"[The university] gazes toward a vast ocean horizon, but misses its own reflection. Academics often know a great deal more about the work of their international colleagues than they know about the history and ecology of the land that the university is sitting on."

Michael Marker, “Theories and disciplines as sites of struggle: The reproduction of colonial dominance through the controlling of knowledge in the academy”  (via tiredshoes)

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hazlittmag:

Guy Debord: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Brilliant Crank
The “spectacle” was his name for the network of socio-cultural-economic forces with a vested interest in keeping people ensnared in a set of permissible routines: go to work, go home, watch TV, cheer on your favorite political team and, between those obligations, buy something.
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hazlittmag:

Guy Debord: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of a Brilliant Crank

The “spectacle” was his name for the network of socio-cultural-economic forces with a vested interest in keeping people ensnared in a set of permissible routines: go to work, go home, watch TV, cheer on your favorite political team and, between those obligations, buy something.

READ THE REST

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"Civil society has become so anti-politics, because of course politics is so evil, so toxic. But politics is what you do to make the world better, not “spreading awareness to communities”. It’s in the political that these things happen. The utter cynicism of it [aid/development] is that there’s no politics in Africa so you simply bypass it."

Binyavanga Wainaina | “On Aid, Power and the Politics of Development" The Guardian (via derica)

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"No worker today is disposed to recognize the existence of labor outside capital. Labor equals exploitation: This is the logical prerequisite and historical result of capitalist civilization. From here there is no point of return. Workers have no time for the dignity of labor … Today, the working class need only look at itself to understand capital. It need only combat itself in order to destroy capital. It has to recognize itself as political power, deny itself as a productive force. For proof, we need only look at the moment of struggle itself: During the strike, the ‘producer’ is immediately identified with the class enemy. The working class confronts its own labor as capital, as a hostile force, as an enemy … this is the point of departure not only for the antagonism, but for the organization of the antagonism."

Mario Tronti, 1972 (via class-struggle-anarchism)

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poeticasvisuais:

Ai WeiweiCoca-Cola vases, Neolithic vase (5000-3000 BC) and paint, 1997

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supruntu:

Jing Huang

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Jing Huang

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cavetocanvas:

Giuseppe Penone, Svolgere la propria pelle, 1970-71

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Arte Povera was a uniquely Italian variant on the Conceptualism of the late 1960s and early ’70s. In place of skepticism and doubt, artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, Giovanni Anselmo, Giuseppe Penone, and others showed an unfailing confidence in the possibility of reclaiming the individual from the deadening effects of consumer culture; the group’s critical mouthpiece, Germano Celant, described the artist’s new role as “the free self-projection of human activity.”

In this piece, Penone photographed a glass slide pressed against different parts of his body until he had recorded his entire anatomy; the corporeal fragments (numbering more than one hundred) were then reassembled into a grid of tiny mercator projections mapping his personal landscape. The artist also created versions of this piece as a book and as printed images on photosensitized windows in an exhibition hall.

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"Identity marks the conjuncture of our past with the social, cultural and economic relations we live within. ‘Each individual is the synthesis not only of existing relations but of the history of these relations. He is a precis of the past."

Jonathan Rutherford, “Identity: Community, Culture, Difference,” 1990 (via theaffableradical)

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juxtapozmag:

Wink Space: A Kaleidoscope in a Shipping Container by Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki http://bit.ly/WxRomI

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artnet:

For the next three days, we’re celebrating the strong, sensual aesthetic of leading Japanese Contemporary artists Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, all of whom offer visually seductive images of nature and Japanese urban life and culture.

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"I requested further that religion should be criticised in the framework of criticism of political conditions rather than that political conditions should be criticised in the framework of religion, since this is more in accord with the nature of a newspaper and the educational level of the reading public; for religion in itself is without content, it owes its being not to heaven but to the earth, and with the abolition of distorted reality, of which it is the theory, it will collapse of itself. Finally, I desired that, if there is to be talk about philosophy, there should be less trifling with the label “atheism” (which reminds one of children, assuring everyone who is ready to listen to them that they are not afraid of the bogey man), and that instead the content of philosophy should be brought to the people."

Karl Marx, To Arnold Rüge. November 30, 1842 (via foucault-the-haters)

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