The Crisis of Post-Spectacle "Live" Contemporary Ambient Performance (Or... Why I Can't Get Paid to DJ A-structural Audio)1. This text by Terre Thaemlitz from April 1997 was originally produced in for a collection of essays to be published by Mille Plateaux. Production of the publication is currently on hold.
In his text about the german artist Tino Sehgal, trained on the one side as an economist and the other as a dancer, Marten Spangberg concludes: "An episode from the past interests us only inasmuch as it becomes an episode of the present wherein our thoughts, actions, and strategies are decidedâ€¦ What interests us is that ideas be events, that history be at all times a break, a rupture, to be interrogated only from the perspective of the here and now, and only politically."
Marten Spangberg writes about â€œLost in Translationâ€œ and â€œIntolerable Crueltyâ€, society of control and the new cool.
"I now note that ordinarily I am concerned with, focus my attention upon, things or "objects", the words on the page. But I now note that these are always situated within what begins to appear to me as a widening field which ordinarily is a background from which the "object" or thing stands out. I now find by a purposeful act of attention that I may turn to the field as field, and in the case of vision I soon also discern that the field has a kind of boundary or limit, a horizon. This horizon always tends to "escape" me when I try to get at it; it "withdraws" always on the extreme fringe of the visual field. It retains a certain essentially enigmatic character." -- "Listening and Voice" by Don Ihde
Another essay by Boyan Manchev, on the notion of community and communitarism. He asks: "How could one translate such an idea of ethical community into a functioning system of societal principles ? And what is even more â€“ an idea of community, which negates, because of their ontopolitical implications, the very notions of function and system, and principles as well?"
Right before the workshop starts, Boyan Manchev submitted a text discussing the problem of the unimaginable, in particular against the background of its overdetermination through ontotheology and in regard to the relation between the linguistic and the visual, or rather the introduction of the image (in this case a negative, paradoxical, unimaginable image) into the narrative text. An in-between textual and visual image that is probably the quintessence of the image in general as a phenomenon of the in-between.
In The Warrior, the Merchant and the Sage Franco Bifo Berardi argues that power is no longer grounded on consensus, but terror, ignorance and technological-economic financial and psychic automatisms, that politics is no longer able to control and that mass action is no longer able to modify or stop.
In his text Social entropy and recombination Franco Bifo Berardi states: The resurgent question of the intellectuals hides the contemporary problem of "what is to be done?", the problem of the auto-organisation of cognitive labour. Space has re-emerged for the question of the intellectuals, in the discussion of the Italian left. But the question is badly posed, and the word itself (intellectual) elaborates extremely badly the contemporary socio-mental geography.
In his book 'The Factory of Unhappiness' Franco Bifo Berardi describe a class formation, the 'cognitariat' - a conflation of cognitive worker and proletarian, working in 'so-called jobs'. A couple of years ago Matt Fuller did an interview with Bifo on these concepts.
Negri's essay "Alma Venus" is excerpted from a work entitled Kairosâ€”Alma Venusâ€”Multitude. Nove lezioni impartite a me stesso (Nine Lectures on What I Have Taught Myself) (Rome: Manifesto libri, 2000). Thus, certain notions, e.g., kairos, were introduced in earlier chapters of the work. It is published in the Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal Volume 22, Number 1, 2000, New York and hacked by korotonomedya into html in April 2002: http://www.korotonomedya.net/otonomi/almavenus.html