Paula Cobo Guevara is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles.
we have an inheritance of the historical vanguards in the synthethis of aesthetics and politics: the Italian 77, and may 68; which opened a space of possibility outside any hegemonic representative politics, creating a space of autonomy. From those spheres of social creativity we can learn the necessity for those of us working within the post-fordist institution and in a knowledge based economy to maintain a radical autonomy within the institution (and outside, of course).
as workers/artists/activist working within the institution, we can refuse to work in the *post -assembly line* of this large subjectifiying machine of neoliberal subjects: the captured University. we, as active agents, can constantly work in creating fields of desire via radical pedagogy, via negating the a priory academic mode of production.
has she stopped to think on how she writes, on how she articulates research, how she loves, how she fucks, how she shares common knowledge, how she articulates resistance?
politics of desire and not representation
it seems that when -we- working with the humanist landscape of the university are only entitled to analyze or comment of that which is ‘outside.’ Lately, I’ve seen a number of papers, lectures, and so forth which not only use social movements as a way of “illustrating” certain theories surrounding them, but also putting them into a symbolic value within the academic system, undermining a personal appropriation of social processes which have their own intelligence and logic. Maintaining autonomy within the institutional system, as workers/artists/activists means destroying the fucking bourgeois kantian aesthetic judgment (yes, the spirt of kant, still fucking hunting !!!). This means that we are not a fucking pseudo “illustrated” commentator affected by the effects of social movements.
we ARE the movement, because the movement articulates itself in singular and collective processes of desubjectification from the larger dispositive. we need to enable a politics of affect that operates at a molecular level and in the field of creativity, of political and aesthetic praxis.
on our material composition of radical subjectivity which is contaminative and expressive. not representational.