CORNSTITUTION: An Anthermation of the Rights of Maize (Sarah Lewison/duskin drum)



On October 12, 2009, Columbus Day, duskin drum and I sought to commemorate and respect indigenous presences and jurisprudence on this land where we find ourselves – land that marked by new political names such as “Carbondale” “Illinois” “United States.” We invited our friend Wendy Weinhold to join us at a meeting with a cornfield where we would extend our research into the implications of gene seizure and contamination by GMO technologies. In the presence of the corn, a great deal of brainstorming ensued and the Cornstitution was brought to us. Our intention was to radically deprecate anthropomorphic/human expectations of knowledge and communication transfer.

Introduction to the Cornstitution

This Cornstitution has been compiled and interpreted from messages that were received over several years through maizing corn diplomacies. Communications initiated in several sites where we conducted amateur medium research, but the compilation (this cornstitution)  was provoked, by being contacted, in the Naxi Minority Autonomous region China, by insurgent hybrid stalks, silks, cobs, and kernels germinating and reaching maturation despite allegations of untrue breeding.

Content of the Cornstitution


An Anthermation of the Rights of Maize


Herein, the Cornstitution translated into human language the already organized governance of the corn. The Cornstitution is like articles of governing. A constitution describes a political constitution, regulation, and governing of a state, institution or other organization. This Cornstitution interprets or translates constituent maize relations into the terms of political constitution. As amateur mediums or interspecies diplomats we gather the kernels of wisdom given by corn and maize through their constituent practices and forms.

Corn pollinates, germinates and fruits the rights and responsibilities of different parts of its governable bodies. The Cornstitution also anthermates the rules or methods of relating between maize and corn parts and, also to foreign parts. Look at the corn dance, eat a fresh cob, you can see, you can taste, you can feel, corn has a sense of humor.

Article I: Rights and Responsibilities

The Cornstitution affirms and asserts the inherent and germinated rights and responsibilities of corn and its parts, holes, wholes, partialities and communities. Rights circulate from the being of the corn and are conferred upon it by the already organized and dynamic governance of the corn. Rights rest in the kernel, the stalk, the silk, the roots, anthers, and leaves and every part of the corn at all scales.  Rights are matched, completed and leavened by Responsibilities that inhere also at every scale, including the extended cornsciousness and temporalities of the corn bodies. These rights and responsibilities are meant to be enacted by and granted to patches, kernels, cobs, stalks, silks, roots, anthers, and leaves of every different size, color; yellow, white, purple, blue, magenta, red, black, and rainbow; and variety; sweet, feed, polenta, pop, and hominy.

Each patch, kernel, stalk, cob, silk tassel, root, anther, and leaf has rights to be supported by and the right to their respective patches, kernels, cobs, stalks, silks, roots, anthers, and leaves.

Each patch, kernel, stalk, cob, silk, root, anther, and leaf has responsibilities to support and to be supported by their respective patches, kernels, stalks, silks, roots, anthers, and leaves.

Each patch, kernel, stalk, cob, silk tassel, root, anther, and leaf has the right to autonomy in so far as it does not infringe on or damage the rights and responsibilities of its respective and other and future patches, kernels, stalks, silks, roots, anthers, and leaves.

Cornscious rights are the right to congregate in patches and disperse and cross-pollinate with or without helpers and assistants.

The right to corn coms and cornimation, between stalks, between patches, between silk, tassel, stamen, and anther.

Corn bred: The Cornstitution affirms the inalienable, inherent and foundational, corngenital rights of sex, free pollination and horizontal gene transfer.

Access to sunlight, water and air currents is a reserved and protected right for all corns.

The right to share sweetness.

The right to communicate with helpers, and the right to be communicated by helpers and other mediums. The right to use sweetness to make deals with carriers and mediums.

The right to be corny

Patches, corn plants and seed have the right to remain isolated from each other, and the right to communicate and cross-pollinate with each other. There are kernels of wisdom for both isolation and cross-pollination.

The right to anthers, and to stamen

The right to make anther-mations.

The right to chronological atemporality.

Maize is always and has always been. 


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