killing denouement

al intifada al kadima?

[picture from biphop in Lyon]

Or al warida? Some consideration to be made – dictionary in hand – as we look to translate the coming insurrection/l’insurrection qui vient (recently re-translated by Semiotext(e)) to Arabic – hopefully both Fusha/MSA, and the Egyptian colloquial 3amiya.

I’m in Cairo for this month; it’s more than a little overwhelming, but pershaps in a really comforting gulf (pre-emaar and nakheel) meets india way. My own 3amiya is improving a fair bit which is a nice validation of my last summer-of-doom spent (re)learning arabic, perhaps. Next up, perhaps to (de)learn it? I do love the sentiments of these four Athens stencils from Magic Krtek in, from the disciplinary interrment, to anti-semiotic and anti-flic:

“cops are everywhere, but love makes us invisible”

a, anti, anti c(o)pitalista

Off the sidewalks, into the future! Swoooosh I guess we’re rupturing the spacetimecontinuum vortex now? As per usual an anti-police brutality rally was met with, surprise, more “police brutality”. Even with this it’s worth thinking about what “police brutality” looks like – or doesn’t look like at a majority white, privileged space like the New School. NYPD has a community affairs unit, who knew? It’s starting to feel like an insurrectionary circuit is being traced from union square via new school to washington square park and back. How do we abolish exchange? Perhaps our vegan potlucks in the park should become mutualist potlatches. Maybe we should start eating the pigs? Rev Billy showed up to preach but I guess we weren’t all buying what he was selling. Has even anti-commercialism been commodified? And how does his hair defy gravity so bouffantly? I want to know.

black bloc-ing TBTN?

destroy 2000 years of culture

Atari Teenage Riot got me into harder electronic music in general, and specifically the hyperpolitical and the deliciously breaky and glitchy. Here began the wanting to live in Berlin one day (it’ll happen one day, perhaps in a huge wave like the original Potluck House?). And along with it, Alec Empire and digital hardcore, the DHR label and my second start-you-own-label personal hero (the first being of course, Ian MacKaye). I don’t know how many times Ive linked this video of the 1999 Mayday riots in Berlin, but here’s the same song, with a sick video to boot. Today’s images are a little darker and more macabre, then. From this interview, with regards to their quote that “Riot sounds produce riots”:

‘destroy 2000 years of culture’ is an ATR song from the 90s, but so applicable today no?

Europe ain’t my rope to swing on

Rage Against the Mondays? Clearly these aren’t going to be daily after all – perhaps when I have more work to procrastinate away from? And mhm Mondays aren’t quite so bad these days to be honest. Everyone has fled Dubai back to school or otherwise already, so this Monday, like most days now involves sleeping and reading on the swing and lots of tea and no stress, which makes a change. I should probably use this time to paint, but meh. I have just one more Monday left in Dubai, after which I’ll be in London for a bit before getting back to NYC. My friends have now dispersed to somewhere off Brick Lane and somewhere below Camden this year, so it should be fun. And interestingly, today’s pictures seem to return to what used to be common themes of pigs, Alice, and meat love. One thing that’s a Monday constant (or rather, Sunday night) is the worrying, and this continues, with the impending doom(s) of graduation and visas. I’m lucky in that with a family member working for an airline, I get free (standby) tickets until I turn 23, which gives me just a couple years left to save up and make use of these. Kinda like what la femme is doing, but hopefully connecting with some really rad groups and collectives along the way. Orhan Pamuk means dying to get to Istanbul, but as far as the rest of the world is concerned, this amazing typographic map below certainly makes dream-planning easier.

can’t learn a thing from it / yet we still hang from it

denver police get up early to beat the crowds
October 7, 2008, 4:09 am
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Only a month after the DNC, the Denver Police Union’s already celebrating the good times. Quelle surprise? [from boingboing]

And I should start updating this when I recover from midterms.

human – pig embryos and the planeteers
July 1, 2008, 8:03 pm
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[photo by per_andersen]

Not to mention pigs again, but it seems they’re now granting licenses to create human-pig embryos to study heart disease. The first pig, and the third license for any animal-human embryo issued by the UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. I don’t know how far they’d let it grow; I doubt it’d spawn a full grown pig-human creatures, but huh! Crazy. [via]


gentrifiying gaia: pigs in sweaters
July 1, 2008, 7:27 am
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Again with the pigs huh. I don’t know what it is – maybe the years of living in a Muslim country where pork is considered to be haram, and thus relegated to a sad section of the Spinneys/ supermarket of choice? I remember being little and getting a video of Babe the movie nearly confiscated at Dubai Airport Customs once. Not that I even eat meat at all. What I do know is that this print from street artist (and as it transpires, bang-up painter and photographer too) Gaia is kind of amazing.



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