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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Causa Finita

Roma Locuta, Causa Finita is emanation of judgement from a symbolic authority which cuts down the possibility of a situation in formation which is in the process of escaping the constituted authority's notion of propriety. Rome has Spoken, The Case is Closed. Slavoj Zizek inverts this phrase to signal the resistance to hegemony that is born locally in the contemporary multitude: "Causa Locuta, Roma Finita".
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A slightly different reading: 'Causa Locuta' implies the sudden coming-together of the parts of an ambiguous situation. The event suddenly takes on its own direction which is greater than the average impulses of the milieu and actors involved.
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We are interested in difficult and ambiguous objects, moments, processes, situations. And we are interested in the speculative probing of curious people who approach these situations through sketchbooks, mathematics, drawings, cartographies, scripts, choreographies and re-constructions.
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The precise construction of an elegant response has a lightness and resistance that prevents easy absorption.
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John Hedjuk hung a remark of Robbe-Grillet concerning Kafka on the wall of his office: "The hallucinatory effect derives from the extraordinary clarity and not from mystery or mist."

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