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A Fliction: Dawn among the Hummocks, Iqaluit, NU | by ocean.flynn
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A Fliction: Dawn among the Hummocks, Iqaluit, NU

Octavia Butler's science fiction unfolds in a post-nuclear world overtaken by an alien species. Lilith, a woman of colour, out of Africa, becomes the primal mother, the new Eve to a polymorphous species. It is a survival fiction about the "... resistance to the imperative to recreate the sacred image of the same (1989:378)."

 

Lilith talks about her feelings of being impregnated with something that is not human, a metamorphose:

"I had gone back to school." [Lilith] said. "I was majoring in anthropology." She laughed out bitterly. "I suppose I could think of this as fieldwork - but how the hell can I get out of the field? (1987: 262-3)?

 

I inserted this image of Lilith into my own photo taken during a sunburst in the middle of a blizzard in Iqaluit, Nunavut (2003). Lilith is protected by a sunburst parka using a third Adobe layer. I wish I could have found a similar protection for my own spirit. Images of Lilith's experiences flashed through my mind frequently as my own conflicted role as impassioned researcher crunched against the sea ice of academic 'professionalism' and detachment which came to resemble convenient apathy for inconvenient truths. When the ice pan is disturbed by currents under the ice, hummocks form in these dramatic shapes resonating with the emergence of mountain ranges --- not miniature but not the Rockies either. In parts of the frozen seas these hummocks impede winter travel. Dog sleds and snow machines navigate around them.

 

A flicktion - Aflicktion - Afflicktion are derived from the term Flicktion developed on Flickr by innovator Andrew Losowsky to describe his unique, creative response to non-linear aspects of blogging. On his photoblog Flickr he published a series of 'short stories' with photos entitledThe Doorbells of Florence.

"As more than 12,500 viewers (and counting) of the Flickr set can testify, The Doorbells of Florence is cult fiction at its least predictable. This book contains 36 real Italian doorbells (including some never before seen), each one with a strange story about the people and things that may, or may not, live inside. This first-ever volume of flicktion was written by Andrew Losowsky and lovingly put together by award-winning designer, Nuno Vargas as the mini coffee table book that espresso was invented for $27.99." Inspired by Andrew Losowsky I began my own work-in-progress series on Flickr and Speechless entitled Aflicktion on my afflictional misadventures with social and cultural institutions as a PhD candidate and contract lecturer --- and at times fly-in (Flynn) professor --- in remote northern communities. flicktionMore">

 

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Taken on April 15, 2003