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War

A Worker Informs a Lord on the Subject of the Guillotine

A Worker Informs a Lord on the Subject of the Guillotine

Adapted from Heinrich Heine, Wintermärchen. 1844.

 

 

“King Louis the fifteen died,

 Quite peaceful, alone in his bed.

The sixteenth, however, was guillotined,

Along with Queen Antoinette.

 

The queen showed great courage,as has been told, given the severe situation,

Although her small dog did yelp and did cry

While she suffered her neck laceration.”

Antimatter

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When you were scratching your name into the mirror another few hundred people died. I guess they exist outside the borderline of what you call ‘kindness’. Kindness which in your mouth has the consistency of raw sewage. When you laugh it sounds like boiling lice.
 
 
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Further Thoughts on the Athens Biennale

https://shutdownld50.tumblr.com/post/178020810821/further-thoughts-on-the-athens-biennale

The Fash and the Spurious: Rightward Drift

Is it OK to Punch a Nazi (Art Gallery)?

Under the Radar, the Eugenics Salon

The art-right are on the rise and even the deep, market-reflexive complacency of the London artscene shows signs of being ruffled. How on earth did reactionaries get a foot hold in galleries and educational institutions, what were people thinking?, asks O.D. Untermesh, and how does the fascist aesthetic of our moment work? Most of all – how can it be opposed?

Lest We Forget

Field Punishment No. 1, as depicted in a contemporary War Office illustration.

Brian Ashton outlines a catalogue of cruel and harsh treatment meted out on the soldiers of the British military during the First World War set against a background of the use of force against working class struggles in pre-war Britain. Maltreatment of workers and soldiers continued through the entire war, with the shell shocked soldiers subject to sadistic treatments born of propaganda encouraging mistrust of the working class. In what is still a little-told story, of those traumatised by the violence of the war, Ashton brings together the accounts and records that document this period.

THE PAST DEVOURS THE FUTURE: PIKETTY'S CAPITAL

He's got the whole world in his hands

Sander casts a critical eye on Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century and the debates it provoked

 

An eye for an eye and the whole world can see: State Violence, Street Justice

Cops die also

Political violence doesn't happen in isolation. If you already knew that, pay attention as Alex Gawenda and Ashok Kumar connect Nat Turner, Ranajit Guha, black Zimbabweans' hands-on land reform, firebombed Nottingham police stations and other 'outrages' to prove that what it means is not so anodyne. Some subalterns would rather 'blow up Gordian knots' than humbly petition against the global distribution of class and racial bloodletting.

The Body is Evidence

In his review-collage of Forensis, a book of essays accompanying the recent Forensic Architecture exhibition at Berlin's Haus der Kulturen der Welt, artist Martin Howse discovers not only the materiality of crime-scenes, but of all architecture, to be implicated in death

 

Object

 

Forensis Is Forensics Where There Is No Law

During Forensis, an exhibition and conference at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin this Spring, researcher-curators Eyal Weizman and Anselm Franke talked to Gal Kirn and Niloufar Tajeri about the relationship of forensics to emancipatory politics and the aesthetic implications of ‘forensic realism’

 

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