The Word Addict—risen from the ash-tray of eventual time—is launching Dank Prague, a collection of short stories written by Vít Van Camp.
Van Camp romps through the unwashed recesses of the city of a hundred spires, the jewel of Mitteleuropa, the threshold between this world and the next. What do the seven monks of Sat Bhai have to do with pagan machine worship, and in which dank stall shall one find the petrified turd of Voynich?
Over the past few years, Louis Armand has been extremely prolific in his publications. The speed with which this Prague-based writer and academic has managed to write full-length novels and sprawling poetic texts is a point of interest in its own right, and his latest publication Glitchhead must be read as part of a sprawling palimpsest of concepts, themes, conceits and, in the most general sense, writing, which Armand has recently been publishing.
Diffractions Collective will host Gerald Nestler and members of the Economic Space Agency/Robin Hood DAO at Uroboros in a bid to untangle finance and consider the possibility of co-op hedge funds or the possibilities of the DAO-Commons. Registered participants will also be encouraged to engage in a Decentralized Prediction Market in tandem with the presentations and subsequent panel discussion on May 18th 19:30 CET. Register here
Ado/aptive are starting a new reading group cycle which will focus on The Accursed Share by Georges Bataille and trans*migrations: cartographies of the queer. The adO/Aptive reading group creates a space to foster critical thinking, potentializing action, communicating and discussing Otherness. Every week we meet to read together, discuss recent topics and interests and sometimes have artists, curators, theorists, philosophers etc. as guests.
Among the forty-six “lessons and observations” 1 written after his sixteen-year sentence (1937-1951) in the Kolyma, Siberia punitive lager (GULag), Varlam Shalamov identifies two states which must be attained in order to survive under conditions of absolute emaciation. Lesson number sixteen, “I learned that one can live on hate alone”, 2 is followed by the lesson, “I learned that one can live on indifference alone.” 3 Indifference is a classical technique of asceticism and describes an anabatic upstream journey to God through an unweighting of the soul from the gravity of the world. Hate alongside indifference takes place in the endlessness of a purely katabatic dimension and the death camp reality of near-total metabolic collapse. The mystery of God is replaced by the mystery of survival, which now becomes intelligible through the dissolution of life into a minimal number of functional strategies. Hell on earth has a logic and a structure.
This collection of essays published by Litteraria Pragensia Books attempts to move across the fraught landscape of contemporary identity politics in order to develop the notion of trans* as a general syntactical logic for extrapolation, speculation, and becoming. The collection’s conceit follows Susan Stryker in considering the asterisk of ‘trans*’ as a “wildcard operator” which has the potential to move its nominative beyond the categories of transsexual, transvestite, transgender... in favor of a cumulative drift of alienation for which gender, sex, or social marking are but a temporary vector.