The project of feminist nomadism for a European thinker implies a relationship to multiple languages.
My life-long engagement in the project of nomadic subjectivity rests on a specific cartography of our globalised times, marked by large-scale and technologically-mediated transformations of our social, economic and political universes. I start from the assumption that, as a result of these upheavals, traditional forms of self-representation, familiar cultural points of reference and age-old habits of thought are being re-composed, albeit in contradictory ways.
Our historical context is marked by the schizoid structure of technology-driven advanced capitalism, as Deleuze and Guattari lucidly put it. Examples of the non-linear and internally contradictory ways of the working of this system are the vast accumulation of wealth alongside growing disparities in income, well-being and access to the very technologies that sustain our economy. Another example is the paradox of a world economy linked by a thick web of transnational flows of capital and labour, which functions through different forms and speeds of mobility, including...
Is there something more effective for conducting the behaviour of people than today’s consumption and communication techniques?
In contemporary capitalism, subjectivity is the product of a mass industry organized on a global level. For Félix Guattari this is actually the first and most important of capitalist productions, because it preconditions and is part of production in all other forms of merchandise. Subjectivity is a ‘key merchandise,’ which in its ‘nature’ is put together, developed and manufactured in the same way as a car, electricity, or a washing machine. Capitalism organizes the production and control of subjectivity through two different systems, which weave together the manufacture of the individuated subject (“social subjection”) and what seems to be the opposite, de-subjectification (“machinic enslavement”). Therefore capitalism exercises a twofold hold over subjectivity.
Social subjection involves techniques of government, which pass by way of, and mobilize, representation (political and linguistic), areas of knowledge, discursive visual practices, etc., and produce ‘subjects of rights,’ ‘political subjects,’ in short: ‘subjects’ of ‘I’s,’ of individuals. By...
LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur
In Tristes Tropiques, a seminal work of ethnography and travel writing published to international acclaim in 1955, the great anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss begins the account of his legendary research trip into the interior of Brazil in a sceptical tone: “I hate travelling and explorers. Yet here I am proposing to tell the story of my expeditions.”Despite its hybrid format – combining memoir, travel writing, and ethnography – Tristes Tropiques became a popular bestseller. Its readers went beyond the niche audience of experts and immediately established its author as a major figure in the fields of anthropology and structuralism. The book appeared at a historical turning point, not only in the way structuralism was transforming anthropology – based on the analysis of society through the structure of language and culture – but also because it was unveiled during the post-war period, when ethnography was being transformed by the great movements of...
Zugleich Gegenstand und Verfahren, setzt das serielle Denken, wie es sich in diesem Band abzeichnet, mithin eine Reihe von sonst selbstverständlichen Unterscheidungen außer Kraft.
Too much consciousness kills art and too much consciousness canalizes all the vital energy, stopping revolt from existing.
During my »Très grand Buffet« show in Fribourg, someone noticed that the works from the »Virus«, »Merci, Danke, Thank You« and »Les larmes« series were done in ball-point pens. And this person asked if I drew with »Bic« ball-point pens and said that the company »Bic« is a financing supporter of Le Pen. An information in an official journal on the financing of political parties announced this fact. It’s shit to support Le Pen. But it’s also shit to have to think about these questions.
Today, the architectural elements—space and plane, volume and membrane—return once more to their basic neutral condition, waiting to be charged with some new energy.
Voice 2: So the house from the inside would also suggest the thing that is outside. It would suggest another object as it were, from the inside.
Voice 3: And on the smallest scale, the people who live in a house are separate entities themselves; they reproduce the state of the world outside, and sometimes, when they go out into it, they become like it and are apart. But inside the house they are also together. To simply reaffirm their separateness from the world would be to fall back on the oldest of clichés, the house as nest; the inside of the house would remain undivided and no new questions addressed. But the real question is, When the members of the family come back into the house are they together or separate, both from each other and from the world?
Voice 2: In this context, the house becomes a semipermeable membrane between...