Category: texts

Buddhas in Bali

29.November-5.February, 2020 [A prescript about photography:I felt very uncomfortable taking photos of people, as if zooifying their daily lives,and I was also uncertain about taking

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Because this grape was difficult to grow and not abundant it fell almost completely of production in favor of more abundant varieties. In the 1990s, winemaker Elvio Cogno rediscovered the wine and got it back into production. This was not easy because they had to actually locate and select the plants. The contemporary interest in autochthonous wines provides the support to bring a difficult grape into commercial viability.
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The Comeback

For his father’s generation, value meant to save money on inputs. He was buying milk. Francesco sees value as quality. He’s buying cows.
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Julian’s Yes

“I don’t do something just for money reasons, but also for quality. For the thing itself. I like single components. I never use any kind of mix. I make it all by myself. I don’t like the tendency in business that you can buy everything ready-made.”
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Syntax of Power

Syntax of Power is a well-tested method for finding Power and Pleasure in every aspect of life. It’s not about politics. It’s about creativity and

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ETH WFS 2016

1. what is economics.
thingsto track
how do we find these? history, institutions, ideology

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“Everybody uses boards, but not like these.”

Everybody uses boards, but not like these. Every board should be a combination of art and something to use. Some people put it on the wall or lay it on the table as an object, but for me it’s best if you combine these two things. That you have a place where you can see and touch it, and if it’s needed you use it.
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ETH WFS 2015 PEF v2

Outline of the lecture

Free Trade Agreements (TTIP, TTP, ALCA, NAFTA, WTO…)
Debt and austerity
Economics Toolbox: growth, commodification, privatization

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“This is letterpress, this is rare, this is tradition”

We could see West Berlin. We also could see the soldiers. Directly there I could see on the 9th of November, when the wall was falling down. I could see it from the printing shop.
When the wall was falling down I lost my first job. They cancelled in 1990 the contracts of the young employees.
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The Future should be Durable

These demonstrations are found by his own research, conversations with product engineers, and through Germany’s network of 300 repair cafés, where participants find the same problems over and over, and take products apart to understand what has gone wrong.
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Why are the San Francisco street protests so robust? Interview with San Francisco Magazine

Historical evidence insists that oppression on its own does not produce social movement reaction. In places with little culture of resistance, there will be little social movement reaction to social problems, or occasional outbursts may not be sustained. San Francisco has had, regularly and recently over the last decades, a series of effective and sustained street manifestations, so there are people, organizations, networks, systems, etc. to make the next ones bigger and more robust.

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The Sound on the Napkin

I have a vision in my head and arrogantly I feel like it’s fully formed, but through mistakes, working with your medium, you move, it reacts, you attack it, it responds. It’s like you’re discovering what the guitar is meant to be, rather than manipulating it to your will. And that is a magical process.
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Being around food is the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It’s instinctive to me. I want to talk about it. I enjoy sugar as a material, I can express in lots and lots of different ways.
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“Because we want to work with artisans”

“Because we want to work with artisans. We’re designers. We like to have a process with them, starting from what they do. Each one has a handwriting. But they also have limitations, the way they were trained, usually just one material.”
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“Is it going in her eye?”

He explained that he doesn’t try to create something that will sell. “I make what I like.”
He sells at the Berlin artisan market and at some annual artisan markets. “I don’t like selling with shops. First, they take 40% of the money. But also I need to be able to see the people, how they handle it, the questions they ask me. I need to watch. Is it going in her eye?”
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Alana Mann Power Shift

My words at launch of Alana Mann’s Power Shift

Alana has studied one of the many vibrant alternatives to this juggernaut, the movement for food sovereignty, conceived and led by La Vía Campesina. Vía Campesina is typical of contemporary social movements in its recognition of the common interests of first and third world farmers, smallholders and laborers, producers and consumers and in its recognition of the centrality of women, indigenous people and culture to forming truly liberatory alternatives.

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academic repression

radicalism, politics, organizing and safety on campus: a little operationalization Amory Starr chapter in Anthony Nocella, et. al., ed. Academic Repression: Reflections from the Academic Industrial

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Crash: Racism as Americana

Last weekend’s otherwise visionary annual Denver Pan African Arts Society Film Festival included a pre-release screening of Crash, honoring actor and producer Don Cheadle for

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Miami FTAA November 2003

hunted in miami, “the model for homeland defense” amory starr 29 November, 2003 (a shorter version was printed as “Free trade in the Americas: the

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critical globalization studies

this lecture is an introduction to what i call “critical globalization studies”, which reflects the work of an international group of scholars, primarily economists and

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the new imperialism

Amory Starr panel on “the new imperialism” with Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, Michael Hardt, Peter Gowan Socialist Scholars Conference Cooper Union New York City 13

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