[-empyre-] "Urban resilience"

simon swht at clear.net.nz
Mon Mar 5 08:47:23 EST 2012

Dear <<empyreans>>,

might this idea of resilience have something to do with or have its 
psychic corollary in the limited durational frames of consciousness - 
multiple personas / Pessoan heteronyms / little objects of self-love 
<http://squarewhiteworld.com/2012/03/04/little-objects-of-self-love/> - 
which back in 2000 Jeremy Rifkin said many young people were developing 
to "negotiate whatever virtual world or network they happen to be in at 
any particular moment of time"?

His use of "virtual" could be used to capture the world of the event, 
that intense remarkable suspended moment on the plane of immanence, the 
revolutionary fear and possibility, old and new. So that we have a 
fragmented meeting a fragmented or even a desert in the desert.


Simon Taylor


On 05/03/12 08:42, Antonas Office wrote:
> Yes empyre is a nice living room, Ethel, we may continue here an older 
> discussion.
> @Ethel Baraona Pohl:
> To me there is a strategic problem in the distinction between 
> resistance and resilience that drives us back to the difference 
> between the society of a recent past and the social landscape that is 
> already organized after web 2. The difference  between resistance 
> and resilience is related to the crucial difference between the epoch 
> of deconstruction and the one of the multitude; the conceptual 
> landscape described by Derrida as a field where hegemonic powers can 
> grow (and therefore they be deconstructed) is different to the 
> description of the field where no obvious hegemonic power can be 
> detected. I believe that such a field is described by Virno and Negri 
> when they write about the multitude. Within the fields of the 
> multitude resistance is no more easily conceivable. If within 
> deconstruction we were in front of an ethical task to sabotage the 
> hegemonic, within the fields of multitude (that better describe the 
> network phenomena that we examine) no such sabotage seems meaningful. 
> If there is no obvious hegemonic power, no interesting resistance can 
> take place. Resilience is still a possibility.
> The appearance of an already deconstructed field, a non hegemonic, not 
> hierarchically structured multiplicity of fragments, described by 
> Negri, can propose different strategies of resistance. I believe 
> that resilience fits to a theoretical background where resistance is 
> no longer possible. It is not applicable if no power is obvious. 
> Resistance is an old word that corresponds to naive powers: new powers 
> can hide and cannot be resisted. But it seems that from a strategic 
> point of view we need to reinvent resistance, to unveil anew the 
> hidden hegemonic powers that lay under this appearance of the multitude.
> If power is getting more and more sophisticated and invisible, if we 
> do not understand what is at stake when there are decisions to be 
> made: resistance will be the most difficult task. Resilience shows the 
> changeable quality of a relation to a transformable background. It 
> Stilton be an interesting weapon if we know what it attacks. But it 
> does not need this knowledge in order to operate. It can be a poor 
> strategy if it only follows the shifting center of a changing power.
> If a power field seems already deconstructed, populated by multiple, 
> and if invisible hegemonic powers operate in secret then Resistance 
> becomes a difficult intellectual destination.
> Aristide Antonas, Athens
> Sent from antonas iPhone
> On Mar 4, 2012, at 14:11, Ethel Baraona Pohl <ethel.baraona at gmail.com 
> <mailto:ethel.baraona at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> I'm really glad to fin some good friends on this discussion!
>> @Aristide Antonas: I find quite interesting the difference you remark 
>> between "resilience" and "resistance" and the opposition between 
>> positive and negative connotations. But is not adaptability a kind of 
>> "passive resistance"? In case we understand "resilience" as /“the 
>> capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while 
>> undergoing change so as to still retain essentially the same 
>> function, structure, identity, and feedbacks”/, maybe we can find 
>> common links with the movements like the #15M in Spain, where 
>> resistance doesn't include any kind of implicit or physical violence.
>> @Kamen I'm aware about your reservation of the proliferation of the 
>> term "resilience". Just as every concept that starts reaching its 
>> /tipping-point,/it is under the risk to becoming "trendy" and loose 
>> its real importance, as has happened before with terms like 
>> "sustainability" or "participation". But this fact only reinforces 
>> the interest to discuss here the importance of urban resilience going 
>> further and far away of becoming "the new black 
>> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_new_black>". I completely agree 
>> with you that the movements we're witnessing nowadays are truly 
>> networked phenomenon and maybe is in the uses of these new 
>> technologies that we can find the new basis of resilience.
>> If we go back to the referenced text of François Roche and hisidea 
>> that resilience lies in the recognition of nonlinear systems in 
>> nature as a potential for emergence, we can go on talking about this 
>> phenomenon (#15M, #occupyingwallstreet) as examples of
>> swarm intelligence (or the organic relations mentioned by Ana) and 
>> emergence, in the way that DeLanda focus on the term "emergence" 
>> <http://books.google.es/books?id=F5wvXkJwFwkC&lpg=PP1&dq=inauthor%3A%22Manuel%20De%20Landa%22&hl=es&pg=PP1#v=onepage&q&f=false>: 
>> /"//the emergent properties of a whole can now be explained as an 
>> effect of the causal interactions between its component parts." 
>> /According to this, the interactions between *citizens [net]working 
>> together* are creating a new resilient model in the urban context.
>> What do you think?
>> Ethel
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>> /Before you print think about the environment/
>> On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM, Kamen Nedev <kamennedev at gmail.com 
>> <mailto:kamennedev at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     Hola, Ethel,
>>     I'd turn your question upside-down: "Is resilience the new
>>     resistance?"
>>     By now, you must have gathered I have some serious reservation about
>>     the proliferation of the term "resilience". But I think there is a
>>     good reason for this phenomenon. We're all struggling to grasp the
>>     real implications of current social movements and their acts of
>>     resistance. The many, and diverse "occupy" movements appear to be
>>     beyond the reach of the tools and concepts we have been handling
>>     hitherto.
>>     Thus, the attempts to relate the so-called "Arab Spring" to the
>>     Spanish "#15M" movement to the recent upheavals in London tend to
>>     fall
>>     short on the ground.
>>     In my opinion, what we are dealing with here is a truly networked
>>     phenomenon: these movements and spaces are first constructed online,
>>     and only then move on to the "bricks-and-mortar" urban space. But
>>     this
>>     doesn't mean that this phenomenon is new and unknown.
>>     @Ana Valdés: you should locate and talk to Olaf Westphalen from the
>>     Fine Arts Faculty in Stockholm. He has been researching the notion of
>>     resilience as applied to current social resistance movements quite a
>>     lot, and has some interesting ideas on the subject.
>>     Best,
>>     Kamen
>>     On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 5:58 AM, Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com
>>     <mailto:agora158 at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     > Hi Ethel and I am so happy you introduced yourself in such a
>>     flamboyant way
>>     > :)
>>     > I am not familiar with the Occupy Movement (the two cities I
>>     live between,
>>     > Stockholm and Montevideo, are very lawful cities :) nobody
>>     occupies :)
>>     > But I know a bit of the Arab Spring, I have been in the Middle
>>     East ten or
>>     > twelve times and I am familiar with Amman, Nablus, Ramallah and
>>     Jerusalem,
>>     > Damascus and Tel Aviv. Have friends who are living in Cairo as
>>     well.
>>     > My reflection is: the cities on the Middle East (Tel Aviv is
>>     the exception)
>>     > are among the oldest cities in the world, they have been
>>     populated for
>>     > several thousand years. The population have an organic relation
>>     to their
>>     > city, very similar to the cities in the European Middle Age
>>     Henri Pirenne
>>     > described.
>>     > In the centers of the cities people still cook, mend, repair,
>>     forge, all the
>>     > professions are there on the streets, in small shops, near the
>>     souks. It was
>>     > not necessary Twitter or any high technological skill to
>>     convocate the
>>     > people to Tahir Square. The same happens in Homs.
>>     > People swarm to the squares to yell their discontent and their
>>     rage.
>>     > And swarms are still non explained by any rational means, it's
>>     good, we need
>>     > some mysteries left :)
>>     >
>>     > Ana
>>     >
>>     > On Sat, Mar 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM, Ethel Baraona Pohl
>>     <ethel.baraona at gmail.com <mailto:ethel.baraona at gmail.com>>
>>     > wrote:
>>     >>
>>     >> Hello everybody at empyre,
>>     >> I'm Ethel Baraona Pohl, architect, researcher and publisher
>>     living in
>>     >> Spain, where the current sociopolitical and economic situation
>>     is driving
>>     >> architects to focus again in concepts like "resilience", as
>>     Ana pointed two
>>     >> days ago when she introduced the topic of March. I want to go
>>     further and
>>     >> use a quote by François Roche to discuss the urban
>>     relationship between the
>>     >> terms "resilience" and "resistance":
>>     >>
>>     >>> "The stuttering between Resilience (recognition of vitalism
>>     as a force of
>>     >>> life and innovation) and Resistance ("Creating is resisting")
>>     will be the
>>     >>> goal . . . 1+1=?"
>>     >>
>>     >>
>>     >> Is resistance a new way of resilience? If we understand the
>>     city as the
>>     >> scenario for resistance, movements like the Arab Spring and
>>     Occupying Wall
>>     >> Street can be understood as the urban capacity to respond to
>>     perturbation.
>>     >> Going deeper, I want to discuss here which are the
>>     similarities and
>>     >> differences between this two concepts.
>>     >>
>>     >> Looking forward to hear your thoughts and comments!
>>     >> ---
>>     >> Ethel Baraona Pohl | dpr-barcelona
>>     >> twitter @ethel_baraona46 | about.me <http://about.me>
>>     >>
>>     >> ethel.baraona at gmail.com <mailto:ethel.baraona at gmail.com>
>>     >> (+34) 626 048 684 <tel:%28%2B34%29%20626%20048%20684>
>>     >>
>>     >> Before you print think about the environment
>>     >
>>     >
>>     >
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