Art and Utopia (Galloway on Laruelle)

  Leyla Murr – ‘Utopia’  by ALEXANDER R. GALLOWAY ​In the early 1990s Laruelle wrote an essay on the artist James Turrell titled “A Light Odyssey: The Discovery of Light as a Theoretical and Aesthetic Problem“. Although it briefly mentions Turrell’s Roden Crater and is cognizant of his other work, the essay focuses on a […]

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‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention… Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. The company’s famous ‘likes’ feature has been described by its creator as ‘bright dings of pseudo-pleasure’. Photograph: […]

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Catharsis Is Counter-Revolutionary

“Catharsis politics isn’t just unhelpful. It’s actively destructive.” Political critique from Sophia Burns This summer, my lover and I sat under a tree at Gay Pride. Behind us, we heard a speaker from the Dyke March stage. She talked about privilege – how the experience of having cisgender privilege, white privilege, and abled privilege gives […]

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Slavoj Zizek – Transcendental Subjectivity, Sexual Difference, Brain Sciences – Masterclass

Event Date: 4 October 2017 Room B01 Clore Management Centre Birkbeck, University of London Torrington Sq London WC1E 7JL The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities presents Slavoj  Žižek– Transcendental Subjectivity, Sexual Difference, Brain Sciences – Masterclass  With the recent turn towards realism, the notion of transcendental subjectivity is (again) dismissed as philosophically outdated and politically […]

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The Angel of History Taking Flight

Paul Klee’s famous angel appears tossed by the rough winds of history – and the drawing itself has been blown about the world by tragic events. Jason Farago tells the story of an icon… Jason Farago, BBC Culture, 6 April 2016. He stands slack-jawed, his four front teeth protruding from his open mouth like uneven stalactites. His […]

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NIETZSCHE’S BURST OF LAUGHTER: INTERVIEW WITH GILLES DELEUZE

This interview, entitled “Nietzsche’s Burst of Laughter”,  was published in 1967  in the French newspaper Le Nouvel Observateur on April 5. It was conducted by Guy Dumur.  Posted to Reddit, the source of the translation is not cited. However, a translation of the same interview exists in “Desert Islands: and Other Texts, 1953–1974.” Deleuze discusses the […]

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