Bad Object-Choices (eds.): How Do I Look? Queer Film And Video (1991)

5 May 2015, dusan

“The papers and discussions published here comprise the proceedings of a conference held at Anthology Film Archives in New York City, October 1989, organized by Bad Object-Choices, a reading group formed in the spring of 1987 to address questions of gay and lesbian theory. The proceedings were edited by the following group members: Terri Cafaro, Jean Carlomusto, Douglas Crimp, Martha Gever, Tom Kalin, and Jeff Nunokawa.” (from the Preface)

The publication was prepared as a special issue of October journal, but ultimately rejected by the editors; and further delayed as more than twenty printers refused to print the book–at issue were images in the Patton, Mercer, and Fung essays. It was eventually printed in Germany. (see interview with Douglas Crimp and p. 10)

With essays by Cindy Patton, Stuart Marshall, Judith Mayne, Richard Fung, Kobena Mercer, and Teresa de Laurentis.

Publisher Bay Press, Seattle, WA, 1991
ISBN 0941920208
295 pages

Reviews: Jennifer A. Machiorlatti (Journal of Film and Video, 1993), Thomas Dukes (Journal of the History of Sexuality, 1994), Lauri Mullens (Int’l Gay & Lesbian Review).


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Foucault / Blanchot: Maurice Blanchot: The Thought from Outside / Michel Foucault as I Imagine Him (1966/1986–) [FR, ES, EN, GLG, CZ, SR, BR-PT, PT, HU, RU]

6 April 2015, dusan

“In these two essays, novelist/essayist Maurice Blanchot and philosopher Michel Foucault reflect on each other’s work and develop a new perspective on the relationship between subjectivity, fiction, and the will to truth. The two texts present reflections on writing, language, and representation which question the status of the author/subject and explore the notion of a ‘neutral’ voice that arises from the realm of the ‘outside.’”

Foucault’s essay first published as “La pensée du dehors”, Critique 229 (June 1966), pp 523-546. Blanchot’s essay first published as Michel Foucault tel que je l’imagine, Fata morgana, Paris, 1986.

English edition
Translated by Brian Massumi (F) and Jeffrey Mehlman (B)
Publisher Zone Books, New York, 1987
ISBN 0942299027, 9780942299021
109 pages

Foucault’s essay
La pensée du dehors (sur Maurice Blanchot) (French, 1966/1994)
El pensamiento del afuera (Spanish, trans. Graciela Ortiz, 1986)
Maurice Blanchot: The Thought from Outside (English, trans. Brian Massumi, 1987)
El pensamiento del afuera (Galician, trans. Manuel Arranz Lázaro, 1988/1997)
Myšlení vnějšku (Czech, trans. Miroslav Petříček, 1996/2003)
Mišljenje spoljašnjosti (Serbian, trans. Vladimir Milisavljević, 2005)
O pensamento do exterior (Brazilian Portuguese, trans. Inês Autran Dourado Barbosa, 2009)

Blanchot’s essay
Michel Foucault tel que je l’imagine (French, 1986)
Michel Foucault as I Imagine Him (English, trans. Jeffrey Mehlman, 1987)
Foucault como o imagino (Portuguese, trans. Miguel Serras Perreira and Ana Luiza Faria, 1987)
Michel Foucault, tal y como lo imagino (Spanish, 1992, HTML)
Michel Foucault – ahogy én látom (Hungarian, trans. Mihancsik Zsófia, 1997, HTML)
Mishel Fuko, kakim ya ego sebe predstavlyayu (Russian, trans. V.E. Lapitsky, 2002, DJVU)

For more from Foucault see Monoskop wiki.

Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos (eds.): ANY, 23: Diagram Work: Data Mechanics for a Topological Age (1998)

21 March 2015, dusan

A special issue of the magazine ANY (Architecture New York) focusing on the diagram and diagrammatics (page 14 onwards).

With contributions by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, Stan Allen, R.E. Somol, Peter Eisenman, Manuel De Landa, Christine Buci-Glucksman, Andrew Benjamin, Karl Chu, Brian Massumi, Greg Lynn, Mark Rakatansky, Sanford Kwinter, and Wes Jones.

Publisher Anyone Corporation, June 1998
ISSN 10684220
62 pages
via waskleist

Commentary: Hélène Frichot (2011).


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Tristan Garcia: Form and Object: A Treatise on Things (2011–)

19 February 2015, dusan

“What is a thing? What is an object? Tristan Garcia aims to overturn 100 years of Heideggerian orthodoxy about the supposedly derivative nature of objects to put forward a new theory of ontology that gives us new insights into the world and our place in it.

Garcia’s original and systematic formal ontology of things strips them of any determination, intensity or depth. From this radical ontological poverty, he develops encyclopaedic regional ontologies of objects. By covering topics as diverse as the universe, events, time, the living, animals, human beings, representation, arts and rules, culture, history, political economy, values, classes, genders, ages of life and death, he shows that speculative metaphysics and ontology are alive and well.”

First published as Forme et objet. Un traité des choses, PUF, Paris, 2011.

Translated by Jon Cogburn and Mark Allan Ohm
Publisher Edinburgh University Press, 2014
ISBN 0748681493, 9780748681495
462 pages

On Graham Harman’s System and My Own by Garcia (2013), Harman’s response.
Interviews with Garcia: by Liam Jones (Figure/Ground, 2014), Philosophical Readings (2014).
Reviews and commentaries: Jean-Clet Martin (2012, FR, ES), Harman (Continent, 2012), Nathan Brown (Radical Philosophy, 2014).

Wikipedia (FR)


Hubert Damisch: The Origin of Perspective (1987/1994)

24 January 2015, dusan

“In part a response to Panofsky’s Perspective as Symbolic Form, The Origin of Perspective is much more. In France it is considered one of the most important works of art history to have appeared in the last twenty years. With the exception of Michel Foucault’s analysis of Las Meninas, it is perhaps the first time a structuralist method such as the one developed by Claude Lévi-Strauss in The Way of the Masks has been thoroughly and convincingly applied to Western art.

The task Damisch has set for himself is to refute both the positivist critics, whose approach makes up the bulk of perspective studies and is based on a complete repression of Panofsky’s early work, and the current pseudo-avant-gardist position (whether in the field of cinema studies or in literary criticism), which tends to disregard facts and theoretical analysis. Damisch argues that if a theoretical analysis of perspective is possible, using all the tools of structuralist semiotics, it is only possible in the context of a close look at its appearance in history, beginning with the details of the ‘invention’ of perspective.”

Originally published in French as L’Origine de la perspective, Flammarion, Paris, 1987.

Translated by John Goodman
Publisher MIT Press, 1994
ISBN 0262041391, 9780262041393
477 pages

Review: Wood (The Art Bulletin, 1995).
Commentary: Iversen (Oxford Art Journal, 2005).


PDF (chapter 14 missing, 24 MB, no OCR)

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