Monthly Archives: May 2013

Marx’s own copy of Kapital, page one

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Pantomime Nationalist distractions and puppet-targeting

Notes on the coming disturbance…

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Brazil event video from Canallondres tv

A TV report on the Brazil conference 22.5.2013 Centre for Cultural Studies Goldsmiths
A cultura brasileira no exterior vídeo do… by Sputnyk10 A cultura brasileira no exterior vídeo do seminário Panoram Brasil em Movimento organizado pela pesquisadora brasileira Rosana Martins na Goldsmiths University de Londres – Video Dailymotion.

Move along now, nothing to see here.

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This is on page 26. Cop killer Cregan getting roughed up in the back of the prison van. Article appeared on the same day we have detailed reports on page one of Drummer Lee Ryan’s killers being approached by MI5 to work for them. Just busy traffic I guess. Hmmm.

Extended coverage! #Woolwich

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tf4eXbk7ME&feature=share

old man Wagner, on deinem geburtstag (200th)

‘Wagner became involved in revolutionary activities against the royal family of Saxony. On Oct. 5, 1848 he was dismissed from the Dresden Hoftheater and he was imprisoned May 7-8, 1849 after taking part in an insurrection on the market square in Dresden that contained the Hotel Saxe (where Liszt stayed and performed) and the Frauenkirche.

When Wagner was able to escape Dresden, he went into exile for many years…’ From here.

Much else to say I am sure, but this is the highlight for me.

SAVE OUR FIRE STATIONS


SAVE OUR FIRE STATIONS
 

Here is a list of public consultation meetings across London to discuss the proposed fire station closures, and the subsequent job loses. Please try to attend your local meeting to make sure your concerns are heard.

 

Tuesday May 21st – Merton and SuttonWednesday May 22nd – Lewisham

Thursday May 23rd – Bexley, Bromley and Croydon

Tuesday May 28th – Islington

Wednesday May 29th – Greenwich

Thursday May 30th – Camden

Monday June 3rd – Havering and Redbridge

Tuesday June 4th – Kingston and Richmond

Monday June 10th – Kensington and Chelsea

Tuesday June 11th – Westminster

For a full list of details please visit
http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/LSP5-public-meetings.asp

What’s on this week – via CCS!

Wednesday 22 May

Brazil: A Landscape in Motion

Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre, 10am – 6pm
Day workshop on Brazil with various guest speakers, -plus book launch. (more details…)

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Thursday 23 May

Ken Wark

137, Richard Hoggart Building. http://wp.me/pcKI3-1L2., 6.30pm – 8.30pm
A talk by Professor McKenzie Wark of the New School for Social Research, NYC (more details…)

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Sunday 26 May

Docklands Cinema Club with CCS sun 26.5.2013

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Sun 26 May, 2-4pm (15)
Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at Cannes 2005, Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut follows the story of Pete Perkins,
a ranch foreman in the high desert of west Texas who undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico.

© BBC Film Council / The Kobal Collection

Venue Museum of London Docklands see here.

Ritual Drama – Dramatic Ritual: Anthropology, Theatre and Performance Practices (Berlin)

A 900 euro summer course in Berlin on theatre and Performance ritual with formed CCS prof Klaus Peter Koepping. Might be of interest to people.

Ritual Drama – Dramatic Ritual: Anthropology, Theatre and Performance Practices

wie versprochen: hier der Link zu Ihrem Kurs: More here. [this is the winter schedule, but the course is to be repeated in summer]

Deadline for application is June 16 2013

Write to: klaus.peter.koepping[at]urz.uni-heidelberg.de

Course schedule
Unit 1 Introduction: Overview of course content, grading, attendance, paper presentation, museum visit and final exam.

Frames: Theatre, Ritual and Everyday Action

Key Question: How do rituals frame our lives?

1. What is an “altar”, what a “stage”? The framing of space and time, the personnel, actor-audience relationships; performance in every-day interaction and as aesthetic events (feast, play, theatre, ritual), with excerpts from Pina Bausch’s “Kontakthof”, older and young amateurs rehearsing “the meeting of gender”.
2. a) Can rituals exist without society/or society without rituals? (excerpts from the film “Dogtooth” by Rachel Tsarangi; see also 4.3). 2.b) Can rituals be abolished by decree? (Point of reference will be the recent German court ruling against infant circumcision).
3. Do new Global Festive Events (Socker Cup, Love Parades and Carneval of Cultures) lead to new regional, national or global identities and community feelings? Example: When Tourist Routes replace Pilgrimages (excerpts from documentary by Dennis O’Rourke, “Cannibal Tours”; see also 6.3).

Unit 2 Social Components: The Creation of Collective Identity

Key Question: Which functions can ritual play for communal life and how are cultural “rules “ (or conventions) imprinted” in bodies?

1.The social functions of ritual as process and performance. Showing of an ethnological documentary (“Waiting for Harry” from Aboriginal Australia), incorporating everyday life into a ritual frame.
2.The three stages of the “ritual process”, including the notion of “liminality” as necessary component. The discussion will turn to the power of ritual to renew communal life and foster solidarity (excerpts from Japanese Butoh Performances expressing the state of humans as intertwining the natural and the cultural).
3. Comparison of initiations into groups of gender or social class (new educational methods of using rituals for crime prevention among youth or to strengthen gender-identities; film clips from “Wilderness School” in the US and the TV docu-play “The strictest parents of the world”. The notion of painful bodily inscriptions of “rules” (excerpts from performances by Orlan and Yoko Ono).

Unit 3 Rituals of History, Memory and Trauma

Key Question: How do we negotiate collective (and personal) identity in performing the past?

1. The creation of historical memory through new ritual forms (Foundation Days, Independence Day Parades, Memory Parks or Architecture). Photo section on various ritual venues: Christian Church Architecture and Shinto Shrines.
2. Bodily inscribing collective identity as well as memories and traumata (excerpts of a performance by Marina Abramovic).

3.Visit to Berlin Holocaust Memorial with observation of ritual space and visitors (see Unit 5 date for hand-in of paper on this as midterm-exam).

Unit 4 Rituals of Sacrifice and their Performative Re-creation

Key Question: What means authenticity in ritual and theatre?

1. The exemplary character of sacrificial rites as gift-exchange between humanity and the non-human realm.
2.The three sacrificial orders in ancient Greek mythic narrative, in ritual events and staged tragedies: the citizen’s rituals, the Dionysian rituals and the Pythagorean forms (excerpts from Schechner’s “Dionysos 69”). Sacrifice as compulsory excess and wasteful consumption like a “potlatch”.
3. Excerpts from “Sacre du Printemps” (“Rites of Spring” by Stravinsky) in the original Russian version and the version of Pina Bausch (see also 1.2 and 2.1).

Unit 5 As Midterm Exam: Hand-in of a short paper on the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Rituals and Public Displays of Power

Key Question: How does power use multi –sensorial means to achieve an a-(e-)ffective impact on the public?

1. Power and aesthetics at the court of Louis XIV; comparison to Balinese court-theatre (film excerpts on the ritual of the French court). The affective side of performative acts with emphasis on the sensual experience of music .
2.Discussion on the conjunction of ritual and theatre: the power of performance in modern political rituals (the creation of global icons such as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X or Che Guevara, among others).
3. Question: Can rituals ever fail? (Excerpts from a film on the public suicide by the Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima).

Unit 6 Rituals of Subversion of Power: Ritual and Theatrical Figures of the Comic and the Marginal

Key Question: Can ritual or theatrical performances bring about concrete social change?
1. Discussion on braking taboos in “sacred” ritual and in modern theatrical productions (excerpts from musicals like “Hair” or “Jesus Christ Superstar”).
2. The subversion of normal reality and of status positions of power through ritual clowns(“tricksters”)/fools/jesters and other figures of “comedy”. Examples from North American Myths, African rituals, Classical Greek comedies, Italian cinema and Japanese folk rituals as forms of “ritual rebellion”.
3. The performance by Coco Fusco (“Couple in the Cage”) as paradigm for performing encounters with “Otherness”(see also 1.3).

Unit 7 Full-day excursion to Berlin “sites of ritual”
Unit 8 Final Exam

Privatisation of the Intellect

So, are comments on student work also notes to self?

I wonder if there is a not a deeper impasse here in the idea that university ideal might still be construed as an institutionalised vehicle for more or less organised social mobility – intentional or not. Does the class composition of the, globally distributed, production processes of capital indicate significant success for this mobility model, or is the density of this composition to be evaluated differently now – with vast sections of the international theatre of production shrouded still (unless a building collapse of a sweated labour venue directs a frisson of attention for a brief spell). Social Centres in Bologna, but grunt level proletarianisation from Naples through to Nanking. This matches up with the claim that we can acknowledge a tendency for the imbrication of intellectuals and power to replace the perception/fantasy of some separate, prophylactic, independence for intellectual life. Such an acknowledgment can be called privatisation too.

Osscyclopedia

wikiredAnnouncing the immanent launch of a new free Osscyclopedia, written from the other end – no longer referring to the DDR as Former East without remembering the BRD is the Former West; no longer lauding Captain Cook as anything other than a daft chook-chasing pom; no longer reading the history of plunder and ursprüngliche Akkumulation as adventure; no longer thinking the middle passage was some sort of migration/travel narrative, rather than murder-death-kill genocide; no terra nullis, no thinking that Calcutta was only the second city of Empire; no thinking that Marco Polo and Vasco de Gama were heroes; no axis of evil; no deaths in custody; no mockery of cynicism (which after-all is a valid response to the fucked up way the mainstream media describes this vale of tears … you get the drift – so get Osscyclopedia [still in pre-beta testing]

Cyndi Boste’s new album appeal

Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 15.06.37Hi John
I was wondering if you would mind if I posted a link on your page to promote my crowd funding project. www.pozible.com/project/22454
to raise funds for my new album ‘Nowadays’ Thought it was manners to ask! If you would like to purchase a pre-release copy of the album or contribute in any way, click on the link and away you go…..or just share the link……No offence taken if you would rather pass.
Hope all is well in your world.
Cheers Cyndi

‘Nowadays’ New album! by Cyndi Boste
Cyndi Boste is back! Help her record her 5th solo album ‘Nowadays’

Ken Wark at Goldsmiths 23.5.2013

Ken Wark – A (Post) Situationist, (Pre) Situationist Aesthetics

A talk by Professor McKenzie Wark of the New School for Social Research, NYC

McKenzie Wark

The New School for Social Research

There can of course be no such thing as a Situationist aesthetics, there can only be one that anticipates the realization and overcoming of the aesthetic into everyday life. Hence our topic is necessarily Pre-Situationist aesthetics. The particular examples I want to talk about are Debord’s films of the 70s: Society of the Spectacle and Refutation of All Judgements. Based on interviews with Debord’s film editor, I will talk about the process by which these films were made, but also how they are something more than theory texts illustrated with détourned images. There’s a critical logic to the editing as well. These films were of course made after the dissolution of the Situationist International, and so in that sense are post-Situationist.

Event Information

Location: 137, Richard Hoggart Building
Cost: free
Department: Centre For Cultural Studies
Time: 23 May 2013, 18:30 – 20:30

And coming soon to a river frontage not so accessible to you…

see the ‘welcome’ message:

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a huge amount of planning info is on the site: here is some from the recent consultation with you, the public.

To view materials from previous consultations, please click on the links below:

Exhibition materials February 2013
Exhibition materials July 2012
Exhibition boards July 2012
Convoys Wharf News July 2011
Exhibition displays July 2011
Exhibition displays July 2010
Exhibition displays November 2009

all links to the convoys’ wharf Farrel project site. 

The East India Company’s Deptford Shipyard


The origins of many, although not all, of Britain’s Black and Asian population lie in British traders’ search for profit around the globe. Britain was responsible for uprooting millions of people from Africa and Asia and scattering them across the world as enslaved or indentured labourers.During the 17th century, the East India Company established shipyards along the River Thames at Deptford (shown here) and Blackwall. There they built the large three-masted ships known as ‘East Indiamen’. These were used initially to trade in India for silk and cotton goods, spices, and other commodities; and later, as the East India Company extended its activities, for trade in south and southeast Asia, too.

National Maritime Museum BHC 1873 (c. 1660)
Copyright © National Maritime Museum, London

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pathways/blackhistory/intro/docs/deptford.htm

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Convoys Wharf

220px-Grove_Street_gateFor some time I’ve been collecting material on housing locally. Time to start sorting through it all. And as its been a while since I started a new topic/category on this blog, there is now one called ‘regeneration’. This is linked to my port research. Here is a recent piece from the Deptford is… blog as a starter. Click the link at the bottom to read on:

 

Friday, 10 May 2013

Convoys Wharf plans: ‘everything that is wrong with our property industry’.

An opinion piece in the property industry weekly Estates Gazette has given an excoriating assessment of the new Farrell masterplan for Convoys Wharf. The column was written by Paula Hirst, head of regeneration at Mazars (and incidentally also one of hopefuls competing to be chosen as prospective parliamentary candidate for the Lewisham Deptford seat).

As the introduction to the article explains, Hirst ‘offers her thoughts on a scheme which seems to hark back to the 80s…’

Thursday’s London Evening Standard heralded “a £1bn vision to transform Deptford”, announcing a new scheme on the Thames-fronted Convoys Wharf site by Sir Terry Farrell. 

With a plan to “turn the rundown riverside neighbourhood into a thriving ‘Shoreditch of south London'”, the scheme proposals are to include 3,500 homes, shops, restaurants and a primary school, alongside three new parks. Oh, and three high-rise towers of up to 48 storeys (yes, you did read that right), with luxury apartments at the top. 

Read more here.

Docklands Cinema Club with CCS sun 26.5.2013

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
Sun 26 May, 2-4pm (15)
Winner of the Best Actor and Best Screenplay awards at Cannes 2005, Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut follows the story of Pete Perkins,
a ranch foreman in the high desert of west Texas who undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico.

© BBC Film Council / The Kobal Collection

Venue Museum of London Docklands see here.

Goldsmiths UCU and SU Rally against Austerity 15.5.2013

Goldsmiths UCU and SU Rally against Austerity – (THURSDAY) 6pm

  • In the light of our 0.8% pay offer – well below the rate of inflation
  • In the light of today’s story about the impact of tuition fee rises (that many courses are not good ‘value for money’)
  • In the light of today’s OECD report warning that austerity policies ‘are widening the gulf between rich and poor’ in the UK

please come to the rally 6pm Thursday 16 May, RHB 137 to hear

Andrew McGettigan, author of The Great University Gamble (Pluto)
Aaron Kiely (NUS Black Students Officer)
Save Lewisham Hospital speaker
Romayne Phoenix (Green Party and CoR)
Lindsey German (Stop the War)
Rachael Maskell (Unite national officer)

Mrinal Sen Films

Mrinal Sen 90

Mrinal SenMrinal Sen is 90 today (May 14 2013) and all the best to him. I would argue that he is the greatest living film director, bare none.This YouTube page has some films by and on Sen: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%22Mrinal+Sen%22&oq=%22Mrinal+Sen%22&gs_l=youtube.3…2259.6576.0.9023.12.11.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0…0.0…1ac.1.11.youtube. (Thanks Abhijit). I will screen a number of Sen films – especially the Maoist period Calcutta films – Interview, Calcutta 71 and Padatik – in the monday night film screening slot in Autumn term at Goldsmiths. He gave Amitabh B his first break, he made Shabana A an actress, he showed Louis M the way round the city, and more and more. Come along to the screenings – check the what’s on back here or the Goldsmiths Centre for Cultural Studies events calendar for info in late September (it will also be a course for credit as part of the new MA Critical Asian Studies, but its open to all comers like other CCS courses).

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