Bayeux capitalism: world alienation, legal personhood & the environment

This storyboard begins with Indigenous academic Mary Graham’s quote: ‘I am located therefore I am.’ Hannah Arendt’s identification of some of the determinants of world alienation plot a course from this Indigenous position. Further catalysts have been added to show the more elaborate throughline that has developed since Arendt’s time, and to explore the range of corresponding laws and actions that have contributed protection or destruction to our relationships with the environment.

Work’s teletext script: Mary Graham: “I am located therefore I am.” AD Christian concern for eternal soul529 Justinian’s Civil Code1066 Hailey’s Comet … 1419 Age of Exploration … 1517 Socage abolition … 1589 Age of Modern science … 1662 Dutch guilds use letters patent … 1788 Terra & Aqua Nullius … 1885 British separate land surface & minerals ownership … 1886 Corporations gain legal personhood … 1897 Mono-agriculture as genocide … 1910 Hailey’s Comet … 1920s Supermarkets shame backyard growers … 1955 Disney’s fantasy industrial complex … 1960s World Bank’s non-traditional crop slave labour … 1975 Prime Minister sacked with letters patent … 1970s Private land geo-exploration licences … 1983 Monsanto, food irradiation, GMO patents & fertilisers … 1986 Franklin Dam halted … Hailey’s Comet … 2004 Harrison’s eco-art plans from watershed futures … 2006 Colony collapse disorder … 2011 Ecuadorian river gains legal personhood … Naples Water Corporation recommoned … 2015 Australia leads deforestation … 2018 Manuka honey appellation … If corporations are people, owning them is slavery