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STATE OF DISAPPEARANCE
by Chantal Meza

When one thinks about art, there always seem to be two contradictory statements in the room: "Art is violent" and "Art is not violent" . From my own experience I believe that creation has to do with violence most of the time before it exists as an art form.

 

Cover and Featured Artwork for the Edition 1/22 Perpetrators of the German Journal Wissenschaft und Frieden (Science & Peace). 

W&F Wissenschaft und Frieden 
GERMANY
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VIOLENCE & ABSTRACTION
by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza

Abstractions are everywhere. They fill the air. Abstractions can belong to the realm of the pure imagination. They can inspire wonderment. And yet they can also summon forth the most terrifying gods and empires of worldly destruction. Abstraction becomes apparent every single time an original thought is birthed. It is also apparent in the conceptual delivery of each and every philosophical claim. There are no metaphysical principles without the abstractions from which they emerge. 

Symplokē 
NEBRASKA
THE TECHNO-THEODICY
HOW TECHNOLOGY BECAME THE NEW RELIGION
by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza

This essay addresses the rise of what is understood to be a global techno-theodicy. Recognizing the pandemic of 2020 as representing the first crisis of the post-liberal order, it maps out the changing nature of religious power as it relates to the appropriation of the abstract, from earlier claims on the monotheistic God to the powers of salvation and redemption invested in technology today.

Theory & Event  
UNITED STATES
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ART FROM THE FUTURE
by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza

What is the purpose of the imagination when society is dominated by throwaway images? How did we come to create such a luxurious condition for ourselves, putting imagination to such waste? What role should we give to art when the only art deemed worthy is the one technology is claiming to be the principal author of its production?

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BEYOND CONTROL
TECHNOLOGY,POST-FACIALITY & THE DANCE OF THE ABSTRACT 
by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza
NARCISSUS IN THREE ACTS
by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza

Forthcoming

To be featured in the Book Deleuze, Guattari & the Global Pandemic by A. Pratihar & S. Das.

Bloomsbury 
LONDON, UK
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This essay will address the narcissism of techno-nihilism into which life is being thrown. Written by a political theorist and artist, it looks specifically at the way technology is colonizing the political and artistic imagination.

The Philosophical Salon 
USA
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies 
UNITED KINGDOM
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THE THEATRE OF THE DISAPPEARED
by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza

Forthcoming

MCGill University Press 
CANADA
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MAKING PEACE WITH VIOLENCE
by Brad Evans & Chantal Meza

What’s in the proposition of making peace with violence? What is the making that’s being imagined? Whose vision of peace are we conforming with in the process of this production? Which modalities of violence are we considering of befriending in the final act of our peaceful making? Is such a condition desirable? Would it require the banishment of all conflict from the face of the earth? 

nY Literature, Criticism & Entertainment 
NETHERLANDS