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The Reconstruction of Ukraine. Ruination / Representation / Solidarity, online symposium, September 9-11, 2022. “The Reconstruction of Ukraine: Ruination / Representation / Solidarity” devotes particular attention to cities, architecture, art, culture and psychological trauma – but the scope of the conversations it aims to start is broader. In due course, the discussions held during the symposium may coalesce into myriad projects, initiatives and experiments undertaken by government institutions, municipalities, educational and cultural bodies and other more interstitial actors. The ambition of this symposium is to establish a platform for dialogue, facilitating communication, collaboration and constructive argument between diverse actors and initiatives.

George Edwards (Zetkin Collective) on war, nationalism and the „anti-climate lobby“ (via Arts of the Working Class): „The latest prognosis of this particular war was spelt out in a flurry of reports from the IPCC; the most recent, described as ‚an atlas of human suffering‘ by the chief of the UN, demanded ‚rapid, deep and immediate‘ emissions cuts in all sectors to ensure an inhabitable planet for all. In step with the science, many wish this conflict to mark the beginning of an intensified programme of decarbonization, ridding economies of not only Russian, but all fossil fuels, wherever their geological source. But whilst political leaders scramble abroad to secure new sources of fossil fuels – sweet-talking sheiks and summoning LNG terminals from the ground – a resourceful and committed cohort, let’s call them the anti-climate lobby, refuse to accept this diagnosis. The partakers in the fossil industry have seized upon this crisis, sensing it as an opportunity to enlarge and entrench economic interests rooted in fossil fuels. As the course of action prescribed by the IPCC imperils this line of business, the attempts to secure fresh investments in fossil fuel infrastructures, to lock-in production and secure profits for the coming decades may feel all the more pressing. The solutions they pose also fit within the national frame and it is with nationalist political forces that they find their most ardent allies.“

31.07.2022

The fundamental difference that we face in Europe at the moment between the Western approach characterized by the pursuit of peace and the Eastern one focused on liberation and independence poses a dramatic challenge – in order to survive and progress, democracy as a political regime has to be capable of defending itself also in a military way.“ Armed Democracy revolves around the concepts of imperialism, liberation, fascism, autocracy, revolution, and militarization in pursuit of the world to come on Europe’s burnt out land. Conceived by the Kyiv Biennial and Biennale Warszawa from the East Europe Biennial Alliance, this special public program, curated by Vasyl Cherepanyn within the 2nd edition of Biennale Warszawa, the program is a first part of the series organized by the East Europe Biennial Alliance discussing Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine and taking place in Warsaw, Prague, Kassel, and Riga over the summer and fall of 2022.

Olena Lyubchenko on Whiteness, Expropriation, War, and Social Reproduction in Ukraine (via LeftEast): „[…] when we hear on the news that ‘Ukraine is fighting a European war’ and ‘Ukraine is defending Europe’, amid images of fleeing ‘poor white’ women with children prioritized over racialized ‘Others’, ‘Ukraine’ is being made ‘white’ in the global imaginary. That is, „the injunction to ‘return to Europe’ by way of Europeanization is enabled and conditioned on the mythologies of Western civilization, and that Europeanization at once marks (promulgates) and unmarks (naturalizes) racial whiteness” [Nadezhda Husakouskaya and Randi Gressgård]. The paradox is that Europe’s existence as such has only been possible precisely because of the exploitation of global working peoples through expropriation of resources and today neoliberal economic reforms and reproduced by feminized labour.“

Vasyl Cherepanyn about the „inertness, hiding behind the European Wall“ (via L’Internationale): „Many Western institutions that have been claiming ‚radical political engagement‘ for years, have simply resorted to a white cube radicalism and self-satisfying humanitarianism, too afraid of acting politically beyond their comfort zone and unsettling their publics and authorities by attempting to affect the decision-making process regarding the Ukrainian cause.“

28.05.2022

Tatsiana Shchurko on the War in Ukraine, Entangled Imperialisms, and Transnational Feminist Solidarity, via LeftEast (May 2, 2022): „[An] uneven knowledge production and the many implications of the war against Ukraine reveal the dire need to develop a feminist anti-capitalist critique of multiple imperialisms. This language should grow from within the occupied and suppressed communities of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. An anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist feminist positionality grasps that the local is part of a global in an effort to build transnational connections of mutual aid and support against state and corporate violence. For example, statements of solidarity with Ukraine expressed by the International Committee of Indigenous Peoples of Russia and Native American communities along with the anti-war feminist march in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on March 8, 2022, pointing out that the war in Ukraine should be of concern for a broad transnational community, may serve as instrumental examples of alternative anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist solidarities that stretch beyond state regulations and macro-politics and foreground decolonial perspectives, necessary in addressing entanglements of multiple imperialisms. Such solidarities also bring to light hidden interconnections of the past that allowed for distant communities to survive and support each other against the violence of imperialist intervention and its attendant capitalist exploitation. Thus, the march in Bishkek reminds of the socialist roots of the International Women’s Day to call for internationalist, intersectional, class solidarity against imperialism and militarism.“

Vasyl Cherepanyn on that „It’ll take more than tanks to ease Germany’s guilt“ (via Politico): „Since the Soviet Union’s collapse, Germany has been imposing neocolonial optics on its Eastern European ‚peripheries,‘ and on the post-Soviet space in particular, where Ukraine was long considered a gray buffer zone about which the EU was ‚deeply concerned.‘ Germany didn’t bother itself much with differentiating between former Soviet countries’ pasts. Even until recently, any Ukrainian agenda in Germany was often ‚balanced‘ with a Russian perspective, so as to not exclude the latter by any means.“

An unnamed anarchist and art scholar, who joined the Territorial Defense Forces, quoted by Olexii Kuchanskyi in an essay on „Digital Leviathan and His Nuclear Tail“ (via Your Art and e-flux notes): „At dawn, Dima and I talked about cinema. Dima believes that cinema is inferior to literature as a means of expression because you spend much more time with a book than a film. It’s a really interesting point, something to dig into. I studied at the department of art theory & history and I never thought of it. Dima served in the military after school and worked at the factory all his life. He listens to rap, smokes pot, and tries to have fun. He is thirty-eight, his child was born last year. He likes Wong Kar-wai and is a fan of Asian cinema in general. Dima communicates by quoting Omar Khayyam, Confucius, and other awesome guys.“

20.04.2022
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Mutual Aid. Diese Ausgabe von Rosa Mercedes ist Beobachtungen und Kommentaren zur Bildpolitik der Coronakrise und dazugehöriger Themen gewidmet.

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Exhibiting Embarrassment (Journal of Visual Culture & HaFI, 48)

What is highlighted in the present discussion are the possibilities offered by bringing to light not just what has been secluded but also the opportunities that emerge from revealing their structures of seclusion. It might well be worthwhile promoting a discourse such as that which has emerged around embarrassment. By DAVID DIBOSA

01.03.2021 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Ceci n’est pas un coup

Je häufiger Schlagworte wie „Lüge“, „Zensur“, „Freiheitsberaubung“, „Verrat“, „Gewalt“ und nicht zuletzt „Verschwörung“ dem Recht entlehnt werden, desto mehr wird eine Kultur der Selbstjustiz normalisiert. Von FELIX REIDENBACH

08.02.2021 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Full Automation, Full Fantasy

Notions of ‘regulation’ or ‘control’ meet with the long-venerated dreams of automation, to naturalise as the work of algorithms, not people. By JESS HENDERSON

25.01.2021 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Involuntary Euthanasia

We read Arendt’s words as an undeniable exhortation to what may be may transpire when the economic and social crisis exacerbated by Covid-19 soon manifests in full. By LUIS FEDUCHI

23.06.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Corona heroes. An obituary

The more piercingly the crisis sirens howl, the greater the hunger for dedicated emergency workers, determined people of action and indomitable freedom fighters. By ULRICH BRÖCKLING

12.06.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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The disgusting image and the virus

Comparing the corona-phenomena to previous epidemic occurrences allows us to gain a grain of understanding and to make sense of the void, of absent bodies. By ANTOINE SIMEAO SCHALK

23.05.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Exiting the lockdown, with the help of chance

Those resistant to the idea of sortition as a substitute for election are often surprised when it is made clear to them that the use of random selection is a standard and reliable practice in many representative democracies. By LUIS FEDUCHI

16.05.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Covid-19, 5. Satz: grave

Die Verwirrung und Turbulenzen von COVID: Das ist der Ort, an wir uns jetzt alle befinden. Es ist der erste Satz der Sonate, gravierend. PATRICIA R. ZIMMERMANN

05.05.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Soziale Distanzierung ohne das Soziale

Im April 2020 kam es in den gesamten USA zu gut orchestrierten kleinen Protesten. Diese Versammlungen der amerikanischen Rechten wurden von den reichsten Spendern der US-amerikanischen Republikanischen Partei bezahlt und verlangten die "Wiedereröffnung der Wirtschaft", wie sie es nennen. Von JOSHUA SIMON

29.04.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Figuren der Verstrickung

Die Topik der Verschränkung/Verstrickung (entanglement) breitet sich zunehmend im Diskurs aus. Hat der Begriff in der gegenwärtigen transitorischen Phase der sozialen Distanzierung, in der Vermischung, Kontakt und Nähe zum Anathema geworden sind, neue Bedeutungen angenommen? Von ERIC C. H. DE BRUYN

29.04.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Auf Sicht Fahren vs Das Licht Sehen

"So viele unterschiedliche Schwarze-Schwan-Krisen prallen aufeinander und bilden eine klebrige, ununterscheidbare Masse. Es ist nicht mehr ganz so klar, wie man das alles in Ordnung bringen könnte."

23.04.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Beruhigend? Regressiv? ASMR und das Neue Normal

"Sie trägt einen Laborkittel und eine Gesichtsmaske und sagt in einem möglichst sanften Ton, dass sie im Begriff ist, einen Nasenabstrich zu machen, um auf das Virus zu testen. Das ist beängstigend und beruhigend zugleich."

19.04.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Die neue Ekphrasis der V-Form

Das Bild der V-förmigen Rezession, ein plötzlicher tiefer Fall, gefolgt von einem schnellen Anstieg – für einige wenige hat es die Qualität einer Analogie, der Analogie mit dem V-ictory-Zeichen.

01.04.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Facebook kollektivieren

Kompromittiert und verstrickt wie wir sind, versuchen wir weiterzumachen und Heteronomie in Schattierungen von Autonomie umzumünzen. Von SVEN LÜTTICKEN

26.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Therapeutischer Nihilismus

Unterhalb der aktuellen Debatten über die "Kosten" von Ausgangssperren und sozialer Distanzierung, unterhalb von Trumpistischen Zurückweisungen medizinisch-wissenschaftlicher Maßnahmen (in seinem Versuch, die gesundheitliche Katastrophe der Pandemie vom "Problem" der ökonomischen Repression und des Wachstums zu entkoppeln) lauert die bösartigste Vision/Version eines "therapeutischen Nihilismus".

25.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Medizinischer Internationalismus

Die Nachrichten des vergangenen Wochenendes über die 65 kubanischen Ärzte, Krankenschwestern und Techniker, die auf dem Mailänder Flughafen eintrafen, um den Kampf des italienischen Gesundheitssystems gegen das Coronavirus zu unterstützen, setzen Castros medizinischen Internationalismus fort.

23.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Training fürs Leben nach „live“

Vielleicht sollte das Livestreaming auf das Nötigste beschränkt werden: auf Tutorials im Gesundheitssystem, auf Tele-Meetings von Erkrankten mit ihren Angehörigen, auf nichtkommerzielle Online-Kurse in den neuen dezentrierten Schulen und Universitäten. 

21.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Die Pandemie als Sehorgan

Was, wenn die Situation eine schockartige Steigerung der Wahrnehmbarkeit der globalen Krisen-Schichtung ermöglicht - und zwar als gigantische Korrektur des kollektiven Sensoriums? 

20.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Fernbeziehungen und Distanzkulturen

Zu den verwirrendsten Attributen, die sich in der Krise in den Vordergrund des Sprachgebrauchs und des diskursiven Framings geschoben haben, gehören "distanziert" und "fern".

19.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Epidemien modellieren

Es sind die Hoffnungsträger der gegenwärtigen Situation (und jedes vergleichbaren, durch eine Epidemie verursachten Ausnahmezustands): die statistischen und epidemiologischen Wissenschaften, die ein solches Geschehen am Computer modellieren.

18.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Bild der Erschöpfung

Das Foto der schlafenden Krankenschwester Elena Pagliarini, aufgenommen vergangene Woche am Ende einer ihrer Schichten um 6 Uhr in der Notaufnahme des Krankenhaus von Cremona, einem besonders schwer von der Epidemie betroffenen Ort in der Lombardei.

17.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Towards the end of visual capitalism

By now, as to be expected from a news situation as engrossing as this one, the compulsion to reach an (or even the image) of the pandemic (if not the world history of pandemics), is tantamount...

16.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Mutual aid

Pëtr Kropotkin's anarchist-anti-capitalist-commonist-animalist notion of "mutual aid" has been gaining traction for a while already.

15.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Corona Ethics

An insightful contribution by Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos on the socio-ethical dimensions of the crisis...

15.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Dashboarding the crisis

As the Coronavirus crisis is evolving, it becomes harder to tell what kind of image the most publicised image of/on the crisis is exactly...

15.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02
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Against quarantine

Angela Mitropoulos' article "Against Quarantine" is an important intervention in the debate around the COVID-19 crisis...

14.03.2020 — Rosa Mercedes / 02