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On Bakhtin: video recording of a symposium

"On Bakhtin" was a symposium i organized last May and it was focussing on the theories of the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin. On May 16th three guests were invited to the "Imaginary property" research project at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht: After "Passing Drama" a film by Angela Melitopoulos, Arianna Bove, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Angela Melitopoulos gave presentations that were linked up with Bakhtins radical reconceptualization of the relation between self and other. Bakhtin suggests an event-like relation between “possible worlds”. The other is neither an object nor a subject; it is the expression of possible worlds.

"Bakhtin’s philosophy can still speak to us because it poses the problem of the relationship between life and culture, between life and art, a problem that traversed the entire beginning of the century, and the 1920ies in particular. The solution given by Bakhtin to this problem is markedly distinct from the solution of the ‘avant-gardes’. According to Bakhtin, in order to ‘overcome’ the separation and opposition between art and life, between art and culture, the elaboration of a ‘first philosophy’ is required: The philosophy of event-being. Art and life cannot and must not tend towards identification, as was the case with the Situationists, for example. But, in order that the enriching, excessive and productive difference between art and life be able to express itself, it is necessary to possess a theory which, whilst maintaining the irreducible differences between these two dimensions, articulates them in the achievement of the event." (Maurizio Lazzarato: Dialogism and Polyphony).

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Repitition and theft

I just came across an interesting text that was originally published in the context of the magazine project of documenta 12. Kim Paice, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, published an article with the title: "Repetition and Theft
Recent video works by American women artists".

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Regarding admission week party

May 20, 2009 - 15:58 -- greger

Reposted here by request:

One of the things I remember best, when I was at the admission week a
couple of years ago, was the party afterwards. It was the ability to
wind down after an intense week, and actually be able to meet, and talk
to a lot of the people I had just seen in passing, while my whole life
was at stake. Or, that was what it felt like. It was a chance to talk to

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