I purchase three tiny canvases with the directive: “Find Your Happy.” Guy Debord calls the Apple Store, it’s a video, not a joke by Žižek. It eventually transpires, however, that the small bug-like creatures, which have begun attaching themselves parasitically to the local populace and taking over their brains, are not extraterrestrials, just some old wind-up toys, a bit of fur from an old coat, and two pipe cleaners. And indeed, if we look at where the state money paid by the people of California for services to foster the common good goes, we can plainly see that this scenario is a sinister microcosm. In 2011, the UC and CSU systems account for $5.6 billion of state funding, while the prisons are receiving $9.6b. We cannot look the other way and allow the boot of the penal system to fall on these protesters, while corrupt University administrators secure the way to enrich the 1% with impunity and at the expense of public education. We must immediately demand that all charges be dropped against the Davis Dozen. That is, “A ‘raw’ Platonism would claim here that only the beautiful body fully materializes the Idea, and that a body in material decay simply falls away from its Idea, is no longer its faithful copy. From a Deleuzian (and, here, Lacanian) perspective, on the contrary, the specter that attracts us is the Idea of the body as Real. This body is not the body in reality, but the virtual body in Deleuze’s sense of the term: the incorporeal / immaterial body of pure intensities. (One should thus invert the usual opposition within which true art is ‘deep’ and commercial kitsch superficial: the problem with kitsch is that it is all too ‘profound,’ manipulating deep libidinal and ideological forces, while genuine art knows how to remain at the surface, how to subtract its subject from the ‘deeper’ context of historical reality.)” Some of the most fun-sounding and eyebrow-raising highlights include “chairs for human and spirit use,” aka chairs whose legs rest on slabs of quartz, so that your feet don’t touch the ground; a digital temple featuring the parts of a song engraved in marble, so that “you’re entering inside the sculpture and inside the song itself,” according to Abramović; and another type of chair designed for long periods of sitting by the project’s architects, OMA partners Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu. At MoMA PS1 Shigematsu called it “part massage chair and part wheelchair,” explaining if you fall asleep in it, institute staffers will quietly wheel you out of the performance space and into a small sleeping station. ‘You may have it paved over, but it's still a swamp.’ That is, the city can’t escape its hydrology.
[Note: Sources: Del Ray Cross, “mdcxxxv”, at anachronizms, 7 May 012; “Guy Debord Calls the Apple Store”, at Prodigies & Monsters, 7 May 012; Robert Barry, “‘I’m here and I want action’ – The Brain Eaters”, at The Bomb Party, 7 May 012; Mela Heestand, as quoted in “Poet Joshua Clover and 11 Students May Face Prison Time and $1 Million in Damages for Shutdown of US Bank”, at Harriet, 7 May 012; JBR; Slavoj Žižek, Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism, as quoted in Tom Beckett, untitled, at l’amour fou, 7 May 012; Jillian Steinhauer, “Is Marina Abramović Trying to Create a Performance Art Utopia?”, at Hyperallergic, 7 May 012;Michael Codella, Alphaville, and Geoff Manaugh, as quoted in Manaugh’s “Lost Lakes of the Empire State Building”, at BLDG/BLOG, 7 May 012]