A Thousand Plateaus of Cannibal Metaphysics

professor-challengerGilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari wrote the companion text to Anti-Oedipus, A Thousand Plateaus in 1980. Volume Two of Capitalism and Schizophrenia has impacted various disciplines in both the human social sciences and the arts. Cannibal Metaphysics, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro’s long awaited english translation of Metaphysiques Cannibales pushes the creative plateaus beyond the 15 given by Deleuze and Guattari. De Castro incorporates his ethnographic field research into a text that blurs the lines between anthropology and philosophy and pushes the limits of both. (We will be looking at art by Marc Ngui as a supplement to the first few chapters of the text.)

A Thousand Plateaus

First Discussion is Saturday 1/31/15 @ 1pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Intro & DRAWINGS)

Second Discussion Saturday 2/7/15 @ 2pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Intro – Second Plateau: 1914 & DRAWINGS)

Third Discussion Saturday 2/14/15 @ 2pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Continue with Second Plateau: 1914 & DRAWINGS)

Fourth Discussion Saturday 3/7/15 @ 2pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Third Plateau: 10,000BC & DRAWINGS)

Fifth Discussion Sunday 3/15/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Fourth Plateau: Nov. 20th 1923: Postulates of Linguistics)

Sixth Discussion Sunday 3/22/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Third Plateau: 10,000BC)

Seventh Discussion Sunday 3/29/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Eleventh Plateau: 1837: Of the Refrain)

Eight Discussion Sunday 5/10/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Fifth Plateau: 587 BC-AD 70: On Several Regimes of Signs)

Ninth Discussion Sunday 5/17/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Thirteenth Plateau: 7000 BC: Apparatus of Capture)

Tenth Discussion Sunday 5/24/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Seventh & Sixth Plateaus: Faciality & How to Make Yourself a Body Without Organs)

Eleventh Discussion Sunday 5/31/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Eighth Plateau: 1874: Three Novellas )

Twelfth Discussion Sunday 6/7/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Tenth Plateau: 1730: Becoming)

Thirteenth Discussion Sunday 6/14/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Ninth Plateau: 1933: Micropolitics and Segmentarity)

Fourteenth Discussion Sunday 6/21/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Twelfth Plateau: 1227: Nomadology)

Fifteenth Discussion Sunday 6/28/15 @ 12pm 140 Atkinson St. Detroit
(Fourteenth Plateau: 1440: Smooth and Striated)

Final Discussion TBD

Cannibal Metaphysics

Riot and Revolt: Selections from Alain Badiou’s The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings

“When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe” (Frantz Fanon)

Grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson

“In these processes, where the state puts on its most hideous expression, a no less detestable consensus is forged over a particularly reactive conception that can be summarized thus: the destruction or theft of a few goods in the frenzy of a riot is infinitely more culpable than the police assassination of a young man – the assas­sination that caused the riot. The government and press hastily assess the damage. And here is the vicious idea spread by all this: the death of the young man – a ‘black hooligan’ , no doubt, or an Arab ‘known to the police’ – is nothing compared with all these additional costs. Let us grieve not for the death, but for the insurance companies. Against the gangs and thieves, let us stand guard, shoulder to shoulder with the police, in front of our property, which is coveted by a rabble foreign to our values…article-2727560-209B036E00000578-628_634x421
453689558Here, by contrast, it will be asserted that the life of a young man is priceless – all the more so in that he is one of the countless people abandoned by our society. To believe that the intolerable crime is to burn a few cars and rob some shops, _1
whereas to kill a young man is trivial, maxresdefaultis typically in keeping with…the principal alienation of capitalism: the primacy of things over existence, of commodities over life and machines over workers…encapsulated in the formula: ‘The dead seize the living’…image
Note, by the way, that while there is ‘zero tol­erance’ for the young black who steals a screwdriver, there is infinite tolerance for the crimes of bankers and government embezzlers which affect the lives of mil­lions. Sophisticated intellectuals, who shed tears at the sight of the millionaire director of the IMF in hand­ cuffs, consider the government ‘lax’ in the inner cities and think one cannot see enough Arabs and blacks in chains.” (Alain Badiou – The Rebirth of History)

ferguson-protesters-defy-curfew.siThe first goal of this meeting is to discuss Alain Badiou’s three categories of riots, i.e. immediate riot, latent riot, historical riot. The second goal is to have a group discussion about but not limited to: the accuracy and applicability of these categories as tools for analysis; riots as events of collective expression or catharsis; the viability of riots and revolts as means for generating lasting social transformation, the state and media labeling of and response to riots; and the differences between these tactics and other tactics or strategies of social change.

Selection from Alain Badiou’s The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings (2012).

Note that the location has changed because of the generous offer from Trinosophes to host. They are currently exhibiting: Power to the Vanguard: Original Printed Materials from Revolutionary Movements Around the World (1963-1987) From the Collection of Brad Duncan.

Discussion will be held Saturday, December 13th, 2pm @ Trinosophes: 1464 Gratiot Avenue Detroit, MI 48207


The Writings of Eugene Ionesco

The Writings of Eugene Ionesco is a survey of Ionesco’s work. We will begin with a series of Ionesco’s earlier one act plays. Readings will be accompanied by expository and critical texts by Ionesco himself. Preceding each reading, roles will be assigned democratically to the members of the group. Each reading will be followed by a discussion of the text. We will end the series with a screening of Tom O’Horgan’s film adaptation of Rhinoceros. The readings are intended to be both an exploration of Ionesco’s contributions to theater and a cooperative play. We will find Ionesco’s plays are not only intellectually stimulating and challenging but riotously funny. Before our regular scheduled Tuesday meetings, we will attend the Abreacht Theater’s production of Sam Shepherd’s critically acclaimed play, Buried Child.

Please note the locations as they change throughout the course. Those who attend should come prepared with a copy of the play. Scheduled readings will be posted below as they become available.

Friday, October 10, 7:45 at the Abreact – Sam Shepherd’s Buried Child
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 at Cafe 1923 – Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 at Cafe 1923 – Ionesco’s The LeaderIonesco’s The Future Is In Eggs
Tuesday, November 4, 6:30 at Cafe 1923 – Ionesco’s The Chairs
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 at Cafe 1923 – Ionesco’s Rhinoceros Act I
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 at Cafe 1923 – Ionesco’s Rhinoceros Act II
Tuesday, November 25, 6:30 at Cafe 1923 – Ionesco’s Rhinoceros Act III

The Art of Rolling: Skateboarding for Beginners

The Art of Rolling: Skateboarding for Beginners is a workshop for all ages on the art of rolling on a skateboard. Led by artist and pro-skateboarder Greg Fadell, this workshop will take place throughout October on select Saturdays and will encourage participants to think about skateboarding in new ways; beyond tricks and into the world of smooth turns and gliding across the streets of Hamtramck. This workshop is perfect for those who have never once stepped on a skateboard in their life.

Dates and times forthcoming. 

Pictured here: Last Saturday’s workshop with curious neighborhood participants. 


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Flash of the Spirit

Readings from “Flash of the Spirit”
6:30 – 8:00pm Tuesdays September 2 and September 9
Venue: “9338 Campau” Gallery, 9338 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck
In this course we will read selected sections from Richard Farris Thompson’s influential book “Flash of the Spirit”, with a specific concentration on the Yoruba section. Participants in the course will gain an understanding of the general themes of Thompson’s book and an introduction to some aspects of Yoruba culture. The course will accompany, the show “until something else comes along” by artist Saffell Gardner whose work reflects some of the themes of the book.
In week 1 we will read the book’s Introduction, in which Thompson outlines his major thesis: that more African visual culture and philosophy crossed the Atlantic to the Americas than is generally recognized. Also we will look at the first section of Chapter 1, “Black Saints Go Marching In: Yoruba Art and Culture in the Americas” which looks at Yoruba concepts such as “ashe”, “iwa” and “tutu”. This material is posted here and also here.
In week 2 we will look at two or three of the book’s portraits of major Yoruba Orisha, perhaps Eshu-Elegba, Ifa and/or Shango. Readings are forthcoming.

Youth Open Studios

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Every Saturday, 3–5pm at Klinger Street Studios, 11627 Klinger Street, Hamtramck, MI

All ages! Sculpture making! Painting! Drawing! More!

Writings From Prison


Writings from Prison is a reading group that will look at a variety of incarcerated voices from around the world.

6pm @ Klinger Street Studios / 11627 Klinger Street

June 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28

“Cell Song” by Etheridge Knight

Night Music Slanted
Light strike the cave
of sleep. I alone
tread the red circle
and twist the space
with speech.

Come now, etheridge, don’t
be a savior; take
your words and scrape
the sky, shake rain

on the desert, sprinkle
salt on the tail
of a girl,

can there anything
good come out of

JUNE 30:
http://www.iacenter.org/polprisoners/maj_movewomen.htm Sex and Psychological Abuse of MOVE Women in Prison Mumia Abu-Jamal

http://www.assatashakur.org/womeninprison.htm Women in Prison: How It Is With Us Assata Shakur

http://www.assatashakur.org/pope.htm A Letter to the Pope, Havana Cuba Assata Shakur

http://www.assatashakur.org/prisoncomplex.htm Letter from Assata on the Prison Industrial Complex Assata Shakur



http://www.supportdaniel.org/files/CMU_WEB.pdf Exposing “Little Guantanamo”: Inside the CMU Daniel McGowan

The Logistics of Human Warehousing Rodney Morgan III


JULY 14:

Selections from The Memoirs from the Women’s Prison Nawal el Sa’adawi
and poems from Mila D. Aguilar. Both are here.


JULY 21:

Selections from Couldn’t Keep it to Myself by Wally Lamb and the women of the York Correctional Institution. We will look at writings by Barbara Parsons Lane and Robin Cullen.


JULY 28:

Angela Davis, Are Prison’s Obsolete?