#normcore and the whatever singularity

Normcore doesn’t want the freedom to become someone. Normcore wants the freedom to be with anyone.

K-Hole, Youth Mode: A Report on Freedom

Does one ever escape alone from the prison of the Self?

Tiqqun, How is it to be done?

Agamben got it right all along: the fractal-like proliferation of dispositifs paradoxically begets desubjectivation. When everyone is constantly caught up in apparatuses of identification and classification, then being whatever, being without qualities, escapes from the terror of individuality, where marketing and security become indistinguishable, toward a common beyond predicates. In the future, the black bloc wears GAP.

So this just happened.

So this just happened.

#PostModem by Mayer/Leyva, 2013

Most hilarious response to singularitarianism so far.


“Can seeing ahead be how some appoint themselves as heads?”

In an overwhelming majority of cases, these complex, dynamic interactions of cheaper energy, less expensive raw materials, and cheaper manufacture have resulted in such ubiquitous ownership of an increasing range of products and more frequent use of a widening array of services that even the most impressive relative weight reductions accompanying these consumption increases could not be translated into any absolute cuts in the overall use of materials. Indeed, there can be no doubt that relative dematerialization has been a key (and not infrequently the dominant) factor promoting often massive expansion of total material consumption.

Less has thus been an enabling agent of more.

Vaclav Smil, Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization

Jorge Galindo y Santiago Sierra, Los Encargados, 2012

(Source: youtube.com)

German Culture 101


Gather around, children, and put your protective goggles on: this is what intersecting oppressions look like.

The exhibit above shows a carnival costume currently on sale in a popular German online shop.

Yes, very good, you get an extra mark for recognising blackface. But why the strange facial expression? Let’s get our dictionaries ready and try to translate the product description:

"Afro Faggot Jamie Wig"

That’s right, contemporary German culture is not only racist, for some reason it also likes to throw some homophobia into the mix.

Now, let’s do a little exercise and try to think of why that is:

1. It is easier to make fun of black people despite the genocidal colonial history of Germany if you ridicule them as unmanly gays first.

2. Germans are famously diligent, and if they discriminate they may as well make sure to discriminate thoroughly.

3. Because Germany is a nation of solar-powered, organically upcycled jackboots forever goose-stepping to eurodance.

4. WTF did I just see????!!

Solution: trick question, silly buns, of course all of the above.

Keren Cytter, Video Art Manual

(Source: vimeo.com)

“Thursdays were the best. In the mornings I had a philosophy class about the body and in the afternoons an anatomy class where we dissected corpses. Barthes gave way to a large, white room that stank of formalin. Merleau-Ponty was followed by corpses wrapped in orange towels and green plastic. In the mornings I would learn to unravel Foucault’s writings and in the afternoons I was supposed to explore the pelvic cavity of a female body without cutting through nerves and blood vessels.”
Annemarie Mol, The Body Multiple. Ontology in Medical Practice
“Until WWII, the field of corporate or business logistics did not exist at all. Instead, logistics was a purely military affair, referring to the methods that armies used to provision themselves, moving supplies from the rear to the front line, a mundane but fundamental enterprise which military historians since Thucydides have acknowledged as a key determinant of the success of expeditionary wars. Business logistics as a distinct field evolved in the 1950s, building upon innovations in military logistics, and drawing upon the interchange of personnel between the military, industry and the academy so characteristic of the postwar period, interchanges superintended by the fields of cybernetics, information theory and operations research. The connection between military and corporate logistics remained intimate. For instance, though Malcolm McLean introduced stackable shipping containers in the 1950s, and had already managed to containerise some domestic transport lines, it was his Sea-Land Service’s container-based solution to the logistics crisis of the Vietnam War that generalised the technology and demonstrated its effectiveness for international trade … Logistics, we might say, is war by other means, war by means of trade.”
“Green dominates the environmental landscape, from the light greenwash of “sustainable lifestyles” to the dark green of deep ecologists. But environmentalism is also black lung disease in coal-mining towns and toxic brownfields in urban neighborhoods, the iridescent sheen of an oil spill and the translucent white of melting polar ice caps. And so I cringe a bit at the term ecosocialism — it’s too earth-toned. What we need is a cyborg socialism that points not to the primacy of ecology, but to the integration of natural and social, organic and industrial, ecological and technological; that recognizes human transformations of the natural world without simply asserting domination over it.”