٠ ‘the real dictatorship of the anyone’ that swallows the authentic Self ٠

© Gregory Michael Hernandez, Circular Mound Altar, Temple of Heaven, Beijing, from The Captive Universe (current work) © Gregory Michael Hernandez, Circular Mound Altar in Beijing , from The Captive Universe (current work) AN HEIDEGGERIAN MAP OF AUTHENTICITY DASEIN MINENESS … Continue reading ٠ ‘the real dictatorship of the anyone’ that swallows the authentic Self ٠

٠ Botched Taxidermy – ‘artists’ using animals ٠

Miguel Suarez, Chicken-Killing Performance, Alberta, Canada, 2013. More about it here How does the animal function as a kind of tool for allowing humans to think through their own identities? It seems that a lot of artists you’re writing about are trying to envision a very far-out point in the dispersal of fixed identities, to the point at which identities disappear. There are several points that are raised there. In terms of moving beyond identities, I think you’re right in saying that there doesn’t appear to be a fixed point towards which one could move. Certainly the way in which, … Continue reading ٠ Botched Taxidermy – ‘artists’ using animals ٠

٠ Tillmans in-transit-affair with Philosophy ٠

~Penguin’s new series, Philosophy in Transit, features close-cropped shots of commuters by photographer Wolfgang Tillmans “Tillman’s photographs are really stylish, and feature quite close-up unusual crops. You can almost read whatever you want into them, and each reader will interpret the photographs differently … they’re the main focus, and the rest of the design is kept deliberately clean and minimal,” Young explains. The covers are set in Avenir “with a strong but balanced hierarchy that puts emphasis on the title and draws your eye to the subtitle, Philosophy in Transit.“ Continue reading ٠ Tillmans in-transit-affair with Philosophy ٠

٠ Turkey as The place for an historical turn ٠

Two things justify this (another) post about Turkey: first, the fact that today – June 22nd -, confrontations restarted in Istanbul and Ankara, with the police intervening with TOMA’s, tear gas, sound bombs and arresting people; secondly, a text about the Turkish Uprising, by Alain Badiou, posted by Cengiz Erdem @ Senselogic, which would be more than worthy of a single feature, if not for the accompanying events. All photos by George Georgiou, who lived in Turkey for four and a half years and witnessed the geographical, demographic, sociological and political changes taking place. All photos from the series “Young … Continue reading ٠ Turkey as The place for an historical turn ٠

┐ Cara Judea Alhadeff └

© Cara Judea Alhadeff, Lost Valley, from the conscious dream project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, kunst-stoff, from the conscious dream project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, Exploratoreum, from Gestation (singles) © Cara Judea Alhadeff, south american tropical room, from gestation project © Cara Judea Alhadeff, art and revolution’s wailing women heads, from gestation project “As a Deleuzian nomadic feminist, my photographic work explores a dynamic disequilibrium. My photographs play with inter-relating imbrications—concurrent, multiple, contradictory tendencies.My pedagogical and art-based research explores the possibilities of radical citizenship by actively cultivating vulnerability through corporeal inquiries. Irreducibly allusive corpo-visual language unfolds as embodied rhizomatic vulnerabilities. … Continue reading ┐ Cara Judea Alhadeff └

┐ roots & fruits #8 – Diogo Simões └

© Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo © Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo © Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo © Diogo Simões, Untitled, from the series Miratejo Influenced by current-events (this is a circumstantial analogy) Diogo’s (b.1988, Miratejo, PT) photographs remind me of a kind of portrait of youth that makes me think of Gus van Sant’s universe. If I had seen this series a few months ago I would probably relate it to projects within the realm of the medium itself and think about the meaning of portrait and nostalgia in the history of … Continue reading ┐ roots & fruits #8 – Diogo Simões └

┐ Sharon Kivland └

@ Sharon Kivland, from Mes Fils @ Sharon Kivland, from Mes Fils @ Sharon Kivland, from Mes Fils Sharon Kivland investigates how our lives are governed by systems of order that complement, overlap and contradict one other while undergoing continual periods of change. Spheres such as language, time, philosophy, politics, nature and history are involved. The focus of this approach is represented by the identity of a woman and her body. The site where sense is made of it all is palpable in the titles of the work as the presence of an individual speaker, in the possessive pronoun ‘mes’. … Continue reading ┐ Sharon Kivland └

┐ Otto Gross – Analysis and Radical Politics └

@ Monte Veritá “I have only mixed with anarchists and declare myself to be an anarchist,” Otto Gross said in 1913. “I am a psychoanalyst and from my experience I have gained the insight that the existing order … is a bad one. … And since I want everything changed, I am an anarchist” (Berze/Stelzer 1999, p.24)”. He was the first psychoanalyst to link analysis with radical politics and wrote: “The psychology of the unconscious is the philosophy of the revolution” (Gross 1913c). So, when Coline Covington recently wrote, “Analysis is essentially a tool for revolution (Covington 2001, p.331)”, she … Continue reading ┐ Otto Gross – Analysis and Radical Politics └

┐ Agamben └

© Luis Palácios, 2012 “Now we can begin to understand why ceremonial and liturgy are so essential to power. It is a question of holding them and registering them in a separate sphere of the central inactivity of human life. Power places solidly at its centre, in the form of celebration and glory, what appears to its eyes to be the unviewableinactivity of man and of God. Human life is idle and aimless, but it is precisely this lack of action and aim which makes possible the incomparable busyness of the human race. Man has devoted himself to production and … Continue reading ┐ Agamben └