Lexicon for the Provisional Future(s)

Multitasking Loop Trap

November 30th, 2008

multitasking-loopDuring a period of crises people get used to take on any job offer. When times get better their long-term habit creates multitasking work process. Multitasking is composed of jumps from one concurrent flow to another without knowing where they all go but with the ability to adapt to sudden changes of direction. It is very close to schizophrenic behavior with the exception that all the memory remains possible to rewind. Read more »

Minimal Commons

November 30th, 2008

minimal-commonsMinimal commons is a possibility that is not often practiced, mainly because it is not bringing too much promises and overall projections in advance. It is a simple stadium of coexistence in which taking out any particle (or statement) means breaking the decision making process, which would in turn acknowledge the incapacity to undertake anything collectively. In such moment, the individual resistance to the paralysis of the system creates a capacity to establish minimal commons – which is a bit of time and space where there’s nothing left to lose but a lot to add.
Ivan Kucina

Losts and Founds

November 30th, 2008

lost-and-foundThe foundations of universal humanity – liberty, brotherhood and equality have been imprinted into the constitutions of each modern state, including former Yugoslavia. However, their interpretations were simplified for ideological purposes and proliferated for media communication. Their meanings were misused in political fights and finally lost in massive consumption. Any attempt to revitalize the true power of their statement would lead toward another cycles of appropriation and degradation. Looking into the provisional future of the Western Balkans through (re)questioning the very foundations that were constituting Yugoslavia, new ‘founds’ have appeared to alternate for the ‘lost’ ones – lost liberty found exclusive moments of everyday practice, lost brotherhood found self organizing movement, lost equality found network diversification.
Ivan Kucina

Exit War

November 30th, 2008

lets-make-warBoth socialist and neoliberal minds have demonstrated a significant capacity in diagnosing the recent collapse of the economic system. At the same time they have demonstrated a significant incapacity in creating concepts to find a way out of the collapse. Even if they would have had alternative visions, the political system is already so corrupted that it would not have been able to realize them. Even if political elite would have been innocent, media is already so manipulated that it would not have had the capacity to forward the message straight on. And even if the communication devices would have been justified, society is already so diversified that it would not have constituted the critical mass for the new beginning. Read more »

abstraction-figurationModern institutions representing the most progressive image of a society heading toward a bright future, often have been taking abstraction as their field of expression. Abstract values signified the presence of an unfamiliar wellness that would be achieved if society followed the rules established by its institutions. Similar rules addressed individuals more directly through a basic figuration that was accepted by everyone. This classic strategy of dual signification created a spatial dichotomy between modern public institutions and traditional private spaces. Being too classical to be accepted by everyone, this dichotomy did not have the capacity to generate order, but rather created chaos instead.
Ivan Kucina

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