Interview with Cornelius Castoriadis by Chris Marker (English Subtitles)


This interview with Castoriadis was conducted in 1989 by famed filmmaker Chris Marker for Marker’s own television series L’héritage de la chouette («The Owl’s Legacy»). Eighty-one minutes long, the raw footage originally recorded in French has been translated into English (via easy-to-read subtitles) and edited anonymously as a public service. Here, Castoriadis lays out and examines the contributions of ancient Greece to questions of contemporary relevance relating to democracy, politics, philosophy, art, poetry, economic and social reorganization, and the creative chaos that underlies all existence.

Cornelius Castoriadis – Workers Councils and the Economics of Self Managed Society

This book was first published by Paul Cardan (English pseudonym of Cornelius Castoriadis) in 1957. After that is was re-published, with a newPreface, the graphics and annotations (included in this edition), by Solidarity in March 1972.

This Zabalaza Books edition is based on the HTML version released on the web by Lust for Life in November 2006 and includes the post-notations by Lust for Life.

Metronome – a research strand of the project The City at a Time of Crisis

EN: Mass Transient is an ethnographic study of spaces of mass transit in Athens — and beyond: it is a study that seeks to reveal the ever-growing antagonisms and tensions in these quintessential spaces of the everyday, as the crisis deepens. At this historical conjuncture, buses, trolleys and metro carriages become the primary public spaces: on the one hand moving around are the ‘fallen angels’ of the bourgeois dream, and on the other, those swirling through the city are the undocumented, seeking survival. A close, meticulous reading of these spaces can help us understand how the transitory flux of a society in turmoil becomes a galvanized reality; how a transient mass becomes critical.

Produced by Ross Domoney & Antonis Vradis
Directed by Ross Domoney
Research by Antonis Vradis
Cinematography, editing & sound mix by Ross Domoney
Assistant editing by Antonis Vradis

EL: Ο «Μετρονόμος» είναι το πρώτο σύντομο βίντεο του ερευνητικού εγχειρήματος Mass Transient (Μάζα Εν Κινήσει), μέρος του ερευνητικού προγράμματος Η Πόλη την Εποχή της Κρίσης:

«Υπάρχουν στιγμές στην ιστορία που ο χρόνος σα να επιταχύνεται
Στιγμές που οι χώροι στους οποίους συνυπάρχουμε γίνονται πυκνότεροι.
Και που η συνύπαρξή μας φαντάζει πιο καταναγκαστική.
Οι στιγμές αυτές είναι αποκαλυπτικές για τους τρόπους με τους
οποίους επιλέγουμε να συνυπάρξουμε.
Από τις μικρότερες των χειρονομιών, στο πιό απροκάλυπτα ρατσιστικό
ντελίριο, μας βοηθούν να κατανοήσουμε την ανθρώπινη κατάσταση.
Τούτη εδώ είναι μια φευγαλέα ματιά σε μια τέτοια στιγμή.»

Παραγωγή: Ross Domoney και Αντώνης Βραδής
Σκηνοθεσίας: Ross Domoney
Έρευνα: Antonis Vradis
Φωτογραφία, επεξεργασία και ηχητική επένδυση: Ross Domoney
Βοηθός επεξεργασίας: Αντώνης Βραδής

ReelNews presents – Into the Fire: The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece

In times of severe austerity things look bleak for Greek people, but they’re far worse for those who have recently arrived. Without housing, legal papers or support, migrants in Greece are faced with increasing and often violent racism at the hands of the growing Nazi party Golden Dawn and the police in Athens. Many are trapped by EU laws and legislation of other EU countries meaning they’d be returned to Greece if they managed to get to another member state, they are desperate to leave the country.

On 21st April Into the Fire has been released online and published on various websites simultaneously. Guy Smallman and Kate Mara went to Greece before the last elections (June 2012) and spoke with refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and undocumented, trying to get an idea of the state of the asylum procedure in this European border country and what it is like to live in constant fear of being attacked – for having the wrong skin colour.

Refugees flee their home countries on the search for safety. Due to it’s land border with Turkey, Greece is one of the main entry gates into Europe, but once there refugees are faced with deficiencies in the asylum procedure, and appalling detention and living conditions. European legislation prevents them from moving on to other European countries and traps them in Greece.

Without housing, legal papers or support, they are faced with increasing and often violent racism. Attacks do not only target refugees, but any foreigner, including immigrants who have been in Greece for years. In spite of incendiary propaganda by the fascist party Golden Dawn and a surge of murderous attacks, state and police seem unwilling to address the issue. Allegations of police sympathizing with Golden Dawn are an open secret. The refugees address their plea for help to Greece and all of Europe: “Let us leave!”

Funeral of Shehzad Luqman in Kotzia square in Athens. 19-1-13 The 26 year old Pakistani migrant was stabbed to death in a racially motivated murder on January 16th as he was cycling to work. His family and friends from the local Pakistani community met in

Jacques Ellul – The Betrayal by Technology

Jacques Ellul was a French theologian/sociologist and anarchist. He first became well-known to American readers when his book The Technological Society was published in English in 1964. This book leveled a broad critique of technique, a term that means more than gadgets and machines – as the English word technology means.

For Ellul, technique represented an entire way of life characterized by life fragmented so that efficiency ultimately rules over all ethical decisions. Ellul warned that technique was having drastic effects on all aspects of modern life.

Many Green Anarchists have cited Ellul’s work on technique as influential on their thought.