The Filatory: Compendium I. gnOme. 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1540567512. ISBN-10: 1540567516. 164pp. This collection marks new experimental domains for The Filatory, an unidentified circle that operates with the intent of concealment: re-creating the impulse of secret societies in an age of instant exposure to all kinds of thought. The specific offering found here is a joint effort […]
At 7pm one Saturday this September, I found myself in Downtown Brooklyn’s Metrotech Commons wearing a bright green frog hat and laughing heartily with a group of one hundred fellow “fools.” I was participating in a scene in “When I Left the House It Was Still Dark,” a performance by the collective Odyssey Works. While the spectacle was public, the scene and the other experiences that made up the performance were created for only one person. Once or twice a year, the directorial team behind Odyssey Works (for the most recent performance: Abraham Burickson, Ayden Grout, Jen Harmon, and Ariel Abrahams) selects a single “participant,” chosen through an extensive application process — which starts by asking questions that range from “What is your favorite color?” to “What is your biggest unlived dream in life?” to “Would you be willing to be blindfolded?” — to receive a weekend-long series of experiences engineered specifically for his or her individual tastes, history, and relationships to people and place. Employing family members and friends of the participant, a diverse group of artists, and the general public, Odyssey Works blurs the line between the “real” and the “performed” with its experimental and experiential work.
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Gilles Deleuze’s “Letter To A Severe Critic” is one of his richest and most beautiful texts. It can be seen as a theoretical and practical treatise on alterity, so it is only fitting that Zizek misreads it, and Deleuze’s work generally, as avoiding any encounter with Hegel, who he (Zizek) claims represents “absolute Alterity”. Of […]
At the beginning of his paper entitled “Am I a Philosopher?“, Slavoj Zizek cites a series of critiques that seek to deny him the very status of philosopher. The three main claims are that
1) Zizek has no philosophy, no system, but only proposes and exemplifies a method, he is a “reader of philosophy” rather than a real philosopher.
2) Zizek has no status as a philosopher inside of the academy, he is anxious over “being excluded from prestigious institutional apparatuses and departments of philosophy”.
3) Zizek is an excitable hysteric rather than a Stoical master.
In short, Zizek has no legitimacy as a philosopher.
A primitive psychological explanation accompanies this diagnosis: Zizek’s nervousness, anxiety, and bodily tics are so many subjectivations and somatisations of his intellectual and social situation, psychosomatic reactions to his lack of legitimacy.
One is reminded here of Deleuze’s response to intellectual and personal…
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A call to control the spread of violence by creating virtual checkpoints on facebook, twitter and other social media. If the depiction of violence, now defined as incitement, causes more violent action, does this mean that the depiction and uncovering of Israel’s own violent actions against Palestinians should be minimized? Does the depiction of injustices and genocide against a people not bring about a wave of counter-violence? The fact that no political groups seem to be behind this third intifada, bespeaks to this. Angry youths, passing through physical checkpoints on the road are reacting. Now there is a call for more checkpoints–virtual ones.
A lucid article on the concept of Greek mêtis from S.C. Hickman in Dark Ecologies. Lucid, also in the sense that it is a concept which can brake off in so many different streams, one could easily lose one’s way.
In Hesiod’s Theogony we attain an informative and detailed description of how Metis came to be the first consort of the Olympian god Zeus and the mother of the goddess Athena:
“Zeus, king of the gods, took as his first wife Metis,
a mate wiser than all gods and mortal men.
But when she was about to bear gray-eyed Athena,
then through the schemes of Gaia and starry Ouranos,
he deceived the mind of Metis with guile
and coaxing words, and lodged her in his belly.
Such was their advice, so that of the immortals
none other than Zeus would hold kingly sway.
It was fated that Metis would bear keen-minded children,
first a gray-eyed daughter, Tritogeneia,
who in strength and wisdom would be her father’s match,
and then a male child, high-mettled
and destined to rule over gods and men.
But Zeus lodged her in his belly before she did all this, that she might advise him in matters of good and bad.”
See, Mêtis: Cunning Intelligence in Greek Thought for the full post.
Subject A. Verses from the Underlands. gnOme, 2016.
A collection of the fantastical verses of the suspected serial killer known as Subject A, written during his incarceration in a secure psychiatric facility from 1977 to 1980. The poems, baroque reflections of an alternate eldritch reality referred to as “the Underlands,” give seductive and haunting dimension to the poet’s undisproven claim that he never murdered but only “transfigured” his victims in locations “not to be found on any map of the world.”
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“How have anthropologists and other social scientists been used by the Pentagon and the CIA on the ground in places like Afghanistan as part of broader “counter-insurgency” programs? What are contracted civilians, embedded academics doing in the field as part of human terrain teams? with anthropologist David Price ”
In the recent days, two similar incidents were reported around the presidential residencies of France and the United States. On January 16, a small drone has been seen flying above the Élysée (French presidential palace), revealing a breach in the security of the complex, only two months after photographs of President Hollande inside the gardens were published, leaving the presidential staff clueless about whether these photos had been taken by a drone or not (the magazine denied using one). Two days ago, a similar incident occurred this time in the vicinity of the White House in Washington DC, when a 2×2-foot commercial drone crashed in its gardens. The spectacle of the American news channels exacerbated this almost non-event (it was candidly piloted by a drunk government worker) to the point that CNN anchor Wolf Pritzker suggested to set up the equivalent…
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The New Centre for Research & Practice is conceived upon the idea that the space of knowledge is a laboratory for navigating the links between thought and action. Our pedagogical approach bootstraps the conventional role of the Arts and Sciences to construct new forms of research and practice alongside, within, and between the existing disciplines and technologies. The New Centre’s aim is a constructivist one, to assemble an environment, both virtual and actual, that inspires our members to invent alternate understandings that can be put into collective practice.
The New Centre is a non-profit, higher education institute offering graduate-level certificate programs, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, residencies, and conferences in Critical Philosophy, Social & Political Thought, Curatorial Practice, and Transdisciplinary Research & Practice. Our carefully selected network of thinkers and scholars advise and assist those seeking to make the transition between undergraduate and graduate schools, as well as from graduate school to the professions. Through studying at the New Centre, students practice graduate level research in a manner that does not interrupt their existing academic aspirations, but instead complements, enhances, and intensifies them.
With seminars in varied fields from figures such as Reza Negarestani, Nick Land, Pete Wolfendale and others the New Centre for Research and Practice offers perhaps one of the best opportunities for extracurricular engagement. Be sure to check their seminars as well as archives where there is much to explore.
“There are, you see, two ways of reading a book: you either see it as a box with something inside and start looking for what it signifies, and then if you’re even more perverse or depraved you set off after signifiers. And you treat the next book like a box contained in the first or containing it. And you annotate and interpret and question, and write a book about the book, and so on and on. Or there’s the other way: you see the book as a little non-signifying machine, and the only question is “Does it work, and how does it work?” How does it work for you? If it doesn’t work, if nothing comes through, you try another book. This second way of reading’s intensive: something comes through or it doesn’t. There’s nothing to explain, nothing to understand, nothing to interpret. It’s like plugging in to an electric…
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