How Many Breakdowns For Every Breakthrough?

(tr. generation collapse) Ultimately, one escapes from the structuralist impasse by recognizing that an effect of meaning only has repercussions at the level of the signified in so far as potentialities of subjective action are liberated, once there is a breach in the signifier...The machinic breakthrough, waiting, masked by the structure, is the subject in … Continue reading How Many Breakdowns For Every Breakthrough?

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‘Desire Never Stops Investing History’

What is the relationship between machine and structure? What is it that differentiates a line of flight from becoming a pure line of death? Now, however unhelpful as it may seem, a perfectly adequate to answer to these questions would be the difference between the nature of the possible and desire’s orientation toward the virtual … Continue reading ‘Desire Never Stops Investing History’

What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

- What is To Live and Think Like Pigs about? [Châtelet:] It’s a book about the fabrication of individuals who operate a soft censorship on themselves...In them, humanity is reduced to a bubble of rights, not going beyond strict biological functions of the yum-yum-fart type. . .as well as the vroom-vroom and beep-beep of cybernetics and … Continue reading What is it to Live and Think like Gilles Châtelet?

May 1, 1977: “Taksim Square had become a battleground”

Taksim Square (May 1, 1977) [An excerpt from Sakine Cansiz's memoir Sara: My Whole Life Was A Struggle]  The days crawled by, and May 1 [1977] approached. We decided to celebrate the workers' holiday here in [the Buca] prison and discussed the program. In the outside world, preparations were running full steam ahead. In Istanbul all the leftist … Continue reading May 1, 1977: “Taksim Square had become a battleground”

Au Revoir Aux Enfants… de Mai! (Abstract)

working draft of an abstract for a conference on May 1968 In the December of 1968, Maurice Blanchot issued a warning that was to be repeated in the years to come: “May, a revolution by idea, desire, and imagination, risks becoming a purely ideal and imaginary event if this revolution does not...yield to new organization … Continue reading Au Revoir Aux Enfants… de Mai! (Abstract)

Strike Till Retirement (notes on Precarias a la Deriva’s ‘A Very Careful Strike’)

[Note on the translators introduction: Crucial for our understanding of the particular fusion of political activity with knowledge production that comes out of Precarias a la Deriva is their novel use of the Situationist derive. As they note in ‘First Stutterings of Precarias a la Deriva,’ “In our particular version, we opt to exchange the … Continue reading Strike Till Retirement (notes on Precarias a la Deriva’s ‘A Very Careful Strike’)

Notes on Ciccariello-Maher’s ‘So Much the Worse for Whites’

If the face is in fact Christ, in other words, your average ordinary White Man, then the first deviances, the first divergence-types, are racial: yellow man, black man, men in the second or third category…They must be Christianized, in other words, facialized. European racism as the white man’s claim…operates by the determination of degrees of … Continue reading Notes on Ciccariello-Maher’s ‘So Much the Worse for Whites’