Slavoj Zizek Takes the Stage at Occupy Wall Street

When Slove­ni­a’s hip Marxist/Lacanian crit­i­cal the­o­rist takes cen­ter stage at a Wall Street protest, it’s news for a cul­ture site. No doubt. How can we not observe a rare moment of prax­is? But, what it all means for the Occu­py Wall Street move­ment, we’ll let you wres­tle with that. Part 2 appears here. H/T Bib­liok­lept.

Relat­ed Stuff: It looks like the 2005 doc­u­men­tary Zizek! has found its way on YouTube, and if you want to under­stand the essence of Occu­py Wall Street, it’s worth lis­ten­ing to this recent episode of Plan­et Mon­ey. They do a good job of demys­ti­fy­ing things…

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  • Fellow says:

    I always enjoy lis­ten­ing to Zizek, but I don’t see what the func­tion of the recita­tions are, the bro­ken speech of Zizek in this echo cham­ber brings a pain to both my ears, and sense of style.

  • jchristensen says:

    Fel­low — It was not a choral response exer­cise, or orches­trat­ed chant. The peo­ple were act­ing as his “micro­phone”. Loud­ly broad­cast­ing his words to the peo­ple not close enough to hear Zizek’s voice.

  • Ana says:

    I don’t think that repeat­ing is bad even if it was a choral line recita­tion.
    It makes peo­ple talk unit­ed and since Zizek is the “con­duc­tor”, and he is a philoso­pher who likes psy­cho­analy­sis, it is a very beau­ti­ful moment.
    But it was only lack of a good micro­phone. :(

  • What he’s say­ing makes more sense than most. I like the rep­e­ti­tion, it turns it into a com­mu­ni­ty event, and allows me time to jot down some notes. Great to be remind­ed the avant garde is still polit­i­cal. More please!

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