It’s pretty clear that modes of representation correspond very closely to the bodies that can be murdered and the bodies that can’t. In addition, it’s obvious that attempting to change representational discourse through legitimate political channels requires massive investments of time, money, and cutting-edge information on identity trends.
These are all resources that the Non-% do not have.
The Non-% is not an abnormal result of a faulty policy that can be tweaked through further fine-tuning. It is the logical outcome of the structural limitation of the logic of representation itself.
Attempting to achieve equitable conditions by ‘representing’ every single voice is like trying to fit the Atlantic Ocean into a cereal bowl. No matter how hard you try, the tool is utterly unfit for the job.
As such, I harbor zero delusions that this piece of writing, or the meager amount of accumulated research, researched in this way, written this way, will do a damn thing.
This mode of writing has its own circulation, which is dominated by the harrowing demands of public intellectualism -- an elite grind that must adhere to standards of legitimacy. Thus, the Non-% of these studies are constantly told that they must be accredited intellectuals, using resources they will never attain, in order to study and voice their own plight.
(If you’d like a much more theoretically-secured version of what I’m saying, take a look at Francois Laruelle’s philosophy of The Victim).
As representational discourse has hit its carrying capacity, this requires not a new complete textual architecture, but a dimensional shift in how to cheat the constraints of representation and it's material manifestaions.
And this requires less writing and more gaming, more playing, more lying, more cheating and more joking. These skills are all related to capacities -- how can one unconventionally mis-use speech, images, behaviors and tools to bypass the inherent constraints of this collapsing game of representation?
For the close of this residency, I’m launching a platform called ‘The Futuring’
. The aim is to actively theorize and experiment with strategies of re-distributal cognition, rumor production, collective licensing of illegitimate actions and the weaponization of speculation. The first project will be an online exhibition in direct response to The Art of Future Warfare.
Please contact me if you’re interested.