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Re: <nettime> The Death of the Avant-garde in the Attention Economy
John Hopkins on Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:03:26 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> The Death of the Avant-garde in the Attention Economy

I think the text is really good, check it out. Maybe an actual
building full of now-time is currently imnpossible. Maybe this is
a moment for architects who do not build? Who work instead with
the grassroots transformation of spaces that have been frozen by

now-time arises in the Self, deeply sourced in incarnate being:
be here now. When one or when many are reaching into this source
simultaneously, life will richly arise (Rilke's 'Ninth Elegy'
"Superabundant being wells up in my heart.")

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love
the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are
now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers,
which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps
you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant
day into the answer." (also Rilke)

A building as a seemingly static and closed protocol is perhaps not
the right metaphor to frame now-time, it would be better to place
it in the breath which is a dynamic union of opposites. Dynamism
is crucial to being in the moment, following ones own breath is of
course a recognized (yogic) path for 'finding' the now. The finding
of collective breath is accessed through the chanting and singing
in the squares and brings the now into the body through the in- and

Better to eat frozen Italian gelato that worry about frozen capital...
Attention to capital allows it to persist.

thanks, Brian...


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