- Bateleur – Cargo CultsWooden LP Series2012A 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 Bison, Stuart Ziegler, Givan Lotz and Sebastian Borckenhagen. The albums were auctioned, and were housed in a sleeve by Claire Johnson.
- 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:
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