Buy this car to drive to work / Drive to work to pay for this car

January 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello everyone,

Join us this Friday, February 1st for 8:30pm. This is Week 8’s installment of AAB’s current term, Capital Labour/Capital Life, and it is apropos that we’ll be reading Ross Perlin’s “Hunger Artists and Internships in the Arts” and Rosalind Gill’s “Breaking the Silence: The hidden injuries of neo-liberal academia”. Please see the schedule for links to the readings
Some recaps from the the last few weeks: « Read the rest of this entry »

Jameson and Martin sittin’ in a Geistesleben

January 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

We will be meeting 24 January 2013 (Thursday) to discuss Jameson’s “Economics: Postmodernism and the Market” from  Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism and Reinhold Martin’s “Financial imaginaries: Toward a philosophy of the city”.  The texts are available on the schedule

 We will be drawing on/furthering/(not) remembering our discussion of te Jamesonian method of thinking about architectural structures within a post/modern economic context (that was discussed in the last session of the previous “term” of AAB.

 Bring your speaking tongues.


tree branches and bird wings in nature

January 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

We are meeting this coming Thursday, January 10th at Danielle’s place for around 830p. We will be reading Matteo Pasquinelli’s “The Ideology of Free Culture and the Grammar of Sabotage” along with George Bataille’s “The Notion of Expenditure”, which is referenced in the former. 

Last week we discussed how media acts not only as a vessel for communication, but also communicates itself (i.e., noise, mic/speaker), thus determining the conditions of social realities. Transposing the language of media to the language of finance, we can see how the disposal of the material commodity (cash-based economy vs. credit-cased economy; gold standard vs. representative money; freefloating vs. hedging) and replacement of free flowing prices within information technologies, redefines financial procedures. The market utilizes information technology to transfer a financial message, and by, let’s say, adding extra zeros to said information, intermediates with our lived experiences. Bringing abstraction back to daily life, we’ll further extend this discussion by readdressing surplus value and Bataille’s excess in terms of media. We’ll also look at the stark contrast between autonomous commons and creative commons, and the problem of revolutionizing via social networks.

In solidarity with IdleNoMore. We’re excited to see more and more protests requesting to stay as far away from the social network surveillance complex as possible.


January 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi everyone,

It’s almost midnight! We are writing together for real!
It’s time for another meeting.  So, get your reading glasses on for real!
Join us this Friday, January 4th at Ana’s place.
New years resolutions: More reading, more rowdy conversation, more publications, more infiltration, more AAB teachin’ Vancouver how to Free Skool.
Lots of Love this New Years Eve (we hear asparagus cures a bad hang over),
Danielle and Ana …FOR REAL!


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