Archive update

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I’ve finally got around to organising this blog some more. Check out the new ‘Articles’ option on the menu above (between ‘About’ and ‘I.S. 1958-1969”):

Articles

And over at my other blog, works & days of the antyphayes, I have been doing more housekeeping – “en-menu-ing” work if you will (have a guernsey here):

Zines

Shamass

Videos

More archives and re-organising on the way…

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Asphyxiation

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New article by NOT BORED!

Asphyxiation

“Some people die of asphyxiation right away – like Eric Garner. It didn’t take but a minute for that cop to choke him to death.

“Other people die of asphyxiation slowly – actually, the whole world is slowly choking to death – most of us in the industrialized countries can’t breathe because the air is poisoned by the emissions of automobiles, factories and power plants.

“I, too, am dying slowly – of loneliness. Of being alienated from an alienated world.”

[…]

“[…] I hate protesting – though it is always good to breathe the same air (to conspire) with people who feel and think as I do.”

[…]

“You can’t convince murderous sadists to stop killing: it isn’t just the content of their thoughts; it’s the whole way their libido has been conditioned, the way their “character structures” have been built.”

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How to misunderstand Situationists & other Social-Barbarians

 

A new article by me criticizing Bernard Quiriny’s questionable attempt to make Cornelius Castoriadis the inspiration or even source of the Situationist theory of ‘the society of the spectacle’.

PDF available here.

Comments are welcome.

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Wither NFTSQ?

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It has been a while since my last post. I have been distracted by writing up my thesis (amongst other things). I have also wondered about the role of this blog. Initially I set it up to support my research into the Situationist International, but more importantly to help circulate their work and the work of others who contribute to the critical rejection of the society of the commodity-spectacle. Perhaps it is superfluous to restate this but I find it important at this time. As the crisis called ‘capitalism’ deepens and becomes more distressing by the day I need to remind myself that there is a point to circulating ideas that can help us understand this world and transform it. Personally I have become so bogged down in the process of research and writing – a process that necessarily skirts the shoals of recuperation under present conditions – I need to remind myself of the purpose of my research: to contribute to the revolutionary transformation of the world and of life. Anything else is at best mere window dressing for alienation and defeat.

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Marx/Engels Collected Works

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Recently “Lawrence & Wishart, who hold the copyright for the Marx Engels Collected Works, […] directed Marxists Internet Archive to delete all texts originating from MECW. Accordingly, from 30th April 2014, no material from MECW is available from marxists.org.

In the interests of defeating this sadly predicable decision of a leftist business operating and competing in the global market, we will endeavour to keep available copies of the Marx/Engels Collected Works in electronic format.

Find below links to pdfs of 49 of the 50 volume set of the Lawrence & Wishart/Progress Publishers Marx/Engels Collected Works.

Note that I am not hosting any of this content and I do not know who is.

  1. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 1
  2. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 2
  3. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 3
  4. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 4
  5. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 5
  6. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 6
  7. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 7
  8. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 8
  9. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 9
  10. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 10
  11. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 11
  12. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 12
  13. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 13
  14. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 14
  15. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 15
  16. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 16
  17. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 17
  18. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 18
  19. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 19
  20. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 20
  21. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 21
  22. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 22
  23. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 23
  24. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 24
  25. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 25
  26. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 26
  27. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 27
  28. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 28
  29. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 29
  30. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 30
  31. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 31
  32. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 32
  33. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 33
  34. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 34
  35. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 35
  36. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 36
  37. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 37
  38. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 38
  39. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 39
  40. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 40
  41. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 41
  42. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 42
  43. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 43
  44. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 44
  45. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 45
  46. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 46
  47. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 47
  48. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 48
  49. Marx & Engels Collected Works, Volume 49

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“The ruthless criticism of everything that exists”

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A follow up to some discussion generated on Facebook in response to my earlier blog post ‘You Are Here’.

Originally posted on works & days:

He Knows

A friend posted a link to my blog post (and leaflet) You Are Nowhere on Facebook a few days ago. Many people commented on it. Below I will attempt to respond to some of the comments that emerged in the Facebook discussion. I’m not on Facebook so thanks to those who posted and defended or explained my arguments, and who also passed on this discussion.

Why did I write You Are Nowhere? I wrote ‘You Are Nowhere’ in order to present the related story of the Aktion Surreal group and the occupation of the ANU Chancelry in 1994. As opposed to the leaflets I put out in 2011 and 2012, which both directly criticized the You Are Here festival, I chose to offer a story from Canberra’s past. Indeed I believe that Aktion Surreal (hereafter AS) offers some insight into possible alternatives of artistic practice and presentation. But as…

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You Are Nowhere

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A leaflet released and distributed at the You Are Here festival. Click on the image above to access a pdf of it.

This year I decided to tell the tale of Aktion Surreal (1991-1994) and ANU Chancelry occupation of 1994. At its best Aktion Surreal was a collaborative artistic project more adventurous and much less restrictive than festivals like You Are Here. However I don’t think we should repeat Aktion Surreal; rather we can do better, be clearer and even more radical in our rejection of the boring commercial morality of capitalism.

In previous leaflets I have criticized the You Are Here festival for being insufficiently critical of the funding it receives from the state and capitalists.  For instance one of the main contributors of funds to the festival is the capitalist vigilante organisation Canberra CBD – an organisation which is notoriously anti-art. For instance they help the police hunt down people who graffiti the walls of this city. On the their website they write:

Use your mobile phone to snap photos of graffiti vandalism, go online and send it to Canberra Connect.

Canberra CBD Limited reports damage to the AFP [Australian Federal Police] in an effort to eventually gather enough data that can be used to incriminate the vandals.

Even as Canberra CBD organise to “clean up” and police graffiti they also hand out money to artists that contributes to “beautifying” the drab commercial zones of the city centre. The contradiction is palpable.

Artists at You Are Here must refuse to be associated with the likes of Canberra CBD. To be associated with Canberra CBD is to be a part of its “beautifying” mission and policing of all creative activities that fall outside the commercial “needs” of these property owners.

Indeed artists must make explicit what is essential to the free creation of art and everyday life: the refusal of all restraints.

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