Ethics of Resistance

Prison guards daily engage in caging, beating and sometimes killing people. Fortunately, in the UK, prison guard recruitment is down, prisons are understaffed and the entire structure is verging on collapse. Living within the prison enclosure, I can testify that these staffing issues — resultant from poor wages and terrible working conditions — are problematic […]

Smile at the Void & It Will Smile Back; Or the Little Eichmanns At HMP ISIS

“Smile and others will smile back. Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say nor your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile.” ― Jean […]

Pink is the Warmest Colour; Or Connective Affections In Open Secrets (Prison & Homosexuality)

Living is a problematic and situated, although not stationary, condition. It – albeit not a reified, calcified  ‘it’ — is is. Connecting via consumption, bread to mouth (Levinas, Totality and Infinity) etc., taught/instructed flesh-ing ‘pivots’ a worlds world-ing worlds. Breathing, eating, shitting, sexing, texting, writing, driving all traverse in- and through- care. A taking care is an a priori condition; even […]

Pink is the Warmest Colour; Or Connective Affections in Prison (Resisting Normalisation)

Living is a problematic and situated, although not stationary, condition. It – albeit not a reified, calcified  ‘it’ — is is. Connecting via consumption, bread to mouth (Levinas, Totality and Infinity) etc., taught/instructed flesh-ing ‘pivots’ a worlds world-ing worlds. Breathing, eating, shitting, sexing, texting, writing, driving all traverse in- and through- care. A taking care is an a priori condition; even […]

Ambiguous Antidotes

“Thinking is, indeed, essentially the negation of that which is before us.” ― Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Contemporary problematics of survival demand a de-normalisation, post-parochial and cosmological world-ing. Multifaceted, multilayered and polyvalent folds over- and under- lap to create interstices of flesh, concrete, concepts, metals, woods, etc; cilia propel, enzymes digest, Amazon delivers, etc; flowing folds […]

Dude, where’s my State? Or Master-Signifiers and Desired Oppression

Desiring power which oppresses, desiring oppression: these are taboo topics in the era of post-poststructuralist identity politics. Asking why people mobilise themselves to support logical apparatuses of structural control is, however, essential. Why? Ultimately it is a real phenomenon, and the question has not been satisfactorily explored. Explicating the complex relations which engage subjectivities in- […]

Pure Critique

“A leftist government doesn’t exist because being on the left has nothing to do with governments.” ― Gilles Deleuze Mass incarceration involves an entire network of police, prosecution and prisons. Feeding bodies into the structure of legalized captivity creates a plethora of employment opportunities, whilst the detained bodies of prisoners provide a captive audience for […]