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Since to an American ear and reader the homophonic punning possibilities of the title "Faits Divers" in French are completely absent, IL Maestro di "PAROLE IN LIBERACE" Professore G-A Vidiamodopo suggests instead the use of an American homophonic translation, in order to keep alive the sense of
"Une Joie de Vivre qui se trouve a travers les Jeux du Mots."
(A Joy of Life found through Plays on Words)

--and now allow me to turn over the podium to our illustrious and well-beloved colleague, Il Maestro, Giulio Agosto di Vidiamodopo--

the Fondatore, who has given us the eternally generative legacy of his never-to-exhausted "Grand Song of the Open Piano" under the sign of his immortal


echoes of which one may find in all manifestations Visual Sonic Visceral which in their very most particulate, singular and also massed, on-flowing wave existences acknowledge the inspiring and influential, ceaselessly experimenting presence of Il Maestro among their notations of Found and Accidental scores . .

Then, with a magnificent flourish, Il Maestro di Parole in Liberace enters stage left and announces the entry into the world of the "Faits Divers--Fates' Divers"--

Special Forces' Lieutenant X announces the Vernissage of his "Celestial Snuff Films" at Galeria Gore,Friday, 19:00-24:00 hr. Combining his Fighter Jet's elegantly enhanced and edited videos with his own high powered zoom photos and infra red images, the young hero creates the "Theater of Certain Death" as seen by both the "Omniscient Eye's View from Above," and the "subjective focus on the Eroticism of the Subject's Snuffing on the ground."

Exactly at 8, the New American Extreme Experimental Fascist Poets' opening salvo of "Militarized Morphemes" created Pure Terror. Renditioning subjects from the audience using Chance Operations, the Poets undertook "Interrogations of Parole" via the branding of each Tongue as a Forbidden Langue. By making speech mute, projected words announced, the subject existed now only as name brands of material language.

Felix Feneon Editing La Revue Blanche --painted by Felix Vallotton

Felix Feneon Editing La Revue Blanche --painted by Felix Vallotton

from Nouvelles en trois lignes/Three Line News Items/ Short Stories

Feneon created the simultaneous "news/"stories" of his Nouvelles
with perhaps "more in mind" than his own punning use of the Faits Divers' Nouvelles en trois lignes--

he may have been thinking also of the example of Gusrave Flaubert
who several decades earlier had created out of a provincial journal’s Faits Divers the novel Madame Bovary:

“Delphine Delamare, 27, wife of a medical officer in Ry, displayed insufficient austerity. Worse, she ran up debts. To avoid paying them, she took poison.”

Nurse Elise Bachmann, whose day off was yesterday, put
on a public display of insanity.

A complaint was sworn by the Persian physician Djai Khan
against a compatriot who had stolen from him a tiara.

A dozen hawkers who had been announcing news of a
nonexistent anarchist bombing at the Madeleine have
been arrested.

A certain madwoman arrested downtown falsely claimed
to be nurse Elise Bachmann. The latter is perfectly sane.

On Place du Pantheon, a heated group of voters attempted
to roast an effigy of M. Auffray, the losing candidate. They
were dispersed.

Arrested in Saint-Germain for petty theft, Joël Guilbert
drank sublimate. He was detoxified, but died yesterday of
delirium tremens.

The photographer Joachim Berthoud could not get over the
death of his wife. He killed himself in Fontanay-sous-Bois.

Reverend Andrieux, of Roannes, near Aurillac, whom a
pitiless husband perforated Wednesday with two rifle
shots, died last night.

In political disagreements, M. Begouen, journalist, and
M. Bepmale, MP, had called one another "thief" and
"liar." They have reconciled.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Brumaria 12-- 'Art and Terrorism' out now


February 5, 2009


Brumaria issue no 12: ART AND TERRORISM

Brumaria: artistic, aesthetic and political practices.

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Art and Terrorism
War, terrorism and counterterrorism form a part of our time and our lives. Whether we like it or not, the artistic, aesthetic, and political material of the topic presented in this volume is far from being exhausted.

Every day the media bombards us with information about terrorist attacks, military offensives and political declarations. The majority of the time these events are directly related to intervention campaigns headed by the United States in the Middle East, particularly in the case of its reaction to the attacks of 11 September 2001, the 'War on Terror'.

It is not possible to separate contemporary art from the world in which it is produced and perceived in the same way that we cannot live in isolation from reality and our fellow humans.

The conflict to which we are continuously referring is the 'War on Terror'. 'Terrorism', then, may be considered a very problematic key term. In the present volume we have compiled a series of texts that, from the vantage of theory and visual culture, directly discuss this term.

There are great differences, especially thematic, among the sixteen texts we have chosen, but we can group them up along three distinct axes. On one hand, we find ourselves with the terror of the RAF, examined in the 2005 Kunst Werke exhibition Zur Vorstellung des Terrors: Die RAF-Ausstellung in Berlin, and contextualised in Slavoj Žižek and Peter Weibel's essays. On the other hand, we have Horacio González and Lila Pastoriza's articles that get straight to the difficult political and cultural question of 'what to do?' with the remains of the tragically infamous ESMA, touching on Argentina's dramatic problem of State terror and its memory.

Both these axes, together with the Mike Davis's unclassifiable work on car bombs, are of great help when it comes to contextualising and tracing the historical antecedents of the current international predicament which we refer to in the third block, focused on the events of the last six years and formed by the majority of materials here presented (Marius Babias, Ross Birrell, Bernardette Buckley, Boris Groys, Ken Neil, W. J. T. Mitchell, Khaled D. Ramadan, Retort, Irit Rogoff, James A. Walker and Joseba Zulaika).

Who are really our enemies in this conflict if we apply the Hegelian notion that what is projected in the Other is that which constitutes the Self? How does this global terrorism affect our geopolitical perception and our cultural coordinates? Is not terrorism the means of combat that is historically most coherent given the position of the media's control, something which, half a century ago, Guy Debord called the 'society of spectacle'? These are some of the important questions proposed to us by the materials of this volume; but what art can do in an historical moment in which our vision is becoming increasingly dominated by media-produced images of terrorism is probably the fundamental question that we have to ask ourselves upon seriously confronting the intersections between art, aesthetics and politics.

Marius Babias. Zones of Indifference. The World in a 'State of Exception'. On the Relations of 'Populism', 'Public Sphere' and 'Terrorism'
Ross Birrell. The Gift of Terror: Suicide-Bombing as Potlatch
Bernardette Buckley. Terrible Beauties
Mike Davis. Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb
Horacio González. Shadows of the Building: Construction and Anti-Construction
Boris Groys. Art at War
W. J. T. Mitchell. Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
Ken Neil. Double Trauma: Mute Art of Terror
Lila Pastoriza. Memory as Public Policy: The Axes of the Debate
Khaled D. Ramadan. Suicide-Bombers/Martyrs' Videos and Site-Specific Art
Retort. Afflicted Powers: The State, the Spectacle and September 11.
Irit Rogoff. Engendering Terror
James A. Walker. A Terror Lexicon: Shadows, Places and Ghosts
Peter Weibel. Theories on Violence
Slavoj Žižek. Discomfort in Democracy
Joseba Zulaika. In Cold Terror: Capote versus the Counterterrorists.

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