Re~sponses

The book of responses to the events that happen within the periphery.

  • Software Takes Command

    A post on Facebook says “there was 9/11, now there is 11/9”.  The scale of disaster is almost comparable: who could have predicted that Donald Trump would become the next president of the US? A recent piece from NiemanLab (a leading think tank on journalism) asks if this election is the turning point for media’s […]

    Dmitry Paranyushkin November 9, 2016
  • Ignore Terror

    Terror works when it instills fear (from Latin terrere ‘frighten’), and when something works there will be more and more of it.   Therefore, the reaction to terror is its fuel and its medium of proliferation.   The chance of getting killed in a terrorist attack in Europe today is 70 times lower than dying […]

    Dmitry Paranyushkin March 23, 2016
  • Their War

    A state of war is a state of exception, which pushes one to take a position: to fight back, to pray, to protect, to hide, to escape, to start acting and change the world, to be afraid and stay immobile, to give blood, to learn first-aid, to learn self-defence, to pretend like nothing is going […]

    Dmitry Paranyushkin November 14, 2015
  • The Pessimism, Despair and Hypocrisy of Berlin’s Street Art

    As I am writing these words this beautiful artwork that has over the years become the landmark of Berlin is being painted black. All over. Right now it looks like this: and by tomorrow it’s going to look like this: or like this: or finally like this: And it is not the city of Berlin […]

    Dmitry Paranyushkin December 11, 2014
  • Throwing the Violence Back onto Itself

        Gregory Bateson proposes a very interesting example in his description of the double-bind phenomena as a cause for schizophrenic reaction. A plane passenger faces the situation where she has a neighbor who really wants to talk to her. She cannot escape before the flight ends, she doesn’t want to engage into a conversation, […]

    Dmitry Paranyushkin August 11, 2014
  • Sovereignty

    “An act is sovereign when it realizes itself by simply taking away its own potentiality not to be, letting itself be, giving itself to itself” – Giorgio Agamben They took away my first country again. Again, because it’s happened many times before. Sometimes I’ve taken it back. Mainly when I was somewhere at the countryside […]

    Dmitry Paranyushkin July 19, 2013