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Ecology of Bad Ideas

“There is an ecology of bad ideas, just as there is an ecology of weeds, and its characteristic of the system that basic error propagates itself.” – Gregory Bateson, Pathologies of Epistemology, 1971

The ecology of bad ideas is the product of the propagation of epistemological error. Akin to the meme, as defined by Dawkins, the ecology of bad ideas is manifest in the transmission and integration of idea into environment and, subsequently, the rearrangement of ecological conditions in its aftermath. Contrasting the hubris of the Anthropocene—and its lingering tones of Man’s rational progress and dominance over Nature writ on a planetary scale—the ecology of bad ideas unfolds in the mess of the cumulative mental, social, and environmental assemblage of inherited ideas—oblivious, opportunist, oversimplified, corrupt, fraudulent, stubbornly inflexible, and pathologically upheld out of narrow and shortsighted self-interest. This issue of Drain seeks contributions from artists, researchers, critics, theorists, writers, and commentators that examine the dispersion, proliferation, mutation, and normalization of bad ideas and bad ecologies. How do artists, writers, and cultural producers analyze and participate in complex ecological entanglements, employ tactical media, and create counter-memes and assemblages within, beyond, and against the ecology of bad ideas? What forms of salvage or alterity might be employed within the kludge of bad ideas that contribute to our present ecological conditions and to what effect?

Deadline for submissions - June 1st, 2018

Please send submissions to Alex Young and Avantika Bawa.

This issue will be led by Alex Young and Paul Lloyd Sargent.