Friday, September 25, 2009

Akimbo Collective is Us

Unbeknownst to its members, akimbo collective began sometime in the spring of 1979. In 2007, founders belinda suzette and constantlykate decided that their various inventive projects, revolutionary ideas and creatively documented adventures could conglomerate under the same glorious network umbrella. The better to support themselves and others.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Akimbo Collective Presents The Horror Happening


Help us celebrate all that is ghoulish and monstrous.
held on halloween saturDAY, this happening has a twist: it starts by daylight, but dies in the night. a celebration of twilight and dusk. we will welcome in the night with a lantern workshop and then a street parade lead by Bandleader Zac.

The happening will end at 10pm sharp! at which time you may desire to walk to the Northccote Uniting church hall (5mins away) to bring in the witching hour with Rapskallion at a fancy dress Halloween gig.
or stroll on up to Open Studio for dance dance dance.

Fright night
Scary stuff
Dios de los muertos
Haunted house
Where the wild things are

Akimbo Collective Presents Future Shock: The Fourth Wave

future shock

Kate, Patrick and Belinda cordially invite you to our Housewarming Happening

Future Shock is a book written by the sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler in 1970. It’s a term for a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. Toffler's shortest definition of future shock is a personal perception of "too much change in too short a period of time".

Toffler argues that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a "super-industrial society". This change will overwhelm people, the accelerated rate of technological and social change leaving them disconnected and suffering from "shattering stress and disorientation" – future shocked.

The First Wave is the settled agricultural society which prevailed in much of the world after the Neolithic Revolution, which replaced hunter-gatherer cultures.

The Second Wave is Industrial Age society, which began in Western Europe with the Industrial Revolution, and spread across the world. Key aspects of Second Wave society are the nuclear family, a factory-type education system and the corporation. mass production, mass distribution, mass consumption, mass education, mass media, mass recreation, mass entertainment, and weapons of mass destruction.

The Third Wave is the post-industrial society. Since the late 1950s most countries have been transitioning from a Second Wave society into a Third Wave society. Also known as the Information Age.

The question has been raised with increasing frequency as to whether a Fourth Wave is looming or already underway with the most recent dislocations that appear to be taking place in the world.

What will be The Fourth Wave?

History accelerates to the point where the past catches up with the present? Apocalypse? Expansion into outer space? The rise of a second agricultural revolution to enable off-world settlement? Reclamation of desolate regions on the Earth? A paradigm shift of extraordinary science? An era of extinction that lasts 10 million years? The extinction of Homo Sapiens? Octopuses shimmy onto land? Antarctica is once more a luscious green land of trees? We become cyborgs? Cyclops? Mutate into super beings? Men b
are babies? Women rule the world? We communicate with our minds? Create a new sound? A new artform? Happy pants come back into fashion? HOVERBOARDS?!?!?!?!?!

Akimbo Collective Presents The Halloween Happening & Dia De Los Muertos Shindig!

Held Friday, 31 October 2008.

Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture, and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year". Traditionally, the festival was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and slaughter livestock for winter stores. The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to the indigenous peoples such as the Olmec, Zapotec, Mixtec, Mexican, Aztec, Maya, P'urhépecha, and Totonac. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors have been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2500–3000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, it was common to keep skulls as trophies and display them during the rituals to symbolise death and rebirth.

Many people believe that during the Day of the Dead, it is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living. People will go to cemeteries to communicate with the souls of the departed, and will build private altars, containing the favorite foods and beverages, and photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so that the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. 

you know the's a happening. happen. FANCY DRESS AT THE VERY LEAST!!!!!