Commons Choreographic Division of Embodied Research enables an autonomous organisation of social practices, inclusive of the coördinates of their respective structures.
Within a common knowledge pool gathered in the Department of Bad Television,
the practices bear affinities with Social Choreography (Andrew Hewitt / Michael Klien), the Undercommons (Stefano Harvey and Fred Moten) and the Ljubljana School of Psychoanalysis (Zizek / Zupancic / Dolar / … )
“So these four points can be resumed: collectivism against private property, polymorphous worker against specialization, concrete universalism against closed identities, and free association against the state.”
Alain Badiou Reflections on the Recent Election
Alain Badiou / 15 November 2016 On November 9th, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. Alain
Badiou responded in a talk at the University of California, Los Angeles,
co-sponsored by the program in Experimental Critical Theory and
the Center for European and Russian Studies.
“These four points — the general and strategic domination of globalized capitalism, the decomposition of classical political oligarchy, the popular
disorientation and frustration, and the lack of another strategic way — compose in my opinion the crisis of today. We can define the contemporary world in the term of a global crisis which is not reducible to the economic crisis of the last years, which is much more, I think, a subjective crisis, because of the destiny of human beings is more and more unclear for themselves. So these four points can be resumed: collectivism against private
property, polymorphous worker against specialization, concrete universalism against closed identities, and free association against the state. It’s only a principle, it’s not a program. But with this principle, we can judge all political programs, decisions, parties, ideas, from the point of view of these four principles.
Take a decision: is this decision in the direction of the four principles or not. The principles are the protocol of judgement concerning all decisions,
ideas, propositions. If a decision, a proposition, is in the direction of the four principles, we can say it’s a good one, we can examine if it is possible and so on. If clearly it’s against the principles, it’s a bad decision, bad idea, bad programme. So we have a principle of judgement in the political field and in the construction of the new strategic project. That is in some sense the possibility to have a true vision of what is really in the new direction, the new strategic direction of humanity as such.”
Undercommons: Practices of valuation
Jodi Dean: Exploitation in communicative capitalism
Slavoj Zizek – Lacan: Research Desire
Research Desire (text for for reading sessions): https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0ByzvXBwuoEhRemtuV045dExNQW8
Connections between desire and knowledge in Hegel, Lacan and Tantric spirituality (texts for research): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PU54NTlx_n1OjDy90fnZOlfwivxr7Fkl/view?usp=sharing
Novel a (text in connection with DBTV video’s, for discussion, transcription and discourse production): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bMSCsLnCAMnMQ6nV3ijnBNTODAUEJd3M/view?usp=sharing
Novel a – Series (texts for interpretation in performative practices): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aPtoG1xMfL61-UdEDl7iieg_lv61sLw1/view?usp=sharing