#288 and 319 (better photos)

#288 34x36

288 34×36″ Acrylic on canvas with wood strips

#319 31x36

319 31×36 Acrylic on canvas. Compare this (and 284 above) with 381, and I think it shows where I’ve been going with this

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55 Days of Occupy Philly: Days 25, 26, 27

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Sunday October 30, 2011
Day 25
Weather 50 – 34

I will be posting these for each of the 55 days of Occupy Philly on Dilworth Plaza, from October 6, 2011 to November 30, the night of our eviction.

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       Before we came here, under the columns of City Hall …
              … Lenape people –
         men watching
                     women
         settling children for the night – 
         nothing brighter

         than moonlight
         the shower of sparks from cooking 

         fires
         
         rain
         of ashes

               the earth turns – centuries
         pass
    
         with open palms – we catch them as they fall

         return – returning
         letting go
         what was never ours to hold

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10/31/11 Day 26
11:42 PM
Monday
Weather 56 – 31 Fog
first night below freezing

Zombie Capitalism! Fake blood and tatters, march, City Hall to South Street—I cut off for home at 5th & South—up Passyunk.

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Facilitated the 2:00 PM GA. Will I get Soc Sec tomorrow? Last month, deposit was made on the first—but not dated till the 3rd on bank statement (?)
So don’t know whether I’ll have money in the bank tomorrow or have to wait till Thursday

Tuesday November 1, 2011
Day 27
Weather: 59 – 42

Flocks of pigeons, starlings...
     ...over the plaza
   
     voices 	rise
     
     escape
     the many shapes

     our bodies take

     our less than perfect
     parts

     patterns

     in flight across the city square
     converge, disperse

     unite ... in fragile disarray

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55 Days of Occupy Philly: Day 24

Saturday 11:17
10/29/11
Day 24 Weather 45 — 33, Snow

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My day off – 3 ½ hours standing in sleet, snow & rain—walking back from Temple with 17… of those who came to the “Silent-No-More” vigil. Clinton was to be on campus, but canceled cause of weather. Ache all over. Facilitation tent blew down. Tents sagging under wet snow—wind predicted for tonight. Haven’t heard how Scott Olsen is doing—fractured skull from rubber bullet [Oakland].

1:20 PM          At Hidden River reading—have 5 Songs of Occupation now—have to be back for a process meeting (City Hall) by 3:00—likely six hours outside to end of GA. Dressed for that, so overdressed here. Bright crisp normal autumn day.

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           Saturday, October 29, 2011: Temple University
           Rain -- Broad Street ...
                    …again
                Universe -- of learning
           cordoned off
            our feet cold
            ice pelting our cheeks
            mouths silenced
            logos -- Exxon
         PB       Bank of
                             America
            new
        word
            rising from the depths

55 Days of Occupy Philly: Day 23 Angela Davis pays a visit

10/28/11                                                                 Day 23  Weather 51 – 37 Rain

I will be posting these for each of the 55 days of Occupy Philly on Dilworth Plaza, from October 6, 2011 to November 30, the night of our eviction.

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Thursday GA—Difficult. Assaulted by a Lone Ranger. Last night—pouring rain, in Friend’s Meeting House—much better. Tonight—our Occupy Together meeting. Information & development pouring in faster than can assimilate it. Meeting at COSI—Friend’s Center closed.

Opened an account with TruMark Credit
Union. Will close my Citizen’s Bank account as soon as rent & Comcast checks clear, and I can restore my SKYPE number. [A sandwich board sign in front of TruMark with a Guy Fawks mask, and invitation to join].

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Angela Davis will be speaking at Temple & Dilworth today.

I haven’t had a whole day off from OP since before the 6th.

Friday October 28, 2011
				Angela ...
     ... arrives at City Hall
     		                 Advent
     at Liberty Plaza
     Broad Street 
     whistles in the rain
                         	  Chants 
     from another time

     so little changed since then
     so much – a chance

     of snow

     hangs overhead
     waiting, weighted, heavy
     with voices --
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                    Annunciation!

55 Days of Occupy Philly: Day 22

October 27, 2011 Day 22
Thursday
Weather 64 – 42 Rain
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Candles windblown…
     … one to one
     each one a-flame, fingers 
     coated in wax
     our not so silent vigil

     tear gas wraps the little crowd
     gathered 

     where he lies black 
     
     jackets, masks
     helmets, trudgeons

     a continent away
     we see what they have done –
     our brother – Scott Olsen -- carried off

     across 15th Street 
     clouds of rain sweep the towers
     the lights we carry
     flicker & blow out

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Youtube video of Scott Olson shooting

55 Days of Occupy Philly: Day 21

Wednesday
October 26, 2011
Weather
60 – 42 Partly cloudy

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I will be posting these for each of the 55 days of Occupy Philly on Dilworth Plaza, from October 6, 2011 to November 30, the night of our eviction.

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Letter to City/State/Nation/World…Dear Ones …
     … among the stars, winding through back alleys
     boardrooms backyards fields plowed & fallow
     shattered glass we woke 

     last night we woke to a child’s cry
     to relieve ourselves     from dreams
     to the smell of smoke      to drums
     to helicopters in morning mist      to old men 
     foraging for rags and tobacco butts rich
     men setting the alarms lockstepping minds
     vaulting secret desires 

Dear World… 
     …last night we called 
     for clarifying questions, concerns of state amended 
     wings to woolen coats defied the northern wind 
     blew our tents like flags across the square, sang 
     songs unheard since the first
     king first 
     sent our children to slaughter our neighbors
     shackled our labor, heaped 
     wheat in towers while the people starved

Dear Wheeling Galaxies…
     … your billion sons & daughters
     on this speck of earth reclaim our commons
     throw off the shame of ownership, the prison state, release 
     love’s body, make all worlds 
     a home for all, hold 
     all in common – refuse!
     to end this song, refuse – to end
     this poem, this occupation – here
     begin again, here --
     here on the Commons of a thousand cities
     to begin again we rise, we rise again like 
     Adam in the garden of desire!

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Halloween

Larval Subjects .

Stampa

university-2What can be said of Halloween as a symptom or form of surplus-enjoyment?  Perhaps that it is queer or a repudiation of what Lacan called the university discourse, or what we might call the dream of a big Other that exists.  It is unfortunate that Lacan referred to this discourse as the “university” discourse, for naturally this evokes connotations of universities (for a discussion of how Lacan’s discourse theory works, cf. the appendix to my article “Zizek’s New Universe of Discourse”).  While certainly we can draw on this discourse to understand what transpires in universities or what Kuhn referred to as “normal science”, it would perhaps be better to refer to it as the “universal discourse”.  Within the universal discourse, we have S2, the big Other or system of signifiers, addressing the objet a or anomalous; naming it and situating it in a system of social categories and identities.  In…

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