Detroit Contemporary is a performance space and art gallery in urban Detroit. Gabriel Embeha’s performance piece uses a part of the first floor and a part of the basement of this space.
On the first floor, in a 2 x 2.5 meter space that is like a nook, a figure dressed in a feed cap and orange camouflage hunting gear, and named John Deer, paces back and forth. He is alternately reading from: an original, less known version of the Grimm’s tale of Snow White, an ethnographic account of the Solomon Islands entitled Kwaio Religion, as well as a protocol for evaluating “cultural factors” in conflict zones.
John Deer pauses when people come by to engage them in conversation and share his stories of what he is calling ‘the pacific war’ and, more specifically, stories of his training in anthropological methods via the protocol written by anthropologist Doug Walters. Deer explains the potential uses of anthropology in the pacific war and how he was able to come to understand and teach it to others in the military and intelligence organizations. He constantly refers to what he and others in the military have come to call the “Schweinriters.”
In passing, Deer also tells people how ‘one of these things’ is being kept in the cellar of Detroit Contemporary, the door to which is in the next room, but chained. There is a video feed coming from the basement, though, that visitors can watch on a screen near the basement door. In the video feed, they see a strange, pig-like “Schweinriter” trying to meet a challenge set by Doug Walters to try and write Walters out of existence. Through the door, which opens a crack, they are also able to hear music coming from the basement  .
If they have any more questions, Deer tells the visitors, they can come back and ask. He hands them a flyer (see below) before they go with his bio, some program information, and how to contact him.
John Deer Flyer
My name is John Deer and I am here today because of a figure named Gabriel Embeha, the first casualty of the pacific war. Also known as Drew Walker, Embeha convinced me not only to speak to the pacific war like I am doing now, but also to reach out to the Schweinriters themselves, invite them in, fund their riting, and study them. That is what my team and I are doing here in Detroit.
The Riter ‘in residence’ here fancies itself to be a social anthropologist, and may even actually be one. I can’t say.
The Riter is also an editor who is trying to write Drew Walker, a former candidate for Congress and social anthropologist, out of existence. It seems to be a sort of revenge for the taboos Walters has broken.
The Riter will not consider engaging others from the outside. Why would it, (or wouldn’t it?)
We do not know what connections it sees or does not see, and its writing will not show us. This is key. It is, as you may have heard, but may not have understood, what we call in pacific warfighting ‘a Schweinriter’ or just ‘a riter.’
If we could read its riting, it would, in fact, puzzle us all the more. It seems to be dumb, animal like, unreasonably what it is, which is… what, right? Well, we can’t say.
We do know it is against at least certain forms of violence—a kind of self-styled, gentle beast.
So, the key fact here is the Riter is opposed to violence, in its heart. What does that mean?
No one, including itself, seems to be sure how, or why it is opposed to violence in its heart.
It seems to be amused, above it all, though it isn’t really.
Is it being civil, or is it just unable to say?
Does it know why it acts the way it does, the pig-headed motherfucker? It’s not instinct, but maybe it is some form of acculturation, a kind of existential investment, or maybe even cynicism.
The others in my Disimilitary Science Team are observing this riter during its time here. They will take what they understand back into their secured areas, into their hidden lives, collective minds, and evolve in ways you or people outside the military of intelligence organizations can no longer influence. The Syncretic Beings Labs, who are paying for me to be here, are monitoring our interchanges. They want to hold onto that means of following our evolution and to influence us for the better. That’s why they have me on board.
A few years ago, anthropologist Drew Walker trained me and two others through guiding us in an in-depth study of several key materials. I myself use these same materials to teach, and all those doing dissimilar ops work are all using them today. The first of these materials is a protocol developed by Walker for the evaluation of cultural factors in cultural conflict zones. The second is a book by anthropologist Roger Keesing on the Kwaio, a group from the Solomon Islands just Northeast of Australia. We also study the history of Schweinriter warfighting, first through the original versions of the Grimm’s story of Snow White, and then through four other methods of this kind of pacific warfighting throughout the last century. The historical materials we use in these methods are:
1971- Present Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
1965-1971 Episodes of the US TV Show Green Acres featuring Arnold Ziffel
1945-1965 Animal Farm, by George Orwell, and
1913-1945 Gub Gub’s Book by Hugh Lofting
You must understand there are certain things about which I can’t say. Saying one can’t say is a kind of weaponization of knowledge used by the enemies in the culture wars.
One question I have gotten more than once is ‘What is happening in the pacific war?’
About this, one thing is for sure. The pigs that are being killed are not being killed for the reasons anthropologists who oppose Walters are saying they are. Pacific warfighting is about play, sport-like clashing, excess, combined with mourning/sadness – goofy death’s heads.
This war is being fought with pigs to determine ancestor status and Elder/Ancestor/Spirit development. It is about understanding and honoring Elders/Ancestors/Spirits, like a kind of history.
Something I hope all of us involved in this warfighting understand is that it is all about sacrificing oneself as a ‘riter.’ And it is not about sacrificing ones family, or friends through neglect, alcohol, or what have you.
When I say the war is being “fought with pigs,” what do I mean by that? Am I being rude and uncivil, calling people pigs? No, because they know they are pigs, in some sense, and they say it, accept it.
Look at the Ziffels. Look at the Pequeninos, and Gub Gub, and Old Major. I will be available to answer your questions or talk more about the pacific war, what we are doing to engineer peace, and so on. Thanks for visiting.
Dissimilar Warfighting Applications
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