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Marc James Léger
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According to Adam Johnson’s April 18 report in FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), a survey of the top 100 papers in the United States revealed that none of the editorial boards opposed the U.S. military’s April 13 airstrikes on Syria. Twenty newspapers fully supported the strikes, while six were... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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This is a longer version of a text published in the Montreal magazine Esse, #92, winter 2018. Neoliberal performance art as a cybernetic endgame in Ruben Östlund’s The Square (2017). Recent events reveal that democracy is in serious trouble. The neoliberal governance that has accompanied globalization, post-Fordism and the new... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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THE ISOLATION OF JULIAN ASSANGE MUST STOP We call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech. If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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This essay was written for the exhibition catalogue Oliver Ressler, Catastrophe Bonds, the first major presentation of the work of Oliver Ressler in the United States, curated by Brandon Bauer, Shan Bryan-Hanson and Kate Mothes. In the late 1990s the cultural theorist Miwon Kwon discussed the work of artists like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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This essay is a contribution to the forthcoming exhibition catalogue: Geir Haraldseth and Michael Birchall, eds. Good Effort (Stavanger, Norway: Rogaland Kunstsenter, 2017). Good. This is what says Grumpy Cat, an overexposed cat meme perhaps but nevertheless the way one might respond to the idea that art is not what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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This text was commissioned in summer 2017 and written for the exhibition catalogue Phenomenological Lightworks (working title), to be published by NeMe (Cyprus, 2018). The Internet is evil. The Catsouras family in Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (USA, 2016). Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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Seymour Hersh published in June in the German newspaper Die Welt - because mainstream American news media are too corrupt or too ideologically reactionary to properly report news - another story that describes how the White House has intentionally lied to the public about the Syrian regime under Assad, accusing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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In the last two years or so it has become obvious that not only is Slavoj Žižek having to engage in academic debates with his interlocutors, but that his celebrity as the so-called “Elvis of cultural theory” and “most dangerous philosopher in the West” is beginning to be challenged by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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A book I co-edited with David Tomas is now available from Common Notions ( http://www.commonnotions.org/zapantera-negra/ ). It presents the work of EDELO in collaboration with Emory Douglas and other artists in struggle working with Zapatista and indigenous communities in Chiapas. Thanks to Emory, Mia, Saúl, Caleb and Rigo for allowing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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Whoever is not prepared to talk about capitalism should also remain silent about fascism. – Max Horkheimer On January 21, 2017, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, more than 500,000 people demonstrated in the Washington D.C. “women’s march,” with an equal number... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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WR: Mysteries of the Organism Today Revised January 4, 2016. The French translation of the essay is to be published in the journal Au Sud de l’Est (December 2016). One of Dušan Makavejev’s first short films, Don’t Believe in Monuments (1958), was held back from circulation for five years because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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Book Review of Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt’s To Defend the Revolution Is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of the Cuban Revolution (PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2015, 398pp), originally published in the Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, http://marxandphilosophy.org.uk/reviewofbooks/reviews/2016/2244 The main hypothesis of Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt’s important new book on the cultural policies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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CMOK to YOu To presents the 2015 email correspondence of the Serbian-born poet, art critic and playwright Nina Živančević and Canadian cultural theorist Marc James Léger. In December of 2014 Léger invited Živančević to contribute a text to the second volume of the book he was editing, The Idea of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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The reprehensible murder of 50 people and the wounding of 53 at Orlando’s LGBT nightclub The Pulse affects us immediately in a way that is becoming all too familiar from other similar kinds of events. In each case there is shock, the assessment of facts, the grieving of the loss... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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Panel (c) of Richard Hamilton, Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu – a painting in three parts, also known by the artist as Untitled and Balzac (a) + (b) + (c), 2011. Epson inkjet on Hewlett-Packard RHesolution canvas, 3 panel triptych, 112 x 176 cm each. The image makes use of an 1855... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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( http://kioskderdemokratie.blogspot.ca/2016/04/nuit-debout-1-francis-azevedo-france.html ) Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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IN THE USA, THE RICHEST 1/10TH OF THE WEALTHIEST 1% OWN AS MUCH WEALTH AS THE POOREST 90% - THE 20 WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE US OWN MORE WEALTH THE THE POOREST 150 MILLION AMERICANS - ONE FAMILY, THE WALTON FAMILY, OWNS MORE WEALTH THAN THE POOREST 40% OF AMERICANS... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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This is an updated version of my blog post from January 2015. To be published in my forthcoming book Vanguardia. At a London Critical Theory Summer School event, which took place July 10, 2014, the feminist scholar Jacqueline Rose and the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek exchanged some thoughts on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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My easter holiday article, "Ecce Homo! Occupy God?" is available on the Culture Matters web site: http://www.culturematters.org.uk/index.php/culture/theory/item/2270-ecce-homo-occupy-god. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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This unpublished paper was presented at the University of Ottawa, February 9, 2016. Wael Zuaiter, a Palestinian artist and intellectual, was assassinated by Mossad agents as part of a spree of Israeli state-sponsored murders taking place in Europe in 1972. He was killed outside his apartment in Rome on October... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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My text, "Maximalism on a Scale You Rarely See: Review of Graham Cunnington, Angus Farquhar and Paul Jamrozy, Test Dept: Total State Machine, eds. Alexei Monroe and Peter Webb (2015)," was recently published in the online review PDF #2 (November 2015) (pub-doc-file.org). I expected my book review to be accompanied... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
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It is the third week of the new CBS program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and soon enough I would think to make an assessment of the difference between this show and the previous Colbert Report. In Brave New Avant Garde I discussed how Stephen Colbert’s television character was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS