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October 03 2011

via Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression? | Prose Before Hos 2011-08-24

// Originally from Recombinant Records: Amusing Ourselves to Death, adapted from Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman.

When I read this comic, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Brave New World:

“It’s curious,” he went on after a little pause, “to read what people in the time of Our Ford used to write about scientific progress. They seemed to have imagined that it could be allowed to go on indefinitely, regardless of everything else. Knowledge was the highest good, truth the supreme value; all the rest was secondary and subordinate. True, ideas were beginning to change even then. Our Ford himself did a great deal to shift the emphasis from truth and beauty to comfort and happiness. Mass production demanded the shift. Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can’t. And, of course, whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered. Still, in spite of everything, unrestricted scientific research was still permitted. People still went on talking about truth and beauty as though they were the sovereign goods. Right up to the time of the Nine Years’ War. That made them change their tune all right. What’s the point of truth or beauty or knowledge when the anthrax bombs are popping all around you? That was when science first began to be controlled–after the Nine Years’ War. People were ready to have even their appetites controlled then. Anything for a quiet life. We’ve gone on controlling ever since. It hasn’t been very good for truth, of course. But it’s been very good for happiness. One can’t have something for nothing. Happiness has got to be paid for. You’re paying for it, Mr. Watson–paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too.”


There was something called liberalism. Parliament, if you know what that was, passed a law against it. The records survive. Speeches about liberty of the subject. Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole. //



this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.

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July 02 2011


July 01 2011

Matti Suuronen’s Futuro at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

In 2007, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam / Netherlands came into possession of the prototype of a quite spectacular piece of architecture: Finnish architect Matti Suuronen’s Futuro: house of the future.

With its distinctive flying saucer like shape Suuronen’s Futuro is an icon of 1960s design. In 1965 Matti Suuronen was commissioined to design a mobile holiday home that could be erected in poorly accessible skiing areas. The Futuro is made from polyester, measures about 3 x 8 meters, and was conceived for serial production. In part due to the oil crisis of 1973 the production was halted prematurely, but there are still a dozens of Futuros spread across the world.

The Futuro is now on display for the first time after its restoration at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen as centerpiece of the exhibition Futuro – Constructing Utopia, which also presents twenty prints and approximately a hundred design objects from the museum’s collection.

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Futuro – Constructing Utopia at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen VernissageTV met up with Jonieke van Es. She is Head of Collections & Research at the museum and tells us more about the history and concept of the Futuro, how the prototype came into possession of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and how it was restored, the Futuro’s relevance as a design icon, and its future use at the museum.

PS: Another Futuro is being restored currently at the University of Canberra.

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April 13 2011


Les turbulences économiques et financières qui secouent la planète depuis trois ans n'en finissent pas de relancer la controverse entre contestataires de tout poil et adeptes du capitalisme. À Berlin, là où le Mur est tombé, entraînant dans sa chute tout le bloc communiste, un spectacle vient plutôt apporter de l'eau au moulin des premiers. Il a pour thème Marx et fait un tabac ! L'inventeur de la lutte des classes écouterait sans doute avec intérêt l'intellectuel Peter Sloterdijk souligner la pertinence de certains aspects de sa pensée, tandis que le penseur slovène Slavoj Zizek la réactualise. La pièce met aussi en scène un banquier allemand qui fait son mea culpa, un tenant du libéralisme qui critique les ingérences de l'État, une philosophe britannique en pleine analyse du Manifeste du Parti communiste, un théoricien des médias qui encense la thèse de Marx sur le "fétichisme de la marchandise"...

(Allemagne, 2010, 52mn)

Die Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise von 2008/2009 löste weltweit die tiefste Rezession seit 70 Jahren aus und veranlasste allein die US-amerikanische Regierung, mehr als eine Billion Dollar einzusetzen, um das Bankensystem vor dem Zusammenbruch zu bewahren. Doch noch heute sind die endgültigen Auswirkungen der Krise in Europa und dem Rest der Welt unklar.

Heißt das aber nun, dass man die Krise als einen unglücklichen Nebeneffekt des freien Markts akzeptieren sollte? Oder gibt es andere Erklärungen dafür, was eigentlich geschehen ist und welche Effekte dies auf die Gesellschaft, die Wirtschaft und auf die unterschiedlichsten Lebensarten überhaupt hat? Heute besinnt sich eine neue Generation von Philosophen, Künstlern und politischen Aktivisten auf die Ideen des deutschen Sozialisten und Philosophen Karl Marx, teils um die Krise der letzten Jahre zu verstehen, teils um die Möglichkeit einer Welt ohne Kapitalismus zu erwägen. Belegt die Schwere der sich abspielenden Krise, dass die Tage des Kapitalismus gezählt sind? Oder ist es 20 Jahre nach dem Fall der Mauer ironischerweise so, dass der Kommunismus Lösungen für die wachsenden wirtschaftlichen und ökologischen Herausforderungen des Planeten zu bieten hat?
Die Dokumentation untersucht die Relevanz der Marx'schen Theorien für das Verständnis der jüngsten globalen Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise.

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April 05 2011

March 03 2011

March 07 2010

Robert McCall

Am 26. Februar 2010 starb der Maler Robert McCall im Alter von 90 Jahren. McCall war für seine Space-Gemälde bekannt. Sein berühmtestes Bild war das Plakat zu Stanley Kubricks “2001 – Odyssee im Weltraum”.


(Gefunden bei Space Gizmo)

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