Philomena Mariani

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This title will be available soon. Cornelius Castoriadis never had a notebook. He wrote on the paper that was at hand. Whether it was the back of Red Cross ration tickets, the blank section of a conference schedule, or the reverse side of old documents from his workplaces such as the OECD and the Hôpital Henri-Rousselle, like a keen-eyed magpie he worked on the paper that was nearby. He sketched out his thoughts in a manner that combined an acerbic and polemical wit with an unflagging commitment to the ideals of freedom. It reveals a style that includes an alarming sense ...
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This title will be available soon. Life in all its variety and diversity is rapidly becoming the “property” of corporations through patents and “intellectual property rights.” A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention. Life, however, is not an invention. We can modify life-forms, we can manipulate living organisms. But we do not create life. The first patent on life was granted to General Electric for a genetically engineered bacterium…
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The Gift of the Past 1. History is layered. But the layers are not stacked neatly. The disrupting force of the present puts pressure on the past, scattering pieces of it forward into unanticipated locations. No one owns these pieces. To think so is to allow categories of private property to intrude into a commonly shared terrain wherein the laws of exclusionary inheritance do not apply. The history of humanity demands a communist mode of reception…
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Roland Barthes despaired of keeping a diary.Too boring. Too frustrating. The diary disease, he called it. But there was one point of interest, and that had to do with re-reading an entry several months or years later.This could provide pleasure due to the awakening of a memory not in what was written but in “the interstices of notation.” For instance, on re-reading the entry relating his having to wait for a bus one disappointing evening on the rue de Rivoli in Paris, he recalls the grayness—“but no use trying to describe it now, anyway, or I’ll lose it again instead ...
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This title will be available soon. Mario Bellatin is a writer who wants his books always on hand, not only the texts but the books themselves. What he wants then is a section of his studio where at all times there will be thousands of physical copies, one hundred thousand, to be exact, of the books written during his lifetime. From now on he will count the years of his life in books and not in years as most do. He will turn books and not years, so to speak. He will compose one hundred titles, with a first edition of one ...
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This title will be available soon. There are five kinds of ruins. 1. There are romantic ruins, old castles and fortresses, temples and churches. They were destroyed by the passage of time, by becoming useless and irrelevant. These vast edifices whence the gods have fled are witness to the vacuity of aristocratic warrior virtue, royal glory, ecclesiastical authority, chivalry and gallantry as well as chastity, (self-imposed) poverty and obedience. The ancient junk now devoid of aura, halo and charisma is collected in museums, its context smashed: altarpieces mounted on walls, watched by schoolboys admiring the rump of Mary Magdalen. Romantic ru- ins are ...
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This title will be available soon. Saturday, November 6, 2010 New York City Dear Bettina, It’s been more than a month since we had coffee and the whole time, I’ve been thinking about how to best enact your suggestion: claiming UbuWeb as an artwork, perhaps the most significant art- work I will ever make. Or else to try to weave the various strands into my practice as a Gesamtkunstwerk. For the past fifteen years, I’ve been working daily on UbuWeb, a completely independent re- source dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. And although the site gives the smokescreen of ...
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This title will be available soon. For the past six years, I have been retracing some of Paul Gauguin’s steps. He led a famously peripatetic life, and I did not attempt to follow him systematically or in the order of his moves. More simply, I took advantage of lectures and conferences and organized vacations so as to see not only his works, as closely as possible, but also the places and things he had seen and sometimes represented. Since this exploration had to be performed over an extended period and in a sequence contingent on extraneous circumstances, it was important that ...
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This title will be available soon. If there is a poem Sitting here In my chest May it irrigate Populate Intention If there is a story Let it wander Through this being Emerge into the land Seeing Let the water flow Rush like blood A great flood eternal …
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This title will be available soon. A painter arrived in a desperately wounded condition in a network of galleries beneath Chaillot, Paris. Aboveground, in that city as in most of the world, everything was contaminated with radioactivity after the series of nuclear explosions that wiped out much of life during a lightning Third World War. He was promptly operated on. The prognosis of the doctor who examined him following the operation was that he had only weeks, or at best months, to live. As a result, he was selected to participate in a time-travel experiment. He soon learned that another man, ...
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This title will be available soon. On Saturday, September 28, 1889, representatives of eighteen countries gathered in Sèvres, outside Paris.They were there to bring the world under the measure of a single meter known as M and a single kilogram, K — to bless a particular ruler and a particular weight.The conference arbitrarily chose one meter stick and one sample weight from thirty nearly identical copies, declaring: “This prototype of the meter will from now forward represent, at the temperature of melting ice, the metric unit of length. . . .This prototype [of the kilogram] will be considered from now on ...
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The documenta exhibitions of contemporary art held in Kassel, West Germany, are now well known. They are awaited and received with great expectation and occasional controversy. Having established a reputation for historical prognosis and the legitimization of the present, they have become a focal point for ideological as well as aesthetic discourse surrounding contemporary art. In the summer of 1987, Kassel hosted documenta 8. But the first documenta exhibition, held in Kassel in the summer of 1955, was not necessarily conceived as the beginning of a series. It was simply called “documenta: Art of the Twentieth Century,” and in that ...

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