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Denilson Baniwa

The Natural Time of Ephemeral Things

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This work, The Natural Time of Ephemeral Things, arises through the emotional experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many plans had to be unmade and many ideas no longer made sense, a response of the nature of things to humans in the fragility of their control over time. The work, as my very existence, is an attempt to connect two worlds, the natural and the artificial. The organic world with two electronic circuits and each feeding the other, exist while there is life in the other. When organic matter is devoured by fungi the circuit stops working, when the circuit is devoured by rust the organic matter stops having a role in this relationship.

While nature can exist with the artificial, the artificial cannot exist without the natural, this knowledge held by all indigenous peoples, since the time when there was the possibility of choosing between forest knowledge and firearms, indigenous people stuck to the discovery of organic secrets and the white man to discovery of technologies that would substitute for the organic. Both, without the other, are delivered to unpredictable time that cannot be controlled. Time is the memory of things, that is not controlled, but is time itself. The relationship between both are registered live and transmitted on the internet, that is an emulation of natural memory. In this time, I, covid-19, you, the seed, the plant, the root, the fruit and the circuit, were put into their roles against their will. The only authenticity in all of this is memory.


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The natural time of ephemeral things

(translation Mary Menton)

In the past, time did not exist
Memory had not yet been born
In the emptiness of the Universe it arose by itself
The seed of time
In a small crack, the seed sprung to life
And so memory was born.

By itself, of its own will
The only one that is still free to this day
Persisting beyond human existence
Recorded in the cosmos
In the constellations, in the atmosphere
In the rocks, plants and rivers

Memory is time
That follows its path
With or without humanity
As memory is alive before people
When only the Owners of the Universe were here
When only the Grandfather-Universe was present

The natural time of things
Time of the nature of the cosmos
Time of what is invisible
Time of animals
Time of the forest
Time

Time that we insist on controlling
With our machines and mathematics
Time that we divide to dominate
Time that we record to remember

In the past night did not exist
Time was the sun and we worked without rest
Sunlight burned retinas
The sun’s heat fatigued our bodies

In the past, the first humanity had to search for night
Stealing it through disobedience to divide the day
With night came cold and fear
With night came the desire to dominate time

We divide time in spaces
Yocto, zepto, pico, milli, second
Minute, hour, months, years, sec, mil, zetta
But since that seed in the Cosmos
Time is by itself memory
Uncontrollable
In the attempt to dominate time
We create attempts at immortality
We construct artificial memories
That only make sense to the Ego
Cities, concrete, architecture
Music, films, literature
Immortality through methods

We only return to natural time
When our machines and machinations
Show they are inefficient in stopping
The natural time of things

Time of the forest
Time of the fungi that devours them
Since before we existing on this planet
Time of the seed, sprouting, maturation
The natural time of things

Where we cannot control
With are machines and imagination
The first golden aurora
The last green of fiber
Nothing lasts, everything is ephemeral


take action

You can support organisations that are fighting to protect Indigenous peoples and territories from Covid-19 in the Amazon. Please donate if you are able or spread the word: Hutukara Yanomami Association and FOIRN, the Federation of Indigenous Organizations of the Rio Negro.

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