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hydrarchist writes

"Marcel Mauss: Give It Away"

David Graeber

you noticed how there aren't any new French intellectuals any more? There
was a veritable flood in the late '70s and early '80s: Derrida, Foucault,
Baudrillard, Kristeva, Lyotard, de Certeau ... but there has been almost
no one since. Trendy academics and intellectual hipsters have been forced
to endlessly recycle theories now 20 or 30 years old, or turn to countries
like Italy or even Slovenia for dazzling meta-theory.

Alan Moore writes

"This spring I took part in an exhibition at the Smart Museum in Chicago called “Critical Mass.” The show presented work by several artists and groups of artists who engaged in what they called “critical practice.” While this term is imbued with the typical art institutional vagueness, and the press releases smoke it up pretty good, the curators did assemble an extremely instructive bibliography of activist art practice and political art practice now and in the past. I post it with their permission as a public service.

See also -- a review of the April, 2002 “Critical Mass” exhibition in Chicago: 89

The activist art collective Temporary Services (more art than activist, actually) described their contributions to this show at the following page (scroll down to “Groupings”):

hmt writes

"Check-out my current exhibition at -
horror vacui" writes:

Kritika Kultura:

A Philippine Electronic Journal of Literary and Language Studies

The Department of English invites you to visit "Kritika Kultura," a
pioneering refereed Philippine electronic journal committed to the promotion of scholarship.

The articles in the first issue are E. San Juan's "From Birmingham to
Angkor Wat: Demarcations of Contemporary Cultural Studies," Ma. Teresa
Wright's "Fragile Arena: The Struggle Between Protest and Confinement in Three Sugilanons," Marjorie Evasco's "Song and Substance: Women Writing Poetry in Cebuano," Leoncio P. Deriada's "Literature Engineering in West Visayas," Isabel Pefianco Martin's "Colonial Pedagogy: Teaching Practices of American Colonial Educators in the Philippines," and Charlie Samuya Veric's review of *Necessary Fictions* by Caroline S. Hau.

Please go to kritika kultura

Finding the Strength to Love and Dream

By Robin D.G. Kelley, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 7, 2002

Like most of my comrades active in the early days of the Reagan era, I
turned to Marxism for the same reasons I looked to the third world. The
misery of the proletariat (lumpen and otherwise) proved less interesting
and less urgent than the promise of revolution. I was attracted to
"small-c" communism because, in theory, it sought to harness technology to
solve human needs, give us less work and more leisure, and free us all to
create, invent, explore, love, relax, and enjoy life without want of the
basic necessities of life.

I fell in love with the young Marx of The German Ideology and The Communist
Manifesto, the visionary Marx who predicted the abolition of all
exploitative institutions. I followed young Marx, via the late English
historian Edward P. Thompson, to those romantic renegade socialists, like
William Morris, who wanted to break with all vestiges of capitalist
production and rationalization. Morris was less concerned with socialist
efficiency than with transforming social relations and constructing new,
free, democratic communities built on, as Thompson put it, "the ethic of
cooperation, the energies of love."

Great agit-prop art! Go to photo album and click on: start the slide show.

Alan Moore writes:

From Chicago, Greg Sholette sends this announcement of a new European website, Here is the flak:

“The new website of republicart is now online. the transnational research
project on progressive practices in public art starts with a tool-kit
including manifesto, news, calendar and more about the discourse and
practices of participatory, interventionist and activist art.


nomadlab writes "The BBC is reporting that a sportswear company is taking some heat for the name of their new sneakers. They aparently have already started marketing the Zyklon. I find it hard to believe that no one in their marketing or development team realized that the name was rather close to the name of the gas used by the Nazis to exterminate millions during WWII (zyklon b).

Stupidity, neo-fascist shoe makers or a simple PR stunt? I am not sure.

the BBC story is here

and cnn has a decent story at shoes/index.html"

Kisinis writes "Kisinis Web Art present creations to squats' artists in Paris

Kisinis Web Art, the site of art and artists, announces a rubric dedicated to artists' squats.

In collaboration with squatter's artists from three squats in Paris, "La Maison de la Plage" (The Beach's House), "Chez Robert, Electrons Libres" (At Robert, Free Electrons) and "Hors Champs" (Out of Bounds), KWA offers a virtual visit to see their works in the quarters they are occupying.

Numerous photos allow visitors to discover the creativity of artists outside gallery walls. These reports reveal the diverse creativity that bubbles among artist outside all institutions and galleries, in unoccupied, abandoned spaces.

You might also find information provided by artists' associations, musicians, painters and sculptors, actors, jugglers, video artists, photographers about the numerous artistic activities they offer to the public, as well as a mailing list diffusion dedicated.

Come visit these artists' squats and learn about what squatter artists are doing.

"La Maison de la Plage", no profit organisation for the creative and temporary occupation of uncultivated urban places, is at first a place of life and creation opened to the artists. She would like to arouse of the social link through the space and its actions of creation where each is invited to be more an actor than a spectator.

Also a reportage to the eviction of the squat of the street of Pyrenees, in Paris, with the troops assaults the building occupied by the squatters and oust the rebellious out the roof.

Michel Kisinis"

hydrarchist writes

Spectres of the Spectrum and Sonic Outlaws

The Transmission Interview with Filmmaker Craig Baldwin

Craig Baldwin is something of an underground icon. With found art as his instrument, for over twenty years he has been creatively expressing his views about media democracy and "evil" applications of technology, important issues of our time that -- surprise, surprise -- fail to garner adequate attention by our mass communications corporate behemoths.

Hosting micro-cinema events and editing an online alternative "zine," Craig continues to bring compelling and bold written and filmed work to audiences that crave material beyond the mainstream.

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