Zero Squared #74: Conceptual Militancy

Mike Watson is an art theorist and curator based in Italy. He writes regularly for Frieze, Art Review and Radical Philosophy and his book Towards a Conceptual Militancy is currently out from Zero Books.This week we discuss his book, Marcel Duchamp, and the idea of freedom in a world of objects.

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In this episode you’ll hear clips from a Situationist documentary called Call it Sleep, an interview with Marcel Duchamp, Pharrell Williams interviewing Jeff Koons, an excerpt from the BBC’s television movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Negativland.

Diet Soap Podcast #167: Is Class Invisible?

The guest this week is the pianist, marxist, and youtube star Brendan Cooney. Cooney is a regular guest to Diet Soap and this week we discuss the idea of class as compared to other concepts like race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and so on…

Due to the delay in getting this podcast online the follow-up conversation about this week’s podcast will be delayed until the 13th. Here’s a link to the Talkshoe page. I encourage everyone who is listening to participate and to donate or become a subscriber to the podcast. It’s a new year and I hope to be revamping and revitalizing the podcast this month, reinstating the Podomatic page and perhaps even starting a biweekly podcast for subscriber/members. We’ll see about that one.

This week’s conversation with Brendan Cooney includes clips from his youtube video Manufacturing Consent, a minimalist sound poem created out of a clip from the movie Office Space and Steve Reich’s music for 18 musicians, and a reading from a blog entry I wrote for Tor.com on the subject of class and video games.

The music you’re listening to right now is a Tuvan version of the Internationale, and in just a moment you’ll be listening to Brendan Cooney and I discuss Why the Class Structure is Invisible.
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Diet Soap Podcast #162: Election Day Blues and a Blue Sky

The guest this week’s guest is Dennis Perrin and we discuss today’s presidential election and the meaninglessness of electoral politics. Perrin is a stand up comic, a political blogger, and the author of Mister Mike: the Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous.

I originally intended to mash-up this interview with conversations I had with the freelance writer Nicholas Pell and the university lecturer C Derick Varn, however given time constraints I’ve decided to release each conversation separately over the next few days. So today as Americans rush to the polls you’ll get to hear Dennis Perrin explain how and why Presidential politics depresses him. The tomorrow Nicholas Pell and I discuss whether why it is that we all feel hopeless and why electoral politics only makes the feeling worse. And then, on day three, while our disappointment over the results of election (whatever they may be) set in, Derick Varn and I will discuss the big picture. Just why are our politics failing us?

It now Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 and you can’t forget the vote no matter how hard you try.

I want to thank Andy M for donating very generously to the podcsat. You can listen to Andy and I discuss last week’s podcast on adultery and rebellion over at Talkshoe and I’ll put a link to it in this week’s show notes. Subscribing to the Diet Soap podcast gets you into a Facebook group where you’re reminded about these weekly discussions and invited to join. Andy M is, so far, the most reliable participant, and you can hear the two of us discuss Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit in episode 160.

Diet Soap Podcast #159: The Limitations of Happiness

The guest this week is Ashley Frawley. Frawley is a researcher in the problematisation of happiness and wellbeing at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and we discuss happiness in an fairly unhappy way. Her thesis “traces historical uses of the term ‘happiness’ from the perfunctory evocations of the past to the present-day project of redefining the idiom as the legitimate domain of expertise and campaigns to bring it [happiness] to the forefront of public debate.”

I’m canceling the Podomatic feed for Diet Soap and moving the podcast to douglaslain.com. If you subscribe to podcast through podomatic you’ll need to change over to the new feed. The feed through blubrry is (http://www.blubrry.com/feeds/dietsoap.xml) and I believe you can use that or use the feed burner feed: (http://feeds.feedburner.com/dietsoap). You can also subscribe to the new feed through iTunes. Just go to the iTunes store and type in douglaslain.com and you’ll find the new iTunes feed. Here’s a wikipedia article about podcatchers if you need some pointers.

The new Diet Soap workshop is starting this weekend, and I’ve decided to invite all listeners to participate. The workshop is a benefit for regular subscribers and sometime in October I’ll be using Google hangouts to host the discussion, but to begin with I thought I’d give everyone an opportunity to see what the workshops are like and I’m using Talkshoe to host the conversation. This first conversation is scheduled for 6pm EST on Sunday, September 30th. Please feel free to participate.

I want to thank Davis D for recently subscribing to the podcast and workshop. Davis, your copy of my surrealist memoir will be going out in the mail next week. I’m very grateful for your donations and to all of the subscribers of the Diet Soap podcast.