THE COUNSEL OF SPENT
Nina Power (Ed.)
Lying beneath this collection of writings is an insistent attack upon the soft underbelly of middle-class duplicity that willingly supports capitalist mediocrity in order to maintain privileges, thereby aiding capitalism’s endless repetitions of growth and collapse. We are told that technological change alone will bring the deleterious effects of profit and loss to heel. And so it appears, that unless we are driven to the brink of extinction, there will be no collective counter-attack of lasting value. This is the counsel of spent, asking how far we must be pushed as a species, as a planet, and how much more must be tolerated in the interests of ‘survival’ before we awake and understand that there is no natural evolution under capitalism? Another end of the world is possible. Formed in 1995, Inventory was a loosely associated group of writers, artists and theorists, currently guided by the efforts of two artists/heretics, Adam Scrivener and Paul Claydon, who advance a practical and theoretical notion of what they call ‘fierce sociology’.
4 1⁄2 x 6 3⁄4 in. / 238pp. / Full color
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LANGUAGE IS SKIN
Scripts for Performances
A constellation of texts, largely written to be spoken. The scripts as they are printed do not document the performances primarily. They are indications of spatial and temporal layering, juxtapositions of aesthetic and poetic elements and bodies. Overlapping every day observations with archival material, confronting and jumping. Figures that intervene – interruptions into the reproduction and maintenance of colonial poison cabinets and patriarchal canons. Histories of involvement. The folding of histories. Entangling feminist fictions. Taking care of. Trouble, always trouble. Contributors include, Romy Rüegger, Emma Haugh and Katherine MacBride. Romy Rüegger, (b.1983), is an Swiss based artist and writer working with sound based practices and shared listening. Her writings for performances, audio works and choreographed spaces draw on anti-racist and intersectional politics of language and memory. Most of the scripts in this publication were written on invitation of friends and are closely related to long term collaborations.
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