The Magnificent Sunbeam is a daily, online documentation of a workplace sunbeam. This exploration of the sunbeam's vibrant, ephemeral qualities posit it as a foil to the forms of identification that obstruct radical practices and reproduce oppression. In attending to its evasive, diffusive qualities, the journal explores a way of being that expresses subversive potential.
The daily practice of visiting, photographing, and writing about the sunbeam perpetuates the sunbeam's disruptive effect on workday production, an ecstatic exercise in negation that returns daily to the same oppressive conditions, and attempts, ritualistically, their momentary annihilation.
As I walk towards the sunbeam, it retreats.
As I retreat, it follows.
If I lean towards one wall, it glances up the other.
There is no sunbeam. Each fractional shift alters it completely.
There is no sunbeam. It is a set of relations.
I am a part of the set, and so there isn’t any me.
The sunbeam has an erotic character.
It escapes itself and penetrates me.
The erotic is a theatrical disassociation of identity through role-playing. The erotic is play. The erotic is permeability, erosion, and the loss of all but ambiguity. The erotic is losing your self.
The sunbeam and I have a negative relation. We annihilate each other. We find commonality where we resist identity.
The Magnificent Sunbeam can be found at themagnificentsunbeam.wordpress.com.