Future Systems Part 3:
Fleshpack.com Human Delivery
Invisible Future Systems Part 3
Fleshpack is an invisible, "ghost" corporation, packing and
trafficking humans. No - one knows where it is based , who
its personnel are , or how it acts . Legal authorities, even
when in the event of an accident they manage to impound the
means of transportation or the "goods" themselves, they never
succeed in reaching deeper than that, in establishing the
company's true identity and make-up and in bringing it down.
They resort to simply prosecuting singled-out individuals
to appease public opinion . Most of the times those who have
been held responsible, mysteriously disappear.
is important to note that all of the cases that come to light
appear to be the result of random fortune-hunting; the culprits
are presented as primitive criminals of the lowest moral stature
who for a certain price attempted to transport their stowaway
passengers to some remote coast.
is a simplistic and superficial view of the problem and it
is aimed at diverting attention toward single cases and at
creating the impression that the situation is under control.
real cargo is never allowed to fall to the hands of the authorities.
In the case of something going wrong or in the case that specific
interests demand that it be so, the cargo is simply destroyed,
usually sank or set on fire.
from the issue of the perpetrators' misleading profile, there
is yet another fact that needs to be clarified. Customers
of such corporations or those interested in taking what they
have to offer seem to be in such a state of desperation that
they do not really have the slightest choice. In trying to
escape the prospect of certain death under conditions of utter
destitution they consciously opt for a way marked by high
mortality rates. Ultimately, their attempt can be seen as
a way of negotiating their desire for a kind of life that
affords different prospects of death.
this is the motive that makes things easier for the real customers
of Fleshpack; not the ones who wish to escape but those who
expect them when they have.
Like every criminal network that respects itself, Fleshpack
fully exploits human weakness.
In this case , the obedient " cargo " is an utterly demoralized
group of hungry people; controllable and ready to accept the
most desperate of solutions.
network ' s size is enormous . A mere sample of the services
it offers or the areas in which it specializes includes trafficking
of cheap labour, prostitution, exports and imports of human
organs, cleansing of areas with a population surplus, volunteers
for experimental research, mercenaries for special ops in
various wars, etc.
may easily come to the conclusion that any attempt to uncover
and eradicate such an organization is clearly utopian.
Contemporary conditions show that corporations of this kind
will be the goldmines of the future.
2005, "Other Voices, Other rooms", curator Alessandro Riva, curator of the Greek participation: Dafni Vitali, "Le Ciminiere", Catania, Sicily.
2004, "The other body", 4th Human rights arts festival, Eugenides Foundation, Athens.
2003, "Testimonies: Between Fiction and Reality", National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens.