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Stages of Tectonic Blackness is a collaborative performance project by Nikesha Breeze, Lazarus Nance Letcher, and GROUND SERIES member Miles Tokunow; it tarries with the parrelled processes of dehumanization and extraction, emergence and rebellion, as sustained by Black bodies and rock bodies.

redefinition / reterminology

We must create a new vocabulary. A new reckoning with the earth. The nuclear body, the geologic body, the indigenous body, the black body. We make a new body of language and understanding. 



“ the time required for a quantity to reduce to half of its initial value.” 


How do we measure the Half-life of “soul value”? the value of the black body, the earth’s body, the geologic body? Must the Half-life of the Black body be measured in blood? In breath, in sweat and in tears. Are we quantifiable? Or are we endless? Rock Body. Black Body. 




Black Body Radiation

“The name derives from the concept of a black-body as a theoretically ideal absorber of light However, that also happens to make it a perfect emitter.

An ideal black-body would indeed appear black, but if heated enough it would start to emit light. The point is that if a black-body is a perfect absorber of light, it’s also a perfect emitter of light, 


Incidentally, at room temperature, a black-body will be emitting infra-red light, but that’s invisible to our eyes without special detectors and so it appears black to us. 


A black body is an idealized physical body that absorbs all incident electromagnetic radiation, regardless of frequency or angle of incidence. A white body is one with a "rough surface that reflects all incident rays completely and uniformly in all directions.”


We are Black Bodies, stretched between the worlds. Perfect absorber, all return to Black. Perfect emitters All arises from Black. The beginning and the end. Look closely you can see us glow from the inside. 





“are the processes that control the structure and properties of the Earth's crust and its evolution through time. These include the processes of mountain building, the growth and behavior of the strong, old cores of continents known as cratons, and the ways in which the relatively rigid plates that constitute the Earth's outer shell interact with each other. Tectonics also provide a framework for understanding the earthquake and volcanic belts that directly affect much of the global population.”


How have black bodies affected the movement of the earth’s crusts? Our bones and blood shifting the tides and the sands and the winds and the dirt. The slow building of mountains and relationships. The movement of black bodies through time, building and pressing the rigid plates of anti-blackness. A movement insisting on an otherwise. A new understanding of the earthquakes and the red belly of the volcanic mouth. Tectonics, thickening, stretching shortening, slipping, cracking, passive, endless, patient. Black Bodies remaking the face of the world.



Nuclear Black Fission

Nuclear fission is a process in nuclear physics in which the nucleus of an atom splits into two or more smaller nuclei as fission products, and usually some by-product particles. Hence, fission is a form of elemental transmutation.”


In other words, one would break apart a wholeness with something much smaller, thus destroying the unity of that wholeness and that unity, breaking it into smaller more manageable pieces, and harnessing the released “bonding” force that held the wholeness together, as a kind of “power”. This cycle continues in a self perpetuating fission reaction until all wholeness, all energy is used up.

This process is not only a process of nuclear power and weaponry, but is a tool of white colonial systems of oppression which profit on the breaking apart of family and kin systems the severance from land and biosystems and all forms of communal wholeness, for the smaller “nuclear “ family structures and productivity based on individual efforting. Black and Indigenous bodies and lands as Nuclear fuel for the white colonial reactor.

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