2012 BASTARD Conference – Theme: No Future
Time is a beast. It has torn through humans chasing them from the fields and woods into suits and office buildings, suburbs and mortgages. There was a chance we were going to defeat it, on the commons of England, Mesopotamia, or during the revolutions on the old continent. But we didn’t. Instead time sits on our chests and makes us do horrible things.
This years BASTARD conference will examine time in all its perniciousness. What does a critique of time say about our relationship to history. Is history redeemable? Are we living at the end of history with the glorious victory of the neo-liberal revolution of the past 50 years? If there is no time does that argue for eternal recursion? Is there hope if there is no time?
Contribute a workshop to the 2012 BASTARD conference on this theme, a related topic, or something else entirely. Send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Theme: No Future
Date: April 1st
Location: East Bay, CA
January 23rd we will be reading Baudelaire. It will be selections from Les Fleurs du Mal and you can expect to read aloud.
January 30th we will be reading selections about and by G Bataille. This includes “The Gift of Rivalry – Potlach”, “The Place of Violence”, and part of the secondary source “against architecture”.
Scribd – Potlach
Bataille – The Place of Violence – Selected Writings
Next month is a series of readings on History including:
1) First French Revolution (Feb 7th with potluck @ 7pm)
2) May 1968 (we will talk mostly Paris) – Feb 14th
3) 1977 (Italy) – Feb 21th
4) 1980s Bay Area Radical History
we will be reading Theses on the Philosophy of History by Walter Benjamin available for download here: http://www.mediafire.com/?no9xaua8j6neayr
we will be reading two essays by Jean Baudrillard: The Mirror of Production and Animals Sick of Surplus Value. both can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/?bpip9cpdr21ibm8
Welcome to the new year. Here is the months readings. This month the theme is the letter ‘B’.
1) Remember POTLUCK is tomorrow. Preferably vegan(ish) food so all can eat.
2) 1/3 – Bolo’ bolo (first 1/2)
3) 1/10 – Baudrillard
4) 1/17 – Baudelaire
5) 1/24 – Bataille