From the standpoint of practice, resistance is a very common action. It is accomplished every day in ways that undoubtedly transcend the public sphere of great movements of opposition and counterattack covered in the news. From a theoretical standpoint, however, the existence of these small scale exercises in daily resistance tend to be overlooked because discursive constructs dissolve these micro-politics until they disappear. The situation does not by any means get better when art comes into play: indeed, art –simulation by definition– can only debase any attempt at resistance given its overwhelming ability to convert everything it touches into appearances (in the best of cases) and into mere luxury goods (in the worst of cases).
January 22, 2004 - January 24, 2004