Louis Pierre Althusser was a Marxist philosopher. He was born in Algeria and studied at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he eventually became Professor of Philosophy. Althusser was a lifelong member and sometimes strong critic of the French Communist Party. His arguments and theses were set against the threats that he saw attacking the theoretical foundations of Marxism. These included both the influence of empiricism on Marxist theory, and humanist and reformist socialist orientations which manifested as divisions in the European Communist Parties, as well as the problem of the “cult of personality” and of ideology itself. Althusser is commonly referred to as a Structural Marxist, although his relationship to other schools of French structuralism is not a simple affiliation and he is critical of many aspects of structuralism.
Maayan Nidam may be much more familiar to you when she’s DJing or producing under her Miss Fitz moniker. As Fitz, she’s been releasing her own minimal house and techno for over three years now, fusing together synthetic and organic sounds to create a restrained yet powerfully rhythmic style.
Atunci cand simt ca nu mai pot face fata tirului constant de abjectii, bag un mix bun si-mi revin.
“I realised this mix was a great opportunity for me to put my people on, and it represents exactly what I stand for in this scene and my contribution. In the beginning I thought, should I put my own label’s music on here? Is that too daft? But after some serious thinking, I really couldn’t be happier with the way it came together.” (Jay Haze)
Nearly a decade ago, in the seaport city of Haifa, Juju & Jordash met. They had very different lives going on at the time, but found one another through their weekly be-bop jams. Throughout the 1990s, Juju & Jordash each played in and composed for various post-rock, jazz, ethnic and experimental combos by day. Meanwhile by cover of night, they were both experimenting with electronic dance music—something they would soon come to do together.
Pato is a Portugese artist who creates figures in acrylic, oils, watercolour, mixed paint or digital. “They are set in a larger frame, a humanity more artistic than human transpires from them. And the eyes? In bitter-sweet contrast, with
strong expression and dominance, Rodrigo Canhão’s characters’ eyes are sometimes tormented and sometimes as hard as steel, also the eyes of an inquisitor. They are also tragic at times, deep as moons, other times innocent, old eyes; and sometimes they are empty of deep silences (the presence/absence duality, eyes of memory-shadows that stare hypnotically.
On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley’s Harry Kreisler is joined by linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky to discuss activism, anarchism and the role the United States plays in the world today. Series: “Conversations with History” [6/2002] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 6568]