Goldmen and Dogefathers

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As I run through each verse of Tolkien’s Dwarven Song of Old Wealth, popularized in Peter Jackson’s more recent film The Hobbit (2012), my mind is torn between prototypical myths of kings and mountain men. On the one hand, the Dwarven Song tells a tale of a mysterious King under the mountain who returns unto his hall. On the other, it’s the tale of an old powerful dwarf taken by madness after losing his mountain and his fathomless horde of gold. For me, the tale confounds and twists two popular mythical archetypes from very polar, yet both proto-Indo European cultures: the Old Man of the Mountain (or the Wildman, wodewose), and the King asleep in the Mountain who returns.

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The Derivative Condition featured at Uroboros Festival

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

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Music and Language in Cultural Criticism: A Non-Philosophical Approach

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The essay investigates the instances of cultural criticism that involve both language and music. It argues that since there is an undeniable connection between philosophy and criticism, the latter acquires the characteristic features of philosophy, some of which can be problematic in the context of parallel discussion of music and language. The essay concentrates on the proliferation of binaries and hierarchies in both philosophy and criticism and attempts to counter them with the help of Laruellean non-philosophy.

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Ado/aptive reading group: The Accursed Share and trans*migrations

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.

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Extremophilic Qualities of The Race

Beresheet בראשית crash site :: Earth’s Moon 2019

By Miroslav Griško

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.

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