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    DescriptionI think "schizo-culture" here is being used rather in a special sense. Not referring to clinical schizophrenia, but to the fact that the culture is divided up into all sorts of classes and groups, etc., and that some of the old lines are breaking down. And that this is a healthy sign. -- William Burroughs, from Schizo-Culture The legendary 1975 "Schizo-Culture" conference, conceived by the early Semiotext(e) collective, began as an attempt to introduce the then-unknown radical philosophies of post-'68 France to the American avant-garde. The event featured a series of seminal papers, from Deleuze's first presentation of the concept of the "rhizome" to Foucault's introduction of his History of Sexuality project. The conference was equally important on a political level, and brought together a diverse group of activists, thinkers, patients, and ex-cons in order to address the challenge of penal and psychiatric institutions. The combination proved to be explosive, but amid the fighting and confusion "Schizo-Culture" revealed deep ruptures in left politics, French thought, and American culture. The "Schizo-Culture" issue of the Semiotext(e) journal came three years later. Designed by a group of artists and filmmakers including Kathryn Bigelow and Denise Green, it documented the chaotic creativity of an emerging downtown New York scene, and offered interviews with artists, theorists, writers, and No Wave and pre-punk musicians together with new texts from Deleuze, Foucault, R. D. Laing, and other conference participants. This slip-cased edition includes The Book: 1978, a facsimile reproduction of the original Schizo-Culture publication; and The Event: 1975, a previously unpublished and comprehensive record of the conference that set it all off. It assembles many previously unpublished texts, including a detailed selection of interviews reconstructing the events, and features Felix Guattari, William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Michel Foucault, Sylvere Lotringer, Guy Hocquenghem, Gilles Deleuze, John Rajchman, Robert Wilson, Joel Kovel, Jack Smith, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Ti-Grace Atkinson, Francois Peraldi, and John Cage.


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    Title
    Schizo-Culture
    Subtitle
    The Event, the Book
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Sylvere Lotringer, Edited by David Morris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 180 mm
    Height: 262 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 1,200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781584351245
    ISBN 10: 1584351241
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.2
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JPF
    BISAC V2.8: PHI019000
    BIC subject category V2: HPS
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    LC classification: JC
    B&T General Subject: 650
    Abridged Dewey: 320
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    B&T Approval Code: A10170000, A40363800
    DC23: 194
    BISAC V2.8: POL042040
    Thema V1.0: QDTS, JPF
    Illustrations note
    90 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    Semiotext (E)
    Imprint name
    Semiotext (E)
    Publication date
    18 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Sylvere Lotringer is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School, Switzerland, and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University. David Morris, a London-based writer, is Associate Editor at Afterall Books and an Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts, London.
    Review quote
    The Event is a book, a made thing. It reminds me of Plato's Symposium, written entirely in dialogue form (perhaps due to Socrates's contempt for books), which opens with one person imploring another to tell everything that happened and everything that was said at a certain drinking party some thirty years earlier. It's not enough to know the gist of it. The story stays ahead of its own significance, and stays alive that way. Undigested. And the things said by the protagonists often reach quite outside the frame. The book called Schizo-Culture: The Event can be taken as this kind of story work. The tidy box that it comes in is funny -- a schizo-box. And the schizo is in and out of its box. -- Jim Fletcher Artforum