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François Peraldi, Polysexuality (Semiotext(e) #10), Semiotext(e), 1995

Originally conceived as a special Semiotext(e) issue on homosexuality at the end of the 70s, “Polysexuality” quickly evolved into a more complex and iconoclastic project whose intent was to do away with recognized genders altogether, considered far too limitative. The project landed somewhere between humor, anarchy, science-fiction, utopia and apocalypse. In the few years that it took to put it together, it also evolved from a joyous schizo concept to a darker, neo-Lacanian elaboration on the impossibility of sexuality. The tension between the two, occasionally perceptible, is the theoretical subtext of the issue. Upping the ante on gender distinctions, “Polysexuality” started by blowing wide open all sexual classifications, inventing unheard-of categories, regrouping singular features into often original configurations, like Corporate Sex, Alimentary Sex, Soft or Violent Sex, Discursive Sex, Self- Sex, Animal Sex, Child Sex, Morbid Sex, or Sex of the Gaze. Mixing documents, interviews, fiction, theory, poetry, psychiatry and anthropology, “Polysexuality” became the encyclopedia sexualis of a continent that is still emerging. What it displayed in all its forms could be called, broadly speaking, the Sexuality of Capital. (Actually the issue being rather hot, it was decided to cool it off somewhat by only using “capitals” throughout the issue. It was also the first issue for which we used the computer).
Includes work by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Félix Guattari, Paul Verlaine, William S.Burroughs, Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, Roland Barthes, Paul Virilio, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and more.


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Sylvère Lotringer, Fous d'Artaud, Sens&Tonka, 2003

Les fous d’Artaud sont-ils aussi fous que lui ? La folie, comme la peste, est contagieuse et tous, psychiatres, disciples, famille, critiques, tous ceux qu’Artaud a approchés, ou qui ont approché Artaud, semblent participer de son délire. Cet ouvrage le montre de diverses manières, la plus saisissante étant sans doute ce qu’Artaud avait nommé un "drame mental" – une confrontation avec les témoins ou «persécuteurs» du poète où se démasque à vif le délire propre à chacun d’eux, et celui de l’auteur lui-même.
Ce livre n’entend pas apporter une strate supplémentaire aux débats qui ont fait rage depuis la mort du poète maudit, ni prendre parti entre les différents camps qui se disputent encore la dépouille d’Artaud ; il parle du lieu où se "travaille" la folie.
Dans un travail commencé depuis plus de vingt ans (Antonin Artaud, New York, Scribner’s Son, 1983), Lotringer a interviewé les deux médecins de Rodez qui ont soumis le patient Antonin Artaud aux électrochocs : le directeur de l’hôpital psychiatrique, Gaston Ferdière, et son interne, Jacques Latrémolière.
Enfin, la si contestée – par la famille d’Artaud – Paule Thévenin livre l’identité du fameux 'Dr J. L.' violemment pris à parti par Artaud dans son Van Gogh, le suicidé de la société.

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Sylvère Lotringer, The Miserables, Semiotext(e), 2014

What societies of control are achieving in the West through invasive technologies and the soft violence of financial capitalism—the production of work slaves and human zombies—is being enforced in the rest of the world by the most brutal, extreme, inhuman means. Narco-Capitalism, the extreme violence now raging in Mexico, is only the latest in an enterprise of systematic dehumanization that is affecting the entire planet.

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Kathy Acker, Hannibal Lecter, My Father, Semiotext(e), 1991

Edited by Acker for Semiotext(e) in 1991, this volume contains Acker's never-before published early writings, documentation of her obscenity trial, and the definitive interview about her life and work by Sylvère Lotringer.

“Acker: (...) The idea that you don't need to have a central identity, that a split identity [is] more a viable way in the world. I was splitting the I into false and true I's and I just wanted to see this false I was more or less real than the true I; what are the reality levels between false and true and how it worked. And of course there's no difference. By the end of TARANTULA, when I do the de Sade business, I can't tell what's true or false, except for actual dates. If I say I was born in 1748, I know that's false...“ (extract of Devoured by Myths, and interview with Sylvère Lotringer).

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Pétunia #5, Pétunia, 2013

Each issue of Pétunia is organised around subjective emergencies, not as a exhaustive summation of a subject but as an open, autonomous publication presenting multiple facets on a topic. Pétunia does not affiliate with territorial issues of current matters nor trends. Pétunia does not have chapters nor sections, but diverse textual forms, focusing largely on contemporary art : from theoretical texts to diary entries, to pure fiction or comics. All contributions remain in their original language, without translations.

The family issue:
This issue contains contributions by/about : Cécile Bicler, Liz Cohen, le corps collectif, Natalie Czech, Olivia Dunbar, Dorothée Dupuis, Marina Faust, Claire Guezengar, Sonia Leimer, Sylvère Lotringer, Daria Martin, Kobena Mercer, Eileen Myles, NG, Josephine Pryde, Lisa Robertson, Martina-Sofie Wildberger, Cathy Wilkes.

Edited by Dorothée Dupuis, Lili Reynaud Dewar & Valerie Chartrain.

Criticism/Theory, Source Book 240 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 42 ORDER

Sylvère Lotringer, David Morris, Schizo-Culture, 2 vol. set (The Event, The Book), Semiotext(e), 2014

The legendary 1975 “Schizo-Culture” conference, conceived by the early Semiotext(e) collective, began as an attempt to introduce the then-unknown radical philosophies of post-’68 France to the American avant-garde. The event featured a series of seminal papers, from Deleuze’s first presentation of the concept of the “rhizome” to Foucault’s introduction of his History of Sexuality project. The conference was equally important on a political level, and brought together a diverse group of activists, thinkers, patients, and ex-cons in order to address the challenge of penal and psychiatric institutions. The combination proved to be explosive, but amid the fighting and confusion “Schizo-Culture” revealed deep ruptures in left politics, French thought, and American culture.

The “Schizo-Culture” issue of the Semiotext(e) journal came three years later. Designed by a group of artists and filmmakers including Kathryn Bigelow and Denise Green, it documented the chaotic creativity of an emerging downtown New York scene, and offered interviews with artists, theorists, writers, and No Wave and pre-punk musicians together with new texts from Deleuze, Foucault, R. D. Laing, and other conference participants.

This slip-cased edition includes The Book: 1978, a facsimile reproduction of the original Schizo-Culture publication; and The Event: 1975, a previously unpublished and comprehensive record of the conference that set it all off. It assembles many previously unpublished texts, including a detailed selection of interviews reconstructing the events, and features Félix Guattari, William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Michel Foucault, Sylvère Lotringer, Guy Hocquenghem, Gilles Deleuze, John Rajchman, Robert Wilson, Joel Kovel, Jack Smith, Jean-François Lyotard, Ti-Grace Atkinson, François Peraldi, and John Cage.

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