“For the past two years, I’ve run an advanced undergraduate seminar called ‘How to Pay Attention,’ which is oriented around this basic problem: What might it be like to understand attention anthropologically, as a social and cultural phenomenon? Now with a vibe like this, how could you not be hooked! And what more is there to say?
There is an increasing focus among anthropologists on the theme of collaboration with the people they work with and with other disciplines in the university space. Frequently justified in political terms of participation, there is often less attention paid to the conceptual work in and of collaboration. In opposition to the attention given to the processes of exchange during fieldwork, there is rarely a description of the actual forms and practices created for such collective conceptual work and thinking-processes in extra-fieldwork situations. In this article, we report on an experiment in collaborative concept work at Berkeley known as ‘the Labinar’. Korsby and Stavrianakis jointly address a lacuna in the literature on collaboration by providing a description of how collective conceptual work can be given form and sustained with specific practices.
Presciently anticipating recent, cutting-edge studies of games in the digital age, such as My Life as an Elf Priest, this title says it all. So you know exactly what sort of journey you are in for on this Parlophone, “Extended Play” series of selections from Gathier’s groundbreaking anthropological studies. But don’t just take our word for it: “better than World Of Warcraft by miles!” – #gAmA@mordor
“So you all love wheels, right? Katherine knows that. Here you will be in thrall of ideas that, like burnouts on a late Saturday night, will make you want to jump in for a wild ride. And through the window if necessary. She also has a few things to say about what we can’t live without, like tuck-and-roll upholstery “.
“Now I wish I still had my ’57 Chevy Bel Air!”, David Cronenberg, dir. Crash.
With his mentor Don Juan Matsus at his elbow, Carlos takes us on a personal journey. But it’s not just any journey, especially none so banal as the Easter Bank Holiday picnic. Carlos is no sham but he is a true Shaman, giving us the Seer’s insight into what really lies beyond, or what he calls “the definitive journey”.
Forget the Piltdown Man farce. Leakey was the cat who put Africa on the evolutionary map as the cradle of life for real, don’t you forget it. And just in case you might, Larry will remind you on this Master’s Voice “Extended Play” special.
“This really requires some careful listening!” Herb Alpert.
** This is the first title in “Anthropology Greats!” — a new Single/EP series from Classical Gas**
For the first time on Classical Gas a real Dada classic! Tristan Tzara’s The Bearded Heart. That’s right, the Daddio of Dada himself reading extracts from the “Soirée du Cœur à Barbe” at the Théâtre Michel in 1923. Tris reads selections in the only way he can… gibberishly. Among the attendees were Stravinsky, Eric Satie and Jean Cocteau. Without really having to be said, a riotous evening was had by all.
“When Tris gets going there really will be a riot going on!”
Adrian Martin, Christian Science Monitor
That’s right. One you’ve been waiting for.
“Heliogabalus”, Artaud reminds us in no uncertain terms, “behaves like a thug and an irreverent libertarian”. This bogus pomp sets the scene for a rollicking journey through the Gnostic festivals, hi jinx and orgiastic revelries of the scallywag anarchist himself, as he plunders his way through the Balkans, as only he can. And along the way there will be much theatre and poetry to be had.
“If Tony doesn’t get you with this title (and I know he will), The Premature Old Age of the Cinema will be hot on its heels in the Fall”, Susan Sontag, Sight & Sound.
“I remember: When parents drink, children tipple; I remember Hermès handbags, with their tiny padlocks; I remember myxomatosis”. Such is the ingenious memory work of Georges Perec. These details from a life lived are at once minute, banal, startling and illuminating.
“In an impossible retrospect, it could be fancifully said that Georges Perec is the vital missing link in Frances Yates’ classic Art of Memory“, David Bellos
Since its original publication in 1976, Five Studies in Dialectical Materialism has been both a bone of contention as well as an injection of frisson into the ongoing and seemingly endless debate around the opposing contradictions of consumer culture defined by capital. Along with Herbert Marcuse, arguably no one has done more to further the critique of the absolute need for the worker’s control of factories.
This Columbia “Juke-Box” pressing was produced by the SMCQ Collective, Stuttgart.
Who would have thought it? A Classical Gas greatest hits. Already?! You bet. And what a lineup. From Jorge Luis Borges, Monique Wittig and Cyber Dada, to Judith Butler, John Cage & Simone de Beauvoir, this disc is a swinging digest of the best Classical Gas has to offer. But don’t take our word for it!
“An astute collection of some of the most hip and devil-may-care titles from the, dare I say it, beguiling Classical Gas collection. I mean really, how did it ever get made in the first place? Now just so you know that’s praise. And I’m not even in it …. Wait a minute… ” Jonathon Crary, MIT Press Newsletter (Arts and Design).
“Listening to this I really DO wish my brother George was here!” Liberace impersonator (deceased) the Sands, Las Vegas.
“Is anybody there?” You may well ask. Here Avital Ronell takes us on a journey to the end of the line, anticipating the surprise, fear and even terror of who might answer. Technology, schizophrenia and electric speech are some of the thoughts that will come to mind when you cradle the handset against your ear.
“Be sure to call collect!” Julia Kristeva
That’s right, L’invention du quotidien by any other name. Michel loves to ponder when he wanders. And boy does he wonder! He strolls as if entranced through the avenues and alley ways he finds and, inevitably, find him. A latter-day Rimbaud of the city, he takes us into his world and makes it ours. Bet you can’t wait to take the trip.
Also on Polydor The Possession at Loudun (produced by George Martin).
Teilhard de Chardin (SJ) is at it again. From the arid plains of the Gobi desert to the jungles of Madhya Pradesh, the maverick of unpopular ideas gives us pause and much to think about on this new Microgroove Record (produced by Bernardin Van Eekhout for Editions de L’oiseau-Lyre). Go to any place off the beaten track in search of the extraordinary and you will find that Teilhard’s footsteps have left their mark and their echoes. You can hear some of them here!
“The man has got more soul than James Brown and definitely more sole!” The Deaconess of Detroit, Christian Science Monitor.
Étienne, or Steve to his English fans, is no slouch. He’s an “Immortal” of the Académie Francaise no less! The self-styled “engraver-philosopher” carves out some fine grooves on this latest title from the good folks at Reader’s Digest Gravure. But don’t let the title throw you off. It’s not all bad news! “It will be in the inmost being of the modern reader that The Terrors of the Year Two Thousand will live”.
Laurence Shook, Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto.
“Well, we’ve all been besotted with the ‘common pursuit’ of all things literary. But here you will find a racket comparable to Lester Bangs writing on absolutely anything”– Terry Eagleton, New Left Review
In a rare meeting in the Fall of 1953, two very different personalities, poles apart in all matters aesthetic, political and cultural, came together in the Bahamas. There they surreptitiously performed the forbidding Williams Mix as spoken word. This is the extraordinary result.
“A right Royal rowdy rumpus, to be sure”, Earle Brown, Town and Country.
With titles like “Metric Typology” and “Vectors of Prose Style” what’s not to like!
“Generally provocative, yet toe-tapping”, Edward Stankiewicz, Thought