metaphysics in the dark

Jameson (1971) on Bloch, Music and Utopia

Jameson (1971) on Bloch, Music and Utopia

28 April 2011 music utopia bloch jameson

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What The World Wants (1999) Buckminster Fuller, Medard Gabel

What The World Wants (1999) Buckminster Fuller, Medard Gabel

25 April 2011 buckminster fuller

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All sorts of deterritorialized ‘nationalities’ are conceivable - music or poetry might be two examples. We live now under a capitalist system of valorization, in which value is based upon a general equivalent. What makes that system reprehensible is its crushing of all other modes of valorization, which thus find themselves alienated from capitalist hegemony.

That hegemony, however, can be challenged, or at least made to incorporate methods of valorization based on existential productions, and determined neither in terms of abstract labour time, nor of expected capitalist profit. Computerization in particular has unleashed the potential for new forms of ‘exchange’ of value, new collective negotiations, whose ultimate product will be more individual, more singular, more dissensual forms of social action.

Our task - one which encompasses the whole future of research and artistic production - is not only to bring these exchanges into existence; it is to extend notions of collective interest to encompass practices which, in the short term, ‘profit’ no one, but which are, in the long run, vehicles of processual enrichment.

It should be stressed here that the promotion of existential values and the values of desire offers no ready-made global alternatives. Any such alternatives will be the product of more general shifts in existing value systems; of the gradual -emergence of new poles of valorization.

Felix Guattari, The Three Ecologies (1989)

21 April 2011 Guattari theory

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10 December 2010 reblog: nevver

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26 November 2010 capitalism work

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only the beginning

there have been several heartening moments as well this round.

the brief occupation of Lloyd’s bank by an enterprising group of Goldsmiths students 

 

the dance-in at Oxford’s famously stodgy Radcliffe Camera

the charmingly calm but no less pointed sit-in by LSE students at the office of Lib Dem Simon Hughes

and i’m sure several others across the country…

(via NLP)

take us away Theo…

26 November 2010 politics student protest demo2010

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sounds like the same excuse is being trotted out- ‘we weren’t quite prepared for this, ergo overreaction is justified’. this time alongside mounted police…


26 November 2010 politics student protest demo2010

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'Value of X'

The movement of the solenoids attached to the steel sculpture correspond to stock market price of American Steel (stock market index “X”) from the time that the sculpture was made (January 31, 2007) to the time that it was exhibited (May 9th, 2007). When the price is lower the movement of the solenoids will be slower and more sparse, and when the price is high, they will move faster and more rhythmically.

by Zach Steinman and Sam Haar

19 November 2010 art capitalism

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not that Mosca needs defending, but- 

the thing about this is-

Girl Talk is annoying cause that’s all he does- silly mash-ups of other people’s music is his sole claim to fame. 

Mosca on the other hand makes original tunes. and happens to be responsible for one of the most enduring and endearing tracks of the year (see above). not to mention a host of others. so, no comparison really.

as far as the ‘uber-hipsters’ go, well, maybe, but what about all of those younger people- trust me, they exist- who haven’t heard every one of those tracks?

mixes/podcasts, especially now, when there’s so many of them, can be as much about creating ‘sparks’/impressing your listeners, as they can be a means of introducing people to what you and your scene are all about. it looks to me like Mosca aimed do to both with this one.

agreed that it’s an achievement to have developed a signature style, but damn, dude’s only been releasing for what like a year? give him a break. to me, the FACT monster mix demonstrates a deep knowledge of the ‘nuum, the way all of its different strains are related through tempo, sonics, sentiment etc.- just the kind of ‘historical thinking’, put into practice, that Reynolds has claimed is lacking in post-‘nuum generation-Internet. what a more authentic relationship to the past might look like for those of us perhaps not quite old enough to have experienced the ‘real’ thing is anyone’s guess. 

point is: that mix, plus his own track record so far, surely make him someone to watch, not dis straight outta the gate.

in the end, premature criticism.

17 November 2010 music mosca criticism blissblog

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abstract labour / do the robot

abstract labour / do the robot

17 November 2010 capitalism work

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