April 21, 2015

apocalypse ii

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April 16, 2015

apocalypse i

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February 19, 2015

towards a hierarchy of pain

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hurt caused by love is the best pain of all
andrea spook

October 11, 2014

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May 21, 2014

eritrea today

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eritrea today

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May 20, 2014

eritrea today

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May 18, 2014

on the difference between analogue decay and digital corruption

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the analogue problem is indeed one of decay
something that IS becomes less than what it is
in the digital domain
instead of something that IS decaying
something does not ever quite become itself
a zero never quite makes the ONE
and this is not, strictly speaking, decay, for there is not yet something being that may become less than what it IS
instead there is something never becoming
or, in the technical jargon, CORRUPTION
the difference is of course both exemplary and highly productive

aryan kaganof

April 17, 2014

eritrea today

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April 16, 2014

eritrea today

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March 4, 2014

the venue of the press-conference

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the result of a head-on collision with diep dada erasmus’ analysis of the press conference

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October 30, 2013

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October 29, 2013

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October 1, 2013


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“let us sit for a moment on the ruins of the history of the persecuted, and reflect. The world does not belong to us. If it has a master who is stupid enough to want it this way it is, let him have it. Let him count the ruins in the place of buildings, the graveyards in the place of cities, the mud in the place of rivers and the putrid sludge in the place of seas.”
alfredo maria bonanno

September 2, 2013

choose urban

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the city has a city smell. it is better than the countryside, which we have all fled from. the city smells of adventure, jazz, cafés and exhaust fumes.

elfirede jelinke
wonderful wonderful times (die ausgersperrten)

August 30, 2013

Christabel Stirling: Listening in ruins: Aural atmospheres of the historical present

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What would a history of place look like if it were conceived through the ethnographic ear and body? In what ways does aurality and sentience embody the freight of a place’s past, the dissenting forces that comprise its present and future? Where – amidst the complex relations between sound, selfhood, landscape, and historical time – do atmospheres come from, and moreover where do they leave us? Seeking to address these questions, this paper elevates the sensory, sonic and affective realms of experience as a methodological means of examining places and their histories. It is argued that sound, which encrypts the movement between objects, bodies, and matter, has a special capacity to render the processes and change inherent in place; while affective atmospheres mediate our aural perception in ways that pry into the socio-cultural significations we attribute to sounds, opening up liminal spaces that disturb the historical stability of the landscape. Focusing on a collaborative installation sound work that took place in Orford Ness, Suffolk (2012), a historically opaque ruin deliberately shrouded in secrecy, I then ask what a historicism that takes seriously the sonorous and affective event might have to attend to. I suggest that by changing the relational nature of a particular sonic spatio-temporal assemblage, installation sounds works forge new subject-object, inter- and intra-subjective connections and discontinuities in place that engender the emergence of new historical environments. They side-track perspectives, generate diversions, and allow spaces to speak in unsuspecting ways, revealing the palimpsest-like qualities of our terrain. Thus, in a bid towards a more far-reaching ‘non-cochlear’ sonic art (Kim-Cohen, 2009), sound works might be seen as an oblique, non-linear historical tool, eliciting glimpses of pasts and futures becoming present that are ‘always there’ in virtual co-presence, but that may otherwise never surface.


Christabel Stirling (Oxford) is currently pursuing a doctorate in music at Oxford University where she holds an Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities, working under the supervision of Georgina Born. She completed an MA in popular music studies at Oxford Brookes University in 2012 funded by an AHRC award, and prior to this, obtained a bachelor of music from King’s College London in 2011. In her PhD research, Christabel works on questions surrounding the socialities of co-present musical publics and crowds in London. In particular, she focuses upon the technological and affective mechanisms by which subjects are individuated or aggregated through music, and the ways in which the spatial location or incidence of a musical event inflects how its public is micro- and macro-socially mediated. Her other research interests include dancing and dance music cultures post 1950, music and urban geography, and theories of affect and embodiment in relation to music, sound, and spatial politics.

January 8, 2013

bereaville, tuesday 8 january 2013

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June 22, 2012

sharp sorrow

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February 13, 2012

19. Brutality in Stone – Alexander Kluge

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this review first published here: http://seul-le-cinema.blogspot.com/2009/05/alexander-kluge-early-shorts.html

February 10, 2012

third text: ruins

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The introduction to this special issue

Ruins: Fabricating Histories of Time

is now available to read for free online:


February 4, 2012


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