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goldin+senneby and the decapitation of money

Angus Cameron

on 9 November 2016

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LABoral Symposium October 2009/1
LABoral Symposium October 2009/2
Angus Cameron
University of Leicester
(Spokesperson for goldin+senneby)
"Something you Should Know"
L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, May 19th 2010
“What we are exploring in its limited practice is a nonphallocentric, noncentralized conception, as yet unconceived, of a network, a polynodal, non-representative organization: a conception of the text – a text without title, chapter, heading, or capital. Bataille generalizes that “the possibilities of human existence can as of now be located beyond the formation of monocephalous societies.” Therefore, in theory – beyond the principle of centralization and not hunkering within its limits as does every anarchist or confederalist regression – the very thought of the general equivalent […] would have to be decapitated to pave the way for a polymorphic, acephalous social organization that would challenge monopolies on representation.”

Jean-Joseph Goux, Symbolic Economies
“For ‘Euro’ and ‘dollars’ one should write ‘xeno’ and ‘money’ respectively. The Eurodollar has long since shed its attachment to Europe. It is in fact, no longer geographically located, but circulates within an electronic global market which, though still called the Eurodollar market, is now the international capital market.”

Brian Rotman, Signifying Nothing
“The nothing advanced by the bank to the entrepreneur is a reality because it will be exchanged for commodities. By making the advance of nothing, credit money in sum does nothing more than complete the nature of the sign in the system, which is nothing other than to refer endlessly to other signs.”

Lyotard, J-F, 1974, Libidinal Economy, London, Athlone Press: 226
“Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer.
So it goes.”
Kurt Vonnegut, 'Slaughterhouse 5'
No longer a material value, money becomes a sign of gold, and then a simple sign of value, the sign or representative of a hypostatized abstraction. The same diachronic movement and the same synchronic conditions can be verified in the shift from king (fetishized) to monarch (bearer of the "crown"), then simply to chief (of state); and in the evolution of the word to the simple sign of a logos that exceeds it.
Jean-Joseph Goux, 'Symbolic Economies'
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