[-empyre-] public lament and gardening

Monika Weiss gniewna at monika-weiss.com
Thu Oct 4 13:28:34 EST 2012

In Bauman's writing the "weeds" are what Agamben, and to some extend Zizek, call Homo Sacer (such as G. Agamben "Remnats of Holocaust" and Zizek's "Violence"). The idea of silencing is very important to me, which is also related to disappearing, to making disappear. Lament, which otherwise we could call the communal citizenry, the true citizenship, this is  response to the language of silencing power. Lament, lying down (refusing to march like soldiers) are present in my work to somehow direct or connect with this inter-connective tissue that firms itself when we are following our ability to respond, response-ability....

[The silencing (milczenie) is like book burning -- you can burn Celan, but his work will never burn completely, just like silencing of the voices of those killed and tortured will always leave a stains, like stains on texts of Goethe, like stains of tortured in Guantanamo, shining on our hands as we speak here and now]

On Oct 3, 2012, at 9:34 PM, Alan Sondheim wrote:

> Re - weeds - terms like 'weeds' and 'pests' and 'vermin' are very problematic - they reflect only the speaker, not the spoken-for who often is placed in the position of a Lyotardian differend, unable to speak, blotted out. Whenever I hear them, I cringe...
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