Sarai Reader 06: Turbulence


Sarai Reader 06: Turbulence Sarai Reader 06: Turbulence

Preface

If there were ever to be a ‘weather report’ for our times, an audit of the climate in which we have grown accustomed to live, it would use the word ‘turbulence’ often. We inhabit the vortex of storms, and smell sunshine. We are always prepared for rain. Our cities are sites of flood and fire. We live between tremors, power cuts and voltage surges. Agitations emerge and abate on our streets and on the airwaves, as if by accident. Books are burned, blogs are blocked, bourses dance mad tarantulas. We fly with seat belts fastened. Predictions are pronounced and dissembled in seconds. Bets are placed and lost, wagers made and found wanting. Insurance companies invoke acts of God. The more things change, the more they change…

Production

Editorial Collective: Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Ravi Sundaram, Awadhendra Sharan, Jeebesh Bagchi (Sarai), and Geert Lovink.

Design: Mrityunjay Chatterjee and Mrinalini Aggarwal.

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The entire book can be accessed and downloaded from the Sarai archive.

Contents

In Turbulence – Editorial Collective

TRANSFORMATIONS: REFLECTIONS ON UNCERTAINTY

The Time of Turbulence – R. Krishna

The Father of Long/Fat Tails: Interview with Benoît Mandelbrot – Hans Ulrich Obrist

Place – Renée Green

Notes from New York, July 2005 – Molly Nesbit

Cement and Speed – Michael Taussig

Mapping the Invisible: Notes on the Reason of Conspiracy Theories – Cédric Vincent

Turbulent Spaces of Fragments and Flows – Felix Stalder

The Terror of Having a Body – Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay

WEATHER REPORT: FORCES OF NATURE

Disaster Signs – Pradeep Saha

An Aesthetic of Turbulence: The Works of Ned Kahn – David Mather

After the Deluge – Gyan Prakash

Waterline – Legier Biederman

Waves of Wrath – R.V. Ramani

Zalzala (Earthquake)! – Kavita Pai

TROUBLESHOOTING: TECHNOLOGIES OF COMMUNICATION IN TURBULENT TIMES

A Candle in My Window – Peter Griffin

Support Iraqi Bloggers: Interview with Cecile Landman – Geert Lovink

Locative Dissent – Jeremy Hight

Once upon a Flash – Nishant Shah

ALTERED STATES: EXPERIENCING CHANGES

Pixels of Memory on the Hypertextualised ‘I’ – Deb Kamal Ganguly

Playing Wild! – Andreas Broeckmann

Download Downtime – Trebor Scholz

A Science of Liberalisation and the Markets It Produces – Siva Arumugam

The Visibility of the Revolutionary Project and New Technologies – Raoul Victor

Light from the Box – Franco La Cecla, Stefano Savona and Piero Zanini

The Neurobiopolitics of Global Consciousness – Warren Neidich

In Search of the Centre – Vlado Stjepic

Like Cleopatra – Parismita Singh

STRANGE DAYS: THE HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY OF TURBULENCE

“Jahan se Dekhiye Yak Shor-e Shor-angez Nikle Hain (A Riot of Turbulence, Wherever You Look)”: The Dehlvi Ghadar – Mahmood Farooqui

The Silent Memorial: Life of the Mutiny in Orchha’s Lakshmi Temple – Rahaab Allana

Buccaneers, Pirates and Privateers – Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan

A City Feeding on Itself: Testimonies and Histories of ‘Direct Action’ Day – Debjani Sengupta

“Kothai Aj Shei Shiraj Sikder (Where Today Is that Shiraj Sikder)?”: Terrorists or Guerrillas in the Mist – Naeem Mohaiemen

Remembering Communism: The Experience of Political Defeat – Philip Bounds

The Dynamic Balkans: A Working Model for the EU? – Interview with Kyong Park and Marjetica Potrc – Nataša Petrešin

GuateMex: No-Man’s-Water – Marcos Lutyens

Paisajes – Sergio De La Torre

Ceuta and Melilla Fences: A Defensive System? – Guido Cimadomo and Pilar Martínez Ponce

Shifting Sediments – Dane Mitchell

SIGNAL DISTURBANCEL: QUESTIONS – MEDIA / ART / IDENTITY

What Hit the News-Stand?! Introduction to a Dialogue – Nasrin Tabatabai, Babak Afrassiabi and Kianoosh Vahabi

The Sand of the Coliseum, the Glare of Television, and the Hope of Emancipation – Nancy Adajania

Be Offended, Be Very Offended – Linda Carroli

The Khushboo Case File: Reverse Culture Jamming – Tushar Dhara

Seeking Chaos: The Birth and Intentions of Queer Politics – Gautam Bhan

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: WITNESSING TURBULENCE

Family/Families – Ashim Purkayastha

Liberal Nightmares: A Manual of Northeastern Dreams – Tarun Bhartiya

Poetry in a Time of Terror – Robin S. Ngangom

Turbulent Indigo and the Act of Cautious Reassemblage – Sampurna Chattarji

The Man Who Could Walk through In-Between Positions – Sureyyya Evren

This Morning, This Evening: Beirut, 15 July 2006 – Walid Raad

Who Didn’t Start the Fire…? Reflections on Bombs over a Cup of Coffee – Simran Chadha

A Kashmiri’s ‘Encounter’ with Delhi – Bismillah Gilani

On Listening to Violence: Reflections of a Researcher of the Partition of India – Sadan Jha

UNSTABLE STRUCTURES: IMPROVISATIONS WITH INFRASTRUCTURE

Contingent – Emeka Okereke

Turbulence before Take-Off: Life Trajectories Spotted en Route to a Brazilian Runway – David Harris

Casting Village within City – Yushi Uehara

Tapping In: Leaky Sovereignties and Engineered (Dis)Order in an Urban Water System – Karen Coelho

A ‘Legitimate’ Business Activity: Unofficial Stock Exchanges of Vijayawada – S. Ananth

NOTES FROM BESEIGED NEIGHBOURHOODS

Nangla’s Delhi – Cybermohalla Practitioners

ALT/OPTION

Collaboration: The Dark Side of the Multitude – Florian Schneider

We Lost the War. Welcome to the World of Tomorrow – Frank Rieger

 

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Published on: October 10, 2006