Difficult Times

The Work of Art as Open Process

Although terms such as “postmodern” & postpost modern or “an open work of art” have been with us for a while, & theorists & the public have been comfortable at using them for a couple of decades, their adequate comprehension requires us to return to a patient examination of the essential core of the problem represented by the very possibility of such a work of art. We should consequently ask what can it really be? What is truly a contemporary, or an “open” work of art in process? Then, we would like to pose a question such as: how is this old analytical theme related to that of the role of the artist in difficult, dark or any other sort of times, indeed?

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Cybergothic; Or, The Walls Are Closing In

Darkness had no effect upon my fancy, & a churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life, which, from being the seat of beauty & strength, had become food for the worm. Now I was led to examine the cause & progress of this decay & forced to spend days & nights in vaults & charnel-houses.

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Let me tell you a modern horror story. Horror is about invasion: something from the outside coming in, or something from within trying to get out: a stranger in the home, a virus in the body, an alien bursting through the chest, a thousand-year-old curse growing leaves out of the basement. In my tale, the internet swallowed us like a flood, nested itself like a parasite under our ribcage, & something’s creeping behind our walls. Around the turn of the millennium, notably in Mark Fisher’s Flatline Constructs: Gothic Materialism & Cybernetic Theory-Fiction, appears the idea of the cyberspace as a gothic territory.[1] The gothic deals with a most primal invasion, a most upsetting boundary disruption – life is ventriloquized into undead profanity, & death walks on earth disguised as ghosts, vampires, & monsters. The problem of the cybergothic is doctor Frankenstein’s dilemma: technology, allowed to wield organic life as its tool creates a prosthetic hyper-nature. In Fisher’s horrific tale, the cyberspace made the undead out of us – the internet lives in our bodies, manipulating our nervous systems to its rhythm. We dance to its macabre tune. We are like marionettes on its string, pulled into the carnival of ventriloquized emotions & epistemic micro-wars. The cyberspace is where it is no longer possible to distinguish between the internal lives of men & machines, where, as in a scene from The Golem, humans are blown around from one place to another like scraps of paper, moved by invisible cybernetic winds that hack our perceptual channels, all the while we think that we are enjoying ‘freedom,’ ‘personal expression’ or ‘community.’[2] The uncanny terror of it is not that inhuman creatures are alive just like us, as it is with vampires or zombies, but that we are as dead as our machines. It is no longer possible to tell where agency, intention, & desire come from. The cyberspace is Dr. Frankenstein & we are its monster.

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ALIENIST 9

ALIENISM REDUX / ICONOCLASM / ABORTED ACTS OF DISSENT / M’AIDEZ! MAYDAY! / CATASTROPHE PRAXIS / ON THE ENTROPEMENT OF COVID-19 / ASOMOS / CORRECTIONS / CYBERGOTHIC / HEGALIEN / DIFFICULT TIMES / THE CONTOURS OF OBJECTIVE REALITY / BETWEEN TWO WORLDS / BASURA / DEAR INTERIOR MINISTRY / MARTIAN / ACTION / DUST / THE PINOCCHIAN / ÉHÇBODYREPRODUCTION / BATTLE INSTRUCTIONS / ILLUMINATIONS

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M’AIDEZ! MAYDAY!

A colloquium on panic, alarm, protest & social plague-pathologies in the resurrection of the myth of the benevolent corporate-state & the theoretic manufacture of a “new communist” species-solidarity as the subject of renascent post-history. Yet the ongoing “health crisis,” like a mirror held up to the Anthropocene, has not only put the architectures of social power under an epochal strain: it has suspended the very idea of the last instance, the very logic of appeal, & the romance of the social contract. Humanity’s self-proclaimed right to exist has had its last shreds of mystique reduced to a procurement problem. Political theatre has become a theatre of the plague: inertia, perversity, irrationalism, grotesque displays of hope & apocalyptic abandon, all laid side-by-side on the same metaphorical pyre. A controlled hysteria has given way to the hysteria of control. If the virus threatens to enact a revolution, it’s because every revolution is already an inside job. The plague is not an alien force that arrived from elsewhere: it was always already here. If the tremor of its mutations has delivered a shock to social response-mechanisms, this is because they themselves were the convulsive product of a viral corporate-state apparatus: their paroxysms have merely provided an affective arena for an ever-enlarging spectacle of enforced austerity, precarisation & enclosure. This alien-within, having infected the tissues of the social body, now instantiates a quarantine-politics of temporal dislocation – the virus that must be “lived with” in the open-ended present so as to be permitted the promise of a future “cure.” How does pandemic time interrelate within the current xenocapitalist imaginary & how will it extrapolate in the future war over the New Normal? What are the modes of negentropic mutation that will turn the present eco-cultural malaise into the next ideological commodity growth concept? And what means can be evolved to sabotage it?

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RETURN SELF.NEW

“Čermák integrates technologies and machine language into the ecology of a wider cosmos, understanding them as an integral part of the social and cosmic order which everywhere envelops the homo sapiens, traversing and permeating it. He identifies this order with humanity’s attempt to mirror the reality of the world on the plane of the symbolic and of meaning in the world.” (Vít Bohal)

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VAMPYR

A CHRONICLE OF REVENGE

An anti-novel of the end times, set in the heart of Golemgrad under the spell of the CORVID=69 pandemic & an apocalyptic Corp[orate]=$[tate] terror apparatus…

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BATTLE INSTRUCTIONS

the excuse they are ‘protecting’ our governments everywhere to increase exotic beaches and intersecting agendas is POSSIBLY Goodbye Ryan Air police increasingly nervous at some point the rich elites came from mass media and fans of grandmothers on Facebook/Twitter is the PERFECT opportunity for virus powers and electronic surveillance – all with pangolin are many advertisers “Under Cover Of The Covid” from Rolling Stones credit and use it to re-elect better policeman than CIA, MSS, FSB, MI5 because of terrorism virus used opportunistically to their own advantage around the world by Bill Gates sells well and matters worse than uncontrolled movements but excellent mechanism across the board will not take vaccine from random gatherings of radical right to radical left that are being pursued simultaneously by Illuminati, Rothschilds and Goldman could be extremely dangerous for rock‘n’roll because of terrorism or more exposure to refugees/immigrants and British football hooligans WANT to frighten people (or America, as the Chinese say) spread different agendas intentionally created by Sachs in a laboratory in order to get rushed through simply don’t add up and NOT believe the proposition that everything was planned but I DO control over them fear…

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