Artaud, Deleuze, and the Will to Nothingness (Audio Essay)

This is a slice of my doctoral dissertation from back in 2009, first written in 2007. Bliss is to have the technology now making it possible to share it in this Audio/Video format after all these years. I'll further elaborate the effects of listening to one's old writings read out loud in the times to … Continue reading Artaud, Deleuze, and the Will to Nothingness (Audio Essay)

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Badiou on Kant and Hegel

There are two main philosophical targets of Badiou as he puts in The Subject of Art:[4] Those who identify the body and the subject, in which case creativity can only take the form of experimentation with the limits of the body, an experience of the finitude and complete unity of the body. Death being the limit … Continue reading Badiou on Kant and Hegel

In Praise of Love ~ Alain Badiou (2012)

Badiou remarks:

I think many people still cling to a romantic conception of love that in a way absorbs love in the encounter. Love is simultaneously ignited, consummated and consumed in the meeting in a magical moment outside the world as it really is. Something happens that is in the nature of a miracle, an existential intensity, an encounter leading to meltdown. (23)

When I lean on the shoulder of the woman I love, and can see, let’s say, the peace of twilight over a mountain landscape, gold-green fields, the shadow of trees, black-nosed sheep motionless behind hedges and the sun about to disappear behind craggy peaks, and know – not from the expression on her face, but from within the world as it is – that the woman I love is seeing the same world, and that this convergence is part of the world and that love constitutes precisely, at that very moment, the paradox of an identical difference, then love exists, and promises to continue to exist. The fact is she and I are now incorporated into this unique Subject, the Subject of love that views the panorama of the world through the prism of our difference, so this world can be conceived, be born, and not simply represent what fills my own individual gaze. Love is always the possibility of being present at the birth of the world. The birth of a child, if born from within love, is yet another example of this possibility. (26)

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Badiou, Alain with Truong, Nicolas (2012) In Praise Of Love. Trans. Peter Bush, London: Serpent’s Tail

I approached this short essay interview about the notion of love (as it is enacted between lovers) with caution. I was not expecting a 75 year old male philosopher to have much to say that would resonate from a female point of view. There was however slightly more on the table than I expected and some of the discussion provided potential food for thought which crossed gender lines.

I was particularly interested by Badiou’s comments criticising the portrayal of love as something that exists in a moment outside of time. This is a view that pervades romantic literature. It is a love that cannot be enacted in the real world or survive through time. It is also reductive, fusing the difference of two…

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The Place of the Real and the Vocation of the Artist, Philosopher, and Theorist (via Larval Subjects.)

A wonderful presentation of the creative subject in relation to art, philosophy, and theory from Levi Bryant... It is shameful whenever the philosopher, theorist, or artist bow to the exigencies of the "pragmatic". When I evoke pragmatism here I am not referring to the philosophical school known as pragmatism, but rather to the term "pragmatism" … Continue reading The Place of the Real and the Vocation of the Artist, Philosopher, and Theorist (via Larval Subjects.)

Mantis 053 + Full Spektrum

DOWNLOAD  STREAM  iTUNES RSS hour 1 / DVNT Aupheus – Metamorphic [Myuzyk] forthcoming Vladislav Delay – Stand-Alone (Reprise) [Raster-Noton] Subeena – Picture [Opit Records] forthcoming L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (Kingdom remix) [Mad Decent] Sclist – Complicated [dub] forthcoming Untold – Gonna Work Out Fine [Hemlock] Ben Klock – Subzero [Ostgut Tonträger] Issac Himself – … Continue reading Mantis 053 + Full Spektrum

Cinematic Apparatus, Brain, and the Psyche as Fantasy Machines

Freud calls the content of the unconscious the latent dream-thoughts.[1] That which one sees in a dream is already a translation of this primal scene. The images in a dream stand in for the gap in the symbolic order; they symbolize the latent content of the dream, which are the unconscious drives. A dream turns … Continue reading Cinematic Apparatus, Brain, and the Psyche as Fantasy Machines

“Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this saying it’s me?” (Beckett – 2)

Answer simply. It’s the same old stranger as ever, for existence, of his, of ours, there’s a simple answer. It’s not with thinking he will find me, but what is he to do, living and bewildered, yes, living, say what he may.[1] Yes, there are moments, like this moment, when I seem almost restored to … Continue reading “Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this saying it’s me?” (Beckett – 2)

The Affirmative Recreators of Our Times After Finitude

The recent developments in electronic music present us with a good example of how the inorganic has become, at least in sound, more organic than the organic. With the rapid development of sound-producing machines it has become possible to create such sounds that while listening to it one feels like there is a living organism … Continue reading The Affirmative Recreators of Our Times After Finitude

Passing Across The Dead Zone and Moving Towards The Dread Zone

It is early 1974, “in Washington, Richard Nixon was being pressed slowly into a corner, wrapped in a snarl of magnetic tapes. […] In Room 619 of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, Johnny Smith still slept. He had begun to pull into a fetal shape.”[1] In Stephen King’s novel The Dead Zone, adapted to cinema … Continue reading Passing Across The Dead Zone and Moving Towards The Dread Zone

David Cronenberg on Andy Warhol (Audio)

  David Cronenberg - Introduction David Cronenberg - National Velvet, 1963 - Empire, 1964 - Andy Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1986 David Cronenberg - Troy Diptych, 1962 David Moss, David Cronenberg, Dennis Hopper, Amy Taubin, James Rosenquist - Couch, 1964 David Cronenberg - Red Disaster, 1963 David Cronenberg, Dennis Hopper, James Rosenquist, Amy Taubin - … Continue reading David Cronenberg on Andy Warhol (Audio)