[NetBehaviour] IS it pre-history

Joel Weishaus joelweishaus at gmail.com
Tue Sep 16 18:18:03 CEST 2014


Thank you for this.
It's an example of how artists can supply insight.


On 9/16/2014 8:34 AM, Ana Valdés wrote:
> As I wrote before I think the exhibition and discussions initiated by 
> Catherine David and Jordan Crandall were among the best I read and I 
> am very happy I participated on them. The Israeli architect Eyal 
> Weizman wrote an interesting book about violence and evil
> "The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to 
> Gaza
> by Eyal Weizman
> Groundbreaking exploration of the philosophy underpinning Western 
> humanitarian intervention.
> The principle of the "lesser evil"---the acceptability of pursuing one 
> exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater 
> injustice---has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. 
> From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah 
> Arendt's exploration of the work of the Jewish Councils during the 
> Nazi regime, Weizman explores its development in three key 
> transformations of the problem: the defining intervention of Médecins 
> Sans Frontières in mid-1980s Ethiopia; the separation wall in 
> Israel-Palestine; and international and human rights law in Bosnia, 
> Gaza and Iraq. Drawing on a wealth of new research, Weizman charts the 
> latest manifestation of this age-old idea. In doing so he shows how 
> military and political intervention acquired a new "humanitarian" 
> acceptability and legality in the late twentieth and early 
> twenty-first centuries."
> He is a very interesting researcher at Goldsmiths college and his 
> "round table" discussions were very important to develop a kind of 
> fusion between philosophy, urbanism and militarism.
> I wrote a short essay about him and his works "The Politics of 
> Verticality", about how Jewish settlers and military have taken the 
> Israeli and the Palestine civil societies as hostages.
> http://www.netartreview.net/weeklyFeatures/Weizman_English.html
> cheers
> Ana and Alan, be careful with your heart, we need your compassion and 
> your passion! :)
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com 
> <mailto:sondheim at panix.com>> wrote:
>     My soul does feel eaten, I'm serious about this. I have
>     nightmares, heart palpitations (going in for a monitor today),
>     etc. But I can't ignore it (I can keep my ruminations from the
>     lists on the subject - certainly the response by the nettime
>     monitor was incredibly condescending and doesn't do me or him or
>     the issue any good)...
>     I'd love to see a show just called something like Responses to
>     Violence and see what emerges -
>     On Tue, 16 Sep 2014, rinus van alebeek wrote:
>         Dear Alan and all,
>         Long time ago Karl Popper wrote:
>         "For the history of power politics is nothing but the history of
>         international crime and mass murder (including it is true,
>         some of the
>         attempts to suppress them). This history is taught in schools,
>         and some of
>         the greatest criminals are extolled as heroes."
>         So what to do if you want to establish your own order? One
>         starts "cleaning"
>         the place up. It is the way history tells. Leave it to the
>         ghost writer.
>         How to deal with this through art and other forms of expression?
>         I really don't have a clue. It is like pondering on how to
>         stop the waves of
>         the sea rolling onto the shore.
>         To kill, rape, torture must give some energy, a kind of high
>         that is
>         addictive and probably creates a psychological space where-in
>         one feels
>         him/herself master of all events in and outside oneself.
>         Destroy that space is the one thing I can think of, while
>         working on your
>         art.
>         But can we? And isn't such practice in the end
>         self-destructive, because it
>         will eat your soul?
>         Meanwhile...
>         Greetings from the sunny coast of Calabria,
>         Rinus
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