07.12.2020

Sunday — 07.12.20 — Testing Assembling Eleventh Edition

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CONTENTS:
0. Short Note
1. Sunday’s Assembling
2. Updated Videos from Assemblings
3. A Fragment from Last Week

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0. Short Note

We send this invitation to the eleventh testing of assembling.

Please note, we are meeting on SUNDAY June 12, this week. We will start at 10 AM New York Time.

Please write to mai [at] 16beavergroup.org if you are interested to take part.

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1. Sunday’s Assembling

From the start, we have seen these assemblings as a kind of necessary part of whatever will unfold in the movements to destitute the pre-existing conditions, to think together, weave together, narrate together through the folds in time and our attempts to wrestle with another existence out of this suspension.

It is clear, we are in unchartered territories. 15 years ago in our studies of neoliberalism, our friend Brian attempted to help us outline the contours of a ‘liberal fascism’ and today, we see it confront its opposite, a kind nostalgic fascism (make x great again!). That both are premised on extraction and attempts at the destruction of black life, colored life, indigenous life, feminine life, queer life, any life which does not comply to its dictates of visibility, appearance, its ethics of ‘productivity’, of ‘self improvement’, ‘promotion’, production (as destruction), pimping, life as a ‘race of survival’ and ‘me first’, objectification and commodification of earth … a veritable war against life, against subsistence, and of oblivion.

Here in these assemblings we try to gather the nourishment for our struggles, which when considered on a planetary scale are surely multiple, but remain increasingly tied to struggles against state violence (whether articulated through pre-determinations of caste, class, race, gender, religion, …). They are struggles to tear apart, undo, unravel the very terms with which life has been over/determined.

To exist outside these terms thus also requires affirmative forces which resituate possibilities of existing outside those terms and determinations. And it is with this spirit that we will be convening the 11th week of assembling this upcoming Sunday.

Once again we will be meeting at 10AM to accommodate those inclined to join actions on the street.

For those interested to join us this week’s assembling, please write to mai [at] 16beavergroup.org.

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2. Updated Videos from Assemblings

We have updated videos from some of the previous encounters including reports from friends in Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil, as well as many thoughts on the current uprising, its relations to the virus, and their relations to coloniality, patriarchy and a social infrastructure of a racial surveillance capitalism.

They include encounters with:
Haig Aivazian and Goksun Yazici
Vinciane Despret,
Tonika-Sealy Thompson and Stefano Harney
Nicholas Mirzoeff
and many more friends

http://16beavergroup.org/assembling/

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3. A Fragment from Last Week

Loosely quoting Nicholas:
“Two things that came out of the conversation from the week prior … one was Racial Surveillance Capitalism, bringing together Cedric Robinson’s notion of racial capital and people like Simone Browne talking about racialized surveillance … how to think of these things as necessarily intersectional … meaning you cannot have one without the other … that comes from the plantation and Ford … and that these are folds in time … thinking with Katherine McKittrick’s idea of ‘Plantation Futures’ as a set of folds in time … we’re seeing that a lot right now, where apparently dead moments in time are alive again in all kinds of striking ways … and one of the things that came out of the conversation … was a sense of thinking about all of this in relation to mass incarceration and thinking about museums as a form of mass incarceration, which is true literally, in the sense that many of the objects in there are considered by the humans that relate to the other than human forms to be alive, and to have life cycles, and then there are extensive human remains contained in museums, how to think about this system as integral to mass incarceration and to start thinking about a ‘police way of seeing’, how that intersects with surveillance …. and then the questions that movements are raising, how police assert an absolute right to surveil and act on that surveillance as they choose … and these then are not separate but entirely integrated phenomena … and so it is not a coincidence that people are turning to monuments and memorials, turning to ‘public space’, this has been from the beginning of the epidemic, when people disappeared, the first people to appear on the street were the fascists, and then that has provoked the sense of the essential task of reclaiming … not ‘public space’ since ‘public space’ is always white, how to go about reconfiguring the city (and our lives)  in a very different way … “