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LIVING LABOR: “COLLECTIVE HEAD” on Vimeo
[See also: https://www.artandeducation.net/classroom/video/66316/fred-moten-collective-head

"Critical theorist, educator, and poet Fred Moten delivers a keynote at the 2014 conference “Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies” at the Performance Studies department at New York University. The talk is within the closing plenary at the conference that is dedicated to the late José Esteban Muñoz—a colleague and comrade of many of the conference participants. Accordingly, the last third of Moten’s reflections address Muñoz’s thought on queer futurity and its immanence in the present. In line with the title, taken from Lygia Clark’s 1975 performance Cabeza colectiva, the talk is constructed in the form of a prismatic dialogue. Moten quotes extensively from the writings of Masao Miyoshi and Karl Marx to establish his main lines of inquiry: what would be a materialization of social wealth that was not circumscribed by forms of property and the drive to accumulate? Here, Moten calls on Marx’s description in the Grundrisse of how the contemporary mode of production elaborates human potentiality by, paradoxically, emptying it out: “the complete working-out of the human content appears as a complete emptying-out, this universal objectification as total alienation, and the tearing-down of all limited, one-sided aims as sacrifice of the human end-in-itself to an entirely external end.” How can we imagine the common as that which is “before”—in time and in space, that is, behind as well as in front—and which surrounds us even as our social structures cast it out, as an externality or as a periphery? How could architecture find itself “re-materialized” through the encounter with the “space outside” and all those who inhabit it? As Craig Buckley has written, “the surfaces of daily life [come] to appear as traces of largely unseen apparatuses whose implications architecture still struggles to grasp.” Moten asks what comes after a modernism that strove to accommodate the city’s outside—the poor—however imperfectly, in an era when social housing is seen not “as an object of planning but an object of demolition”?

The aesthetic dimension of anti-coloniality as an ongoing mode of resistance in contemporary life, its “sentimentality,” is developed as counter to critical fascination with power and its bleak anatomies, a thread that could be considered definitive to Moten’s work. The necessity of getting lost, of unmooring from the property-form of subjectivity, is seen as central to queer futurity, which exists by displacement. Loss is the instantiation of another condition of possibility, notes Moten in an affecting tribute to both the work of José Esteban Muñoz and his living absence.

Fred Moten has developed a singular body of work in the terrain of black studies, focusing mainly on African-American literature, music and performance, and weaving that with critical (race) theory and Marxism in the “black radical tradition” (Cedric Robinson). He teaches at University of California, Riverside and Duke University and is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, with Stefano Harney (Minor Compositions, 2013), and numerous books of poetry."]
fredmoten  2014  lygiaclark  comunes  karlmarx  personhood  citizenship  masaomiyoshi  class  barbarabrowning  underground  collectivism  universality  wealth  poverty  cities 
june 2018 by robertogreco
jeweled platypus · text · A student newspaper story
"While looking for these old newspaper files, I also found notes from when I called up the school district’s legal office and asked for verification of my right to produce and distribute the newspaper without permission, and asked about whether various school policies fit the district rules (turned out not entirely). I actually found a district administrator who was willing to give at least minimal answers to my questions, as just a random student at one of their zillions of high schools, which surprised me a lot. I didn’t find the nerve to write down all of what they said in the newspaper though. The principal was already upset with me for distributing the newspaper on campus without her permission, and I don’t know what she would have done if she’d found out that I’d called up the district and asked about the legality of her uniform policy.

She was controlling in general, so much that even a lot of teachers weren’t fans of her. One morning after I’d distributed a freshly xeroxed set of newspapers, she decided to go on the intercom and tell the whole school (K-12) that she wasn’t going to let a 17-year-old run her school, in a several-minutes-long speech that didn’t name me but was very clear about how unhappy she was with me and how disrespectful I was. In the few days after that speech, a few teachers quietly found me and told me that they supported the newspaper and thought we were doing good work. I found out that some writing, some friends, and some xeroxing could produce something that made a person with a lot of power over me scared of me."
2015  brittagustafson  journalism  schools  power  research  writing  publications  newspapers  schoolnewspapers  underground 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Tunnelling borders | openDemocracy
"The growing ubiquity of militarized borders has with it produced a subterranean network of cross-border tunnels. In tunnelling, global “urban burrowers” have begun to compose a new layer of multitude grounded in the struggles against global hegemony itself."



"This constant specter of walls cropping up along the world’s boundaries at first seems ignorant of its own porosity. Yet, the policy of walling hardly overlooks these routine practices of less visible trespass. In a so-called ‘borderless’ era of free trade walls strategically redirect unsanctioned cross-border flows further out of view and deeper underground by beckoning their own subversion this way, and for multiple reasons:

[1] Walls help to force a commingling of uncontrollable movements of various types with the illicit underground networks of criminal drug and human trafficking syndicates, and militant groups;

[2] by driving the world’s labor/refugee overflow underground it becomes easier to perceive such a superfluous population as less human and through a wider lens of “ferality” (a description Pentagon researchers have drawn upon to characterize the insurgents fighting the new urban wars of the 21st century—wars that would take place in the filthy spatial fallout of failed states/cities). This paves the creation of a more broad base subclass of borderzone criminality identified through a purposeful blurring of migrant/refugee/criminal/terrorist suspect categories. This pixelation only invites a greater juridical stripping of their legal status and harsh penalization under anti-terror national security frameworks; and,

[3] underground spaces can be deemed more viable military targets despite those that lack any violent intention by virtue of sharing a spatial typology that in nature coincides with other like-spaces that have been designed for more nefarious uses.

Today, not only do walls beget tunnels they co-construct them as an intended by-product that forces a multitude of forbidden cross-border sub-agencies into self dug graves and abyssal legality. Rather than taking responsibility through progressive immigration and labor policy, or re-examining the failures of the War On Drugs, or preventing Israel's annihilation of Palestinian statehood, national governments deploy a dehumanizing strategy of criminalization through forced tunnelization."
bryanfinoki  tunnels  border  borders  2013  security  westbank  gazastrip  palestine  israel  syria  egypt  korea  militarization  subversion  walls  fences  michaeldear  partitions  diplomacy  eyalweizman  opendemocracy  surveillance  stephengraham  economics  underground 
november 2013 by robertogreco
Nonsense NYC
"What is Nonsense NYC?
Nonsense NYC is a discriminating resource for independent art, weird events, strange happenings, unique parties, and senseless culture in New York City.

What does that mean?
We send out an email every Friday about unique events occurring the following week.

What kind of stuff?
Street events, loft parties, puppet shows, bike rallys, costume balls, interactive art shows, movies in unusual places, parades, outlaw dancing, guerilla theater, burlesque and variety shows, loser open mikes, cirkuses, and absurdist pranks. Nonsense covers the stuff that has no name, or a name that you feel really awkward and self-conscious saying out loud, like "underground.""
underground  jeffstark  happenings  art  music  culture  nyc 
october 2012 by robertogreco
airoots/eirut » Mandu, Mahua and Magic
"We are sometimes blamed for being idealists. We spoke to the Bhil girls and boys, shepharding goats on the hills, and told them that our belief that there is something valuable here is often called delusional. They laughed. They told us they are really quite happy to be here on the hills, as long as their connections to the forests are not tampered with. No one likes going to the city and being pulled into doing physical work for the construction industry, something they have to do for survival, especially during the summers.Their presence in the forests around is discouraged by the authorities on the grounds that they will denude them.

The forest policies in India remain anti-people and to our minds are at the heart of a faulty policy that creates forest-less cities and people-less forests."
airoots  mandu  india  forests  urban  urbanism  rural  contentment  colonialism  idealism  decolonization  2011  mahua  underground  policy  human 
september 2011 by robertogreco
winesburg, ohio - Jesse Bernstein was a writer, performance artist,...
"Jesse Bernstein was a writer, performance artist, genuine wacko, and “highly provocative underground celebrity,” who is renowned for his spoken word recordings (released with Sub Pop), and widely glamorized for his rampant drug use, mental illness, and (natch) close personal relationship with William S. Burroughs.

I Am Secretly An Important Man is a documentary about his life, directed by Pete Sillen. The film traces the evolution of his influence on popular culture, but never falters in keeping an inquisitive, steady eye on the nature of its troubled protagonist: “…he was not only inventing colorful background for himself, but I think he was trying out different storylines.” This looks lovely, can’t wait for it."
jessebernstein  williamsburroughs  petesillens  documentary  underground  spokenword  mentalillness  popculture  mentalhealth 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Abo Elementary School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The former Abo Elementary School, located in Artesia, New Mexico, United States, has been identified by One Nation Underground (ISBN 0-8147-7522-5) as the first (and most likely only) public school constructed entirely underground and equipped to function as a fallout shelter. The school, completed in 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis, had a concrete slab roof which doubled as the school's playground. It contained a large storage facility with room for emergency rations and supplies for 2000 people in the event of nuclear warfare or other catastrophe. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999 and is located at 1802 W Centre Ave."
newmexico  coldwar  schools  schooldesign  history  education  aboelementary  underground 
september 2009 by robertogreco
YouTube - Nearest Tube Augmented Reality App for iPhone 3GS from acrossair [see also: http://www.acrossair.com/apps_nearesttube.htm]
"acrossair, the makers of the TVGuide.co.uk iPhone app bring you Nearest Tube one of the first augmented reality apps to go live in the iPhone AppStore. Forget boring 2D tube maps! Try this amazing new application that tells Londoners where their nearest tube station is via their iPhones video function.
augmentedreality  iphone  applications  location  geolocation  underground  london  gps  compass  via:blackbeltjones  ios  ar 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Tracking The Future
"The emerging infrastructure is different. Varnelis describes it as something multiple and shifting: “networked ecologies,” plural “infrastructures” that are “hypercomplex” and as likely to consist of legal mechanisms and barely visible cell-phone networks as the heavy stuff of tunnels and bridges. Inherently less apparent than the infrastructure that came before, they’re also as likely to be owned by corporations as by governments—meaning these networks can’t really be controlled, only “appropriated” according to their own logic. With traditional planning made impotent by capitalism and NIMBYism, rebuilding the city now requires a “new type of urbanist,” a designer Varnelis compares to a computer hacker who reimagines a new use for the underlying rules and codes. It’s a compelling vision, but it’s darkened by a Marxist conviction about the malevolence of the corporation. Infrastructure has always been a public initiative that complements private investment."
via:grahamje  urbanplanning  urban  urbanism  cities  kazysvarnelis  architecture  future  politics  infrastructure  networks  planning  subway  us  underground  barackobama  public  private 
february 2009 by robertogreco
BLDGBLOG: Mysterious Chinese Tunnels
"Zimmerman claims that "mysterious" tunnels honeycombed the ground beneath the city of Tacoma, Washington. These would soon become known as "Shanghai tunnels," because city dwellers were allegedly kidnapped via these underground routes"
architecture  underground  tunnels  seattle  portland  oregon  washingtonstate  tacoma  urban  history 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Shanghai Tunnel
"Portland was unique because trap doors (known as "deadfalls") were used to drop the unsuspecting victims into the "Portland Underground", where they were forcibly held in cells until the ship was ready to set sail."
portland  oregon  underground  tunnels 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Space & Culture » Blog Archive » Consumption underground
Roundup of media coverage on "the underground urban dining scene" (secret restaurants)...A thought: will we see underground playgrounds, etc. as a reaction to tighter regulation, over-litigation just as we see these and other trends?
trends  food  restaurants  underground  law  freedom  expression  business  consumption  society 
march 2008 by robertogreco
/// Peliculas Ponder ///
ad for Madrid metro system showing a view from underground looking up
perspective  spain  subway  television  tv  underground  graphics  creative  advertising  ads  perception  motion  metro  madrid  animation  architecture  cities  españa 
february 2008 by robertogreco
The Daily Breeze - Maglev vs. subway
"As L.A. looks for transit solutions, it must focus on the innovations of the future. We need more maglev, and less subway to the sea."
losangeles  maglev  transit  underground  urban  subways  rail  public  transportation  via:cityofsound 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Subways: The New Urban Status Symbol
"Many cities are constructing new mass transit systems to cope with overcrowding and high energy costs. But some are just hoping to gain some big-city glamour"
transportation  subways  cities  identity  public  underground  urban  world 
december 2007 by robertogreco
UnterGunther - Restoration of the Pantheon clock
"Swiss-French urban explorers team whose activity is to restore the invisible parts of the heritage in total clandestinity. In November 2005, the UnterGunther infiltrated the Pantheon of Paris and, with the help of their professional clockmaker Jean-Bapti
activism  untergunther  conservation  underground  law  security  psychogeography  hacking  hacks  clocks  art  anarchy  urban  france  paris  culture  craft  ingenuity  graffiti  anarchism 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Les Untergunther
"Les Untergunther sont un groupe d'explorateur-urbains basés à Paris dont l'activité consiste à restaurer clandestinement les parties non-visibles du patrimoine."
activism  untergunther  conservation  underground  law  security  psychogeography  hacking  hacks  clocks  art  anarchy  urban  france  paris  culture  craft  ingenuity  graffiti  anarchism 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark's clock | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
"4 members of underground "cultural guerrilla" movement known as Untergunther, whose purpose is to restore France's cultural heritage, were cleared on Friday of breaking into 18th-century monument in plot worthy of Dan Brown or Umberto Eco."
activism  untergunther  conservation  underground  law  security  psychogeography  hacking  hacks  clocks  art  anarchy  urban  france  paris  culture  craft  ingenuity  graffiti  anarchism 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Metro Bits
"Some aspects of the world's subways unearthed - mic-ro.co(s)m"
architecture  cities  art  geography  urban  transportation  subways  maps  travel  metro  underground  design  world  public  reference 
august 2006 by robertogreco

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