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October 5, 2013

September 25, 2013

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Marx says that revolutions are the locomotive of world history. But perhaps it is quite otherwise. Perhaps revolutions are an attempt by the passengers on this train – namely, the human race – to activate the emergency brake.



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Published on September 25, 2013 05:27 • 56 views
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Critical Optimism Laboratory

Manifesto for Collective Child-Rearing

Melancholy is the Depression that Says Yes to Life

Music and Theatre Must Learn to Disassociate

No Double Life For the Wicked

Past, Present, Future, Etc.

Resistance as Paradox

Speaking These Lines for the First Time…

You Can’t Judge…



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Published on September 25, 2013 03:26 • 41 views

September 23, 2013

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“In Different Situations Different Behavior Will Produce Different Results: A Chapbook” (Paper Pusher), featuring an interview with me and an interview with Chris Kraus, is one of BLOUIN ARTINFO's Top Six Art Books for Fall. (Special thanks go out to interviewer Yaniya Lee and publisher Danielle St-Amour.)



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Published on September 23, 2013 05:50 • 52 views

September 18, 2013

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For – back to Schlegel – the nature of the world only reveals itself to us in fragments. The fragment is the only way to refer to the lost totality of the world without offering some kind of unified whole as a consolation; that is, without lying.
- Adam Jasper


In the vision I had two years ago I came to the end of myself and found other people standing there- and knew that the present was a gift of time in which to sing a true history of equal historical selves.
– Peter Dimcock


Amongst the many definitions, there is one that may be generally agreed upon: modernity is the epoch in which simply being modern became a decisive value in itself.
- Gianni Vattimo


The state is to its map as its citizens are to their passports. No map = no existence; that is the hard verdict modernity hands down to upstart states no less than to travelers.
- Michael Taussig


The deplorable thing is that the people who were tortured yesterday, torture today.
- B. Traven, The Death Ship


Is it even always an advantage to replace an indistinct picture by a sharp one? Isn’t the indistinct one often what we need?
– Ludwig Wittgenstein


If you know that I am an unbeliever, then you know me better than I do myself. I may be an unbeliever, but I am an unbeliever who has a nostalgia for a belief.
- Pier Paolo Pasolini


Revolutionary constituencies always involve a tacit alliance between the least alienated and the most oppressed.
- David Graeber


Reality suffers from a species of inherent fragility, such that the reality of reality must incessantly be reinforced in order to endure.
- Luc Boltanski


If all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.
- Jonas Salk, Biologist



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Published on September 18, 2013 07:33 • 78 views

September 15, 2013

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Secret societies of Canada and Quebec.

To transgress is to suspend the rule such that it is heightened in its dissolution.

Quartier des anti-spectacles.

Philosophy complicated by experience.

A short history of anti-theatre, non-music, counter-philosophy, semi-specific art and unpolitics / mass consensual hallucination.

Commodity – money – commodity.

The secret lives of rapacious assholes.

Vulnerable accumulation.

The oppression of compassion.

Is it possible to penetrate someone else’s incongruity.

A self-defeating prophesy.

Too odious for this brave new world.

There is no causal relation between drama and change.

Philosophy is never where you expect to find it.

The true aim of a drive is not to reach its goal, but to circulate endlessly.

Decentralized technologies.

Amazing books written by difficult people.

Songs have so much to do with the fact that the people most often writing them are so fucking young.



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Published on September 15, 2013 13:29 • 38 views

September 10, 2013

September 6, 2013

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 “if all insects on Earth disappeared, within 50 years all life on Earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the Earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.”

- Jonas Salk, biologist



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Published on September 06, 2013 19:43 • 46 views

August 24, 2013

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The things I like are, in general, in opposition to things most generally accepted. There are of course exceptions. No one wants to be contrary simply for the sake of being contrary and neither do I. Without an enemy, without something to resist against, most things fall flat. Co-operation and symbiotic relations are also necessary. There are no shortage of evils in the world that must be resisted, no shortage of mediocrity in art that must be pushed against or undermined. It is not the mediocrity of a single work of art or artist that must be resisted, but the mediocrity of art itself. And it is in fact these false dichotomies that must be undermined since, to some extent, all dichotomies are false. The energy gained from such frustrations goes to waste if it is not put to use, and so much of what exists in the world, and is most appreciated, is a waste of its own fragile potential. There is what is, and what could be, and what could be most often contains the greater energy. We must struggle with what is, in the here and now, without regret, seizing every last opportunity. How are we to understand criteria when the search is for something new and there is nothing new? How are we to understand selection? Does it entail risk to fight the status quo or is it more of a risk to fight within and against ourselves? The world is wrong in so many ways and each of us is also wrong, but everything that exists contains at least a modicum of the future. It is within the tension of this future, in its likely partial failure, that each history begins. This entails saying what you mean as precisely as possible, but not letting any preconceived meaning overwhelm you. Going against things also entails going along with some specific idea of the against. We must avoid parody, avoid satire, embrace genuine humor, find the joy within our lived refusal. There are several mysteries here that will not be explained. Several operations. If we fall behind at least we are still in movement. If we are impatient at least the situation surrounds us. Everything has not yet been done.



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Published on August 24, 2013 13:31 • 39 views
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A short history of anti-theatre, non-music, counter-philosophy, semi-specific art and unpolitics.



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Published on August 24, 2013 13:31 • 69 views