Good stuff to listen to when fixing the socks of strangers around the world (only 5 pairs to go). We had an open studio event on the weekend at ISCP. I was in a flue for the entire event and sat in the corner darning socks. A hipster complemented my stitchwork. He told me I’d make 300$ for a pair!

Anna Tsing & Donna Haraway: Tunneling in the Chthulucene (2015) University of Idaho, Moscow. A long and loose (in good way) presentation of their thinking. Tsing reminds audiences that non-human life does not live in harmony. Symbioses develop trough violence and struggle. Haraway reminds audiences how multicellular entities form: By single cell organisms attempting to eat each others, partially devouring each others bodies, getting stuck and living together anew.

Imagining infrastructures (2017) The British Academy. A (too) detailed talk about infrastructure. Partially good for developing an understanding of infra as a social, life-supporting network. It starts with an interesting analysis of air-conditioners as colonial apparatuses! The idea that people work best in climate controlled cool environments should be re-evaluated. The negative effect that air-conditioners have on communities was addressed in a recent reading group too. Air-conditioners break communities by endorsing indoor, private comfort for closed families. Manuel Tironi’s account on how communities rebuild after catastrophes is very rewarding too. He suggest that infrastructure should be approached as a social network and a compost (as defined by Haraway).

The Facebook Economy (2018) Zero Books podcast. Douglas Lain chatting with Rob Larson. They work their best to frame Facebook (and others) as monopolies and do a good job clearing out how exactly the monopolies make their profits.

Adventures in New America (2018) an afrofuturistic buddy comedy. A fun and easygoing podcast.

WRITING ABOUT ART TODAY MEANS BEING WRITTEN ONTO (2018) Kaino Wennerstrand. Wennerstrand is developing a socio-material analysis of contemporary art-exhibition practices. They pleas for a broader acceptance of social practices (workshops etc.) as a critical medium for artistic expression. Social practices and community-building-as-art is a vital field of practice for groups and individuals, who cannot exist alone. Art practices which center on objects & orchestrated performances, advocate exclusive infrastructures. I would like to extend their critique to problematize material & energy demands object centered & orchestrated performance aesthetics rely on. Using Wennerstrands critique we can argue that Chris Burden was more of an antibiotic artist then a performance artist. He was more hospitalized and medicated, then shot in the arm. #ॐ

Wennerstrand offers a diagram Social Anxiety Matrix #2 which can be used for analyzing personal motivations for attending art events. They argues that “Contemporary art has never been about class revolution [the temporal and generational rotation of positions of wealth past classes people are born to], but the cementing of its horizontal power structure while adding a new coat of paint on it.” which I don’t agree with. I believe that artist networks and support structures (grants, residencies etc.) are currently the best (if not only) systems for advancing the temporal and generational rotation of wealth and power. Quotes from the text below.

Public has become the primal form of new art, and exhibition the secondary one. The word public here is a (suboptimal) placeholder for assemblies, collectives, public gatherings, non-patriarchal familial constellations and so forth. […] What was once the fringe program (talks, workshops) is now the headliner. When I look around, I can see some people having not really realized this. Others are angry, even. “Why is art about the other stuff nowadays?” This is another way of saying “I”m white and feel like I can’t get enough exposure.”

Managing a nuanced perspective on things is particularly vexing when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the extreme, life-destroying urgency of climate change, for example. Often, you can catch an artist having gone through these motions and realizing that, say, flying to biennials is bad for the environment and a grueling way to live, too. So they turn their own realization into a dictum and hold everyone up to this standard of their own making.


ME AND MINE – An insight into the relationships between people and entities in Diadema, Brazil (2018) report / documentary is now complete! We looked it over today with Eleonoora and celebrated with beers. It took two months to complete and the film will be premiered in Portugal next week.

On Bullsh*t Jobs a great talk by David Graeber. He offers a useful definition for bullshit jobs (save a click: Middle management jobs are bullshit), uncovers why our society insists that people should work and explains processes which fabricate bullshit jobs. He explains that the majority of non-bullshit-work is care work and that public services which are associated with gray-infra (buss drivers, train operators etc.) engage in care work too which is why their work should not be automated.

The Three Ecologies (1989) Félix Guattari (I’ve written a very similar text for a Neighborizome related publication/performance catalogue).

On Plastic in Time a collection of links to different resources which investigate plastic (by Geoff Manaugh).

Douglas Lain interviews Eric Wilson about his book The Republic of Cthulhu (2016). A very useful introduction to para politics. The talk prompted me to think about dark/black-infra (as defined by Eyal Weizman in Architecture of Violence) as Para Infrastructure. Wilson argues that our skills in reading horror-novels and detective stories can offer a way to survive contempary political realities. When we read the crisises of democracy as a horror story we can identify the shapes of non-rational human forces (even non-human) that work in the undercurrents of representative democracy. He also gives a solid explanation on what the spectacle society is.

Got the ALL apps damaged or incomplete issue on my Mac. Managed ti fix it following the protocol (also had to reinstall Mac OS). The process took me over five hours. A horrible ordeal for a Saturday.