Plucking the Living Flowers

Rootless flowers, aerosol flowers on the streets of Madrid, the global city.  The global city:  Madrid turned into a big Monopoly with ambitious public works of dubious socio-economic usefulness:  the dual city:  the rise of a global class:  and of a growing precarious workforce with miserable salaries at its service (Observatorio Metropolitano: Manifiesto por Madrid, 2010).  Brick, cement, gray, inequality.  You run into errant, sudden flowers popping out through walls, doors, windows.

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“To leave, to escape, is to trace a line […] to put something to flight, to put a system to flight as one burst a tube” (Gilles Deleuze, Dialogues II: 36).  Summer reading:  in A Contribution to the Critique of  Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1844) young Karl Marx wrote the following, referring to the chains of religion, yet relevant to any doctrine, economic and otherwise:  “Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flowers.”

Flowers by Dingo Perro Mudo on the streets of Madrid: La Latina, 21 June 2014; details from his mural at Muros Tabacalera, 1 June 2014; El Rastro, 1 June 2014.

To see more city flowers and plants by Dingo Perro Mudo, click here: a, b, c, d, e, f, g.

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