Satoshi Kon's last words | Makiko Itoh : Not a nameless cat. Satoshi Kon, the director of anime movies Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Millenium Actress and Paprika, as well as the TV series Paranoia Agent, died on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at the age of 46. (NY Times obituary.) He left behind a rambling but extraordinary document, which his family has posthumously posted on his blog. They're the last words of a supremely talented artist who knows he is dying very soon, with work left unfinished. There is no official translation into English of the text, so I have translated it in its entirety, trying to keep the spirit and tone of the original. Soon after I posted this translation, it was linked to by many sites worldwide. Translation notes: I've taken the liberty of translating the name of the film he was working on, Yume Miru Kikai, as Dreaming Machine, since it has no formal English title. Added: Further language and cultural notes. Added: 100 movies chosen by The Dreaming Machine team, one of the last things he posted. Sayonara (Goodbye) Eh?
ARTPULSE MAGAZINE » Features » Beyond Postmodernism. Putting a Face on Metamodernism Without the Easy Clichés By Stephen Knudsen I will admit, as academia clamors to find some term for “whatever-we-call-coming-after” postmodernism, I long for the days of yore when the nomenclature took little effort. Often, names came as easy as quips: Malevich meant no compliment when he easily coined “construction art” to describe the work of Alexander Rodchenko. Then with just a little more effort by those more sympathetic, the term morphed into “constructivism.” And we all know how “Impressionism” was born out of a quick critique of Monet’s little painting Impression Sunrise. Now to get more current, the opening salvo of post-po-mo circa 1993 is arguably David Foster Wallace’s E Unibus Pluram-a great essay on sensing a cultural sea change, or at least the need for one. As for the hideous term post-postmodernism, let’s pray that it is simply a place marker. In loosely analogous fashion, metamodernism then denotes the to-and-fro occupation of both the positions of modern attachment and postmodern detachment.
Category:P2P State Approaches This section will be further developed: Hilary Wainwright: Co-Creative Labor, Productive Democracy and the Partner State; a very important text to reset government policies for the p2p age. The 3 parts cover: 1 A value revolution in labor; 2 Re-constituting industrial strategies based on co-creative labor; 3 The Co-Creative Economy needs a Partner State Michel Bauwens: Tommaso Fattori: Vasilis Kostakis: At the Turning Point of the Current Techno-Economic Paradigm: Commons-Based Peer Production, Desktop Manufacturing and the Role of Civil Society in the Perezian Framework. tripleC 11(1): 173-190, 2013. URL = Parody of the Commmons. tripleC 11(2): 412-424, 2013. URL = Political Economy of Information Production in the Social Web: Towards a “Partner State Approach”. TUT Press, 2011. Help us develop the following concepts: Other key concepts: - Pat Conaty Key Articles Key Books
The Unbearable Cost of Sprawl - Jobs & Economy It's no secret that America's sprawling, car-dependent exurbs were Ground Zero for the economic meltdown. These "drive 'til you qualify" communities were built on risky decisions and over-leveraged debt—buyers betting that the price of gasoline for commuting wouldn't go up too much, or that they'd be able to sell their pricey McMansions before their artificially low mortgages reset. Millions of homeowners lost that bet, and the entire world paid the economic price. But we haven't gotten rid of the danger. We can't afford to throw these places away, as they represent a huge investment of resources, energy and human capital. Many of the ingredients are there. But how do we implement these principles? Add new design tools and tactics. The global financial crisis was a shot across the bow.
The politicization of 'culture'- SUSAN WRIGHT In the early years of modern social anthropology, <->anthropologists announced their most important findings and theoretical advances to Section H of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. As 1997 president of this Section, I chose to address contemporary developments in one of our oldest concepts, 'culture', as a way of continuing that tradition.1 Why be so bold as to engage with a word which Williams (1976: 87) declared was one of the two or three most complicated in the English language and which in British, North American and European anthropology has had complex, contested and very different histories? By mid-century, Kroeber and Kluckhohn had found 164 definitions in their famous review of what anthropologists meant by culture (1952: 149). By the 1970s, when cultural anthropology was well established as one of the four fields of anthropology in the USA, in British anthropology 'culture' had nearly disappeared from view. Old meanings of culture Cultural racism
Ironia sovrana. Le élite vecchie e nuove. Chiose a Baricco - Luca De Biase Alle ricorrenti crisi delle élite sono dedicate intere biblioteche. In generale, i problemi connessi sono legati alla forma dei moti popolari che le mettono in difficoltà, alle loro cause di fondo e immediate, alle loro conseguenze. Ma c’è una costante: la crisi delle élite significa anche la crisi del discernimento tradizionale intorno a ciò che è giusto, vero e bello. Ed è una forma del rinnovamento storico, necessario, salutare. Quello che avviene nel mondo occidentale attuale è una crisi dell’élite? Crisi di lunga durata o di breve periodo? La rivoluzione francese è un esempio di crisi dell’élite che ha una dinamica di lunga durata. La rivoluzione francese è stata probabilmente la risposta a un problema di questo tipo. Ebbene: le crisi politiche attuali, gilet gialli compresi, sono rivolte o rivoluzioni? Le primavere arabe del 2011 sono state rivolte senza una vera e propria élite di ricambio, in Egitto e altrove. Ma c’è anche un progetto? Scenari?
Ten Anime Films You Should See Before You Die One of the most surprising, and gratifying, things that has happened since I started my blog, Tim Maughan Books, a year or so ago is the positive feedback I’ve had for the anime reviews—especially from people I know are far from being massive fanboys like myself. It’s gratifying because its part of the reason I started writing them; to try and introduce the medium to people who had never really indulged in it all, at least not past perhaps watching Spirited Away with their kids. The problem is, once you’ve had your first taste, where do you go next? Type ‘anime’ into Google and the results are bewildering, and without a little bit of guidance and a quality filter finding something to watch can be a daunting task. There’s a lot of shit out there, plus a lot of stuff that isn’t really meant for you…unless you’re a ADHD stricken 12 year old emo-ninja-obsessed boy that refuses to eat anything except Pocky and instant Ramen. Akira (1988) Ghost in the Shell (1995) My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Human Culture: What is Culture? What is Culture? The word culture has many different meanings. For some it refers to an appreciation of good literature, music, art, and food. La théorie des élites. La théorie des élites. Questions philosophiques et politiques Mots-clés : Machiavel, Mosca, Pareto, Gramsci, Michels, Lénine La République de Platon est certainement la première philosophie politique des élites. Il existe de nombreux travaux sociologiques sur les élites et leur reproduction – par exemple on ne manque pas de bonnes études sur les hauts fonctionnaires en France. Que le conservateur Mosca et le socialiste révolutionnaire Michels se trouvent tous deux classés dans les « élitistes », cela suffirait à démontrer qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une doctrine orientée à droite ou à gauche. Avant tout cela, il est nécessaire de donner une définition succincte du mot. « 1° Ce qu'il y a d'élu, de choisi, de distingué. — D'élite, qui est de premier choix. — Dans l'armée, compagnies d'élite, les compagnies de grenadiers et de voltigeurs d'un bataillon d'infanterie. 2° Il se dit aussi des choses. La pensée de Machiavel est à bon droit tenue pour la fondation de la philosophie politique moderne.
Baron von Plastik "Anne Ben Hıyar mıyım?" Çağdaşlığın ve çağdaş sanatın ne olduğu üzerine yıllardır süren tartışmalarda nihayet bazı uzlaşmalara varıldı. Bunlardan ilki, çağdaş sanatın modernliği parçalayan bir dönemi ifade etmesi. İkincisi, küreselleşmenin bir tezahürü olması. Üçüncüsü ise, finansla ve iletişim teknolojileriyle bağlaşıklığı. Tarihsel ve estetik bütün normların silindiği bir döneme özgü sergiler olmalarına rağmen, piyasanın işletme modellerine göre işleyen bienallerin ömrünü doldurdukça her açıldıkları metropolde birbirini tekrarlayan tekdüze, bıktıran-usandıran gösterilere dönüştüğü biliniyor. Bienallerin kentleri markalandırmanın etkin platformları olmanın yanı sıra, küresel/çağdaş bir beğeninin ve sanat piyasasının önde gelen medyaları oldukları da ortada. Bienal’in perde arkasını oluşturan sanat piyasasının egemenleri arası bağlantılar, şirketlerle sanat kurumları arasındaki temaslar ve alım-satımlar, kuşkusuz uluorta cereyan etmiyor. “Kamu”nun ve “direniş”in bienale tercümesi 13. Hatırlanacağı gibi 13.
The Welfare State Is Committing Suicide by Artificial Intelligence Everyone likes to talk about the ways that liberalism might be killed off, whether by populism at home or adversaries abroad. Fewer talk about the growing indications in places like Denmark that liberal democracy might accidentally commit suicide. As a philosophy of government, liberalism is premised on the belief that the coercive powers of public authorities should be used in service of individual freedom and flourishing, and that they should therefore be constrained by laws controlling their scope, limits, and discretion. That is the basis for historic liberal achievements such as human rights and the rule of law, which are built into the infrastructure of the Scandinavian welfare state. Such improvements in governance are undeniably enticing. What should concern us, however, is that the means of achieving them are not liberal. Consider the case of Denmark. These practices might seem both well intended and largely benign. But the potential for mission creep is abundantly clear.
Postmodern Society and Simulation by Ken Sanes Contemporary, or postmodern, society is characterized by a newfound ability to control the world of nature and worlds of illusion. It immerses people in a virtual environment of images and simulations, and encourages the acting out of desires, including desires that once seemed off-limits to action and experience. Ultimately, it seeks to turn reality into a simulation and make simulations seem real, so humanity will have the ability to control and create its surroundings at will.. How does postmodern society use this newfound power? It certainly has used it to enormous good. This section takes substantial excerpts from around the site on these overlapping subjects of postmodern society, simulation, and technology, and collects them into "chapters" to reveal some of the essential characteristics of the age. Home The Truman ShowDisney's Distorted Mirror Email is welcome | Updates | Teachers | ï¿½What's Being Said | Letters