MEGASLOTH!

Apr 1

solarflares:

via colectivofuturo:

Lost In Music with Frankie Knuckles. R.I.P. to the Godfather of House Music.

1986!


Mar 27
“For those who come to it from backgrounds outside Europe (the “ethnics,” “postcolonials,” “minorities,” all those who have ancestry, connections, or affiliations “elsewhere”), the arena of mainstream cultural practice in the West, at least in the visual arts, is a doubly predictable space—first, because it is a game space and you have to know the rules of the game, and second, because unlike any other game, such aspirants have a limited chance of success because it is predetermined they should fail. Though they may know the rules—and most who have the patience to understudy it do, bitterly so—the game is nevertheless inherently stacked against them because their presence, and worse still their success, cause a fault through an outwardly solid wall of history that ought to bar them as serious contenders. Of course, the understanding is that they belong in a different space, should create work of a particular flavor, deal with a certain set of themes, exhibit in particular venues in particular locations outside the mainstream, or be prepared to offer work of a particular nature to earn momentary mainstream acknowledgement, after which they are quietly returned to obscurity.”

Olu Oguibe, “Double Dutch and the Culture Game” (2004)

This essay is absolutely incredible.

(via raymondboisjoly)

We must appreciate the cynicism of the art world, which turns that same list of criticisms into sales pitches.


Mar 26

apeworld:

Scientist - Knock Out


Mar 23
“Rather than attempting to capture movements of resistance/s vis-à-vis dominant powers or orders through binaries or dialectics, we require a more complex and mobile analysis – an approach that stipulates or captures netiher beginning nor end, but rather endeavours to engage the moments at play. The notion of the milieu (see Foucault; Deleuze & Guattari) provides a productive platform for this effort. The milieu is open, mobile and complex, marked by the simultaneity of movements of production/destruction, order/disorder, reinforcement/erosion; it simultaneously builds upon, produces and reproduces movements of both governance and resistance. We thus encounter a complex field of forces in and through which movements of both power and resistance are produced simultaneously and co-constitutively. Rhizomatic networks of resistance/movements generate ruptures in the fabric of the milieu, punctuating its terrain with ‘lines of flight’ (ligne de fuite; see Deleuze & Guattari) terminating not in tangible endings but in vanishing points (whereby we lose sight of their path) and new evolutionary pathways, characterised by a stable instability of mutation and remix.”

"Symbiotic politics: resisting governance/ governing resistance" - Tessa Houston (via culturite)

So…capitalism? Maybe I’m too out of the game.

(via megasloth)

Nah, this conceptualization of change can encompass capitalism but beyond that it’s a way of understanding processes of change that isn’t limited to capitalism, or even exclusively to human political-economic systems at large. It’s a way of trying to think through the connections and relationships between all entities, and trying to think historically without periodizing or ranking stages of development. As I read it, in blurring the distinction between capitalism and everything else this framing opens space for thinking change beyond capitalism. (Although tbh D&G make an unnecessarily sharp distinction between capitalism/modernity and preceding social systems which they inherit from Levi-Strauss, Clastres, and Nietzsche. Throwing in Latour’s breakdown of the modern/non-modern binary at this point becomes quite useful.) 

(sidenote: This person is kinda wrong when they describe “evolutionary pathways” though, because D&G were explicitly seeking to overcome a social-evolutionary way of thinking change. This is something I’ve really picked up on these past few months and want to write about eventually… This is the most interesting aspect of their engagement with anthropology, imo.)

Thanks, tanacetum-vulgare. Very interesting. But to be more honest, as much as I may have basically swapped theory for dad-life and TV-on-the-Internet binge-watching, I was being a little facetious, too. I get it. But, still, it sometimes seems like D&G are theory that might also make the financial industry, for example, go “FUCK YEAH!”. The quote I shared – which is a reading of D&G, of course, although not that uncommon in its take – seems especially that way to me, at least. 

(via tanacetum-vulgare)


“Rather than attempting to capture movements of resistance/s vis-à-vis dominant powers or orders through binaries or dialectics, we require a more complex and mobile analysis – an approach that stipulates or captures netiher beginning nor end, but rather endeavours to engage the moments at play. The notion of the milieu (see Foucault; Deleuze & Guattari) provides a productive platform for this effort. The milieu is open, mobile and complex, marked by the simultaneity of movements of production/destruction, order/disorder, reinforcement/erosion; it simultaneously builds upon, produces and reproduces movements of both governance and resistance. We thus encounter a complex field of forces in and through which movements of both power and resistance are produced simultaneously and co-constitutively. Rhizomatic networks of resistance/movements generate ruptures in the fabric of the milieu, punctuating its terrain with ‘lines of flight’ (ligne de fuite; see Deleuze & Guattari) terminating not in tangible endings but in vanishing points (whereby we lose sight of their path) and new evolutionary pathways, characterised by a stable instability of mutation and remix.” "Symbiotic politics: resisting governance/ governing resistance" - Tessa Houston (via culturite)

So…capitalism? Maybe I’m too out of the game.


grimmertown:

guessimdumb:

The Velvet Underground - Friends (1973)

Doug Yule attempts to recreate Loaded - this song’s actually fairly good, but the rest of the album is drivel.

Actually, I like the whole record but yes, this is clearly the best song on it.

With you, grimmertown. If this was billed as the Doug Yule Band, or something, its reception would by very different, I’m sure. 

(via raymondboisjoly)


Mar 22

daveshumka:

Wrestling interviews with just the breaths and none of the words.

Graham showed this at Ring-A-Ding-Dong-Dandy last night.

(via robertdayton)



Mar 21

Mar 18
wowgreat:

paul klee

wowgreat:

paul klee

(Source: fi2u, via pulse-width)