Workers of the world, disperse.
-- Fred Richardson, quoted on the cover of “Production in the Desert,” Supplement to The Whole Earth Catalog, January 1971.
The Extra Earth Analog
Mary Walling Blackburn
Informed by the unfinished radical project of post-colonial critical theory, “The Extra Earth Analog” is an A to Z compendium of critical reflections regarding the strangest stranger: the extraterrestrial and/or the expatriate. It aims to make unstable the social energies that work to contain and normalize the alien and expatriate, in both their galactic and terrestrial modes.
Alien, used here, holds both senses of the word; alien as an extraterrestrial and alien as a traveler from another nation. Not so weightless or so harmless, the alien-ed figure finds itself slotted into categories—such as disaffected backpacker or benign businessman—produced to subdue its threat to social order. Perhaps our intervention will productively confuse these categories. The freewheeling tourist or adventuresome artist is not too stoned to be a colonist.
“The Extra Earth Analog” is an anti-authoritarian sourcebook that pleasures and nauseates, radicalizes and fortifies aliens and their allies.
“The Extra Earth Analog” also appeared as part of Walling Blackburn's exhibition at the University of California, San Diego's University Art Gallery, My Strangest Stranger, (March 13 – May 9, 2014).
An untitled story by Dan Gleason
ABDUCTION by Beatriz E. Balanta
ALIEN ETHNOGRAPHY by Che Chen
“The Pinball Effect” (2009) by Claire Light
COLONISTS by Won Cha
DEMATERIALIZED BEINGS by Hong-An Truong and Dwayne Dixon
DRUGS AND SPACE by Roger White
ENTANGLEMENT by Brian Kuan Wood
GOOD SAMARITAN by Sofía Gallisá Muriente
HETEROTOPIA by Huma Bhabha and Jason Fox
ILLNESS by Tim Ridlen
THE IMMER by Natasha Marie Llorens
IMPOSTER by Regine Basha
INACCESSIBLE NUMBERS by Rees Evans
THE INTRUDER by Deborah Stratman
META-MYTHS by Ariel Jackson
MIGRATION by Sara Marcus
NOT HERE NOT NOW by Sarah Workneh
NOWHERE by Nathan Lee
THE OTHER OF THE OTHER by Benjamin Stewart
OUTSIDE, WITHIN by Kabir Carter
PROTAGONIST by Michelle Hyun
REFUGEE by Noah Simblist
An excerpt from Schizophrene (2011) by Bhanu Kapil
SEXED MONSTER by Ariel Evans
STREET ENCOUNTERS by Erin Ming Lee and Steven Lam
TRANSMIGRATION by Katrina Dodson
TRAVELER’S DICK by Mary Walling Blackburn
“Untitled” (2008) by Glenn Ligon
URBAN EVASION by Hong-An Truong and Dwayne Dixon
Head Shape (an animated flipbook) by Rafael Kelman
Mary Walling Blackburn, “Project Idiot: an interview between Mary Walling Blackburn and Michelle Hyun”
---. Too Stoned to be a Colonist
---. Sweetheart. Camera. Stranger. My Love.
---. The People’s Businessman
---. Oo Foe
---. I am Deaf on the Right Ear (approaching Yayladagi refugee camp)
---. “…Its Motor, Shifter, of Heart—I”
---. “Clouds, Corpses, Eagles, Oil Rigs, Bones, Cacti Suns: Interview”
---. Study for Mural: Informal Crossing Inventory
---. “Tijuana. San Diego. Sonoran. Mural. A Conversation” Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico (d. 1867)
Mary Walling Blackburn's website is welcomedoubleagent.com
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All photos by Jeffrey Blocksidge