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The company of wolves

“You are always in danger in the forest, where no people are. Step between the portals of the great pines where the shaggy branches tangle about you, trapping the unwary traveller in nets as if the vegetation itself were in a plot with the wolves who live there, as though the wicked trees go fishing on behalf of their friends — step between the gateposts of the forest with the greatest trepidation and infinite precautions, for if you stray from the path for one instant, the wolves will eat you.”

Angela Carter, The Company of Wolves

Subjectivation is not a flowering of autonomy and freedom; it’s the end product of procedures that train an individual in compliance and docility

“1. Subjectivation is not a flowering of autonomy and freedom; it’s the end product of procedures that train an individual in compliance and docility. One accepts structuring codes in exchange for an internal psychic coherence. Becoming yourself is not a growth process but a surrender of possibilities that we learn to regard as egregious, unbecoming. “Being yourself” is inherently limiting. It is liberatory only in the sense of freeing one temporarily from existential doubts. (Not a small thing!) So the social order is protected not by preventing “self-expression” and identity formation but encouraging it as a way of forcing people to limit and discipline themselves — to take responsibility for building and cleaning their own cage. Thus, the dissemination of social-media platforms becomes a flexible tool for social control. The more that individuals express through these codified, networked, formatted means to construct a “personal brand” identity, the more they self-assimilate, adopting the incentive structures of capitalist social order as their own. (The machinations of Big Data make this more obvious. The more data you supply, the more the algorithms can determine your reality.) Expunge the seriality built into these platforms, embrace a more radical form of difference.”

via Social Media Is Not Self-Expression – Rob Horning, Marginal Utility.

Ugo La Pietra

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“La teoria del “Sistema Disequilibrante” applicata dal “segno” fino all’intervento urbano si colloca in una dimensione storica sufficientemente comprensibile: il rifiuto di operare nella logica del sistema e quindi l’individuazione di operazioni estetiche capaci di decodificare, provocare, dare la possibilità di rompere gli schemi precostituiti.” via

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twitter conversation 2014/12/03

Yes it is true it is quite easy to turn a tragic and urgent situation into some banal comment or chat bit. I do not think it is so much due to over-intellectualising (which can, and indeed often, happens, I totally agree) so much as to the format. So, taking out the 140 characters limit, for the subject clearly deserves it, let’s try to make some sense out of that idea of simultaneity compared to the in-between. Not so much for what these two terms hold in the vocabulary of today’s architecture and geography, but for what they might imply for the stateless condition commented. These concepts are instruments to build a critique of a precise and very real situation, and if those instruments echo (while disguising) the workings of a system that produces the said situation they become trapped in its reproduction cycle. One example, the atlas of borders produced by Le Monde Diplomathique (a source we can agree works endlessly in the attack and condemnation, through knowledge, of the situation discussed). They keep working with spatial concepts of scale, border, etc., which are unable to grasp the new condition of the border, of labour, of statelessness (see for instance Sandro Mazzadra’s work in ‘The border as method’ or Etienne Balibar’s ‘What is a border?’). What happens when those new workings of the system, those producing that very real condition of statelessness, are impossible to be represented, when following old spatial categories that reproduce the key problems at work? Then, a thorough critique of the concepts becomes an urgency. An urgency that does not mean ignoring those very real lives at stake, on the contrary, it requires that they are taken in into full account, in their whole materiality, which is what, I am sure for what I know of the people involved in the conversation mentioned, we are all working on!



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