quinta-feira, junho 27, 2013

the manufactured sound...

Because one must produce,
one must by all possible means of activity replace nature
wherever it can be replaced,
one must find a major field of action for human inertia,
the worker must have something to keep him busy,
new fields of activity must be created,
in which we shall see at last the reign of all the fake manufactured
of all the vile synthetic substitutes
in which beautiful real nature has no part,
and must give way finally and shamefully before all the victorious
substitute products
in which the sperm of all artificial insemination factories
will make a miracle
in order to produce armies and battleships.

in, To Have Done with the Judgement of God (a radio play by Antonin Artaud, 1947)



uncertainties in love by Judith Butler

:: After examining the oscillation of certitudes and uncertainties in love, Butler returns to Freud:

It would seem that for Freud the goal is not to doubt one’s own love, to come to have certainty in it, and to somehow know oneself in the dispossession that love provides. I am the one who loses myself here, in this way, under these conditions, who finds the following irresistible; who falls then and there; who wants, who idealizes, who pursues; who cannot forget this or that kind of thing, wants it again, cannot stop wanting it easily; who wants to be pursued, or to become unforgettable, irreplaceable. One finds that love is not a state, a feeling, a disposition, but an exchange, uneven, fraught with history, with ghosts, with longings that are more or less legible to those who try to see one another with their own faulty vision.

Philosopher Judith Butler on Doubting Love : by Maria Popova

quarta-feira, junho 26, 2013

we are all... the same.

We are all transsexuals. Just as we are all potential biological mutants, so we are all also potential transsexuals. And this is not even a matter of biology. We are all "symbolically" transsexuals.
- Baudrillard, 1995, p.26

sábado, junho 22, 2013

Do we still engage?

Do we still engage with Sartre? Do we still read Derrida? Do
they speak to us? Does Heidegger speak to us? Does Husserl? Is
Hegel still critical to our thinking? Does anyone read Sartre?
Does anyone think through Derrida? Do we think we've absorbed
Badiou? Is Badiou important? Is Shestov? Is philosophy dead or
dying? Is thinking philosophically still important? Does anyone
read Plotinus? Does St Augustine speak to us? Is Descartes
necessary? Have we absorbed Spinoza? Are we the better for
Kristeva? Is Butler still relevant? Is Russell? Have we absorbed
Wittgenstein? Do we still engage with Reichenbach? Is Latour
still important? Have we gone beyond Carnap? Is Peirce relevant?
Does anyone read James? Have we buried Marx? Does anyone think
through Freud? Is Arendt still necessary? Are we still inspired
by Jung? Do we relate to Plato? Is our world Aristotelian? Is
Nietzsche still necessary? Has philosophy disappeared? Have
people read Thom? Has Mill disappeared? Is Confucius
fundamental? Do we still grapple with Hobbes? Is Kant still an
inspiration? Are there answers to questions? Do we still learn
from Kierkegaard? Is Lacan still read? Does Maimonides speak to
us? Have we abandoned Fanon? Does anyone think through Kofman?
Is there any reason to consider Hui Shi? Has Zhuangzi turned the
world upside down? Does Parmenides offer solace? Does anyone
read Goodman any more? Do we still engage with Bachelard? Is
Balibar important? Is philosophy important? Do we consider West?
Is Ranciere dead? Does Althusser still speak to us? Is the
thought of Merleau-Ponty important to anyone? Is there anything
to learn anymore from philosophy? Do we still read Trotsky? Is
Grene still relevant? Have we absorbed Cassirer? Is philosophy
of science science? Is philosophy of science necessary? Do we
still read Langer? Is thought important? Is untethered thought
necessary? Is philosophy tethered? Are we engaged with de
Beauvoir? Do we remember Deleuze? Do we consider Guattari? Do
Deleuze and Guattari offer solace? Is there any value in reading
Lyotard? Have we forgotten Kripke? Have we ever comprehended
Baudrillard? Is there any point to philosophy? Does philosophy
worsen us? Is it necessary to think philosophically? Is it
relevant to abandon philosophy? Have we taken Lao Tzu to heart?
Are we trusting Agamben? Have we forgotten Schopenhauer? Do we
still read Schelling critically? Is Heraclitus still inspiring?
Can our lives be guided by Pascal? Are we informed by Whitehead?
Do we comprehend the depth of any thought? Do we take thought to
heart? Do we still engage with Lucretius? Do we still read
Irigaray? How do we know?

Alan Sondheim

sexta-feira, junho 21, 2013


Photo and Illustration (Wall) by Rita Roque
I always get this feeling that I might have done something wrong along the way... 
...never quite sure what or when?!

terça-feira, junho 18, 2013

self awareness

"...This self-reflective act operated in many levels. It was both spectacle and challenge. How could the live performer compete for viewers' attention with both the mystery and beauty of filmed image? Which performance was more "real", the filmed or the live? The filmed dancer was, in a sense, both a ghost and a companion, a reflection and a mirage."

-- Michael Rush about Trisha Brown's Homemade (collaboration with Robert Whitman) in New Media in Art

two sites, two times, two sides - on telematics

[Double Entendre] was a link between me at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. There was a woman in Paris and I was in New York. We engage in a conversation that turns into flirtation and seduction. I am speaking only in English, and she is speaking only in French, but we are saying the same things to each other, doubling the language. Often the lines came out of a then-new text by Roland Barthes, the «Lover's Discourse». […]

«Double Entendre» was a video piece that had to depend for most of its 30 minutes on audio, primarily because we didn’t have the budget for the transmission of moving images. So for most of the performance you just heard these people speaking. The words were on the screen, but you didn't see the speakers until the last five minutes.

At the end of the performance I say: «I can't stand the separation anymore. I am coming across the Atlantic right now.» That related to Barthes’s text. In it, he talks about both love and language being a kind of leap. So I plead with her to stay where she is and run out of the Whitney Museum. Next you see me on the video, finally moving, running down Park Avenue. She speaks with the audience, asking them if she should leave or if she should stay. In the end, she decides to run away. So she races down to the Plaza in front of the Centre Pompidou, and I land, live, right in front of her! We chase each other around, and I finally embrace her. «Double Entendre» ends with our embrace, far away, in the twilight - it's evening in Paris, afternoon in New York. As we stand there, merging into the darkness, two voices speak simultaneously, in French and English, speculating on the double meaning of what just occured live.

So that means that you were in Paris all the time?
Davis: No. It means the double is everywhere, as intended in the title. He was a really incredible double, he looked and walked exactly like me. I went to Paris and rehearsed with him. All the critics who saw the work on video were convinced that the landing and running action had been taped, but it was absolutely live.

(source: Douglas Davis, in: Tilman Baumgärtel: [net.art] New Materials towards Net art, Nürnberg 2001, pp. 57f.)

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"1s and 0s of digital art degrade far more rapidly than traditional visual art does, and the demands of upkeep are much higher."

it's open season... summer is not coming.

sábado, junho 15, 2013

WATCH: 50 Years of LGBT Culture | Advocate.com

Gay activist/artist Leo Herrera has meticulously combed through more than 50 years of video footage to create a memorizing look at the LGBT community’s journey over the past five decades, reportsTowleroad.
According to Herrera, the 5-minute video collage, titled The Fortune Teller, took six months to assemble and is comprised of 100 clips, which were each carefully chosen by the artist.

sexta-feira, junho 14, 2013

categorization / grids (Krauss, 1979)

...There are two ways in which the grid functions to declare the modernity of modern art. One is spatial; the other is temporal. In the spatial sense, the grid states the autonomy of the realm of art. Flattened, geometricized, ordered, it is antinatural, antimimetic, antireal. It is what art looks like when it turns its back on nature. In the flatness that results from its coordinates, the grid is the means of crowding out the dimensions of the real and replacing them with the lateral spread of a single surface. In the overall regularity of its organization, it is the result not of imitation, but of aesthetic decree. Insofar as its order is that of pure relationship, the grid is a way of abrogating the claims of natural objects to have an order particular to themselves; the relationships in the aesthetic field are shown by the grid to be in a world apart and, with respect to natural objects, to be both prior and final. The grid declares the space of art to be at once autonomous and autotelic. (...)

- Rosalind Krauss / Grids - October. Vol. 9, (Summer, 1979), pp. 50-64

sexta-feira, junho 07, 2013

technology and revelation (TALK)


Inspiration is a living force that transcends time and place, and in a way its a gift from the stars, we don't know where it comes from, it just appears in each and every one of us at birth and it is present at various points throughout your life, some more, some less. It's a force of nature, people call it many different things like creativity, curiosity, vision, imagination, resides in human beings and animals, and it also appears on some fish and insects. (...) at its root, inspiration is independent of gender, age, race, class and culture. (Think about that!) It's a catalyst to fuel in the fire, see a central element that ignites the spark in the heart that can move mountains.

Bill Viola

sounds of queer

terça-feira, junho 04, 2013


Henrik Olesen, Project 94 (MoMa)
...It is a virtual system, capable of simulating the behaviour of any other machine, even, and including itself.
It only actually exists when it has a specific task to perform, and then it is no longer itself, but simply whatever it is doing.
 Alan Turing about the "Turing Machine"