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Re: <nettime> Barcelona: nationalism, municipalism?
Geert Lovink on Thu, 5 Oct 2017 10:42:41 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Barcelona: nationalism, municipalism?


I agree with you. Not enough new concepts that impact the future and not merely respond and reflect.

But it not just concepts themselves. There are not enough new ways to identify what theory is today and how to agree together on certain concepts that make sense and energize people. Concepts as productive common demoninators.

The way you strategically use all sorts of names in this posting, is part of the problem, imho.

Theory, and concept production today is not a collection of references to celebrities. Deleuze is the problem here. Not the man, not his ideas, but the name itself. The way you drop that name in fact stops concept production.

If you want to start concept production, then tactically disconnect from that academic cultural studies parade of famous names and start working on actual concepts.

Let’s do it now, together.

Best, Geert

> On 4 Oct 2017, at 12:44 pm, Johnatan Petterson <internet.petterson {AT} gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Holà Todo!
> 
> yesterday, There was about 700 of us walking peaciful in the streets of
> Perpignan, we: in sympathy, our nerval ganglions in happy solidarity with
> people in Barcelona, which is a city in the south of Catalunya.
> 
> Emmanuel Macron and his government directed by Edouard Philipe, boast being
> 'Reformists', progressists, and surf on re-invention of Europe.
> 
> Jean-Luc Mélenchon and France Insoumise seems to align on the traditional
> role of French Institutions, which heigth was at the times of Henry Bergson
> and Marcel Proust, then two world wars, and a new attempt was made with UN
> seat and Charles deGaulle. Now since the Iraq war French international say
> waned.
> 
> Gilles Deleuze who wrote once 'regionalisms' being 'fascisms'.
> 
> To the effect of Edouard Philipe thinking to declare to Mélenchon the
> latter was 'Conservatist' in the debate animated by Léa Salamé.  The 'world
> we live in' or 'being a revolutionary' with France Insoumise' said the
> prime minister to conclude the debate and l'émission.
> 
> Europe Institutions, and (to what point is it the same?) most head of
> States in the Continent had it rather not to say, and let Mariano Rajoy
> obedients 'make it dirty'. What is at stakes is the Ideal  Question of
> Territory and the humans (and critters would say Donna Harraway?) relation
> to Territory.
> 
> Macron is trying to bring a new degree in the digital revolution to the
> World from Europe from France.
> 
> The question of 'Code du Travail', the question of the quality of work, how
> one worker has time to 'work the work' to de-code, the  relate with our
> work, I reckon holds some refractive relation with the Quality of Territory.
> 
> Is it the Territorry of Beckett's S.D.F.? or the management of French
> Territory by a Federal EU or a Central Mélenchon State?
> 
> It seems to none one either Central Institution of France or the EU can
> offer us an answer to the 'Barbarians' of the Roman Emprire, or the
> 'Democracy of the XIX siglo' (Whitehead) which digital revolution stands
> for in the beginning of the 21st Century a little bit everywhere on the
> planet.
> 
> I anyway would say that if EU would be given by inhabitants, citizens of
> Europe, the power to manage the billions of Critters  Territories on the
> Continent, Beckett's study of Territory would prove wrong Deleuze's saying,
> that Catalunya claim of autonomy under EU Rule, is fascist.
> 
> Barcelona is a beautiful city. The new Formula is not that the 'People is
> Lacking' but that The People is well here and now,  there, yet it lacks
> Philosophers. There is not enough concepts. (totally different than the
> Deleuze-Guattari claim [What is Philosophy?]  The Brains of the Inhabitants
> (and thus the Rulers' brains as well) are still circumnavigating around
> concepts produced by old 19-20th Centurys Central Institutions, see the
> Chapter on Regime de Signes in ATP for that matter. Our emotion are guided
> by emojis, our emotions are International, even more progressist than the
> EU digital revolution: we advance with Worldly (Off-) Internet Emotions.
> While our Concepts lag behind us.



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