[-empyre-] Tacticality: 4 Anna

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Thu Apr 30 03:58:19 EST 2009

or possibly merely thinking she knows what is scary and stupid..

Michael Angelo Tata, PhD wrote:
> Or maybe what Anna is calling for is not strategy, which is primarily 
> totalizaing and singular, but tactics, which are fragmented, dspersed, 
> plural and framed in the absence of the God's-eye-view perspective 
> without which there are no totals, only partial sums?  I am thinking 
> again of Michel de Certeau.
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> Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:09:05 -0700
> From: editor at intertheory.org
> To: empyre at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
> Subject: Re: [-empyre-] Artists' responses to the so-called "crisis"
> dear anna...interesting comments, though I wonder if your 
> representation of the non-representable is not a bit too theological 
> for my taste? And transformation is such a magical enterprise... 
> alchemically speaking, I do not suspect that attribution of a quality 
> such as 'non-representabililty' adds or subtracts to the strategic 
> authenticity or legitimacy of politics, responses or art, for that 
> matter. Strategies, in other words, are always fatal...to their 
> object, or to themselves. We all try to catch the falling the knife 
> with each attempt at becoming, no?
> Nicholas Ruiz III, Ph.D
> Editor, Kritikos
> http://intertheory.org <http://intertheory.org/>
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> *From:* Anna Munster <A.Munster at unsw.edu.au>
> *To:* soft_skinned_space <empyre at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au>
> *Sent:* Saturday, April 25, 2009 3:48:56 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [-empyre-] Artists' responses to the so-called "crisis"
> Sorry Nikos but as to your rhetorical 'no' below, I resoundingly reply 
> NO WAY!!. There is a world of difference between responding (rather 
> than reacting which is really what Joseph is talking about) to a 
> social, economic and political crisis using aesthetic strategies and 
> techniques vs. the 'arts' of finance, government or whatever other 
> institution you want to aestheticise.
> (a la Benjamin et al).
> The examples that Nik and Marc are talking about (and also what Brian 
> Holmes has been involved with) are emphatically not abut knee jerk 
> response or reaction but are about using nonrepresentational aesthetic 
> strategies - among a multitude of strategies which also include 
> activist, semiotic, political, social and affective ones – to 
> /transform/ subjective and collective situations. These are immanent, 
> critical, positive and productive relationships with crisis ie they do 
> not respond /to / crisis but rather work amid, through and via crisis 
> to work with what might be transformative about crises. And these 
> aesthetic strategies are absolutely everywhere both in and out of the 
> 'art world' eg Critical Art Ensemble, Harwood and Mongrel,16Beaver, 
> rebublicart project, The Senselab, eipcp, Make World, edu factory, The 
> Thing, Serial Space (sydney -based for all you North Americans who 
> need to get out more ;-)  etc etc etc. And these are just the 
> artists/collectives/projects - there's also a wealth of brilliant art 
> theory around this - try Hito Steyerl, Gerald Raunig, Brian Holmes, 
> Matthew Fuller, Florian Schneider, Brian Massumi all the FLOSS+art etc 
> etc etc 
> There is NO relation between these kind of politics, responses and 
> aesthetics and the 'art' of finance - except a relation of revulsion. 
> On the other hand, if you want to find out about a really fantastic 
> installation that engaged directly with the stock market and in fact 
> used a gambling syndicate's money to trade stocks as part of the 
> actual art work - have a look at Micheal Goldberg's documentation of 
> his 2002 work 'Catch a Falling Knife' 
> (http://www.michael-goldberg.com/main.html - go into Projects and 
> select the title of the piece).
> Just another point I'd like to make about this month's discussion - I 
>  have found some of the posts scary and stupid in their absolute lack 
> of knowledge about anything that is going on about contemporary art, 
> aesthetic strategies and politics. I really think some people need to 
> do a bit of preliminary research and investigation before they start 
> sounding off about  how boring or naive the concept of aesthetically 
> responding to crisis is,
> Best Anna
> On 24/04/2009, at 10:36 PM, Nicholas Ruiz III wrote:
>     nk...another aspect of interest is the way in which the financial
>     realm in itself is a creative act, and artful...with all of the
>     discussion revolving around the perception/reading parallax, I
>     wonder how people in the artistic/academic community may not
>     perceive/read financial creativity as art at all...I suspect such
>     financial activity is a form of art, which contains all of the
>     aspirations, triumphs and failures that any art project may
>     enable, no?
>     nikos
>     Nicholas Ruiz III, Ph.D
>     Editor, Kritikos
>     http://intertheory.org <http://intertheory.org/>
>     ----- Original Message ----
>     From: nick knouf <nak44 at cornell.edu>
>     To: -empyre- <empyre at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au>
>     Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 1:07:11 PM
>     Subject: [-empyre-] Artists' responses to the so-called "crisis"
>     Dear empyre,
>     It's strange that it's the 16th of the month (at least where I
>     am), yet
>     there has been little sustained discussion of present-day artistic
>     responses to this so-called financial "crisis"--one that exists in a
>     mythical realm of numbers-that-we-cannot-perceive, but that sadly has
>     very real impacts on people.  Responses by students, academics, and
>     activists have not been limited to the resignation of acceptance, nor
>     abstract theorizing in and of itself, but rather have taken, at times,
>     forms of protest and occupation throughout the world, as well as
>     direct
>     actions against banking institutions.  (See, in particular the
>     story of
>     Enric Duran:
>     http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20090319182858556 and
>     http://17-s.info/en .)  How then might we understand these actions
>     within the context of our own theorizing activities?
>     This should reflect a special concern as to the impact of this
>     "crisis"
>     on academic and cultural institutions.  Indeed, the occupations and
>     protests at schools---NYU, the New School, University of Rochester,
>     institutions in Italy and France and Spain and...---suggest the deep
>     worry that many have regarding how the "crisis" might ultimately
>     move to
>     transform culture and learning into more and more reified situations
>     governed by numbers and the market.  (The Bologna process is coming to
>     the states: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/education/09educ.html .)
>     In response there have been discussions and interviews about how
>     we can
>     use this time of "crisis" to develop new models that exist in parallel
>     to concurrent struggles to force governments to provide for the basic
>     needs of people.  (See in particular "Interviewing the Crisis":
>     http://www.interviewingthecrisis.org/ .)  How might we then reconsider
>     actions and activities of the past and present and future---TAZs,
>     tactical media, pirate radio, and many, many, more---in light of calls
>     for more standardization and more "accountability"?
>     And whither the academic institution?  Corporations have fairly free
>     reign in many departments at colleges and universities in the United
>     States.  Are we to expect even more of these so-called "public-private
>     partnerships" in the future?  What is the role of the institution in
>     producing the people who created the "crisis" in the first place?  Who
>     will follow the links between the powerful actors in order to map
>     their
>     impact?
>     I present here a recent project of mine that is my own attempt to face
>     some of these issues.  MAICgregator (http://maicgregator.org
>     <http://maicgregator.org/>) is a
>     Firefox extension that aggregates information about colleges and
>     universities embedded in the military-academic-industrial (MAIC)
>     complex. It searches government funding databases, private news
>     sources,
>     private press releases, and public information about trustees to
>     try and
>     produce a radical cartography of the modern university via the
>     replacement or overlay of this information on academic websites.
>     MAICgregator is available for download right now:
>     http://maicgregator.org/download .  If you want to see what
>     MAICgregator
>     does to a website without downloading it, you can look at some
>     screenshots: http://maicgregator.org/docs/screenshots .  This is its
>     first public release, so expect that things might not work properly.
>     I have written an extensive statement about MAICgregator that tries to
>     contextualize it within discourses of net.art, the
>     military-academic-industrial complex, "data mining", and activist
>     artistic practices.  As the statement is rife with embedded links,
>     please read it online:
>     http://maicgregator.org/statement
>     I welcome any feedback or discussion that this might provoke; if you
>     want to e-mail the project authors directly, please e-mail info --at--
>     maicgregator ---dot--- org.
>     http://maicgregator.org/
>     nick knouf
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