Marx: the quest, the path, the destination

Alexander Kluge’s nine-and-a-half hour long film of Marx’s “Kapital” is not a minute too long says Helmut Merker

What is a revolutionary? The writings of Marx and Engels both use the metaphor of revolution as the “locomotive of history”. Is, then, the revolutionary a standard bearer of progress, a pace setter, a frontrunner?

None of the above, because in a world ruled by a turbo “devaluation” where only the new has market value, where commodity production spirals out of control, the “train of time” is a deadly trend. Alexander Kluge instead opts for Walter Benjamin’s idea of the revolution as mankind “pulling the emergency brake“. We must hold up the torch of reason to the problems at hand, and the true revolutionary is therefore the one who can unite future and past, merging two times, two societies, the artist who montages stories and history. And so we come to Alexander Kluge and his art.

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Cultura e Crise

17.04.2009 – Joana Gorjão Henriques
Depois desta crise com contornos de dilúvio, o que se abre à cultura? Há cenários que já podemos desenhar

Em época de crise, o melhor mesmo é ir às compras na própria casa. Desenterrem-se leituras eternamente adiadas, leia-se finalmente o “Ulisses” de James Joyce que anda por ali há séculos. Os livros podem ser caros, mas ler ainda continua a não ser assim tanto. Até porque um livro pode sempre passar por muitas mãos. E há as bibliotecas, a “forma de entretenimento mais barata de todas”, lembra John Carey, professor de Inglês em Oxford, ao “Guardian”. Por esta lógica, a leitura – não o mercado dos livros – será uma das actividades que menos sofrerá com a crise económica mundial. Mas nem tudo é lógico e nem tudo se pode prever. O podemos esperar, então, dos próximos anos?

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New Deal for Cultural Employment

By Carla Bodo

It is by now widely recognised that connecting culture and employment as a promising job reservoir in our post industrial countries (Delors, 1992) is not at all automatic. It is rather the outcome of robust and well devised cultural policies – with a clever mix of regulations and financial incentives in support of cultural activities and the cultural industries – carried out at the different levels of government: national, regional, local, as well as  European.

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Digital Library of Slovenia

Digital Library of Slovenia: Developing Cultural Digital Content, Interconnectind Digital Sources and Enabling Free Access to Knowledge

Zoran Krstulović

Distorted Morality

Noam Chomsky Lecture


Speech at Harvard University about America’s war on terror.

1989: Nixon, Ford, Carter absent from inaugural


President George H. W. Bush delivered his inaugural address on January 20, 1989.

Tiannanmen Square massacre


A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing’s Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989