Political Sorcery - metaphysical activism

Political Sorcery 2: Peace in Palestine, and everywhere  

June 3, 19h, Izvor park, the side close to the Parliament. (event)

This is not a protest, is direct action. Political Sorcery proposes to come together and activate blessings for the ones that act towards peace and cursings for the ones that act towards wars and genocides, whoever they are. Political Sorcery is above debates, we don't even have to decide who is the most guilty for what's happening. We can even go beyond our own opinions and externalize the judgments and the responses to higher powers.

When politics are spectacle, when protests and other ways of "resisting" feel pointless, when it seems that they won and there is nothing we can do, maybe we can act from the other end of reality, on the metaphysical plane. No matter how "unscientific" or wacky it sounds, Political Sorcery might be a way to have a saying, an influence, it might be one of the few still possible ways to be political, with a twist. Political Sorcery is a way of acting at the end of hope. They think that we're powerless, and we might be in the sphere they function and understand, yet we're having power, and it's time to put it to good use. Political Sorcery creates metaphysical tools for fighting specific evils. In proximity and with the support of others, we develop charms, rituals, prayers, curses and other metaphysical ways to affect reality through our bodies, drawings, objects, chants, words. We can draw from different cultures, but we'll mostly create our own sorceries and perform them together for greater effect. It might work even if you don't believe – Political Sorcery makes itself real through practice. Its meta-message is that there are things beyond the power's understanding and control, that they're not untouchable. If “political” is to affect the power relations, Political Sorcery is a direct way of reclaiming its core. It is art that metaphysically acts on the world – art as political sorcery.

This is not just a symbolic gesture. Sorcery is a human capacity that we have and there is clear evidence of its workings. There is vast documentation about sorcery capacities in shamans, witches, saints, and people in general. In the "pointing the bone" shamanic practice, people who had been ceremoniously pointed and cursed would go into a rapid decline and no treatment has been shown to prevent their soon to follow death. Puzzling studies show that, mysteriously and scientifically unexplainable, prayer can help in healing even for the people that you pray for, no matter the distance. Our default scientism and physicalism infused perspectives render these things inconceivable. Yet, in all cultures, Western European until recently too, the fact that we can affect events at a distance and be affected was an unquestionable experience. Our bodies were forced out of these capacities to become anatomic, medical, machinic, suitable for industrialization and capitalism. That's why we are still culturally pressed to shy away from these subjects

Metaphysical practices have their meta-ethics –  impersonal, supra-human justice that comes from beyond, above. In many traditions, sorcery takes hold only if it's ethical. For sorcery to be effective it has to serve a greater good. If you try to abuse it for greedy personal gain, it might turn against you. There used to be a metajustice at work and the metaphysical was keeping things in check – you cannot exploit and amass huge wealth if greed is a fundamental sin, or if destroying nature means killing your "mother", or your soul. Capitalism is radically incompatible with these metaethics. To "progress" they needed to get rid of the spiritual. They had to burn the witches so a body as a mechanism, suitable for industrialization, to appear. 

These zones are still tabu in current art, not only as subjects but also at a level of art function, yet, politically, ecologically and maybe also spiritually (to use another tabu word), being in a full mass extinction event and horrible humanitarian crises, we have to explore uncomfortable zones, to open frames, paradigms, the world. It's time to reclaim metaphysical capacities and put them to good use. We don't know what a body can do when it stops being an empty anatomical mechanism, especially if it starts to believe in its possibilities.


Politica Sorcery 1 - Green metarevenge in IOR park Bucharest. (18.09.2023)

Bucharest is an ecological disaster. Parks, green spaces are filled with concrete, terraces, kiosks, coloured plastics... or they are illegally closed to the public, privatized (arenele BNR, Casa Poporului), or they are turned into parking lots, or they are fraudulently retroceded and the trees are cut down, poisoned, burnt as now in IOR, Grozăvești... Bucharest is a car hell, with the worst traffic in Europe, the few bike lanes are dismantled, the city boils and the air is poisoned by millions of cars and the garbage burned by the waste mafia. In the rest of the country it's much the same, plus the obsession with highways (other environmental disasters), the railways are left in disrepair and the forests are rapidly cleared.

Those who are supposed to do something are corrupt or involved in these disasters. Although it is known where the imported UE waste is burned, everything is allowed to continue. Probably under the influence of the powerful car lobby, all the measures that are taken are for more traffic - widening streets, overpasses, more parking lots, and nothing is being done against traffic and pollution - encouraging public transport and cycling, discouraging the use of cars through legislation and infrastructure - 30 km/h speed limit, cycle lanes, high parking, congestion and pollution charges, boulevards and parking lots turned into gardens. In IOR they are poisoning, cutting and burning trees in an area of ​​12ha and instead of the fraudulently retroceded land being urgently confiscated and all those involved sent to jail, the authorities ignore or rather pick on the protesters. They changed laws to remove trees and green spaces from protection. Camping has been banned and they also want to ban access to more than half of the forests, to be able to clear them without any friction.

Apparently nothing can be done, all that is left is metaphysical activism and that is what we will do. From the silent media, to the corrupt administration and of course to the real estate sharks will be all subjected to our Civic Sorcery in a similar way in which the trees were subjected to their physical abuse. Civic Sorcery will be centered on the IOR and Bucharest mentioned cases, but will also be extended to other disasters of this type. It's time for them to get afraid.