Wednesday, March 19, 2014

21-15-1, or the Measures of Injustice

The Divestment Resolution calling for the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) to divest from companies violating Palestinian human rights was “postponed indefinitely” by a vote of 21-15-1. As the voting drew to a close, student representatives at the Central Student Government chose to delay a claim for justice through the façade of uncertainty and lack of “real” power. Students should only care for “student issues,” claimed one student representative while another underscored they were not the United Nations. Those who favored postponement bracket the University and themselves from the rest of society and the international flows of power. In the minds of these representatives it seems that students must refrain from becoming engaged in the social and political struggles around them. Perhaps, they imagine themselves above these.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Paso

Arthur John Pinckton. "Steps." 2010.
La idea misma de caminar nos trae a la mente el imaginario de un rumbo o de un destino en específico. En ocasiones los pasos son guiños del progreso, de un camino constituido por mejoras y cambios positivos. Esos pasos son, más bien, parte de una lógica centenaria que imagina el trayecto humano como uno definido por avances continuos hacia un bien universal. No obstante, estos pasos también podrían ser percibidos como envueltos por el azar o parte de un desenlace inesperado y anhelado por el bienestar. Si bien aspiramos arribar, siguiendo la lógica del progreso, a un entorno de mejora e incremento de dignidad humana, el destino que nos recibe sólo nos deja divisar la distancia que queda por recorrer. El progreso es un juego de espejismos y espectros que nos compela a pasear, a abandonar lo que entendemos como inferior y ocupar un estadio superior.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

De(s)conexiones


No hay sorpresa o no debiera haberla. En Puerto Rico, hemos experimentado con movilizaciones digitales por años y cada una con sus diferencias y elementos comunes. Desde los shows de “la escena” autogestionados en Pulso Rock a finales de los 1990s y principios del 2000 hasta las huelgas de la iupi (UPR) de 2010-11, ya hay un “cúmulo” de experiencias en cuanto a comunicación, organización y movilización desde Internet. Del consumo a la articulación de movimientos sociales, Internet enmarca cómo respondemos e intervenimos en nuestra materialidad. Es mucho más que una mera herramienta –algo que una vez propuse sin matizar y de lo que hoy me distancio–, pues es un lugar de agenciamiento para sus usuarias así como territorio que informa cómo sus usuarias se identifican y son identificadas.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Félix Guattari on time and subjectivity

"In this conception of analysis, time is not something to be endured; it is activated, oriented, the object of qualitative change. Analysis is no longer the transferential interpretation of symptoms as a function of a preexisting, latent content, but the invention of new catalytic nuclei capable of bifurcating existence. A singularity, a rupture of sense, a cut, a fragmentation, the detachment of a semiotic content – in a dadaist or surrealist manner – can originate mutant nuclei of subjectivation. Just as chemistry has to purify complex mixtures to extract atomic and homogeneous molecular matter, thus creating an infinite scale of chemical entities that have no prior existence, the same is true in the 'extraction' and 'seperation' of aesthetic subjectivities or partial objects, in the psychoanalytic sense, that make an immense complexification of subjectivity possible – harmonies, polyphonies, counterpoints, rhythms and existential orchestrations, until know unheard and unknown. An essentially precarious, deterritorialising complexification, constantly threatened by a reterritorialising subsidence; above all in the contemporary context where the primacy of information fluxes that are machinically engendered threaten to lead to a generalised dissolution of old existential Territorialities. In the early phases of industrial society the "demonic" still continued to flower, but since then mystery has become a rarer and rarer commodity." (18-19)

Guattari, Félix. "On the Production of Subjectivity." In Chaosmosis: An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm, trans. Paul Bains and Julian Pefanis, 1-32. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995.