan, and
because electricity is needed imho
the movements with Viromecaravan will have to alter and include

( 🙁 that so far i am yet to hear back from )

So far, the wind was instrumental in telling where, which direction, to move with the caravan.
On route, we stop in places like cafes to charge electric devices.
However, now that cafes will be only take-away, how do we charge while moving between no-wheres in particular..?

Here are the options as they seem to begin with. (any thoughts, additions, suggestions and other betterments are welcome.)

* Asking people to offer electricity from their houses. (i could park outside and get a looooooooooong cable.)

* Keeping around my house. ie coming and going only for electricity while moving away in winds’ directions.

all these moving inclinations come with a notice that in case the local police
notes that viromecaravan can not move AT ALL during lockdown
the affordance movement, the
moving of a virus by where, when, and how they are afforded a transition from one place to another –
will become confined to where my house is.


about ViromeCaravan

It looks somewhere between ridiculous and ludicrous – this Virome Caravan “thing”.

Yet, since this “Virome Caravan Thing” is done in full display of all sorts of vulnerabilities and intimacies –
perhaps Virome Caravan helps to bring questions of aesthetics, to do with power, that we might have grown to take for granted?

Power aesthetics that are revealed to bite fanged full and utterly bare through covid oriented times?

ViromeCaravan got made for under £200, and while testing, and it broke twice. (I’m not much of a DIY person really.)

The current ViromeCaravan moves from one place to another like a virus since directions aren’t enforced but afforded.
Motion is done through a combination of pulling – either through skateboarding or by walking.
(Afforded motion – as in to be un-opposed, moving-on and get something done without enforcement.)

Viral infections move from one host to another when cells afford viruses an entry. In a similar way, the ViromeCaravan moves between places when and where it is allowed. Moving into to such and such place, this or that environment, comes with ease – without enforcement.
Therefore its hard to tell, from one day to another, where the ViromeCaravan will go to, and when.

As a creature, the ViromeCaravan has a few peculiar inter-related dynamics.
Traveling creates frictions, while frictions offer possible range of dynamics and movements. Through these symbiotic connections between traveling, movements, and their cross negotiation dynamics –
short reflective texts in forms of diagrams (PersonalBows) are created, collected, and shared.

PersonalBows are written with chalk on the caravan’s body. This way other elements (eg rain, winds, walls, trees and such like) get to leave their frictive marks with the texts. Rains may erase texts, winds smudge letters and trees that host birds – offer poo marks.
All these come together as elements negotiating each other by need rather than force.

This way, the ViromeCaravan operates as a port through which various kinds reflective frictions are made, shared and later, may come spewed as a new specific language of aesthetics.

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#viromecaravan art and documentation?

Since around the 1950s and 60’s, it has become traditional for art and cultural projects to use documentation as a way of dissemination, circulation, and evidence generation of activities and related works.

Through such practices we get various kinds of documentation critique. Ideas that critically engage with specific modes of documentation. For example, photography philosophy that claims events, works and projects are made for the camera.
If cameras have not witnessed such and such act, did the action occur? (A claim that may find contemporary resonances from humans going on civil-rights demos just to get instagramed, through to sentiments that when activities are not shared online – it is as if they never happened, and art oriented works like “How Not To Be Seen” by Hito Steyerl.)

I think that documentation has a range of aesthetic enclosures of entertainment – walled gardens made of transparent bricks. Yes – documentations, like Anderson’s emperor, come naked IMHO.
For example:
Documentary dynamics create binary aesthetics made of contemplating Work/Project as a set Reality on one side, and a “documenting” Image/Representation of that reality on another side.
A dynamic which obfuscates the fact that any record is a measurement measuring itself. (hence the cultural conflicts between measurements. Like between metric and imperial.) A binarism that considers a reality beyond the documentation. Something that documenting materials come as an evidence for.
While this may sound like dismissing a real beyond the means of perception – as if the “real” comes only as the Means of perception, the ideas here are slightly different.
A difference which requires clarification since there’s a connection with the idea of creating an aesthetic language.
To put it somehow crudely:
Yes, the viromecaravan moves as a reality.
However, documenting that, focuses attention on the subject – ie viromecaravan as a reality – rather than the fact that via the documentation we spontaneously have new dynamics – hence new realities emerge. Reals that were not there prior to documentation.
A friction between such and such documentational manner, and the viromecaravan brings a new In-Between. Such In-Betweens, such Intervals, rather than images, texts, sounds and other documentation processes – come to life – such intervals are realities in and of themselves, as much as the caravan is.

While its clear that for certain cultural and art activities documentation of some kind or another is imperative, else the whole effort, the whole set of gestures may evaporate like a fang bite from a cloud –
I think How the documentative process operates has a range of resonances and connections which may require, at the very least, new questioning and approaches.

Documentation questioning occurs in various ways through activities I am connected with.

The radical way is to abandon documentation by:
opening up for other elements to get involved in whatever effort is taken.
Considering activities as Ports that create languages to escape. IE
do we need to document the language of Cinema? Computing? Networking? Painting? Philosophising? English? and so on?
Sure, we get documents, data in one way or another that offer suggestions on How to do these languages. However such documents operate as ways of sharing ideas on how to evolve such and such language – they are part of the language’s evolution.
Indeed, when languages begin to come documented as a reality – such documentation comes in ways of and for preservation. An attempt to keep a record of something that’s eminently dying.

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bird poo colours in the rain?

Last night I parked the under a rather leafy tree.
By the morning’s light some things came clearer than in the sincerity of darkness.
Throughout the night there were noises, hushed bloop like. Sounded like large drops of rain.
I was tried, or so my excuse goes – so managed to convince myself, against all other evidence and indeed under a tree circumstance – that it was raining.
Well.. More like raining poo. Birds poo with great generosity. A spontaneous generosity when we notice the nobility of birth in the genealogy of the poo magnanimity.
Another kind of rain will come later.

There were 3 almost distinct poo colours on the caravan’s blackness. Light greys, Light browns, and blackberry purples. They were arranged, almost in rows browns at the top, purples down the curve, and greys in between.

They were left, as marks of poo reflections from birds. Humans thought i should “clean” them markings up. I think some felt some kind of disgust or revulsion.
Perhaps the fact that I, an animal who can exercise will-to-wash, did not clean – was the very sense of their revulsion.
I might be that by not cleaning – other humans felt some kind of a violence from me?

As the case was.. A few hours went by, and then some highly porous water oriented rain came to wash most of the birds poo off the caravan.

Now we have something going on between clouds, winds, rain, viromecaravan, and bird poo – nothing for humans to poke noses into too?

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Some people take images of the caravan in various ways.

In case you are one of them humans – if you ping me, I’ll post your images with a link to you, in case you are cool with that.

Any documentation of stuff to do with the viromecaravan, fails to seem relevant coming from me.
A Concised version of the notion is that:
Documentations have their own languages, own projections and idea kinds. Since the stuff I do is inspired by documentation practices – eg, the interest is in languages and other dynamics coming from one practice or another – doing documentation myself will be an over the top activity.

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Questions from Kids?

I was in Brighton’s open market today.

Parked the ViromeCaravan and did some work while waiting for a friend to come.
As it happened, a group of kids was having lunch near where the viromecaravan was parking.

The kids’ curiosity was a bit of a mind opening and welcomed to boot.

Some kids looked inside the ViromeCaravan:

I think they asked things adults – or some adults – may fancy asking, but fail to allow themselves.(?)
(Perhaps it’s an utterly mistaken assertion, however, intuitively it feels something in that vicinity..)

Lets’ find out?

In case you happen to be an Adult – would you ask:
Q: Where is Your kitchen?
It’s small minimal and consists of a packed stove + gas, a single pot and a foil wrapped flat base. Since I eat mostly raw foods, the usage is manly for making coffee/tea.

Q: Where do you sleep?
An eva mat and a sleeping bag.

Q: How do you go to toilet?
I have something a bit like a potty.
However, when possible, I use publicly available facilities..

Q: How do you clean?
I have a wet-able towel and wipes when weather allows.
Dry cleaning spay for other times.

Q: Where are your bike??
I move with a skateboard and walking.

A few kids got to lift the bit i use for carrying the caravan.
I think they agreed it’s less heavy than they thought.

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Images of Inside the caravan?

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Testing the caravan

A couple of still images with a skateboard.

Caravan tesing

testing the caravan