Homo ludens


October 29, 2014 — September 8, 2020

making things
Figure 1

Hedonic moloch vs slack. Protestant work ethic versus dilemmas of collective hyperactivity. Free energy vs freeNRG. Gamification versus temporary autonomous zone. Spectacle. PLUR, summers of love, Situationists, Marcuse, Lettrists, punks, voguers and ravers. Culture jammers, adbusters, zinesters, tactical media. Netcultures. Guerilla gardeners. DIY. Grime and hip hop. Leisured classes. Commodification of dissent. Mishan. Bey. Jaromil. Gentrification, hypergentrification, hipsterism. The problematic of proponents of this type of engagement interacting with (and idolising) those who might not have choice about their “playful” engagements — e.g. the hipster currency of Zapatistas. The mining of creative resistance for new strategies by the dominant. Crunkczar. Political power on the dance floor.

“How do the Rave-o-lution of 12 March 2018 in front of the Georgian Parliament in Tbilisi and anti-fascist protests in Berlin relate to ancient Dionysian rituals, and why does the soundtrack to these events come from the drums of African Americans? And to what extent does dance club culture reflect the current socio-political situation and the struggle of individuals or of groups?”

Figure 2

1 Incoming

2 References

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St. John, ed. 2001. FreeNRG: Notes from the Edge of the Dance Floor.
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