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a very special delirium
April 24, 2010, 1:48 pm
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Everything is rational in capitalism, except capital or capitalism itself. The stock market is certainly rational; one can understand it, study it, the capitalists know how to use it, and yet it is completely delirious, it’s mad. It is in this sense that we say: the rational is always the rationality of an irrational. Something that hasn’t been adequately discussed about Marx’s *Capital* is the extent to which he is fascinated by capitalists mechanisms, precisely because the system is demented, yet works very well at the same time.

So what is rational in a society? It is — the interests being defined in the framework of this society — the way people pursue those interests, their realisation. But down below, there are desires, investments of desire that cannot be confused with the investments of interest, and on which interests depend in their determination and distribution: an enormous flux, all kinds of libidinal-unconscious flows that make up the delirium of this society. The true story is the history of desire.

Gilles Deleuze, A Very Special Delirium



fort wall street
December 23, 2008, 1:23 am
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lordy-rodriguez

This is map made by the artist Lordy Rodriguez for the Get Lost show at the New Museum on the Bowery.  There is a description of the intent of the show below.  Have a look at the other maps here.

Rodriguez’s map shows Manhattan at some future date.  It is a clear and perhaps alarming view of a very different time.  The island, Central Park, the Hudson and East Rivers, Broadway, the world trade center and Brooklyn are all recognizable elements that tell us we are in Manhattan.  However there are changes which mark drift from the ideas and forms that make up the New York we know today. Continue reading