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thN Lng folk 2go: Investigating Future Premoderns™

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thN Lng folk 2go: Investigating Future Premoderns™
by The Confraternity of Neoflagellants
with a Preface by Simon O’Sullivan
Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2013. 242 pages, illus. ISBN-13: 978-0615890258. OPEN-ACCESS e-book and $17.00 [€15.00/£12.00] in print: paperbound/5 X 8 in.

“At last, the rival Confraternity of SpeculativeRealism® has its missing subject! Here, the human-object/thing sits still-as-stone, dis-connected from one regime in order to connect to another. As such, this book is a contribution to Thing Theory, but of a very queer and wonky kind. An object-oriented ontology© on amphetamines and psilocybin.” (Simon O’Sullivan)

“There will be many things about this guide that you will not like. It might drive a bit too fast for comfort, especially because it has no seatbelts—the Journeyman’s Guide is open top and the roads to its anchorholds swerve all over the place. But you need to drive very fast to see things as things.” (Reviews, Proto-Bitch, Portland, OR)

Book launch tonight Halloween:

In the jousting field of Parc Mont Royale, near Chemin Olmsted, Montréal, QC H2W 1S8, Canada, at 19:00 EST Sergeant at Arms (Norman Hogg) will download a PDF of the book from punctumbooks.com/titles/thn-lng-folk (CAN$ 0) onto his Android cellphone and drink a toast from Horton’s cup.

At Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland:
Keeper of the Wardrobe (Neil Mulholland) will launch the print copy of the book (€15) at 23:00 CET The first advanced print copy will be flagellated then burned, its ashes interned in the bin outside Cabaret Voltaire’s gift shop.

Hope to see you there!

thN Lng folk 2go

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Punctum Books:

thN Lng folk 2go
by The Confraternity of Neoflagellants
with a Preface by Simon O’Sullivan

Iz thri riwles:

Die earste riwle speketh ov journie — iz al outward, ant riwles de body. Schulen ov swucche thinges az flk bear thmselvs outward; eat, drunch ant werke.
Dis riwle speketh ov anchorit. Schulen ov ascetic.
Die thridde riwle speketh ov host. Schulen ov embody ant transfigure.

Neomedievalisms are cultural practices that breathe a bouquet of premoderns as permanent rehearsals of coming events. Where medievalists may be prone to police the post-medieval weald for ‘inauthentic’ medievalisms, neomedievalists embrace the articulation and mobilisation of metahistorical ‘anachronisms’. To the medievalist, medievalisms provide powerful indexes that reveal how post-medieval societies have variously imagined ‘little middle ages’ to suit modern agendas. To the neomedievalist, medievalisms are theory-fictions that facilitate ludic speculation on non-modern futurities.
While neomedievalist theories have emerged in a variety of fields since the early 1970s — notably in cultural studies of medievalisms, international relations and literary theory — there are few applications that synthesise and put the methodologies of these diverse fields into practice. thN Lng folk 2go applies this extant scholarship as an extradisciplinary practice, dramatising the neomedieval turn in (quasi)objects, persons, work, education, travel, food, ethnicity, media, art, hypereconomics and technology. This speculative journey is ghost authored by a trinity of neomedievalist narrators — Journeyman, Anchorite and Host — each relic-ing their own curious neomedieval futurities.

Drawing its heterogeneous approaches from studies in medievalisms, international relations, literary theory, actor-network theory, anthropology, hypereconomics, art history, aesthetics, ecology, cultural theory, cultural geography, ambience, speculative realism and future studies — thN Lng folk 2go is both an investigation of and a benefaction to a murmuration of neomedievalisms.

thN lng flk 2go iz an boke in fif bokes:

I. L’Amérique Souterraine

Dis earste dale speketh iter pro peregrinis ad metro. Dis boc iz todealet in fif leasse bokes ov journie-men Gambini’s 2 doze hu Lng 2 g0. Iz earste riwle ant ov swucche thinges az duble homo-feaste, drunch ant werke, ant iz ov othre (dug-heids) ant quazi-thinges.

II. Imperium et Sacerdotium

Dis other dale speketh ov nuncii ant procuratores, ov assemblies ant crusades.

III. The Journeyman’s Guide to Anchoritism

Dis thridde dale iz’ov translatione corporis. Dis dale iz ov customz, liturgica, blak noiz, ant self-discipline ov d post-homo man-thinge. Dis boc iz todealet in thri leasse bokes ov ancre’s wittes.

IV. xyzzy: Contemporary Art Before and After Britain

Dis feorthe dale iz’ov beatific ant ov swucche thinges az doth come from the eye’s arrows. Ad te levavi.

V. When Transfiguration Became Commonplace

Dis fifte dale speketh ov host. Dis dale is al of the thridde riwle, wen translatione bcAM hyper-economicus.

*Dis boke is supported by the Carnegie
Trust for the Universities of Scotland

The Confraternity of Neoflagellants are lay peoples dedicated to the ascetic investigation, application, dissemination and treatment of neomedievalisms. The Confraternity of Neoflagellants was founded in 2009 by Serjeant-At-Law Norman Hogg (Université Montréal, Québec) and joined by Keeper of the Wardrobe Neil Mulholland (Université Édimbourg, Écosse). It is a secular and equal opportunities confraternity bound by chirograph.

Follow the Confraternity on Twitter: @neoflagellants

Confraternity Website

Performing Worlds, Generator Projects

Performing Worlds, Generator Projects, June 12th 2012. I will read a future history:

After the Creative Economy…

The Deputy Prime Minister has revealed that he felt a deep-seated satisfaction when he saw a photo of Richard Floridas dead body for the first time. He said that the sight of his stinking bullet-ridden corpse made him think of the culture that died in the 00s – but denied that he did a high five in his mind. Florida was shot dead by EasyPolice on May 1 last year, the culmination of Project Scapegoat, a decade-long termination opportunity to hunt down the man behind the creative economy. His corpse is currently on public display at The Public, West Bromwich. See wwww.thepublic.com for two-for-one exhibition meal deals.

Notes on Groundcourse

Notes on Groundcourse – Neil MulhollandThe Groundcourse was a two year foundation that ran at Ipswich School of Art from 1961 onwards. Discussions of this course now tend to focus on its impact upon online learning environments, cybernetic art and some of Roy Ascott’s more utopian predictions regarding the world wide web (what he called ‘telematic’ art). One of the main ideas of the Groundcourse was the idea of the ‘irritant’. This involves introducing rules or conditions that will facilitate a kind of self-consciousness in learning (sand in the vaseline).

This is designed to enable ‘learning from the ground up’ – which relates to radical pedagogy (Illich’s ‘Deschooling Society and Jaqcues Rancier’s ‘Ignorant Schoolmaster’). This is common to many 1960s art school experiements, especially those informed by systems theory. The element of the Groundcourse I find most interesting is when students spent ten weeks of their second year living out a character contra to their own. I think that we can consider this as an experiment in which everyone calibrates the conditions for themselves:
“The Groundcourse emphasising behavioral change as a founding principle for enabling creativity, utilized the enactment of new personalities as educational strategy.” ground<c>: The Enablement of Creativity in a Metaverse – Art Education in a metaverse: ground<c>
This now has resonance with the common use of avatars in online games and chatrooms (there’s a SecondLife version of the Groundcourse called ground<c>) It’s also similar to other doubles in the arts, such as the motif of ‘Bunberrying’ (from Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt‘s Oblique Strategies (1975) ‘reverse an axiom’ card (Eno was a student on the Groundcourse), and the character George Costanza ‘Doing the Opposite’ in Seinfeld. The easiest way to understand this is to watch this clip from Seinfeld:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKUvKE3bQlY