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“The bricoleur, says Levi-Strauss, is someone who uses ‘the means at hand,’ that is, the instruments he finds at his disposition around him, those which are already there, which had not been especially conceived with an eye to the operation for which they are to be used and to which one tries by trial and error to adapt them, not hesitating to change them whenever it appears necessary, or to try several of them at once, even if their form and their origin are heterogenous – and so forth. There is therefor a critique of language in the form of…
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"It’s in the suburbs that there is vitality, deception, depression, energy, utopia, autonomy, craziness, creativity, destruction, ideas, young people, hope, fights to be fought, audaciousness, disagreements, problems, and dreams. It’s in the suburbs that today’s big issues are written on the building facades. It’s in the suburbs that today’s reality can be grasped, and it’s in the suburbs that the pulse of vitality hurts." Thomas Hirschhorn
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Interdisciplinary anxiety

I am waiting in Euston Station to catch a train to Manchester to go to the SEP-FEP conference: the joint conference of the Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy where John Mullarkey and I are going to give a joint presentation on Laruelle and Kaprow, non-philosophy meets nonart and the nonhuman.   And I am having, again, a bout of interdisciplinary anxiety.   In part, this follows some very interesting discussions on an earlier train with two colleagues Tony Fisher and Amanda Stuart-Fisher about the inevitable issues and questions surrounding any interdisciplinary project, such as Performance…
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An invitation to my pre-existing blog: ‘Somewhere in Transition’

Hi there, Glad to be part of this new association.  I started a blog last year after disbanding Apocryphal Theatre that was meant to be about that transition, but has turned out to be about many more.  I am working now on plans to make it into a durational performance - embracing the fact that it has many aspects from very personal to more critical/professional - like a 'common place'...wanting to allow it as a document in the rough of real-time (or close thereto...) living-thinking-becoming.... The link is: http://julialebarclay.blogspot.com Other than that, working on a book that may be a…
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A Performance Philosophy blog, Day One: “The Future of the Field”

There are many admirable bloggers in contemporary philosophy - John Protevi and Levi Bryant among them. I am starting my own with considerable trepidation and expecting that I may not be able to stick it out for long. I suspect I may lack the confidence, and be generally too self-doubting for this particular form. I spend a lot of time worrying - productively and unproductively - about the words I put into print and those I deliver in public forums. Whereas the blog seems to require a certain abandon, a willingness to share and a belief in the value of…
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