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Bateleur Cargo Cults – Wooden LP Series

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This is a series of drawings I made for Cape Town based band Bateleur's 2012 EP Cargo Cults. They commissioned five artists to each produce album art for four unique limited edition LP sized 'vinyls' made from indigenous South African wood (by product designer Max Basler). Each of the 'vinyls' house a flash disk in a groove in the reverse side with the music on, as well as the music remixed by five local DJs. The name of the EP, Cargo Cults, is a reference to the religious practices found in many tribal societies (especially in New Guinea and other Pacific Islands) where, in the wake of exposure to new technologies via members of post-Industrialised cultures, the tribes develop ceremony and ritual mimicking the more technologically advanced cultures as well as sometimes regarding members of these cultures as deities.
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  • Bateleur – Cargo Cults
    Wooden LP Series
    2012
     
    A series of drawings I made for Cape Town based band Bateleur's 2012 EP Cargo Cults.

    Bateleur commissioned five artists to each produce album art for four unique limited edition LP sized 'vinyls' made from indigenous South African wood (by product designer Max Basler). Each of the 'vinyls' house a flash disk in a groove in the reverse side with the music on, as well as the music remixed by five local DJs.

    The name of the EP, Cargo Cults, is a reference to the religious practices found in many tribal societies (especially in New Guinea and other Pacific Islands) where, in the wake of exposure to new technologies via members of post-Industrialised cultures, the tribes develop ceremony and ritual mimicking the more technologically advanced cultures as well as sometimes regarding members of these cultures as deities.

    Other artists who participated in the project are BisonStuart Ziegler, Givan Lotz and Sebastian BorckenhagenThe albums were auctioned, and were housed in a sleeve by Claire Johnson.
  • Cult Object #1: Stibnite (Kohl)
    30cm x 30cm
    Pen and Ink on African Mahogany
    2012
  • Cult Object #2: Asbestos
    30cm x 30cm
    Pen and Ink on Stinkwood
    2012
  • Cult Object #3: Ruby Sulphide
    30cm x 30cm
    Pen and Ink on African Mahogany
    2012
  • Cult Object #4: Cinnabarite
    30cm x 30cm
    Pen and Ink on African Mahogany
    2012
  • Each drawing was of a mineral used by ancient cultures for it's magical properties: Stibnite (Kohl), Asbestos, Ruby Sulphide and Cinnabarite. Each drawing is accompanied a piece of written text on the reverse:

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    Arad mitanguranni

    annu, beli annu

    umma usatu ana matia luppus kimi

    epus beli epus
    amelu sa usatam ana matitsu ipus
    sakna usatu-su in kippat sa Marduk

    e arad ustamma ana matia ul epus

    la teppus beli la teppus
    ilima ina muhhi tillani labiruti itallak
    amur gulgulle sa arkuti i panuti
    ayyu bel lemuttima ayu bel usati.

    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

    Servant, listen to me!

    Yes, master, yes.

    I will benefit my country

    So do, master, do.
    The man who benefits his country has his good deeds set down in the record of Marduk.

    No, Servant. I will not benefit my country.

    Do not do it, master, do not.
    Go up to the ancient ruin heaps and walk around.
    See the skulls of the lowly and the great.
    Which belongs to one who did evil, and which to one who did good?

    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––

    from Dialogue of Pessimism, Akkadian.
  • June 2012

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