Desbordes
www.des-bor-des.net / number 0.5 / June 2009
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Editorial
• The Red Specter
Second invocation: Contagion
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We have all been pestilent, at least for a few weeks. Rather than accept the logic of fear, we shall assume here the task of thinking through contagion.
La Barricada de los muertos
• Helena Chávez Mac Gregor
Enter the Ghost, exit the Ghost, re-enter the Ghost: The Red Specter
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The Red Specter appears and we know that is the mark of the return of the repressed: the indian, the rebel, the barricade, the Black Death, the plague, the virus, the contagious, the control, the police, the conquest, the concealed. It is the uncanny open up the invisible archive of our fracture.
• Mario Garcia Torres / Cuauhtémoc Medina
The secret life of Diego Rivera
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According to her, the soul of Diego María Rivera Barrientos had come to our encounter several times, for short periods, and had the intention of speaking to us, even if we had never coincided in a known space or time. It was the dead man who, unbeknownst to us, had summoned us: he had an important message to communicate.
La Barricada de los muertos
The barbarians
1. "I hear something stamping... A great beast's foot is chained. It stamps, and stamps, and stamps." Virginia Woolf, The waves.
• Francis Alÿs
El Gringo
(2003)
4:26
• Francis Alÿs
Nightwatch
(2005)
17:24
• Francis Alÿs
Explosión-implosión-
intelligence-desorden

(2008)
• Vicente Razo
Desprecio
(2008)
1:32
• Vicente Razo
Montaña / Ciudad
(2008)
1:57
• Teresa Margolles
What Else Could We Talk About?
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El Espectro Rojo
 
{ The infection }
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• Mariana Botey
Toward a critique of sacrificial reason:
Necropolitics and radical aesthetics in Mexico
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The critical task of upsetting, unraveling and unfastening the neutralization of the power of death as a cultural-social device of control and political engineering, separates these forms of aesthetic practice from the realm of sublimatory codes through which capitalism used art as a toolbox to expropriate and expand over (colonize) the psychic territories attributed to “the savage, barbarian, infantile, primitive and demented.” A deconstruction of the protocols of colonial warfare and colonial narratives emerges by making evident a concealed sacrificial trace implied in modern capitalism.
 
{ The Contagio }
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• Andrés Aranda
Unraveling the contagion
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How desolate and how empty, how hollow and uncertain, must the Ohio Indians must have felt after they received the deathly present from colonel Henry Bouquet, when they saw the unfair way in which the disease treated them in comparison to their subjugators.
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• José Luis Barrios
Si usted presenta los siguientes síntomas, favor atender estas recomendaciones
(Aforismos sobre el contagio y su representación)
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Quizá habría que buscar en los síntomas de nuestras epidemias el reducto de la biopolítica contemporánea. Si el síntoma señala al otro, la pregunta es quién es ese otro, qué opera este otro-síntoma a la hora de pensar la distribución de los cuerpos en nuestra crisis actual.
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• Manuel Hernández
Cantos cívicos: the trap
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The repressed returns transformed. As we listen to Flans our body starts to move, yet we do not listen carefully to the lyrics, even as we sing it; we sail happily in a multicolour party, amidst foamies, pics y action figures. A contemporary aesthetics luring children and adults alike. The same aesthetics with which Mac Donald’s has been able to ensnare us; the same strategy with which George W. Bush inspired fear into his fellow citizens, and terror to the rest of the world for eight years.
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• Cuauhtémoc Medina
Materialist Spectrality
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And yet, this way of sweeping through what has been swept, just to stir it all up, allows us to air a provisional epistemology... It mixes up social knowledges, absorbs them, scatters them, and returns them to dust...
The “almost nothing” that is “all that’s left” many not even be capable of being perceived as a “work of art”. No matter: what matters is that the artefact should at least agitate that phantom.
 
 

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