Melissa Larner

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This title will be available soon. Afghanistan: A Lexicon uses the form of a lexicon to present a nonlinear narrative of twentieth- century Afghan history as a recursive loop of modernization attempts, revolts, collapses, and recoveries.The lexicon covers seventy-one terms, most illustrated by archival and original images, including: vocabulary unique to Afghan politics, like bi-tarafi, jirga, and nizamnamah; terms that have specific meanings or resonances in the Afghan context, like “infidel,” “martyr,” and spetsnaz; key players and places, from Bacha-i-Saqqao to Hizb-i-Islami and from the Bala Hissar to the Microrayan; and special entries on recurrent events and themes that form the ...
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This title will be available soon. Dune was to be his most ambitious film production: a personal adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel of the same title, published in 1965. The science-fiction saga was ideally suited to the choreography of transgressive visual and narra- tive genres of the sort in which the method of Alejandro Jodorowsky (b. 1929 in Chile) partakes, and as it had been manifested in his films El Topo (1970) and The Holy Mountain (1973). Such an important project merited its own blank book. Hence, the word “DUNE” written in Art Deco-style typography is on the cover of a ...
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This title will be available soon. The globalized art world has been overtaken in recent decades by a true compulsion to archive—a compulsion that includes anything from academic research into preexisting archives or those still to be constructed, through exhibitions fully or in part based on them, to frantic competition among private collectors and museums in the acquisition of these new objects of desire. Without a doubt, this phenomenon is not the result of chance. In view of this, it is urgent that we problematize the politics of archiving, since there are many different ways of approach- ing those artistic practices that ...
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This title will be available soon. Édouard Glissant, who was born on Martinique in 1928 and died in Paris on February 3 of this year, was one of the most important writers and philosophers of our time. He called attention to means of global exchange that do not homogenize culture but produce a difference from which new things can emerge. He bears the intellectual significance for our time that Foucault and Deleuze bore for theirs. His poems, novels, plays, and theoretical essays are a “toolbox” I use every day in my praxis as an exhibition curator…
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October 25, 2010 My dear friend, I have been away from home now for two years, and there are so many things to tell you. But information is not the obvious objective of any communication today. May I ask you where you are reading this, and whether you are comfortable? I read a story on the Internet the other day, when I was looking for some inspiration so that I could perform my daily exercise of writing to you, and I came across a tale of origins, which I would like to share. But before I tell you that tale, there are a ...
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This title will be available soon. This paper begins and ends with reflection on India, and on the place of Gandhian ideas about non-violence as a form of political action. The literature on Gandhi and on his place in the study of non-violence is voluminous. One among the many questions that remain open about Gandhian thought and action is the way in which violence and non-violence are connected in his politics. The argument developed in this paper is that Gandhian ideas about and practices of non-violence have a double genealogy. One genealogy is connected to Indic ideas about asceticism, avoidance, and ...
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This title will be available soon. The name of Claude Lévi-Strauss, who died exactly two years ago to the day on which I write these notes (October 30, 2011), has be- come emblematically associated with what some call, disdainfully, “binary thought.” Structural anthropology would evidence a reaction- ary partiality for dual, symmetrical, static, and reversible oppositions, and for the analogies of proportionality that one can build with them, such as totemic systems.The French anthropologist would thus be a kind of champion of the bi- nary system (or of the binary machine, as Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari would have said), conceiving ...
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This title will be available soon. In March 2010 we started recording an interview with Paul at his apartment on West End Avenue in New York, attempting to work together several ideas connected to Paul’s work, among which Threeing is central. Upon transcribing, and in the process of editing, we realized that there was a potential for Threeing as a mode of re-working our interview. In firstness, we were all present in the room and in conversation. In secondness, we each responded to what we had done — disappointments and affirmations. In thirdness, which is this version, a severe edit was ...
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This title will be available soon. For the first documenta in Kassel in 1955, Arnold Bode decided to exhibit European modernism and works by contemporary West German artists in the same galleries to demonstrate the unity of contemporary Western culture, which is the universal character of modernist culture. Kassel is a city with today almost 200,000 inhabitants that found itself “relocated” from the center of Germany to the inter-German borderland after 1945, and documenta came about as a part of the program of Cold War cultural policy. The exhibition was a clear indication that the country, which strongly opposed Communism, was ...

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