[-empyre-] from a distance

PierMartonGmail piermarton at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 01:14:46 EST 2014

Yes, Johannes, a stilling… at times movement/action/thoughts may be as interjections, forms of violence, whereas a simple listening is often all that is needed. 
I have written on my website about how visitors in hospitals often have so much to say - and often cover up the reality of the sick person… and it is the person in bed that has to take care of the visitor.
They’re in trouble!

Ceasefire, cease many things like the so-called “spontaneous expressions of love and concern…”
A stilling of words too.

Hope Dresden is good to you.
> On Nov 16, 2014, at 7:47 AM, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
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> dear Pier,
> thanks for clearing up (Friday) the small misunderstanding we had about the book 'War against War' and the Anti-Kriegs-Museum,  and my use of the
> german word (Waffen)stillstand for the idea of stilling conflict, which for me implied a silence, a stilling of movement.  Thanks also for your expansive
> comments on your media practice and philosophy (and non-violent media, 'beyond media').   
> From afar now, and with network connection down and out yesterday at the Hellerau Festspielhaus in Dresden, I've fallen behind the fascinating discussions
> on empathy and other matters and performances.  will catch up soon,
> regards
> Johannes Birringer
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In addition to my regular e-mail signature below, this month of November (during my direct involvement with -empyre) I have added a growing list of works that I found to be powerful - even if I question what “power” means.
”The Theater and its Double” by Artaud
"Chechen Lullaby" - Directed by Nino Kirtadze —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEmqHZAn8lQ (also on my website)
"The Man by the Shore/L’Homme sur les Quais" & "Haïti, le Silence des Chiens” —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbu2HPvFn_E - Directed by Raoul Peck
"Los Olvidados” - Directed by Luis Buñuel
“Is Anyone Taking Any Notice?” by Don McCullin —> http://piermarton.info/don-mccullin/
"Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution" by Peter Kropotkin
"War Against War/Krieg dem Kriege/Guerre à la Guerre! War against War! Oorlog aan den Oorlog" by Ernst Friedrich (recent intro by Doug Kellner) - Various editions. Last one published in Sept. 2014 (available online).
"At the Mind’s Limit" by Jean Améry
“Shoah” -  Directed by Claude Lanzmann
"In the King of Prussia" - Directed by Emile de Antonio
And these quotes: 
“Human stupidity is the only thing that gives an idea of the infinite/La bêtise humaine est la seule chose qui donne une idée de l'infini." Ernest Renan, Dialogues et fragments philosophiques (1876) (others & the Hungarian proverb: “Human stupidity is endless/Az emberi butaság végtelen")
“Shitr… Watch, watch the machine's turnin'. Watch, watch them brains blow up… vanish from my presence/Merdre... Voyez, voyez la machin’ tourner, Voyez, voyez la cervell’ sauter,...disparais de ma présence." Alfred Jarry, Ubu roi (1888)
“. . . only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation be safely built.” - Bertrand Russell, 1923
“If there is still one hellish, truly accursed thing in our time, it is our artistic dallying with forms, instead of being like victims burnt at the stake, signaling through the flames.” Artaud, The Theater and its Double, 1938
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One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them. Virginia Woolf
The essence of normalcy is the refusal of reality. Ernst Becker
When something seems "the most obvious thing in the world," it means that any attempt to understand the world has been given up. Bertolt Brecht
An idea becomes false the moment one becomes satisfied by it. Alain
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous. Hannah Arendt
When around you, you hear the word "Jew" pronounced, be on guard, they are speaking about you. Frantz Fanon
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet renounce controversy are people who want crops without ploughing the ground. Frederick Douglass
Silence is the authentic mode of speaking. Claude Lanzmann

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