A. The Death Instinct and the Life Instinct:
The Death Instinct: separation, individuality, Avant-Garde par excellence; to follow oneâ€™s own path to deathâ€”do your own thing, dynamic, change.
The Life Instinct: unification, the eternal return, the perpetuation and MAINTENANCE of the species, survival systems and operations, equilibrium.
â€“ Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Manifesto for Maintenance Art, 1969!
Publications discussed here (an asterisk means it came out less than 365 days ago):
- Let It Sink by Jim Joyce (victimsofmathematics at gmail, 2013)*
- Filmme Fatales Issue 1, ed. Brodie Lancaster (filmmefatales.com, 2013)*
- Cha-Ching! by Ali Liebegott (City Lights/Sister Spit, 2013)*
- Collisions by Brendan Monroe (brendanmonroe.com, ??)
- Life Form by AmÃ©lie Nothomb, trans. Alison Anderson (Europa Editions, 2013)*
- Rumspringa by Tom Schachtman (North Point, 2006)
Right now Iâ€™m taking a class with some paintersâ€”mostly we read, and talkâ€”and the other day, we were talking about endings. For painters, Iâ€™m learning endings mean say, photography, and intubated paint, and Rodchenko. Iâ€™m a writer so I started thinking about Samuel Beckett, the Independent Press Association, Kathy Ackerâ€™s parrots and pirates, her red/read. But more generally, meditating to â€œThis body will be a corpse,â€ and to be fair that really just used to crack me up. It is very hard for ex-Sad Teenage Girls like myself to meditate to that, because for so long we were like â€œYes I know, hurry up already.â€ Read more