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A/cephalic Discontents – Session II

April 30, 2016 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


a/cephalic discontents / a discussion series curated by DAS UNBEHAGEN

session II / co-curated by BROKEN TONGUE COMMITTEE

texts: Georges Bataille, “Program Relative to Acéphale”; “The Sacred Conspiracy”; “The Psychological Structure of Fascism”; “The Moral Meaning of Sociology”

Recommended texts: Denis Hollier “Collage” in The College of Sociology; Bataille, “The Labyrinth & Communication” in Inner Experience

Saturday, April 30. 2-4PM 30 Charlton Street, Suite 1. NYC (1 train @ Houston, C & E trains @ Spring) Contact Patricia Gherovici at pgherovici@aol.com for pdfs and to register

“Through an inevitable slippage, the category of the sacred extends into our own lives…”

Acephalic discontents is a series of text-based discussions on the question of community and group structure co-curated by various writerly, artistic and intellectual groups. Sessions reect on the possibilities and limits of alternative organization within the constraints of today’s capitalism while also functioning as nodes of intersection for various acephalic thinkers, groups and projects between New York City and Philadelphia.

The second session brings a/cephalic discontents to New York City, and brings the discussion to the centerpiece of the acephalic tradition: the writings of Georges Bataille. “Without doubt, Bataille had, by far, gone the further in the crucial experience of the modern destiny of the community” (JL Nancy). What was Bataille’s communal and political itinerary? How did his later reflections on his attempts in free association shape a broad thinking of social form, a philosophy of relation, communication and finitude, and ambivalent hopes about the limits and possibilities of elective communities in the condition of the “absence of myth”?

Space is limited; to register contact Patricia Gherovici at pgherovici@aol.com / Transportation will be facilitated between Philadelphia and NYC / visit acephalicdiscontents.tumblr.com for more information


April 30, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


30 Charlton Street, Suite 1
New York, NY 10014 United States
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