more OH from the engineers : en_gin_ee_rs - the ones who fiddle and make things work
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot member, is now in Siberia. Hunger strike over, she’s writing to Zizek.
Jumping in, a bit past the first few letters I see that Nadia doesn’t respond to his invitation to write to him about her daily struggles inside, her loss of liberty hardships and absence of child. Zizek, i’m glad and a bit surprised, recognises his own masculine academic chauvinism, replies to Nadia;
"I felt deeply ashamed after reading your reply. You wrote: "You should not worry about the fact that you are exposing theoretical fabrications while I am supposed to suffer the ‘real hardship’." This simple sentence made me aware that the final sentiment in my last letter was false: my expression of sympathy with your plight basically meant, "I have the privilege of doing real theory and teaching you about it while you are good for reporting on your experience of hardship …" Your last letter demonstrates that you are much more than that, that you are an equal partner in a theoretical dialogue. So my sincere apologies for this proof of how deeply entrenched is male chauvinism, especially when it is masked as sympathy for the other’s suffering, and let me go on with our dialogue."
He goes on to talk about the the failure of recent resistance in city squares; “It is the crazy dynamics of global capitalism that make effective resistance to it so difficult and frustrating. Recall the great wave of protests that spilled all over Europe in 2011, from Greece and Spain to London and Paris. Even if there was no consistent political platform mobilising the protesters, the protests functioned as part of a large-scale educational process: the protesters’ misery and discontent were transformed into a great collective act of mobilisation – hundreds of thousands gathered in public squares, proclaiming that they had enough, that things could not go on like that. However, what these protests add up to is a purely negative gesture of angry rejection and an equally abstract demand for justice, lacking the ability to translate this demand into a concrete political programme.”
Read on, the conversation continues….. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot’s prison letters to Slavoj Žižek
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Pussy Riot - those members not in jail, talk with the Observer.
Also read the prison letters between Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Slavoj Zizek. here http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/15/pussy-riot-nadezhda-tolokonnikova-slavoj-zizek Amazing women, and just like you and me, kinda ordinary but had enough. Somewhere in those letters, either Nadezhda or Slavoj talk about the way the risks are taken not by ‘the managers’ of money / markets (eg., ENRON) but by those of us without the power to make decisions. And as for pussy riot - they were asking the virgin mary to help get rid of Putin. They wear colour for fun - why not eh? Go Pussy Riot - stay strong Nadezhda!
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This wonder from my friend dd - amazing artist. thank you danielle
Witch Pricking was an activity rife at the height of the witch trials in the 16th and 17th century. It was believed that all witches carried the Devil’s Mark, a permanent mark left by the Devil on his initiates skin. Such marks could be used as evidence at witch trials but moles and birthmarks were often mistaken for the Devil’s Mark and, in the absence of such marks, Pricking would be used to create one.
It was also believed that witches would neither bleed nor feel pain when pricked. Specially adapted Pricking devices have been left over from the time of the trials. Some of these had hollow handles so that that the blade would retract into the empty space when pressed against the victim’s flesh. This would give the impression that they had been stabbed without feeling pain. Others have been found with both a sharp end and a blunt end: the sharp end would be demonstrated first, drawing blood and causing pain, and then, through slight of hand, the blunt end would be used on the ‘witch’ to apparently prove that they felt no pain and did not bleed when cut.
details seen: feet, cloth, falling water, breasts, skulls, lace work, gilt frames. Art Gallery New South Wales, July 13, and Emmy from tumblr somewhere
30 Jul 2013 / 2 notes
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Various strings, greys: roots and lines from Castlecrag Sydney (the reserve behind the Griffin houses), from Enfield in Adelaide (Miss EM)
Marcel Duchamp, a mile of string; Eva Hesse, untitled, 1970 (the last work she made)
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