Oh my god it’s capitalism

 Listen: Adam Curtis on All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace via Little Atoms 

See Also:
The Tyranny of Structurelessness – Jo Freeman
The Tyranny of Tyranny - Cathy Levine

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Under the Gaze of Theory

The end of the world does not have to necessarily be apocalyptic and reveal the truth of human existence. Rather, we know life as non-teleological, as having no unifying divine or historical plan that we could contemplate and upon which we could rely. Indeed, we know ourselves to be involved in an uncontrollable play of material forces that makes every action contingent. We watch the permanent change of fashions. We watch the irreversible advance of technology that eventually makes any experience obsolete. Thus we are called, continually, to abandon our skills, our knowledge, and our plans for being out of date. Whatever we see, we expect its disappearance sooner rather than later. Whatever we plan to do today, we expect to change tomorrow.

Boris Groys for e-flux

Tax the Rich

Venture capitalist millionaire Nick Hanauer on how the rich should be taxed, not the middle class.

It is astounding how significantly one idea can shape a society and its policies. Consider this one.

If taxes on the rich go up, job creation will go down.

This idea is an article of faith for republicans and seldom challenged by democrats and has shaped much of today’s economic landscape.

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A Great Thunder

A Great Thunder. An open letter to striking students.


Christian Nadeau is a professor in the Philosophy Department of Université de Montréal.

This letter was originally published in French here:http://journal.alternatives.ca/fra/journal-alternatives/publications/dossiers/opinions/article/un-grand-tonnerre-lettre-ouverte?lang=fr and distributed in the above video.

Dear students,

Please allow me firstly to address you as a group in its entirety and not solely to your spokespeople, nor to those the media label as your “leaders”, an expression that reflects the moronic servility of our current era. I wish to speak to the student movement’s activists.

I am writing you this letter in order to salute you and to humbly ask that you help us follow through with your endeavor. Your struggle is becoming the rebirth of of the left in Quebec, asleep for years thanks to the privilege of the few and dizzied by its own prefabricated rhetoric. You are liberty’s workers. You have denounced the sugary splendor of our artificial paradise. You have reminded us of what a nation is when it is at its best: a great act of confidence. You spoke to us, you offered us your hand even when we did not answer. But it is not too late. We will first be a few hundred, then thousands who will work alongside you. The question of violence remains, which is the wall between us. But what violence do we speak of precisely?

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The important thing is not to stop questioning

A program about Politics, Society, and Ideas


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Space, light, materials, connections and concept

The Five Flements philosophy – Miles on Norman

We had just gotten back from a trip to the British Isles. Norman thought he was going to have a heart attack and wanted to see Europe before he died. He later found out that it was just anxiety.

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Cement Hazards and Controls Health Risks and Precautions in Using Portland Cement

Via Elcosh

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Hodgetts Jams

1. Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major
2. Nature Boy – Miles Davis
3. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
4. In C – Terry Riley
5. Main Titles (from Blade Runner) – Vangelis

Listen to Craig Hodgett’s top five.

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Entropy And The New Monuments

Paul Thek:

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Deserts of the real

America always gives me the feeling of real asceticism. Culture, politics – and sexuality too – are seen  exclusively in terms of the desert, which here assumes the status of a primal scene. Everything disappears before that desert vision. Even the body, by an ensuing effect of undernourishment, takes on a transparent form, a lightness near to complete disappearance. Everything around me suffers this same desertification. But this radical experimentation is the only thing that enables me to get through and produces that astral quality I have not found anywhere else.

John Baudrillard – America
From Ken Ehrlich’s desert library

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Changing a shapeshifter midstream


(On the end of Socialism and/or Barbarism)

So long warbles

r.i.p. holy warbles

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At the end of Biosphere 2 the ants destroyed the cockroaches. They then proceeded to eat through the silicone seal that enclosed the world. Through collective action the ants worked together and effectively destroyed the existing system. They then marched off into the Arizona desert. Who knows what they got up to there.

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Non-Goal Orientation

The conscious mind gives us one way of making sense of our environment. But the unconscious mind gives us other, more supple ways. The cognitive revolution of the past thirty years provides a different perspective on our lives, one that emphasizes the relative importance of emotion over pure reason, social connections over individual choice, moral intuition over abstract logic, perceptiveness over I.Q. It allows us to tell a different sort of success story, an inner story to go along with the conventional surface one.

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Some days ago you emailed to me a transcript of an address that Slavoj Zizek gave to the Wall St protesters about the worth and justification for changing our social and government systems and what follows is my commentary on these protests and his viewpoint. Perhaps it is a “blog”? Whilst the protests have become world wide they are quickly running out of steam because they lack the credibility of a solution, a policy, or a goal other than the vague notion that the system has to be changed—-but for what? The rantings of Slavoj Zizek are just that, rabel rousing, when what is needed is a well thought out road map, a manifesto, for change and regulation of the imperfect system that we have. To call for a whole change of our system of government i.e. to dump our democratic capitalist system would be gross folly unless you have a workable and socially just alternative. We know that Russian and Chinese communist/socialist systems become totalitarian and repressive party dictatorships so we have yet to find a better fairer workable system—perhaps the Scandinavian countries with their blending of capitalism and socialism have something to teach us about a better system? Any way the protesters are fortunate to be living in countries that permit freedom of expression and assembly! It is to their credit that they have so far been generally peaceful. There is no doubt that there is justifiably present pent up anger and disappointment with the failings of the present system especially in relation to the failure of the banking system to kerb the greed that gave rise to malpractices and fraud and the consequent recession we continue world wide to endure. There are other contributing ingredients too like: High levels of youth unemployment that means school leavers and graduates are unable to find satisfactory work and become the restless unemployed. A growing disparity of incomes between people at the top and people at the bottom. This is common to all developed western countries so we have an excessively rich strata of a few and an impoverished many with all shades inbetween which is bound to give rise to social discontent. Government cut backs in spending especially on social services, education and health that impact on the majority of any population create  anger.  Everyone has forgotten that our elected governments over borrowed in times of prosperity which we enjoyed and now have to pay back the borrowings e.g. the Greeks! So the cut backs were inevitable, but the further down the economic totem pole you are the more hurt you proportionally suffer. I believe that the growing levels of social injustices will eventually culminate in major political changes to our system for the better. It is an incremental progression achieved in a democratic process which be it imperfect it is peaceful. My point here is evidenced by the social changes achieved over the past century.

End of musings—-Love DADXX

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Wall Street Isn’t Winning – It’s Cheating

It is not our desire to participate in violence, but it is even less our desire to lose.
(Letter of Solidarity From Cairo)

Police Fire Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in Oakland

John Zerzan 10-25 ,10-18, 10-11, 10-4

Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman

Charlie Rose – A discussion about Occupy Wall Street

From Tahrir to Wall Street: Egyptian Revolutionary Asmaa Mahfouz Speaks at Occupy Wall Street

Grace Lee Boggs’ message to Occupy Wall Street

You’re creating a vision of the sort of society you want to have in miniature.
Ezra Klien with David Graeber

On Playing By The Rules – The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet & Guardian Post
David Graeber

Remembering Andre Gunder Frank While Thinking about the Future
Immanuel Wallerstein

Zizek in Wall Street

Interview with Chris Hedges

Statement from Decolonize LA

If you want to get arrested for your cause, you should rob a liquor store (And why no one should ever listen to Naomi Wolf about “protests”)
Evan Calder Williams

OCCUPY WALL STREET: The Game of Colonialism and further nationalism to be decolonized from the “Left”
Jessica Yee

More here

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Generic Objects

Milk crates invariably leave full and return empty. They are part of a loop that, as a continuum of contiguous, melded information units, can remain active forever. If the world stood still, the loop that milk crates sketch out in the city would continue to flow, defying entropy and apocalypse. If one crate exits the loop, due to loss or damage, another simply takes its place. The loop is like a tide cycle or a whirlpool. Its indifference, its inwardness, the silence generated by its centripetal flows, should terrify us. It is monstrous in the way its energy absorbs all forms and meanings. As objects move in this flow, their contours, weights, surfaces, articulations, and inscribed data (date of production, type of plastic, percentages of recycled material, ownership markings) dissolve. It’s as if they move under such pressure that they are rendered liquid-like and incorporated into a perpetual spiral of activity.

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The problem for us

. . . is how to serve up an ice cream in such a way that he [the customer] loses the desire to eat it for the rest of his life. Or an ice cream that, once it has been bought, grows bigger than him and humiliates him. Or that becomes a piece of the world surrounding him and frightens him . . . In short, an ice cream with no alternatives: either you eat it or it eats you. Or rather: it starts to eat you as soon as you have finished it. And then we think: apple-bombs, poisonous sweets, false information, in short Trojan blankets, beds, or horses that are brought into the house and destroy everything in it.

from The Complete Works of Andrea Branzi


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History of Downtown Los Angeles’ “Skid Row”

The “Skid Row”1 of Los Angeles is a portion of the area in downtown Los Angeles east of the Financial District and the Historic Downtown Center, partially overlaying the core of the downtown Industrial District. It is generally referred to by the City as part of the “Central City East” area, a fifty-block sector of downtown bounded by Main Street (west), Third Street (north), Alameda Street (east) and Seventh Street (south), although Skid Row’s boundaries are actually somewhat fluid.

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Wharton Esherick

Wharton Esherick House & Studio, 1520 Horsehoe Trail, Malvern (Chester County, Pennsylvania)

The year was 1913. The 25-year-old, academy-educated artist returned to Philadelphia, packed up his new wife and their few belongings and dropped out of the city forever, retreating into rural Pennsylania to live the simple life and devote all energies to his goal of becoming a successful modern painter.

That quest would be become his greatest failure, yet open the door to his true vocation.

After reaching Paoli in 1913, the Eshericks settled into a spartan existence. Using the crude tools of a colonial farmer and any materials he could scavenge, Wharton made the dilapidated house and barn watertight. The couple dressed in the sturdy clothes of peasants, read by the light of kerosene lanterns, baked bread in a wood stove and grew their own vegetables. Wharton wandered the woods and slopes to commune with nature and find subjects for his paintings. They both read voraciously, with a steady stream of books, magazines and newspapers available at the other end of a morning’s brisk walk to the nearby railroad station village

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Stephen Nowlin

Regarding the Calarts Design School 1970-75…

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Gruppo Strurm

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Building Dwelling Thinking

In what follows we shall try to think about dwelling and building. This thinking about building does not presume to discover architectural ideas, let alone to give rules for building. This venture in thought does not view building as an art or as a technique of construction; rather it traces building back into that domain to which everything that is belongs.

Martin Heidegger

from Poetry, Language, Thought 1971

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Montessori sensorial materials


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The Field Lab

Have you ever thought to yourself, ” How would I do it if I had it to do all over again?”  Usually this thought only pops into your head when you are about to die or your life is in ruin or perhaps during a midlife crisis where family and job stress suddenly takes its toll.  This feeling is usually accompanied by mounting debt and an overwhelming feeling of being trapped in the life you have chosen.  Tension in the world, an unstable economy, high fuel prices, and mind numbing popular culture may also add to this feeling of utter futility.

The Field Lab /  Blog

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The $200 Microhouse

A HOUSE tour is the highlight of a visit with a proud homeowner, but when one drops in to see Derek Diedricksen, who makes playful micro-shelters out of junk, it is less so. Possibly because the temperature up here on a cold winter day is less so, possibly because his square footage is less so.

At about 24 square feet, the Gypsy Junker, made primarily out of shipping pallets, castoff storm windows and a neighbor’s discarded kitchen cabinets, is the largest of Mr. Diedricksen’s backyard structures. The Hickshaw, a sleeper built on a rolling cedar lounge chair (or as Mr. Diedricksen calls it, “a rickshaw for hicks”), is considerably smaller, at 2 1/2 feet wide by 6 1/2 feet deep. The Boxy Lady, two cubes on a long pallet, is the smallest: 4 feet tall at its highest point.

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Structural insulated panels (or structural insulating panels), SIPs, are a composite building material. They consist of an insulating layer of rigid polymer foam sandwiched between two layers of structural board. The board can be sheet metal, plywood, cement or oriented strand board (OSB) and the foam either expandedpolystyrene foam (EPS), extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) or polyurethane foam.

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Bas Jan Ader, In Search of the Miraculous (One Night in Los Angeles), 1973. Copyright Bas Jan Ader Estate, courtesy Patrick Painter, Santa Monica.

Bas Jan Ader, In Search of the Miraculous One Night in Los Angeles, 1973. Copyright Bas Jan Ader Estate, courtesy Patrick Painter, Santa Monica.

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Metronome No.10

Via: Lais

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You Can Make It Anything You Want

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Claiming Public Space


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Making Things Work

Crawford argues that the ideologists of the knowledge economy have posited a false dichotomy between knowing and doing. The fact of the matter is that most forms of real knowledge, including self-knowledge, come from the effort to struggle with and master the brute reality of material objects — loosening a bolt without stripping its threads, or backing a semi rig into a loading dock. All these activities, if done well, require knowledge both about the world as it is and about yourself, and your own limitations. They can’t be learned simply by following rules, as a computer does; they require intuitive knowledge that comes from long experience and repeated encounters with difficulty and failure

Francis Fukuyama on Mathew Crawford’s Shop Class as Soul Craft

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Total Corruption

Let’s be clear: a political generation isn’t just an age group that can be data-mined for a promising trend. It’s a common resolve that things have to change, and that change begins with you, concretely. Somehow, young and not-so-young people from all walks of life need to discover not only the philosophical principles, but also the popular vocabularies, the social contexts, the media, the science, and the aesthetics to articulate a critical, resistant, and constructive ethos that could challenge this total corruption. Which means, not a new conspiracy theory or apocalypse scenario, not a new and probably failed call for protest movements either, but deeper territorial processes of inquiry, formation of collectives and public spaces, experiments in co-education and alternative economies, all at a distance from existing institutions, but with a willingness to form new ones and to push for a transformation in the very idea of what an institution can be (since the existing ones, including the art institutions, are totally corrupt).

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Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

They are powered only by the wind and even store some of the wind’s energy in plastic bottle ‘stomachs’ to be used when there is no wind.


  1. a tedtalk here as well

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Hidden Labor and the Delight of Otherness: Design and Post-Capitalist Politics

What would be necessary to transform “design” into a discipline of un-disciplinary moves and motions, into a practice of possibility and an articulation of becoming?

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Lucien Kroll

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Rural Studio

In Hale County Alabama, you see ghost buildings: abandoned barns, tumbledown shanties, and rusted trailers–fragile remnants of a more prosperous agrarian past…

  1. http://www.citizenarchitectfilm.com/

    sb — 01/26/2011 @ 6:27 pm
  2. I’m only halfway through the pdf, but this is so good! Totally up our alley – maybe something we should look into more as a model for our first year? Also as a way to start thinking about engaging with the people in the community to produce work and figuring out what that work would be?

    nd — 01/30/2011 @ 9:21 am
  3. “the studio is not a representation of reality, it is a reality” —mockbee

    nd — 02/01/2011 @ 7:04 pm

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Drop City

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