colonial contemporary

Negative conceptions of animality, especially as projected onto Indigenous populations, have long been a tool of Western imperialism. […] Victorian anthropological and scientific discourses consistently used evolutionary theory and conceptions of the ‘missing link’ as a way to construct a racialized hierarchy in which non-white humans were animalized and seen as closer to animals than white humans… [A]lthough alternate human-animal relationships and conceptions of animality can act as a tool of decolonization … the ideological divides created by imperialism remain entrenched within contemporary settler colonies.
—  Anna Feuerstein and Carmen Nolte-Odhiambo, “‘The cats are outside hanging’: Settler Colonialism, Racialized Animality, and Queer Kinship in Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Blu’s Hanging” (177)

Today only! Stream live video of Pierre Huyghe’s Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) [Reclining female nude], featuring a bee colony, now on view in the MoMA Sculpture Garden. 


Arecibo, PR by Minno Ramirez
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anonymous asked:

Puerto Rico? I'm all for another brief description about puertorrican building/road structures. Especially if you got some projects there. Care to inform us?

Puerto Rico is a small densely pack island full of buildings and roads. Everyone has a car (or two, or three) because public transportation is abysmal. Most of our structures are built out of concrete because the natural resources are limited and hurricanes hit the island on a yearly basis. 

Our architecture has a long history from colonial times to contemporary tropical architecture, with some very fine examples of most styles within this time span infused with local flavor. Plus, we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world (personal opinion). Just to break down some of the misconceptions people might have about PR, here are some images:

La Concha Resort

Old San Juan

El Palacete Los Moreau

Oceano Hotel

Private contemporary residence

Our daily pill of traffic

Pine Grove beach

wexfogg  asked:

Hello again! A thought I've had about the most recent episode: Ariel is known for losing her voice. As a Banshee, this is particularly relevant to Lydia, no? (In the original story, iirc, Ariel gives up her voice for a chance with a human prince, but he spurns her and she dies, becoming sea foam. Does this imply that Lydia will give up her Banshee powers [like Derek gave up his Alpha-ness??] to save someone who won't appreciate her sacrifice? WILL LYDIA DIE??? D: )

It’s possible, but I think it’s more likely Davis will invert it somehow. Say,  have her *not* choose a man, and keep her voice and therefore her power.

Two other possibilities occur to me as well:

  • Ariel is also an archangel’s name. It means “lion of God” or “hearth of God” which is a pretty good match for the meaning of Parrish’s name. We’ve had a lot of Biblical/Christian imagery so far this season, what with “Jordan Parrish“ and ”Rafael“ McCall.

So it may be that even if Lydia does give up her voice to save someone, she might do so for someone other than a “human” prince and so therefore not end up betrayed.

  • The most famous Ariel, before Disney used the name, was from Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest. Ariel is a magical being who controls the elements (ie. the tempest of the title), and is enslaved by Prospero, a human magician shipwrecked on Ariel’s island home. The story has a lot of colonial themes, and through contemporary eyes, Prospero represent imperialism in human form. Prospero’s other native slave is Caliban (note the near anagram of cannibal), who has a crude physicality, and is painted as a primitive and dangerous beast, where Ariel is exotic and powerful in strange ways. Together, Ariel and Caliban are the duality of air (or mind) and flesh (base desires), while Prospero is will. Ariel became enslaved to Prospero because he saved zer from Sycorax, a witch, who had Ariel trapped in a tree!!! Ariel does manage to escape Prospero’s slavery in the end, although ze must perform miracles first and whip up the tempest before Prosper honours their contract and lets Ariel go free. Caliban is less fortunate, and ends up back with the witch if I remember correctly. Again, through contemporary eyes, the witch is likely the original governing power, coded evil by the coloniser to give themselves legitimacy, so it might not be such a terrible fate.

Given the themes in Teen Wolf, this has some strong resonances. We have already been introduced to supernatural flies and fireflies (beings of air) who might have been enslaved (by Noshiko and/or the Darach), a magical tree prison (the nemeton), and a druid/witch (the Darach), and something like a tempest at the end of 3B. We also have a really strong theme of othering of supernatural people, especially by humans.

We know Davis has used Shakespeare as a source before (“Chaos is come again” from Othello), so I don’t think this is accidental.

If a riff on The Tempest plays out, Ariel might end up free, but only by leaving Caliban behind to be tortured by the witch, Sycorax.

Alternatively, Davis might invert the whole story into a postcolonial refutation, and Sycorax (Stiles?), Caliban (Scott/Derek?) and Ariel (Lydia) team up (in a group of three) and take back the island (Beacon Hills and its telluric currents) from the colonisers (the hunters, especially the Calaveras, because Davis never leaves a possible race inversion untouched).

That would fit pretty well with the themes and patterns that have been steadily building in the show.

Whichever narrative road Davis decides to go down, I doubt he will use any of these sources without twisting them, and the point will be to show up another form of othering of supernatural people.