[Pga_europe_process] Over the Resnik horizon
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the recent developments further show that there are serious problems
with the PGA organizing process: we hope that the failure to reach consensus
will be addressed at this conference as a matter of urgent priority.
also, the pga organisational principles state :
"There will be an equal participation of women and men in the international
and regional conferences."
so far there has been no collective effort to ensure this is so (unless
there is maybe a secret 8-membered men-only group somewhere in europe
devising verility tests and world-wide macho-rating so testosterone levels
are at least managed if not controlled)
so for now, while the 'warning' has been blocked, please add 'Over the
Resnik Horizon' by Lutham Blissett,
to the con ference "reader",
i will try and send the pages as .pdf (so to include the pictures) but
this will take another day or so
anyway, see u in resnik
Over the Resnik Horizon :
âIt is often better to write your account of a conference before you
go, then the facts donât get in the way of the Truth.â Lutham Blissett
If you just wanted a cheap holiday in the New Bel(sen)grade, then it
would have been a mistake to go to the 3rd Peopleâ Global Action Conference
in Europe held in Resnik, an industrial suburb of the Serbian capital.
You have probably heard the horror stories of people arriving at their
holiday destination only to find the builders havenât finished work yet.
We found out that we were the builders. We arrived several days early
- - to avoid disappointment - and soon found more than enough to keep our
idle hands from finding trouble. We decided to concentrate on installing
showers in the school so that the queues would not be too long when the
conference finally got underway. Nevertheless despit our best efforts,
we still had to get dowm there at 5:00 a.m. to have a shower if we didnât
want to hang around.
We knew it would be a rough ride. Azin, a Yugoslav womenâs group dropped
out of the organising process early on, and the debate about men-only
groups had got quite heated. Perhaps this was why people had been avoiding
a debate about gender - it could only lead to big bust ups. But I suppose
thatâs what you get from being invoved in a network - thereâs always
the third you like, the third you feel luke warm about and then thereâs
the third youâd like to detest but were too polite to dis. Donât worry,
you donât have to speak the same language to know who sees you in which
category, just watch the way the sparks fly. Needless to say the heated
debate in Serbo-Croat was only roughly translated, mostly by shrugged
shoulders, nervous laughs and smouldering stares. We aligned ourselves
with those who had the sort of gestures we liked.
STIRING THE COULDRON OF DESIRE
The geezer from Sans-Iitre had warned us - if anyone from the opposite
sex talks to you about gender itâs probably because they want to get
off with you. Apparently this is called âHorizontal Networkingâ, and
lots of people were getting excited about the forthcoming London Eurocentric
Social Forum, where the âHorizontalsâ hoped to meet lots of flesh-blood.
They were very worried about the âVirtuicalsâ who disapproved of all
this and were more concerned with recreating nineteenth century social
democracy in the twenty first century as if the twentieth century had
never happened. As vegans we had to be very careful as we did not want
be eating any meat. So perhaps we missed out on some of the tastier dishes
being served. However this did not stop us getting involved in the process
of cooking. In practice it is usually better to have sex with the landscape,
so we resolved to spend the gender day wandering around the vicinity
looking for psychogeographical hotspots. A nearby ruined monastery was
clearly a very powerful erogenous zone. The Tower of Avala reminded us
of Glastonbury Tor. It had been well fucked by the NATO bombers. For
those who like the dead, there is an excellent cemetery or âdead-only
spaceâ where we spent several hours exhuming our passions. We were well
shagged out by the time we returned. We discovered that those comrades
who had stayed secluded in the conference had not even started discussing
whether or not there should be men-only groups. Everyone was too scared
to say anything in case they were accused of trying to seduce someone
else. Still, we felt glad to be back home.
Europe as Male: Belgrade as Genitals
Part of our remit in visiting the mether regions of Europe was to uncover
one of the mysteries which has puzzled the world since the days of Herodotus.
Is the myth of Europa and her rape by Zeus merely a patriarchal smokescreen
to hide the essential masculinity of Europe, which could be better termed
Zeusurbia. An ancient map by Opicinus de Canistris has lead us to believe
that Europe is a man whose Ball-Cans hang into the mediterranian represented
as the Sea of Sin. In the inscription a compliant Africa whispers venite
commiscemini nobiscum: Come fuck with us. The accuracy of the map could
only confirmed by an exploratory mission within the soft folds of the
Yugoslav countryside. So on the second day we headed off into the hills
and valleys to see what we could find.
However the landscape refused to submit to our bipolar ideology. By the
monastery we entered a tunnel thrust into the hill. Was this a naturally
produced cleavage providing proof of Europeâs femininity? Or were we
entering a man-made construction, transgendering the masculine nature
of Europe? Either way, it was a military installation and we were only
just able to scrabble out when a person in army fatigues started shouting
Bipolar thinking is a part of patriarchal oppression and is very important
for war. Friend-enemy, man-woman, civilisation-barbarsism, Serb-Croat,
healthy-ill, white-black form the pre-requisites for societally legitimised
murder. For us this can only mean that we should come to a way of thinking
and acting that breaks the repeated war polarisations instead of letting
us be pressed into bipolar structures. The male/female concept guarantees
oppression, yet it is so much part of European thinking.
It is not cultivated transitions from a to b, from red to blue that we
have to organise, but a kind of resistance that seeks to destroy the
principle of gender binarism as a central foundation of patriarchal domination.
We fumbled for our copy of Asger Jornâs Naturens Orden: De divisione
Naturae - Silkeborginterpretation contra KÃ¸benhavner-interpretation.
This text developed an artistic science or a science of magic:
âOnly when confronted by two unambiguous explanations, which were both
satisfactory yet mutually excluded each other was it understood that
one absolute unambiguity for the whole of scientific description was
an impossibility.Thereby, however, the way was open to gather up these
ignored observations and investigate whetehr trhey too could form an
independent unambiguous description.â
Jornâs approach had followed on from Neils Bohrâs attempt to reconcile
the conflict between wave theory and particle theory in atomic physics.
Bohr had proposed âcomplimentarityâ which allowed each view to co-exist
as non-absolute explanations. But Jorn wanted to go one step further
using the triolectical principles of the Roumanian philosopher StÃ©phane
Lupasco. Red and blue discover green as the compliment to their combination.
âIf the opposition between symptom [the direct experience of reality]
and signal [willed experience created by consciousness] can reveal the
opposition between natural and artificial, then it is only by the manufacture
of false signs or symbols that any anatagonistic relationship can be
established between what we call lie and what we call truth.â Jorn then
says that this âestablishment of subjectively acting causal relationships
is magic, or artâ.
Our heads had begun to spin. this theory was getting too much. We had
to head back to the conference where the discussion about men-only groups
was drawing to a close and our comrades from SUS were organising a three-
sided football match. Surely the bump and grind of contact sport would
take us to the next stage of our alchemical quest.
Peoples Global Action: Network Or Federation ?
>From the Organisational Principles:
âThe organisational philosophy of the PGA is based on decentralisation
and autonomy. Hence, central structures are minimal. Following the same
idea, each region's participating organisations and movements will decide
how to organize locally. Nevertheless, there needs to be a point of contact
and coordination for each of these regions, decided at regional level
and known to all the participating organisations and movements of the
These âregionsâ, comprise of such âspacesâ as âAsiaâ, âEuropeâ, âLatin
Americaâ, âNorth Americaâ, âPacificâ. To regard these areas composed
of billions of people as being in someway âlocalâ is perhaps to stretch
language unsustainably. Some of these regions are geographical (North
America), others cultural/linguistic (Latin America), some even ideological
(Europe). Some overlap (Pacific,Asia and Latin America), while great
swathes of the globe are not touched (Africa, the Caribbean).
Despite claiming to be a Network, PGA turns out to be a fedration of
these regions with power centralised in the regional bodies. Thus an
attempt to get information from PGA Asia on the embedding of Bi-Polar
Gender Essentialist positions in the structure of their Dhaka Conference
(20-25 May 2004) was met with contempt. Questions linking the gender
debate there with similar proposals for the Belgrade conference had been
left unanswered for over three weeks. They still remain unanswered.
Despite claiming as the third objective of the conference to be to: âEstablish
a strong solidarity among Asian people.â the response seemed oblivious
of the existence of an Asian Diaspora.
These issues got posted to both the PGA Europe and PGA Asia lists, yet
there was a marked reluctance of anyone in the PGA process to try and
discuss these issues. One European activists did however take the trouble
to recite the PGA dogma that âNo-one speaks in the name of the PGAâ when
clearly political positions were being presented in how the conference
As Bi-Polar Gender Essentialist politics are being pushed both PGA in
Europe and PGA Asia, it seems more than relevant to ask what is going
on. When the response hides behind some sort of âregional autonomyâ this
is much more a defense of centralised power at the regional level than
a defense of autonomously organised politics.
The fetishisation of regional autonomy as opposed to the autonomy of
all constituent elements is undermining the claim of the PGA to be a
Network. The creation of unrecognised centres of power erects a facade
behind which different groups with different agendas can quietly foster
the extension of their power. This runs counter to a sense of openness
and the decentralisation and autonomy proclaimed in the PGA Hallmarks.
Of course, it is easier to uncover a problem than to come up with a solution.
Go to www.agp.org for more information about the PGA
The fetishisation of Regions is the reproduction of imperialism
Next morning as dawnâs rosey light tickled the minarets of the Resnik
mosque, languid bodies emerged from their sleeping bags like butterflies
welcoming a new day in the history of the human race. Soon we swarming
around the central podium ready to here Lutham Blisssett give his presentation
on Networks and their subversion by heirarchical organisations, both
vertical and horizontal. Although it was still early in the morning,
the sound system was cranked up high, repetitive beats massaged the sub-
conscious of the assembled masses who were thus rendered into a suitable
state of receptiveness, all critical faculties lulled into torpor.
Lutham Blissett began:
"It is foolish to regard networks as something distinct from the Horizontal
and Vertical organisations who operate within them. Networks never exist
on their own, they need the energy and the focussed activities of more
specific organisations to create the dynamism which gives them life.
Centralised and decentralised organisations are often set up to carry
out specific functions, e.g. to organise a particular action or activity.
However they can degenerate into a gang if they become an ideological
apparatus used to control the network. This has been illustrated by the
attempt of Anarchists to control the London Social Centres Network..."
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The term Eastern Europe is often used in the Western countries to refer
to all European countries previously under communist regimes, the so-
called Eastern Bloc.
East-West Bi-polarism in Europe
The concept of Eastern Europe was greatly strengthened by the domination
of the region by the Soviet Union after the Second World War and the
takeover of the nations of the region by communist governments. The idea
of an "Iron Curtain" separating Eastern and Western Europe was an extremely
common view throughout the Cold War.
This strict dualism caused problems, however, as it failed to account
for the complexities of the region.
For instance, Yugoslavia and Albania refused to be controlled by Moscow,
but this division was often ignored by many in the west. Such a view
is considered pejorative by the population of all such countries, especially
since the fall of the Berlin wall and Communism in Europe overall. They
do not see themselves as Eastern Europeans, and most of them prefer to
include themselves in other groups, associating themselves with Central
Europe, with Scandinavia (in Northern Europe) or with Southern Europe.
Note that countries that were never under Communist influence, such as
Finland in the north and Greece in the south, are never considered part
of Eastern Europe, while conversely several countries much further to
the west but which were under Communist influence, are.
( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Europe )
Bipolarity and . . .
âPushing people into the categories âmaleâ and âfemaleâ is the starting
point for every-day role assignment. This means sexist life and work
conditions which have to be violently enforced. Bi-polar thinking is
a part of patriarchal oppression and important for war.â âFor us this
can only mean that we should come to a way of thinking and acting that
breaks the repeated war polarisations instead of letting us be pressed
into bi-polar structures.â
for more on the Crossover Conference, 17 - 20th January 2002 Bremen
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