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Posts Tagged ‘Agamben’
Posted in dissertation, tagged Agamben, biopower, cities, D&G, deleuze, empire, escape, exteriority, externalization, foucault, interiority, interiorization, leibniz, lines of flight, micropolitics, nietzsche, publicity, sovereignty, state form, the fold, The Metropolis, the police, the spectacle, the state, Tiqqun on February 11, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Ideas, tagged affect, Agamben, capitalism, claire fontaine, communism, D&G, foucault, human strike, kafka, materialism, micro-politics, power, singularity, Tiqqun, war machine on June 11, 2012 | 6 Comments »
Parisian artist Claire Fontaine is a fraud, a forgery, her name casually lifted from a generic brand of school notebooks, her existence only present in the art that bears her signature. She was first brought to life in 2004 by Fulvia Carnevale and James Thornhill, art-world refugees of a stripe that has become increasingly common these days. She resides now in the neon gas, the video pixels, the found objects, the paper, the ink and the many languages that constitute her work. Where an ordinary object, say a urinal or a bottle rack, can become a readymade piece of art simply on account of the artist’s saying it’s so, Claire functions as a “readymade artist” to render this very artistic subjectivity in a more critical light. Along the way, she subverts the totality of contemporary art by plagiarizing its most sacred styles and forms.
Claire is attuned chiefly to what appears possible, and to what impossibly appears, as cast against the heavily policed image of the present. When given the opportunity to work, Claire would “prefer not to,” which speaks less to her keeping her hands clean than to her potent desire to restore conditions for a general strike.
She has a long list of influences. Most directly, her inspiration springs from the radical feminization of the Italian Autonomist movement in the late 1970s. Her philosophical roots are planted firmly in the revolutionary political theories of Jacques Rancière, Giorgio Agamben, Walter Benjamin, and Michel Foucault. Her artistic allies include the ironically subversive Bernadette Corporation and the anti-political writing collective Tiqqun.
This interview began concurrently with Claire Fontaine’s visit to Columbus, Ohio in the Fall of 2009 for “Descent To Revolution,” a group exhibit combining urban installation with public demonstration, curated by James Voorhies for the Bureau for Open Culture. Claire had two major contributions. The first was a solar-powered neon sign installed in downtown Columbus that cycled between the words “WARM” and “WAR.” The second was a multimedia lecture-performance on libidinal economy and human strike that focused on the bodies of women as site of political, social, and aesthetic contestation in Berlusconi’s Italy. (more…)
Posted in dissertation, tagged affect, Agamben, bergson, D&G, deleuze, emergence, marx, marxism, materialism, micro-politics, nietzsche, power, singularity, the example, Tiqqun on March 6, 2012 | 2 Comments »
Brian Massumi suggests in the introduction to his 2002 book “Parables For The Virtual” that the most Bergsonian form of argumentation follows from an “exemplary method,” by which he means supporting an argument through an example. There are three major arguments, which, while not stated explicitly, forms the subterranean structure by which Massumi makes his case for the example: singularity, detail, and connectability.
Posted in Ideas, tagged Agamben, althusser, anarchism, capitalism, communism, communization, D&G, deleuze, emergence, empire, foucault, guattari, lived communism, marx, marxism, materialism, micro-politics, Nancy, negri, neo-liberalism, nietzsche, politics, psychoanalysis, ranciere, schizoanalysis, singularity, sovereignty, spinoza, spivak, state, subjectivity, Tiqqun, war machine on December 15, 2010 | 13 Comments »
A kind NYC blogger did a quick-dirty translation of the Agamben/Hazan discussion on Tiqqun. It was later taken down. I can’t speak to the quality of the translation, some things are obviously wrong (for instance the translator remarks that FC is male when in fact she is female…). I also do not know why it was taken down.
A few quick notes – the re-publication of the Tiqqun texts by La Fabrique weren’t without controversy among those who formerly made up Tiqqun, we see some of these issues arise in the panel. Additionally, I’m not sure why or who it was in the audience who kept on pushing Agamben on perceived issues of ‘praxis’ (so much so that he got up and left). The second half of the video (the exchanges between people) seems to be missing now, too. I don’t know if it was taken down in order to make the debate no longer public (which is reasonable if the issues could be settled between friends) or other reasons.
So without any further ado: