You have to want A.B.& C. and fulminate against 1,2,& 3

May 2008, Script published as part of “Hey Hey Glossolalia (AFTER) Exhibiting the voice”, Creative Time, New York, NY, Performed in event “THE EROTICISM OF PEDAGOGY” by Tirdad Zolghadr and  Liam Gillick.

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Liam:

We have been up all night, my friends and I, beneath mosque lamps whose brass cupolas are bright as our souls, because like them they were illuminated by the internal glow of electric hearts. And trampling underfoot our native sloth on opulent Persian carpets, we have been discussing right up to the limits of logic and scrawling the paper with demented writing.

Tirdad:

Disapproval of emotional `scenes’ leads to fear of strong emotion, fear of one’s own anger and hatred. Fear of anger and hatred combined with a lack of self-confidence in one’s ability to cope with and change the world, or even to affect in the slightest way one’s own destiny, leads to a mindless belief that the world and most people in it are nice and the most banal, trivial amusements are great fun and deeply pleasurable.

Liam:

You can perform contrary actions at the same time, in one single, fresh breath; I am against action; as for continual contradiction, and affirmation too, I am neither for nor against them, and I won’t explain myself because I hate common sense.

Tirdad:

Irony is about contradictions that do not resolve into larger wholes, even dialectically, about the tension of holding incompatible things together because both or all are necessary and true. Irony is about humour and serious play. It is also a rhetorical strategy and a political method, one I would like to see more honoured

Liam:

Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.

Tirdad:

Un petit peuple serré de près aux soutanes restées les seules dépositaires de la foi, du savoir, de la vérité et de la richesse nationale. Tenu à l’écart de l’évolution universelle de la pensée pleine de risques et de dangers, éduqué sans mauvaise volonté, mais sans contrôle, dans le faux jugement des grands faits de l’histoire quand l’ignorance complète est impraticable.

Liam and Tirdad to audience:

We are speaking on this occasion, not as members of this or that nation, continent, or creed, but as human beings, members of the species Man, whose continued existence is in doubt. The world is full of conflicts. Consider yourselves only as members of a biological species which has had a remarkable history, and whose disappearance none of us can desire.

Liam:

The purpose of `higher’ education is not to educate but to exclude as many as possible from the various professions. The male, totally physical, incapable of mental rapport, although able to understand and use knowledge and ideas, is unable to relate to them, to grasp them emotionally: he does not value knowledge and ideas for their own sake (they’re just means to ends) and, consequently, feels no need for mental companions, no need to cultivate the intellectual potentialities of others. On the contrary, the male has a vested interest in ignorance; it gives the few knowledgeable men a decided edge on the unknowledgeable ones, and besides, the male knows that an enlightened, aware female population will mean the end of him. The healthy, conceited female wants the company of equals whom she can respect and groove on; the male and the sick, insecure, unself-confident male female crave the company of worms.

Tirdad:

L’esprit d’observation succède à celui de transfiguration.

Liam:

Many warnings have been uttered by eminent men of science and by authorities in military strategy. None of them will say that the worst results are certain. What they do say is that these results are possible, and no one can be sure that they will not be realized. We have not yet found that the views of experts on this question depend in any degree upon their politics or prejudices. They depend only, so far as our researches have revealed, upon the extent of the particular expert’s knowledge. We have found that the men who know most are the most gloomy.

Tirdad:

I argue for a politics rooted in claims about fundamental changes in the nature of class, race, and gender in an emerging system of world order analogous in its novelty and scope to that created by industrial capitalism; we are living through a movement from an organic, industrial society to a polymorphous, information system–from all work to all play, a deadly game.

Liam:

Each thing has its word, but the word has become a thing by itself. Why shouldn’t I find it? Why can’t a tree be called Pluplusch, and Pluplubasch when it has been raining? The word, the word, the word outside your domain, your stuffiness, this laughable impotence, your stupendous smugness, outside all the parrotry of your self-evident limitedness. The word, gentlement, is a public concern of the first importance.

Tirdad:

To make a visit once a year, as one goes to see the graves of our dead once a year, that we could allow! We can even imagine placing flowers once a year at the feet of the Gioconda! But to take our sadness, our fragile courage and our anxiety to the museum every day, that we cannot admit! Do you want to poison yourselves? Do you want to rot?

Liam:

Every man must shout: there is great destructive, negative work to be done. To sweep, to clean. The cleanliness of the individual materialises after we’ve gone through folly, the aggressive, complete folly of a world left in the hands of bandits who have demolished and destroyed the centuries. With neither aim nor plan, without organisation: uncontrollable folly, decomposition. Those who are strong in word or in strength will survive, because they are quick to defend themselves; the agility of their limbs and feelings flames on their faceted flanks.

*Next three lines said with FEELING*

 Tirdad:

This hope is illusory!

Liam:

But not only has the bourgeoisie forged the weapons that bring death to itself; it has also called into existence the men who are to wield those weapons!

Tirdad:

No objects, spaces, or bodies are sacred in themselves; any component can be interfaced with any other if the proper standard, the proper code, can be constructed for processing signals in a common language!

*Back to a normal tone of voice*

Liam:

Every form of society has been based, as we have already seen, on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes. But in order to oppress a class, certain conditions

must be assured to it under which it can, at least, continue its slavish existence.

Tirdad:

A completely automated society can be accomplished very simply and quickly once there is a public demand for it. The blueprints for it are already in existence, and it’s construction will take only a few weeks with millions of people working on it. Even though off the money system, everyone will be most happy to pitch in and get the automated society built; it will mark the beginning of a fantastic new era, and there will be a celebration atmosphere accompanying the construction.

Liam:

For salamanders, regeneration after injury, such as the loss of a limb, involves regrowth of structure and restoration of function with the constant possibility of twinning or other odd topographical productions at the site of former injury. The regrown limb can be monstrous, duplicated, potent. We have all been injured, profoundly. We require regeneration, not rebirth, and the possibilities for our reconstitution include the utopian dream of the hope for a monstrous world without gender.

Tirdad:

D’ici là, sans repos ni halte, en communauté de sentiment avec les assoiffés d’un mieux être, sans crainte des longues échéances, dans l’encouragement ou la persécution, nous poursuivrons dans la joie notre sauvage besoin de libération.

Liam:

The roar of contorted pains, the interweaving of contraries and all contradictions, freaks and irrelevancies: LIFE.

Tirdad:

Que ceux tentés par l’aventure se joignent à nous.

 

 

Manifesto Quotes in order of Appearance: 

DADA Manifesto, Futurist Manifesto, Scum Manifesto, Dada Manifesto, Le Refus Global, Communist Manifesto, Cyborg Manifesto, Russell-Einstein Manifesto, Scum Manifesto, Refus Global, Russell-Einstein Manifesto, Cyborg Manifesto, Dada Manifesto (Hugo Ball), Futurist Manifesto, Dada Manifesto, Russell-Einstein Manifesto, Communist Manifesto, Cyborg Manifesto, Communist Manifesto, Scum Manifesto, Cyborg Manifesto, Le Refus Global, Dada Manifesto, Le Refus Global.

 

 

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