This is me after having done a photo shoot for lady magazine Eurowoman. Yes. That´s right. I´m here to represent the crazies and give a voice to the weird, I´m ” a woman who chose a different path”.
It´s a one pager.
They let me rant about sustainability and capitalism and stuff. Right there. In the mainstream. Just besides the skinny models with the fluffy hair and the pointy shoes, just beside the ads and the “How to be a woman” instructions.
I don´t even know why they let me. I don´t even know how this got to be but there I am swimming around as big-mouthed cod in the mainstream, down streams or upstream , around and around, I go with the flow.
Not long ago I decided to not feel shame about this. I decided that I would not allow myself to fall victim of neither accusations nor corruption in that shallow water, I decided it was time to buckle up see, I´m a woman on a mission: I´m here to say what more and more people are thinking.
I live in a distant tributary far away, I find peace and good hunting grounds there- but sometimes I swim all the way down to the mainstream to stir up the still waters, maybe, just a little, not that I think too highly of myself or anything.
It´s a gift. I consider it an art form. How to create an intimate space in the mainstream. This is an interest and a challenge you can even call a hobby (if “a mission” sounds to pompous): to create intimate space. In books, in writing, when doing speeches, when talking to journalists, I believe intimate space is most needed, I believe honesty, transparency and intimate space is an antidote.
Going to the market to sell our surplus produce and to gather some supplies, for me that implies doing photo shoots for lady magazines so that´s what I did today while Jeppe and Sigurd went to look at some attractions.
This photo shoot was, unlike other photo shoots I´ve done a pleasant experience due to two circumstances:
1. This photographer didn´t make me stand in some bush in some park in the middle of the city (“Look natural, look natural!”) She actually took the time to drive me to a REAL forest, however small our remaining forests are, she took me there and I needed that.
I really needed that. I am grateful that we went there.
Plus she had a sense of humour.
2. This photographer couldn’t help herself. Nature overwhelmed her and so she began taking pictures of the forest instead of pictures of me. Did you hear that? Do you see this? I took a fashion photographer to the forest and she saw the beauty- there!
So I joined her and for some glorious moments the land whispered to me.
So here is what I have to say about the mainstream: all of the currents running, the little creeks and subcultures- they bubbles up from below or from afar into the mainstream where sometimes they are polished until unrecognizability and sometimes they disappear just as fast as they got there; glimpses of other worlds, different tales (mainstream should be better at detecting the undercurrents, I agree, mainstream is too lazy) this is why you should keep a critical but keen eye at the mainstream, these are our jungle drums as a species, still, what´s happening, what´s happening?
This is happening: the planet and the people have begun to heal themselves, there is talk of love, solidarity, resistance and sorrow, there are murmurs of sustainability, there are experiments and alternatives to the status qou.
You should know that.
It´s important that you know.
It´s important that you know that you are not alone.
I´m not there in the mainstream to present a solution. I´m not there to make a sell. I´m there to simply inform you; people are fighting apathy as if their lives depended on it. It actually does.
I know because sometimes I put my ear to the ground, sometimes I hear the songs the birds sings.
For instance there is something going on regarding sharing and gift economy. I´ll tell you more about that tomorrow but first I have to go to the market to find Jeppe and Sigurd, we´re having waffles to celebrate, let´s celebrate this; the people gather at the market to share experiences and exchange gifts and so this is where the action is, down by the people and not in the building which you see in the background; that building is the Danish parliament and I don´t trust them much.
Nothing really happening there. Not a single thing. Not just a tiny change. If you want to find change look to the people. Even the people living full time the mainstream have begun to talk about climate change and sustainability of the heart.
They listen to what I have to say.
I listen to what they have to say. There is exchange. There is connection.
Something is happening it´s been happening for a long while it´s only now that mainstream have discovered but then let´s celebrate that they finally did.
It´s kind of like a christmas/yule spirit materialising in my mind; a little bit of faith in the people, please.
(remember that today at 2 o clock I´ll be at Cafe Intime, Frederiksberg, doing a conversation salon with Persille Ingerslev. Entrance 50 kroner but if you don´t have any money you don´t have to pay)