Seeking supernormal inspiration, I determined to visit the Royal Botanical Gardens and do some perceptual fieldwork there. This glorious plant sanctuary provides a wonderful opportunity to confront some of nature’s more exotic creations housed safely within Kew’s splendid Victorian greenhouses.
Apparently there was an age of androgyny during Paleolithic times. Relations between the sexes were egalitarian, and life-affirming values were celebrated, but this was wiped out and replaced by dominator, patriarchal societies that still rule.
Electronic music and arts festivals offer a chance to model new cultural norms. But in spite of our best intentions, the gender, race and class inequalities that underpin our society are often reproduced at these events.
Before we delve into the dilemmas associated with defining “local,” we first need to consider whether “local” is simply about location and distance—in other words, the tensions between the point of origin and the point of consumption. Is “local” just about physical geography?