The metamorphoses of walls

Walls, structures of division and separation, systems of confinement, markers of property, obstacles to movement, channels of passage; walls trace lines of sovereignty and frame the government of populations.  They are, along with the paths that they trace, the most ubiquitous feature of human space.  Pierced as they may be by pathways, gates and windows, such points of passage rarely leads to anything other than more walls, like a castle with numberless walls and no centre.  Their literal and complete physical destruction is impossible, their transgression often only the occasion for new walls.  To move beyond them calls for a gesture of a different order, a movement of blindness, an apprehension and agency that takes the wall as a space of possibility, as a non-wall upon which new forms emerge: the wall as point of passage, as a frame which is in turn framed, without end, bringing thereby an end to or suspending all frames.  The wall becomes a canvas, a field, a stage: life spills out from its frames, moving with surfaces formerly limited to prohibition.  Plants overrun them, animals mould them with play and pursuit, and out touch brings to them shape and colour.  The walls come to speak of worlds, but unseen.  And like children, we again see with surprise.

Pasted upon a wall in the city of Lisbon, the following words were found on the 11th of July …

In the days of our present, in which capitalism reinvents itself hiding itself behind a supposed crisis, in which the power of the rich displays itself in the most brutal of ways (security paranoia, searches and assassinations in the peripheral neighbourhoods of the large cities, militarisation of public spaces), in which democratic totalitarianism legitimates itself y brute force and apathetic acceptance …

New doors also open for a new attack on the skies, for new forms of struggle against a power that is in slow decomposition and that tries by all means available to remain firm while the ship in which it navigates sinks …

An attack based on the negation of individual desires imposed by a society grounded on profit, slavery and speculation …

An attack based on the transformation of this negation into a collective and destructive force, a creative fire against a world which offers us at best the chance to become a cog in the machine of the reproduction of our own poverty …

It is no longer a matter of begging for a better salary, more social benefits or a better distribution of wealth … in sum, a more humane capitalism!

It is a matter of rejecting the effort to control our lives and to move on to attack a civilisation which already some time ago ceased to have any interest for us …

A war is taking place …

A war between two opposing worlds and distinct languages …

On the one side, a power arms itself to the teeth with its guard dogs and their means of mass manipulation …

On the other side, those who refuse any authority, who speak the language of freedom and who dance with fire …

In the time in which we live, the two sides of the barricade continue to define themselves ever more clearly …

It is time to decide on which side one is on!

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