[-empyre-] "Urban resilience"

Kamen Nedev kamennedev at gmail.com
Mon Mar 5 13:49:01 EST 2012

Hi, Antonas,

On Sun, Mar 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM, Antonas Office <antonasoffice at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.

Good point(s). This brings to mind some of the first publications by
the Critical Art Ensemble ("Electronic Civil Disobedience", etc.).
While everyone in that field was working under the fascination with a
certain techno-utopian idea of being "nomadic" (only slightly premised
on some serious misreadings of Deleuze and Guattari), C.A.E. were
arguing that what had become global, nomadic and yet ubiquitius, was
power itself. "Resistance" had no choice but to follow suit.

Have power structures become resilient, then?

But I like your suggestion that, in this non-hegemonic multiplicity,
hegemonic power structures are most likely interiorised. So acts of
resistance need to also go in that direction.

But, how can we map that out (without getting stuck in Foucault, I mean...)




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