by Aleš Čermák
The tautological title of Aleš Čermák’s project Ais&Sia, which is an acronym of the words asymmetry and strategy, inevitably refers to the phenomenon of asymmetric warfare. This relatively new term is currently associated primarily with the conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. A simple definition on Wikipedia says that the term denotes a war between belligerents whose relative military power differs significantly, or whose strategy or tactics differ significantly. However, if we look deeper into history, we can trace similar cases of asymmetry; most significantly that of subjugating the indigenous population in colonial territories. Asymmetric engagement is thus deeply rooted in the dominance of “more advanced” cultures and many of today’s asymmetric war conflicts grow out of a ground that has been developing for decades and centuries. One of the key factors of asymmetry is technology (which, in the broadest sense, can be seen for instance in the relation between a bow and arrow vs. a gun). As a prognosis on Wikipedia says, “The revolution in military technology when informatics and telematics have become part of combat; the way military data are processed; the use of advanced weapons enabling to fight with inconceivable precision even in adverse conditions, for instance at night or remotely; the application of information technology on weapon development; all these have contributed to wars becoming increasingly asymmetric.” Asymmetry as a strategy is thus more and more inevitable.
– Tereza Jindrová
[DESTABILIZATION] = (AQ301) = FLOCKING BEHAVIORS & [PERCEPTION] = (AQ211) = BEING AND TIME
The world works much better when [people, data, goods, money are in constant movement]. Movement is omnipresent. Movement is unrest. There is a certain principle of unrest across human history → it challenges the notion of integrity of the species, the racial question as well as the concept of identity as something stable.
When we consider movement → we mean a change of position. Movement does not mean a shift from one spatial locality to another but a shift from one nature to another. It is always a question of transformation.
Transformation changes movement. Identity is overcome by change. Transformation moves through man. When did this movement occur?
Transformation precedes the human. It is a process of humanization → process of [hominization]1. A slow natural process.
[AQ261. U/ACC IS A PRAXIS]1.
Vector of arrival from the other side → [movement]2 that surpasses man → neoliberal moment. A moment when market mechanisms declare their [autonomy]3 and [economy]4 becomes a regime of power on its own. Governments, and even more so individual actors, feel that there is no other chance but to adapt to the operating conditions determined by the [regime]5. Financial economy is beyond human understanding and beyond effective human control → that is the real [self-drive machine] that has mastered the abstraction process. It was created by man but seems more and more like a [monstrous]6 offspring that returns to capture its maker and thrash him.
[AQ¹⁷⁹. MILITARY, THELOGY]²
[AQ¹⁹⁶. CONCEALED GOD, OCCULTISM, PATCHWORK]³
[AQ¹⁵³. COLD DEATH, REALITY]⁴
[Speed]7 is not a suitable diagnostic tool. Speed and acceleration are in fact a shift. Quantitative terms relating to the speed of the shift. Capitalism no longer exists; it only assembles its products from available raw materials and puts the produced parts into circulation. Capitalism increasingly deals with creating conditions for its products. Economy moves as if it were seeking the soul, the [ghost]8 of capitalism which strives for liberation from the body of production. Capitalism has learned to valorize the matrices of formation → in case of [biotechnology]8, it abstracts the [body]9 to [existence]9 and then descends to the formation of the materialist level of life → [gene]12 so that it can be manipulated → [life shift potentials]. Neoliberalism produces not only [objects]13 but also its own [subjects]13. [Capital returns even before the life potentials, where life is only being formed].
[AQ¹¹⁴. CHTHELL, THE GEO]⁸
[AQ²⁶⁷. CREATIVE LYING, THE ETERNAL WAR]⁹
[AQ⁸². AREAL, UBER]10
[AQ¹⁸⁵. WAR MACHINE]¹¹
The field of capitalism is interwoven with [non-capitalist tendencies]. These are driven by neoliberal capitalism which has supernatural powers which keep opening their [pores]17 and thus create a space for random tendencies and a completely different logic. One could say that the fundamental antagonism of capitalism in neoliberalism is a counterpart of financial capitalism. [The exterior]18 field → is unknowable, cannot be completely grasped as it shows an ethical or metaphysical infinity which always remains exterior to any theoretical or ontological totality → [random discoveries are unlimited]. Exteriority does not lie in the presence of human beings but rather in knowledge; as that which defines and includes human beings and their mutual relations.
Capitalism as a matrix of systems indicates a certain degree of stability and order. If we say capitalist system → we mean a complex network of mutual restrictions. However, capitalism is much more than that; it is much more than a system, even much more than a system of systems → than a structure of structures → it is a [process]18. The process touches the great exterior. Its potentials are always awake and ready to offer something more of themselves. [The process is limited but unlimited]. What is limited is only the ability to immerse itself in the great exterior. Capitalism is a process paradoxically limited by potential. [Potential lies in exteriorities]. Activities that have not yet been mobilized into action.
[AQ²⁶⁷. CREATIVE LYING, THE ETERNAL WAR]¹⁹
[AQ¹⁵⁸. INTEGRAL, VORTEX]²⁰
It is hard to describe the field of life – [exteriority] as we have not invented words yet. Exteriority is a reserve of potential – life as well as a refuge where one can sit and wait → be within.
Participation is based on the nature of things. Participation as a tool → [game]21. Playing with it and playing it. A field of unclearly defined capacities.
[AQ⁶⁷. EYE, HIDE]²¹
Real time is a chronological term. Real time is a fiction as well as [reality]22 in the practical sense of the word. A place where technology can argue that it works with delay.
[The power of one’s own time]. Act not within time but beyond time. Return back before how things are now in the present. So called [present-futurity]23. Perception of flow.
[AQ³⁷⁷. SECRET TEMPORAL PACT]²³
See [g₁.]. → Threat dopes the capitalist machine. It creates production [of surplus-value of perception]. Surplus-value of perception is a service – play about the constant push of the process of capitalism. [Surplus-value of perception] channels the future and its potential and brings it back to the common flow of capitalism.