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"We are scientific because we lack subtlety..."
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I don’t even know what

I don’t even know what

I believe music is part and parcel with the structures of power at any given time. Romanticism was perfectly part and parcel with the bourgeois individualism, and of course, the renaissance and medieval music was perfectly part and parcel with the church as the dominant structure of power. So today the dominant structure of power is global capitalism, so music takes on this commodified quality, it answers to that and to that alone. But if we want to enter in a conversation with those works, we have to do it through our own objective, historical moment, using the vernacular, which is as far as I can tell - pop music.

I think there’s something really interesting about our music, our language, relative to these other languages. We’ve completely cast off certain conventions, like thematic development, or polyphony, or major-minor tonality. All this stuff is consistent across these disparate musical moments, and then all of a sudden you come to this moment and it’s just four chords repeated over and over again. And I think perhaps that might have to do with power, with The State, with what we’re subject to. Power has sunk its fingers into human being - into art - into thought, in a deeper way than it ever has before - it names so much more. But my wager is that human being continues to exist after the triumph of the spectacle, and it’s our task to share the experience of being here - now, under this cloud, controlled in the ways we are. I mean, we can still speak, I think.
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Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise (1995)

I believe if there’s any kind of God, it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me, but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed but, who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.
—  Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise (1995)
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To turn to universals is to identify knowledge that moves—mobile and mobilizing—across localities and cultures. Whether it is seen as underlying or transcending cultural difference, the mission of the universal is to form bridges, roads, and channels of circulation.
— Anna Tsing, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection.  (via givemeabody)
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Kath Bloom - Come Here

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What singularises the political procedure is the fact that it proceeds from the infinite to the 1. It makes the 1 of equality arise as the universal truth of the collective by carrying out a prescriptive operation upon the infinity of the State; an operation whereby it constructs its own autonomy, or distance, and is able to effectuate its maxim from within that distance.

Conversely, let us note in passing that, as I established in Conditions, the amorous procedure … proceeds from the 1 to the infinite through the mediation of the two. In this sense — and I leave the reader to mediate upon this — politics is love’s numerical inverse. In other words: love begins where politics ends.

— Alain Badiou, Metapolitics
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The matrix of inequality consists precisely in the impossibility of measuring the superpower of the State. Today, for example, it is in the nature of a necessity of the liberal economy — a necessity without a measure or concept — that every egalitarian politics is deemed to be impossible and declared absurd. But what characterises this blind power of unfettered Capital is precisely the fact that it cannot be either measured or fixed at any point. All we know is that it prevails absolutely over the subjective fate of collectives, regardless of who they are. Thus, in order for a politics to be able to practise an egalitarian maxim in the sequence opened by an event, it is absolutely necessary that the state of the situation [the unfathomable dimensions of the State] be put at a distance through a strict determination of its power.

Non-egalitarian consciousness is a mute consciousness, the captive of an errancy, of a power which it cannot measure. This is what explains the arrogant and peremptory character of non-egalitarian statements, even when they are obviously inconsistent and abject. This is why liberal statements combine certainty about power with total indecision about its consequences for people’s lives and the universal affirmation of collectives.

Egalitarian logic can only begin when the State is configured, put at a distance, measured. It is the errancy of the excess that impedes egalitarian logic, not the excess itself. It is not the simple power of the state of the situation that prohibits egalitarian politics. It is the obscurity and measurelessness in which this power is enveloped. If the political event allows for clarification, a fixation, an exhibition of this power, then the egalitarian maxim is at least locally practicable.

— Alain Badiou, Metapolitics
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