[-empyre-] prolitariat

frederic neyrat fneyrat at gmail.com
Fri Oct 22 21:22:32 EST 2010

Dear Tim,
 I'm just thinking and writing a little text concerning the situation,
I will send it to Empyre list when it will be done.

For sure french intellectuals are mute, as they are'nt able to make
the link (and make the sense) between "social chaos" and what is
/could be new.
They don't understant why people protest about retirement, they don't
see that the problem is the FUTURE ITSELF - I talked with many
students, teenagers of 17, 18, 19 years old, and they say that for
them, refom or not reform, they will have no money when they will be

That's why they want to retreat / "se retirer" (withdraw themselve)
before retirement / "retraite".

In fact, they want to live. All of them are not politically
anti-capitalist, but they are (what could be the accurate word ?)
lively anti-capitalist. No "conscience de classe", but I would rather
say "conscience de casse" (it doesnt mean that they want to destroy
("casser") things, but that their lives are almost destroyed: the
reform is a proactive destruction of their future...).

all the best

Frederic Neyrat

2010/10/22 Timothy Conway Murray <tcm1 at cornell.edu>:
> Dear Patty,
> Sadly almost noone at making sense acknowledged the crisis, not even Stiegler who clelebrated 'amateur' art.  I think the traditional humanism of the 2  left them incapable of reflecting on the ideology of 'constructing' sense in the midst of social chaos.  Aside from roaming police and quiet streets at night (no petrol) Paris is prettynquiet, except for nearby Nanterre wherenthe 68 student movement also began.  We're hoping to receive posts from those participants who share our for critique and reflection on the social moment in Paris. Tim
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> From: empyre-bounces at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au [empyre-bounces at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au] On Behalf Of Patricia R. Zimmermann [patty at ithaca.edu]
> Sent: Friday, October 22, 2010 12:07 AM
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> Subject: Re: [-empyre-] prolitariat
> Renate:
> Thank you for this report.
> I have been thinking of all the Making Sense participants and you and Tim Murray in Paris and Empyre these last few days.  The strikes have been on the front pages of the NYT, and on many listservs and aggregated websites.  They have hit a nerve back here in the States, people are discussing the strikes, and the transportation stoppages.
> What are you seeing and experiencing on the ground there?
> Are there art actions in the streets?
> Are the presenters at the colloquium making sense of protests about the proposed changes in the retirement age as an event that is attempting to make sense of the GEC (global economic collapse)?
> Not to tunnel too much into a mise en abyme, but is making sense making sense of making sense?
> Patty Zimmermann
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>>Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 10:16:49 -0400
>>From: empyre-bounces at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au (on behalf of Renate Ferro <rtf9 at cornell.edu>)
>>Subject: [-empyre-] prolitariat
>>To: soft_skinned_space <empyre at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au>
>>   In our jet-lagged state Tim and I spent a day and a
>>   half in the Making Sense Colloquium held at the
>>   Georges Pompidou Center and the **Institut Telecom.
>>   Paris is in the middle of a social crisis prompted
>>   by a major labor strike against the government due
>>   to its potential plan to change the age of
>>   retirement from 60 years to 62 years of age. French
>>   philosopher Bernard Steigler the Director of the
>>   Institute of Recherche and Innnovaion at the
>>   Pompidou Center addressed the Colloquium the first
>>   morning citing the twentieth century as the century
>>   of the Proletariat. **Steigler also cited the work
>>   of Duchamp and Beuys as figures to consider **in the
>>   discussion about Making Sense, Faire Sense. His talk
>>   entitled Art, Territory, Epoque Individuation of
>>   Post consumerism and Post Modernism made no mention
>>   of the strikes outside in the streets of Paris.
>>   **For Steigler criticality is a faculty of the
>>   sensing process and at the core of the creative
>>   process, but was blatantly absent from **also was
>>   absent in many of many of the **disparate
>>   presentations. **
>>   We have had very limited access to the internet but
>>   will post more later today and also introduce to you
>>   three more presenters who will hopefully give the
>>   empyre subscribers a clearer idea of what the
>>   Colloquium is attempting to do.**
>>   Renate
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>>empyre at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
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