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Science fiction has absolutely no prophetic value. It has practically nothing to do with the real future of technological development, for which it accounts in the future perfect tense, drawing for nourishment on sublime archaisms and on a repertory of acquired forms and functions.

Jean Baudrillard

Arab Spring

First of all it’s worth bearing in mind that upheavals are really not new. It’s kind of like an infectious wave, so one started then the other broke out then another one did but each one of them has origins going well back. So take Egypt , the most important country. The demonstration in Egypt — Tahrir Square, the January 25th movement — was initiated by a group of young people — tech savvy young people who call themselves the “April 6th movement.”

Noam Chomsky

Fluxus

It spreads out the idea. You must care for information and I personally try to make information available not only in a written way. I try also to work with images, with fantasy, with jokes, with humor. It accelerates the discussion of the problem of a new society. So I work coming from the idea of art as the most important means to transform the society.

Joseph Beuys

Ghost Ranch

The skulls were there and I could say something with them. To me they are as beautiful as anything I know. To me they are strangely more living than the animals walk- ing around. The bones seem to cut sharply to the centre of something that is keenly alive on the desert even though it is vast and empty and untouchable – and knows no kindness with all its beauty.

Georgia O’Keefe

The Topography of Globalization

They suggest that alongside a multiple and postmodern postcoloniality, there also exists a modernist one, for which the “liberation” brought by Americanization and American mass culture and consumption can also be experienced as a threat and a force of disintergration of traditions from which new and alternative possibilities might otherwise have been expected to emerge. It is a modernism very different from the older traditionalisms, and also from the Westernizing “modernism” that once struggled against them.

Frederic Jameson, 1998

Fassbinder

I see film as a political instrument,” he said on another occasion, ”in the sense that it can describe and expose the underlying problems of society.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Isolation/Integration
Journalist:
Excuse me gentlemen; we are from the television station. Did you take part in the riots? Did you break anything? Can we talk to you?
 
Saïd:
Do we look like thugs to you?

La Haine, 2005

Arnhem

The outside is not a fixed limit but a moving matter animated by peristaltic movements, folds and foldings that together make up an inside: they are not something other than the outside, but precisely the inside of the outside.

Gilles Deleuze, Foucault

A New Era
The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems – the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion.

John Maynard Keynes

Black Beat White Wonder

This is our island. It’s a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we’ll have fun.

William Golding, Lord of the Flies