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Friday June 25 2010
02:00 PM

John Zerzan speaking dates, June 25th - 28th

category national | anti-capitalism | event notice author Sunday June 20, 2010 19:53author by Seamus Nolanauthor email akashea02 at hotmail dot com Report this post to the editors

John Zerzan speaking tour, June 25th to 28th

Friday 25th June at 2, Gradcam building, Johns Lane, Dublin 8

Friday the 25th at 8, Seomra Spraoi 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1

Saturday 26th
The Clinton Centre, Belmore Street, Enniskillen starts 10am finish 4pm. free event, booking essential please email sacredprojects@ireland.com

Monday the 28th at 7.30 Just Books / Warzone space 13-15 Clarence Street.
Belfast



American anarcho-primitivist John Zerzan says civilization is pathological and needs to be dismantled. Zerzan's critique of civilisation draws on anthropological research to argue that domestication of nature and domestication of humans go hand in hand.

'Exiled from Presence'
John Zerzan in conversation with Professor Paul O Brien
Including live performance by Lisa Marie Johnson and Sinead O' Donnell
Friday 25th June at 2, Gradcam building, Johns Lane, Dublin 8

'The roots of the crisis'
Presentation and open discussion
Friday the 25th at 8, Seomra Spraoi 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1

'Sacred Dialogue'
A series of conversations focusing on the relationship between visual art, religion and notions of Sacred. as part of 'The Dock Offsite' Sacred Exhibition.
2.00 - 2.45 Seamus Nolan will be collaborating on a performance with the anarcho- primitivist John Zerzan, Seamus has invited him to read his text 'the case against art' which looks at art as a language of symbolism, a mediation which distances us from a sensual embrace of reality, from our capacity to realize ourselves within the moment.
Saturday 26th
The Clinton Centre, Belmore Street, Enniskillen starts 10am finish 4pm. free event, booking essential please email sacredprojects@ireland.com

'The roots of the crisis'
Presentation and open discussion
Monday the 28th at 7.30 Just Books / Warzone space 13-15 Clarence Street.
Belfast

Since the Neolithic, there has been a steadily increasing dependence on technology, civilizations' material culture. As Horkheimer and Adorno pointed out, the history of civilization is the history of renunciation. One gets less than one puts in. This is the fraud of technoculture, and the hidden core of domestication: the growing impoverishment of self, society and Earth. Meanwhile, modern subjects hope that somehow the promise of yet more modernity will heal the wounds that afflict them.

Today we experience a deepening crisis in every sphere, which urges us to rethink our acceptance of the most basic social institutions. I include even division of labor and domestication, cornerstones of civilization itself, as in need of problematizing. The absence of fundamental critique would mean that we accept an unfolding, multifaceted disaster as merely inevitable.

None of the claims of modernity/Enlightenment (regarding freedom, reason, the individual) are valid. Modernity is inherently globalizing, massifying, standardizing. The self evident conclusion that an indefinite expansion of productive forces will be fatal deals and final blows to belief in progress.

John Zerzan is an anarchist author and activist, with degrees from Stanford University and San Francisco State University. He first shot into celebrity philosopher status in 1995 after the New York Times featured him in 1995 as a supporter of the Unabomber's anti-technology doctrine. He has since become a leading light of the primitivist movement in the US.
His essays on the origins of civilization and critique of modernity have been collected in Elements of Refusal (1988, 1998), Future Primitive (1994), Running on Emptiness (2002), and Twilight of the Machines 2008
He is co-editor of Questioning Technology, with Alice Carnes (1988, 1991) and Against Civilization (1999, 2005) and hosts the weekly Anarchy radio out of Eugene Oregon
http://www.johnzerzan.net/radio/

Coordinated by Seamus Nolan, generously supported by GRADCAM, Seomra Spraoi, Just books / Warzone and The Sacred Project, Exhibition and Seminar 25th June - 21st July

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