Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Yellowism = Sub-Dada Cretinism

The Yellowists are merely another example of a modern art in such a state of decomposition that its rotten stench blankets the globe.  No surprise then that their self-appointed Svengali would be the execrable Damien Hirst, who has been profiting nicely off art's corpse for decades now.
If any of them had any sense of history, or capability of critical thought, they'd know that long ago in 1962 it was stated conclusively - and does one even need to spell it out? - that "the art of the future will be the overthrow of situations, or nothing."

What these people lack is The Terror.

Danske Bank Runs Like A Man With No Legs

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Write A Letter To Pussy Riot In Prison

As you know, two of the members of Pussy Riot have been sentenced to long terms in Russian prisons.

Send them a letter and let them know they are not forgotten!

Below you will find the addresses (in both English and Russian) of Nadezhde Tolokonnikovoi (age 22) and Marii Alekhinoy (age 24). My suggestion is to use both addresses on your envelope so that your letter is assured of reaching its destination.

I'm told that it will take one or two months for your letter to arrive, so write it today!

Below you will also find a simple message (in both Russian and English). There are two versions: one addressed to Marii, one addressed to Nadezhde.

Since I do not know if either woman speaks English, you should send the Russian version.

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For Nadezhde Tolokonnikovoi :

Polyanskiy rayon
Poselok Parca
FBU IK 14 UFSIN Rossii po RM
osujdennoi Tolokonnikovoi Nadezhde Andreevne


For Marii Alekhinoy:

Permskiy krai
Prospekt Lenina 81
FKU IK-28 GUFSIN Rossii po Permskomu kraiu
osujdennoi Marii Alekhinoy

Пермский край
ул. Проспект Ленина, 81
ФКУ ИК-28 ГУФСИН России по Пермскому краю
осужденной Марии Алехиной

[Letter to Nadya]

Дорогая Надежда

Я не говорю по-русски, потому мой друг перевел это письмо с
английского на русский.
Я живу в США и я пишу тебе чтобы показать, что мир не забыл о вас.
Я надеюсь, что это письмо немного утешит вас.

С наилучшими пожеланиями

[Letter to Marii]

Дорогая Мария!

Я не говорю по-русски, потому мой друг перевел это письмо с
английского на русский.
Я живу в США и я пишу тебе чтобы показать, что мир не забыл о вас.
Я надеюсь, что это письмо немного утешит вас.

С наилучшими пожеланиями

[Text is the same in both letters, feel free to be more eloquent if you're Russian is better than ours!]

                                                                 * * * * * * *

Dear Marii/Nadya

I do not speak in Russian, so I had a friend translate the message from English to Russian.

I live in the USA and I am writing to you to show you that the world has not forgotten about you.

I hope that this message brings you comfort.

best wishes,

Spread this far and wide!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday - America's Favorite Holiday

IN TODAY'S SOCIETY, all aspects of technological development — and above all the means of so-called communication — serve to produce the greatest possible passive isolation of these individuals by a "direct and permanent contact" that operates in one direction only, that is, by incitements (to which one cannot respond) that are broadcast by all sorts of leaders. Some applications of this technology go so far as to offer paltry consolations for that which is fundamentally lacking or even at times testify to the pure condition of this lack.

The Technology of Isolation

Internationale Situationniste #9 (August 1964)

Paradise Lost Detourned

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Spectacle for Dummies

First of all, do your reading:

Guy Debord Society of the Spectacle / Comments on the Society of the Spectacle / Panegyric
Raoul Vaneigem, Treatise on Savior-Vivre for Use by the Younger Generation
I.S. # 9 The World of Which We Speak:
Christopher Gray, Leaving the Twentieth Century
Gianfranco Sanquinetti, On Terrorism & the State
Anselm Jappe, Guy Debord
Greil Marcus, Lipstick Traces

And more...

But, but way of a simplified introduction:

Q.  What is the difference between simple power and spectacular power?

A.  Simple power presents a situation of injustice/catastrophe.  The public asks "what can we do about it?"  Simple power answers, "Nothing."  Spectacular power presents a situation of injustic/catastrophe.  The public asks, "what can we do about it?"  Spectacular power answers, "Well, you can buy tickets to this fundraiser, and watch this TV special, and go to this benefit concert, and clink a link online - why, there's all sorts of things you can do!"  If later, the public asks, "what benefit has come from our contribution?" spectacular power answers, "Well, it's really tough to say, but don't you feel good for having participated?"

Monday, November 12, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A True Fallen Hero

General Petraeus is stepping down. Because he fucked a woman who is not his wife. A discovery made by the FBI, which apparently feels digging up dirt on people (and a government colleague for that matter!) is a significant part of its DoJ charter. When you do the math, you can easily reach the following conclusions: 1) if the FBI has no problem spying on the director of the CIA, it is certainly spying on ordinary citizens, and 2) in the eyes of the US administration and public, violating the terms of your marriage is far more serious than violating international law/the Geneva convention. Then again, this is hardly "news." Move along people, nothing to see here...

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

From These Flames No Light

Against the U.S. Election Spectacle

Consumption rules us in the form of neutered antagonisms.  These antagonisms, be they  Pepsi vs. Coca-Cola, Aarhus vs. Brøndby or Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama , are manufactured consumer commodities, blessed as they are by the powerful, the famous, the holy.

That few people, in the United States or elsewhere, believe that these antagonisms actually accomplish much less change anything more substantial than the window dressing of power is a banality as obvious as it is wearying.

Nonetheless the people’s consumption continues, carried out as if some ancient custom, a vain, futile holocaust the flames of which produce no light.  The practitioners of this rite are granted nothing but vexation, hindrance, and constraint for their efforts. 

Not without cause then, do Republicans and Democrats alike urge the populace to vote.  Participation in the ritual, even if only by blind habit, grants legitimacy to the system of modern bondage that both parties preside over in tandem.

Though expressing this obvious fact is deemed vulgar and troublesome, a few judicious ears have long since rejected the trivial pleasures of eloquent oratory and the jingling sound of false victories.  We recognize there is no true musical delight here, just the hollow thunder of order applauding itself.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Twin Idiocies Collide

Better to avoid the Danish news dailies if one has limited sympathy for imbeciles.  In particular the month of September offered a near-apotheosis of stupidity from all sectors; from the protests by retrograde theocrats in Copenhagen against a hack pornographer’s “religious documentary,” – to Kristian Thulesen Dahl’s pathetic debutante ball (both covered extensively in the 17 September issues of the various rags).

It is a mistake in equal measure to forgive the idiocy of Hizbut-Tahrir, Dansk Folkeparti , and the harlequin clown Jesper Wengel simply because they choose to cloister themselves in the thoughts and actions of the 12th century, 1939, and the 1500s, respectively.  They are but bit players in the spectacular theater of commodity capitalism, but you’d never know it from reading MetroXpress or 24Timer.  As the papers would have it, their impotent gestures amount to something of real cultural import, rather than what they truly are: just so many mini-spectacles couched in the totalized spectacle that dominates and obfuscates everyday life.

We can no longer tolerate demagogues of specialized ideology.  Their bluster is a distraction from the single important project human beings, individually and collectively, must embark upon – the realization of a totalized and liberated everyday life.  If Hizbut-Tahrir and Dansk Folkeparti want to die chained to the corpse of Mohammed or choking on potatoes it is of no consequence to us.  We keep our attentions focused on more worthwhile affairs.

One thing is clear: a supplicant is a supplicant, whether you genuflect before the Prophet or the Dannebrog. There will be no place for supplicants in the New World of liberated individuals.  Det er ikke en trussel.  Det er en løfte.