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.
Produced and curated by Diffractions Collective – Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling hosted by APART
Surveying a planet fraught with climatic, biodiversity, governance and social crises, this lecture series aims to understand how ‘gaming’ as the supreme medium of our time invites engagement with questions related to systems-designing, that in effect, provides tools for orienting and working through our catastrophe-laden imaginary. We reflect upon whether games themselves can accompany how we engineer strategies aligned with models of adaptive intelligence, to interface and ‘melt’ into designing counter-worlds against the lock-in of futural disintegration. Through an examination of the role of logistics operating as the arteries of our world economy, we probe into how ‘walking simulators’ and ‘management games’ compel engagement with our ‘infrastructural unconscious’ and provide templates for ‘rafting-with’ the realities of supply-chain breakdown, displaced migrations, and a form of ‘bricolaging’ our way through adverse environments.
The manner in which media have been reporting on the current Covid-19 epidemic has been unique, insofar as the new crisis quickly focused the western media-scape on this one single story in a very short span of time. This effect is highly unusual and differs from the standard tempo and manner of reporting and can yield some unique insights. This essay will attempt to situate the Covid-19 pandemic within a general ‘entropology’, showing how the crisis is being spun in the months following the first reports, and will focus on the manner in which the event of the disease has become ‘entroped’ within contemporary information networks – entropement will be shown to consist in the framing of a “dissipative” object-signifier within a network of parasitic relations.
A film influenced by the works of Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh’s Omnicide. Narration by Anja Kauffman. Original Sound from Valerio Tricoli’s Clonic Earth and Lucy Railton’s Paradise 94.