We breathe air. We breathe air. We breathe air. We breathe…. We…. breathe… air…But what is this stuff called air? There are so many ways to open up, define, and explain what air is. It is the medium of this thing called atmosphere.  It is everywhere, at least between the terrain and the ends of […]

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Antigone, Apocalypse, Catastrophe & Universality

1. Critical Theory, Commons, and Social Totality: If we follow Max Horkheimer’s idea of Critical Theory[i] then, we learn, most importantly, that Critical Theory is concerned with the struggle for a total social change. In that respect it differentiates itself from Traditional Theory -which has had difficulty engaging with the idea of change itself. Towards the struggle for total change, Critical […]

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Event and Theory

1. Event Theory in the times of Pandemic. If we follow Achille Mbembe’s exercise in his book Out of the Dark Night, then theory always follows a paradigmatic event. Properly speaking, it is after the occurrence or after the fact. As Mbembe himself said in the seminar ‘there is hardly any theory without an event. Conversely, […]

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Disciplinary Boundaries or disciplinary depth? 

The idea of limit, particularly limit of disciplines, gives an impression that thinking about limits is thinking about the ‘external envelope’ of the discipline. Seen this way, it appears that thinking of limit is thinking about disciplines as physical forms. Forms which have a profile, contour, shape, boundary -bubbles, spheres, frame, mesh, network, assemblage,- etc. […]

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Iconomy: From Paintings to Acheiropoietic Images (Summary notes, further links and questions)

Autonomy: First and foremost, the intention of the study of Iconomy by Peter Szendy is to understand and formulate the economy of the iconosphere. An economy that is integral and unique to the iconosphere. In other words, the laws that ensure the autonomy of the iconosphere. In the scope and scale of the study it lends itself to be comparible to […]

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3-Some Notes on the Idea of Nature in Early Marx (1841 – 1844) contd.

4) Inorganic Nature: So where and with what does the human being carry out his life activity? It is in this sensuous external world, nature, where ‘labor realizes itself’. But this sensuous external world or nature is not any kind of nature, but it is a nature that is inorganic. It is from this inorganic nature that the worker makes objects, objects without […]

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