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Articulating the Cracks
in the Worlds of Power

Introduction III to Continental Drift

We are pleased to invite you to our second chapter of Continental Drift. This is an event organized with Tangent University and Brian Holmes. The seminar was initiated last year, both to take ownership of and experiment with different modes of learning/pedagogy. Our subject matter is vast in that we attempt to collectively locate some of the huge political and economic shifts taking place under our own feet and in turn map out the micro-cartographies of resistance.
This session will cover a tremendous amount of ground, from theoretical insights and discussions related to neoliberalism, cybernetics, oursourcing, uneven development, privatization of military, militarization, immigration, ghettoization, camp as paradigm & state of exception. We will then look at specific cases of cultural and political actions which attempt to resist or map out resistance to some of these alarming trends.
To get a wider sense of the presentations, we have descriptions on the website. The events will begin this evening with two presentations, a discussion, and a dinner together at the space.
Followed by two days of discussions, workshops, and presentations by various participating artists, cultural workers, and activists.
All of the events this weekend will be taking place at 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor. There is a sliding fee of $25-50 we are asking to support the entire effort including our meals together. But this fee SHOULD NOT be a barrier for anyone who is interested and cannot afford to pay.
We look forward to seeing you.

Introduction II to Continental Drift

Is there such a thing as a national Skid Row? What happens when the hegemonic country goes on a multibillion-dollar binge, drinks itself blind on the fictions of power, loses control, collapses in public, hits bottom with a groan?After its first anniversary, the slow-motion blowback of Hurricane Katrina seems finally to have carried the war all the way home to the USA, water-slogged and banal, drenched in the flow of time, choking on the stupid truths that the blazing spectacle of the Twin Towers pushed outward for years, beyond unreal borders. Yes, the levees broke. Yes, the New Economy was a fitful dream. Yes, there were no WMD. Yes, the invasion of Iraq was a terrible mistake. Yes, it's not over. Yes, it takes some kind of care for others to make a world livable.
In September and October of 2005, at 16 Beaver Street in New York's financial district, the first sessions of Continental Drift tried to put together a set of lenses to examine the present condition of Empire, with its Anglo-American foundations stretching back to WWII and its normative models projected across the planet, beneath the guise of neoliberalism. We wanted to have a collective try at mapping out the world that our divided labor helps to build. But at the same time as we carried out this cartographic project, all of us struggled to see how the imperial condition inexorably cracks, along the great continental fault lines that increasingly separate the earth's major regions, but also at the heart of the very ties of belief, habit, complicity and sheer affective numbness that keep the silent majorities convinced that somewhere there is still something "normal."That was before the last war in Lebanon.
If cynicism has no bounds, if it is well known that the imperial partners will do everything they can to prove that
the present mode of development is sustainable - even by destroying it - should we not have infinitely more audacity to imagine another life, and to give it expression? New York, like any huge city on planet earth in 2006, is a crossroads of worlds, an antheap of civilizations, a labyrinth of intersecting and diverging micro-experiences that resonate with the entire planetary space, no matter how far removed its deep wells and endlessly receding horizons may be. The project for this Drift is to continue mapping the operating systems of Empire, but above all, to open up the few square meters of 16 Beaver to individual or group testimonies, artistic visions and intellectual debates that can articulate - put into words, but also knit together, weave into unforeseen combinations - a number of the singular cracks that are appearing in the worlds of power: not only in the obsessively American world, but also in other worlds, in Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the
Middle East, the former Soviet space and in your head, where the worlds collide every day. Yes, it's another modest ambition for the calm, serene, imperturbable times in which we live.

Introduction I to Continental Drift

Continental Drift is modular and experimental seminar which has embarked upon the "impossible" task of articulating the immense geopolitical and economic shifts which took place between 1989-2001, the effects of those changes on the emerging bodies of governance (i.e., the formation of economic blocs like EU or NAFTA) and in turn the effects on subjectivity today.

We seek individuals who are concerned about what is taking place around us in the name of politics. We may be activists, artists, cultural workers, non-aligned subjects, whatever singularities seeking possible lines of flight which may be collective. Our goal is to use these seminars to take our inquiries beyond self-interest and contribute to this pool that some have called the general intellect. We hope in sharing our thoughts, research and experiments, we may initiate further experimentations with collective research/action and actually connect to various movements.

We completed the first Chapter of Continental Drift, which was divided into two parts, with a September and October session in 2005. We continue this year with Chapter 2 and look forward to realizing further possibilities for informing and sharing our collective struggles.