bundles for theft of wood - 2018
This work sounds like the invention of a custom. It is not certain that it never existed, but it is not unlikely that it did. I have executed it several times with different people, the result is always surprising. I even hearsay that the ritual was carried out without me being informed beforehand. It seems to me that the work is really close to a custom.
In the 1840s, the Rhineland Diet passed a law penalizing the collection of dead wood by everyone in the state forests. The effects were numerous, including the expansion of the capitalist norm in the regions that have been said to be the most secluded in Europe (well, those who made these statements were correlatively just as far away as the Rhineland regions mentioned above). The laws put an end to several centuries of a custom that allowed people to heat their homes in winter at a lower cost. The young Karl Marx castigated this in articles that are still being studied by lawyers and philosophers today. On the other hand, it is rarely known that it led to the end of an equally ancient summer activity: the practice of suspending unused bundles of dead wood.
I would try to restore in writing as precisely as possible this popular aesthetic occupation: during walks in the forest, in groups or in bands, it depends on, - and while discussions are well on track (the first railway lines were already transforming the rupestrian landscape) - people were stooping, with their arms dangling, their legs stretched, and collecting dead wood on the ground. Then they combined these scattered elements into a solidly bound whole, as was then done to hold a whole bundle. The bundles thus assembled were then hung from the trees themselves, but also from city streetlights or gallows, using ropes or other materials. Inspiration was the key to these moments of pure aesthetics, tastes were numerous and expressed more or less freely.
It was an unusual custom destined to surprise the eyes of attentive walkers. Also, it was allowed for the participants to untie what had previously been tied, decompose the already formed bundles anew, re-blend the entities according to their tastes and opinions, and hoist similar objects once again wherever they saw fit to raise them.
Chain reactions took place, suspensions and deployments of unconsumed dead bundles of wood occured during the summer. In autumn, the wood was burned and warmed the bodies of participants who were feeling cold. The legal regime has not changed much on this point since then. However, we allow, by exception, this aesthetic estovers and the freedom to compose, from scratch, landscapes of scattered elements, suspended or not, according to popular inspiration.
It will therefore be necessary to:
assemble; disassemble; reassemble; knot; unravel; reconnect; suspend; elevate; raising the height; lower; collapse; index; separate; deposit; compile; fix; blend;
intertwine; entangle; unite; interlock; arrange; conjugate; heighten; outbid; inflate; hang up;
we can read: estovers