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Apr. 1st, 2013



hello world?

1. Vilem Flusser - Towards A Philosophy of Photography
(in Portuguese original, the translation should read as "Towards A Philosophy of The Black Box")
2. Gilles Deleuze - Desert Island (essay)
3. Gilles Deleuze - Pure Immanence
4. Gilles Deleuze - Postscript on Control Societies (essay)
4. Henri Lefebvre - The Production of Space
5. Walter Benjamin - The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (essay)
6. Martin Heidegger - The Question Concerning Technology (essay)
7. Hiroki Azamua - Otaku (trans. J.E. Abel and S. Kono)
8. Gilbert Simondon - Genesis of The Individual
9. Giorgio Agamben - Stanzas: Word and Phantasm in Western Culture (particularly chapters: Universal Exposition, Appropriation of Unreality & Toy Fairy)
10. Michel de Certeau - Practice of Everyday Life

I'm primarily a technologist?(whatever that means) basically I build apps, do "interactive" stuff for other people and make art. I'm not an academic, however I hold a graduate degree. My interest is in network theory and that uneasy relationship between art and technology in shaping perception. I enjoy theory, although it's a bit difficult to get 'round these parts since the mentality is to make make make and not think about what you're doing.


Oct. 3rd, 2011



thinking rocks (object-oriented ontology)

In my field-- medieval literary studies-- there's this trendy thing, Object-oriented ontology
"The rejection of post-Kantian privileging of human existence over the existence of nonhuman objects. Beginning with Kant's "Copernican revolution," modern philosophers began articulating a transcendental anthropocentrism, whereby objects are said to conform to the mind of the subject and, in turn, become products of human cognition.[15] In contrast to Kant's view, object-oriented philosophers maintain that objects exist independently of human perception, and that nonhuman object relations distort their relata in the same fundamental manner as human consciousness. Thus, all object relations, human and nonhuman, are said to exist on equal ontological footing with one another."

I don't understand what this can offer the humanities. Have you come across this latest iteration of Heideggerian mumbo-jumbo in your field, and have you made any sense of it? It seems to line up in someway with Bruno Latour and Actor-Network-Theory insofar as ANT disperses "agency" into what I would customarily think of as material media for human agency, but ANT is finally concerned with people and what they do in the end-- conceptualizing one's paper shredder as having agency is finally ancillary to reconceptualizing how human beings relate to each other.

So I look at ooo and I think so what. This seems like a language game in which taxonomies of objects and relations are elaborate, taxonomies that contribute nothing to our understanding of human action and experience. And this object is anthropocentric, I say fine, why, as a literary historian, a critic, and a discourse-analyst, should I enlarge my sphere of concern beyond the human (or our animal cousins which we value because of their analogies to ourselves)?

I find this stuff opaque, and it's been a while since we talked about theory here, so I thought I'd bring this up.

Oct. 26th, 2010



Free Theory

     Not only is it free, but it's French

French Theory Today--An Introduction to Possible Futures
proposed by Alexander Galloway

A seminar covering five philosophers over five days. Looking beyond the influential generation of 1960s and '70s French theory, we explore a number of younger voices only now being discovered by the English-speaking world. Our goal is not to set in aspic a new canon for French philosophy, but rather to proceed inductively, tracing some recent experiments and possible futures. Short readings will be circulated for each session. Attend each day or just the days you wish. Free and open to everyone.

For those not in New York, Galloway has posted the mp3 of yesterday's seminar online here.

Aug. 19th, 2010


Can I just substitute an interpretive dance in place of a list?

Although I am generally of the opinion that I would never be a member of a club that would have someone like me as a member, I decided to give this a try.

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Aug. 3rd, 2010



A list, if you will, from the perspective of a visual artist and art historian:

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Kat, and the entire TIHC,

Thank you so much for the time and consideration this week in reviewing my app, and thank you as well for the opportunity to revise and resubmit. I will be doing that when I feel I've progressed enough to compete. :)I've already started reading the recommended Culler book, and have a few sticky notes that I will be addressing in my journal if they don't get answered by later chapters. I look forward to welcoming anyone who is interested into those conversations.  In the meantime, though, I appreciate this process, and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was very enlightening (and I mean that in a positive way.)

Best to all of you, and thank you again....

Chatnoire >^..^<

Jul. 12th, 2010


:D here's my list.

1. The Methodology of the Oppressed by Chela Sandoval
2. Soul Talk by Gloria Akasha Hull
3. Culture and Truth by Renato Rosaldo
4. Thirdspace by Edward Soja
5. Homo Ludens by Huizinga
6. Tales of Dark Skinned Women by Gargi Bhattacharyya
7. In Other Worlds by Spivak
8. Queer Phenomenology by Sara Ahmed
9. "A Cyborg Manifesto" by Donna Haraway
10. "Situated Knowledges" by Donna Haraway

:braces self:


Jul. 6th, 2010

Zaboo awk


(no subject)

When did lazy undergrads take over The Atlantic?

Jul. 3rd, 2010

yotsuba HI!


I did (not) mean it

What is the role of authorial intention?  And what do you understand by the term "intentional fallacy"? 

A top ten list

I think it is fine if not-yet accepted members comment

Jun. 23rd, 2010



My list

ten theoretical works that I loveCollapse )

Edit: I withdraw my application. Thank you for your time.

May. 5th, 2010



Reading suggestions for the summer

Let's read something together. Or more than one thing. This would be pleasant. Suggestions below?

(Envisioning a start time of mid-to-late May, to give folks the chance to finish their semesters & obtain books, if needed)

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