Thursday, April 29, 2010

Robin Storey and Nigel Ayers - Perfidious Albion

"After pursuing innovative solo work for years, Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions), Robin Storey (formerly of zoviet france and currently recording as Rapoon), became enamoured of the notion of passing on original sound sources to one another in order to reach a communal voice. Drawing from each of their investigations into deep hypnotic patterns Perfidious Albion, is the result of Nigel Ayers reworking the material of Robin Storey. Storey's scratchy sampled loops, the trademark sound for:ZF: and early Rapoon emerge on "Spiritually Appraising Things" and remain the only static factor amidst Ayers's amorphous washes of distant organs..."

Download the album over at The Devotional Hooligan

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Blasphemy has always seemed to require taking things very seriously. I know no better stance to adopt from within the secular-religious, evangelical traditions of United States politics, including the politics of socialist feminism. Blasphemy protects one from the moral majority within, while still insisting on the need for community. Blasphemy is not apostasy. Irony is about contradictions that do not resolve into larger wholes, even dialectically, about the tension of holding incompatible things together because both or all are necessary and true. Irony is about humour and serious play...

Social reality is lived social relations, our most important political construction, a world-changing fiction. The international women's movements have constructed 'women's experience', as well as uncovered or discovered this crucial collective object. This experience is a fiction and fact of the most crucial, political kind. Liberation rests on the construction of the consciousness, the imaginative apprehension, of oppression, and so of possibility. The cyborg is a matter of fiction and lived experience that changes what counts as women's experience in the late twentieth century. This is a struggle over life and death, but the boundary between science fiction and social reality is an optical illusion...

Modern medicine is also full of cyborgs, of couplings between organism and machine, each conceived as coded devices, in an intimacy and with a power that was not generated in the history of sexuality. Cyborg 'sex' restores some of the lovely replicative baroque of ferns and invertebrates (such nice organic prophylactics against heterosexism). Cyborg replication is uncoupled from organic reproduction. Modern production seems like a dream of cyborg colonization work, a dream that makes the nightmare of Taylorism seem idyllic. And modern war is a cyborg orgy, coded by C3I, command-control-communication-intelligence, an $84 billion item in 1984'sUS defence budget. I am making an argument for the cyborg as a fiction mapping our social and bodily reality and as an imaginative resource suggesting some very fruitful couplings. Michael Foucault's biopolitics is a flaccid premonition of cyborg politics, a very open field..."

Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Pink Noise of Pleasure Yachts In Turquoise Sea by Yolanda Harris

Pink Noise from Yolande Harris on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Beacon

"If the name Lucifer were not prejudicial, it would be a suitable one for this archetype [the Self]."
(vol. 9 i p. 567)

"It is also worth noting that Lucifer, the Morning Star, means Christ as well as the devil."
(vol. 9 ii p. 192)

"Therefore Lucifer was perhaps the one who best understood the divine will struggling to create a world and who carried out that will most faithfully. For, by rebelling against God, he became the active principle of a creation which opposed to God a counter-will of its own."
(vol. 11 p. 290)

"The growing darkness reaches its greatest intensity on the day of Venus (Friday) and changes into Lucifer on Saturday."
(vol. 13 p. 301)

"...the inner voice is a "Lucifer" in the strictest sense of the word, and it faces people with ultimate moral decisions without which they can never achieve full consciousness and become personalities."
(vol. 17 p. 319)

"With him God does not only contain love, but, on the other side and in the same measure, the fire of wrath, in which Lucifer himself dwells."
(vol. 18 p. 1654)

- Carl Gustav Jung

"The angel of liberty was born before the dawn of the first day, before even the awakening of intelligence, and God called him the morning star.

O Lucifer! Voluntarily and disdainfully thou didst detach thyself from the heaven where the sun drowned thee in his splendour, to plow with thine own rays the unworked fields of night!

Thou shinest when the sun sets, and thy sparkling gaze precedes the daybreak!

Thou fallest to rise again; thou tastest of death to understand life better!

For the ancient glories of the world, thou art the evening star; for truth renascent, the lovely star of dawn.

Liberty is not licence, for licence is tyranny.

Liberty is the guardian of duty, because it reclaims right.

Lucifer, for whom the dark ages have made the genius of evil, will be truly the angel of light when, having conquered liberty, at the price of infamy, he will make use of it to submit himself to eternal order, inaugurating thus the glories of voluntary obedience." (p. 28)

- Eliphas Levi

The rest...
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Little Worlds

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Pop Group - We Are Time

We Are Time (Bergsonism)

“…we may sum up his (Bergson’s) philosophy in a single idea: time is real. Thus expressed, this statement does not sound particularly enlightening, original or exciting. Once we explore its meaning, however, it turns out to be a kernel from which an entire new world picture might be developed.

To say that time is real is to say, first, that the future does not exist in any sense. Ths is by no means a trivial point…since for the determinist every event merely unfolds the ready made reality hidden in existing conditions; the course of events consists, as it were, in displaying a destiny written in advance for all eternity, as if time were only a machine to unwind a film reel which has been there all along, with its entire story. For Bergson, on the contrary, the life of the universe is a creative process, whereby something new and unpredictable appears at every moment…

This implies, secondly, that…the time of physics is not real. Both in science and in our daily life we perceive time as if it were another level of space: a set of homogeneous segments placed next to each other and together composing an indefinitely long line. This time is an artificial, abstract concoction that we need for practical purposes. Real time, for Bergon…is neither homogeneous nor divisible; it is not a property abstracted from movement but it is in fact what each of us is: we know it intuitively from direct experience…

…real time is therefore possible only through memory, in which the past is accumulated inits fullness. In the abstract time of physics, nothing of one segment is preserved in the subsequent ones; they are juxtaposed in an indifferent succession. In the actual duree (Bergon’s word for time) nothing is lost, but nothing is reversible either: each moment carries within it the entire flow of the past and each is new and unrepeatable. Since the matter of the past perishes, but the memory of it does not, and since memory is not an aspect of matter, it is likely that the human mind is largely independent of body and can survive its destruction.”

- Leszek Kolakowski

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hydrolith: Surrealist Research & Investigations

“This book brings together in one volume some of the most exciting recent work from the international surrealist movement. With over 80 contributors from 17 countries around the world, the book contains drawings, paintings, games, comics, photographs, poetry, prose, theoretical and political writings on a huge variety of subjects, including special in-depth investigations of music, space and myth. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in the surrealist movement today…”

Available: Lulu

Via: Matina Stamatakis


Thursday, April 8, 2010

"We all know there are maniacal and fiercely dominating men, who beat the beauty out of their fearing, dedicated women. These men are the viperous vapours that lead to a rash on humanity's ass; but then there exists those men who explore the world, knowing they do so as imperfect men who are dying..."

- The Last Dregs of Poverty: Beat Up - The Generality of a Pitiful Man by Jim Lopez

from Paraphilia Magazine, Issue 3


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