Michael Marker, “Theories and disciplines as sites of struggle: The reproduction of colonial dominance through the controlling of knowledge in the academy” (via tiredshoes)
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.
To read while I’m bored at work tonight.
Mario Tronti, 1972 (via class-struggle-anarchism)
Ai Weiwei, Coca-Cola vases, Neolithic vase (5000-3000 BC) and paint, 1997
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.
Jonathan Rutherford, “Identity: Community, Culture, Difference,” 1990 (via theaffableradical)
Wink Space: A Kaleidoscope in a Shipping Container by Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki http://bit.ly/WxRomI
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.
Karl Marx, To Arnold Rüge. November 30, 1842 (via foucault-the-haters)