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Offices tags: cave cluster

A bridge can be built and then transport can happen. Vehicles of any kind can pass along this bridge and serve their function. But architecturally speaking, an office is a very specific kind of bridge. An office is a stage for the public performance of an institution. The Museum of Vestigial Desire’s (MoVD) office complex is staging ground and incubator for initiatives that emerge from its work.

The office serves multiple services besides offering a web publication space. The services include the use of any text in its archive and build upon the critiques that it has initiated. The larger role of the MoVD has always been to make a particular kind or questioning of language possible. There can be different motivations for questioning and each office in our complex represents a different approach. Across different approaches, the shared objective is to lighten the weight of critical vocabulary by making it possible to assess each term in the space of a text or a group of linked texts in a book. Otherwise the critical assessment of terms is made difficult by the legacy of how they have been assessed before.

The point being made is not that a knowledge does not require an awareness and familiarity with history. The history of theory allows to move forward incrementally rather than remain busy engaging with the same questions again and again. The point being made is that the lateral entry and access to discursive knowledge needs to be maintained. The appreciation of a particular perspective shouldn’t make familiarity with an earlier body of work necessary.

Referring and building upon previous works might be necessary but in order to render the surface of a text as complete and whole, and not fragmented, a lyric and continuous writing style is needed. Text is not a piece of code and needs to be readable without referring to a key. The more specific we want to be, the more the language that we use gets standardised. In a standardised text, the same phrase means the same thing in every use. In such a text a specific term is used, established and used at the same time.

It is differentiated from the use of jargon. In the case of jargon, a term is established and qualified a few times and then the assumption is that the reader will be familiar of the entire body of work. In subsequent texts, the terms once established and are qualified are not dealt with again. This makes the task of reading and fully understanding one text dependent on the reading and understanding of an entire body of work. This makes the reading experience of such a text a specialised task that can be taken up only by people with a specific training.

This is not acceptable to us as it is a severe limitation. Scholarship cannot become a profession that speaks a language understood only by a few. Scholarship is a mode of enquiry which can be taken up by anyone who is inclined to do so.

Slander tags: cave

When you malign me, your false stories do not stick but the possibility of the falsehood being true actually does. And you know that. And that is why you manage your aggression towards me the way you do. You keep throwing these half-truths and these outright lies on me and you enjoy the damage that you cause. But stories are forgotten, even exciting ones, and presence is experienced in the titillation of the here and now. So the evidence against slander is always stacked up. There is a…