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Contingent Propositions

Installation of 283 digital collages. 13cm x 52m, 2015

A piecemeal, visually-oriented study of the background and historical consequences of late capitalism, its practices and outcomes led me to create comments and references, to my own version of footnotes. In order to orient myself better in this, I employed the tried and tested procedures of modernist collage, inspired by Baroque emblems complemented with text sections. My material consisted of newspaper cuttings from the Communist daily Rudé právo (1971-1989) and the post-revolutionary liberal daily Lidové noviny (1989-2008). On the basis of these local Czech newspaper sources mapping the demise of the two dominant ideological monsters of the 20th century, I am sketching out the coordinates of an as yet undisclosed global future. The recycling of documents of the past reveals clues leading to the Great Recession in 2008 and is perhaps also a reflection of the next form of the post capitalist world. Naturally in all modesty and within the bounds of possibility of an artist’s comments.

Script:

  1. It might seem that the oppression is not so heavy, but it is only a question of the degree of what can be endured.
  2. ONLY AN ILLUSION

    COLLAPSE

    Self-confidence

FATE

    Human time

It is appalling to think about; better to remember jokes and sometimes that’s not possible either.

  1. Class fraternity

Structure of production relationships.

  1. The Americans have gone to the scrapheap of history. Their departure makes us sad.
  2. Contribution to characterizing imperialism

It thinks within itself without thinking itself.

  1. Conscious shaping of the future

Structure of production relationships and structure of the unconscious.

  1. Dialectics of social development

Some inventions are like a hammer: similarly simple and essentially effective.

  1. Modern slaves Modern slaves Misunderstanding of the sense of some event.
  2. Lawyer’s
 Structure of the unconscious.
  3. Bifurcation of the unconscious.
  4. Make use of every moment

The movement of photons through the skin occurs every day.

  1. ON THE EDGE

      Hot diesel
      The conquest of space stands on firm foundations.

  1. THE BEGINNING OF A NEW PATH

      The whole inhabited world has changed.

  1. Active resistance to bourgeois ideology It thinks within itself without thinking itself II.
  2. STUPIDITY CONTEST

Solidarity is a prerequisite of human coexistence.

  1. SOLIDARITY

Production relations and their interconnectivity.

  1. WE ARE PREPARED

We are not prepared.

  1. Cooperation

Commodity fetishism and its secret.

  1. AT THE CROSSROADS

Some trenches are very far away. This one leads right to your doorstep.

  1. They fear the truth

Being a nominalist leads to a very firm grasp of reality.

  1. Contribution to characterizing imperialism.

      For all to see, but the stitches showing clear relations are invisible.

  1. TOGETHER
 A prerequisite is: to be born.
  2. Critically about criticism

Don’t believe your own eyes, but rely on them.

  1. The method of forgeries

       IN THE NAME OF CAPITAL

Religious rhetoric provides a firm hand for any in.

  1. Active resistance to bourgeois ideology

Progress? In the struggle for a better future, it is a constant battle that never ends.

Pity, I was hoping there would be peace and quiet to work sometime.

  1. FUTURE WITHOUT A CEILING

Past without a floor.

  1. FUTURE WITHOUT A CEILING

      Present without pictures on the walls.

  1. THIS DAY

Or any other day.

  1. Capitalist world

      Anarchistic adventure

Power and power relations.

  1. Hysteria of reactionary forces

Revolutions and other events in a dark explanation.

  1. CHANGE

      at this hour on this day
      Statistically nothing changes.

  1. Hysteria of reactionary forces

Peace good, good will prevail!

  1. HYPOCRISY

      They incriminate themselves

      ONE HAND WASHES THE OTHER

You don’t know whose you are; you don’t know what to think.

  1. STRUGGLE

Try God, or He will try you.

  1. SOCIAL CERTAINTY

Roast pigeons do not fall from heaven, and if they do fall they can kill you.

  1. The workers defended their factory

      HASTY CONCLUSIONS

There are no factories; there are no workers.

  1. Imagination

Only imagination remains and it must be projected.

  1. There is success in complexity

Dialectic development on the planet Solaris.

  1. Months of terror

Appealing to psychologization.

  1. Foundations of cooperation

What is going on?

  1. What spectre is passing by Europe?

Illusions about themselves.

  1. Algorithm prepared for practical use in rocket research.
  2. Foundation

Flesh wrapping bone, skin covering flesh.

  1. Programme of disruption

Unexpected difficulties of financial liquidity.

  1. Poets and their poems in the age of poets.
  2. Alpha Centauri within reach; everything is prepared.
  3. Scientific and technical development and management

Social upheavals.

  1. EUROPEAN OPTIONS

One-way journey into space. The last act of violence on others.

  1. Get up and speak!

Time travel or only redundant action.

  1. Reaction escalates terror

The sign of defeat consists those forms that make ordinary things horrific instruments.

  1. APPROACHES

Success is in complexity

The incalculable power of money.

  1. Community of monopolies

Communism of corporations and their annuitants.

  1. LARGE SCALE MANIPULATION

Don’t believe what you see, don’t believe what you hear.

  1. Focal points of resistance growing

Everyone will need vegetables. Without vegetables there will be scurvy.

  1. Economic treaty – instrument of control

What is evident is constantly repeated, to universal surprise.

  1. Truth cannot be silenced

Everyone knows it, everyone knows what to do.

  1. Reactions do not break the people

Such a situation may last for ages.

  1. Propaganda of intimidation and deception

Disappointment in something that can be looked forward to. That is not spectacular.

  1. Document the supremacy of socialism

Seeking what is dead deadens the living.

  1. Wealth of a few, poverty of many

      HOW TO LIVE

      HOW TO GO ON?

Priceless answer.

  1. Assumptions

Space station being built on Earth for now.

  1. Aspiration to reality

      Changes

Technology brings new forms of slavery.

  1. DISCLAIMER AND REALITY

      Nothing is decided

Obsolete awareness might help with today’s difficulties.

  1. WHAT THEY ARE ATTEMPTING

Time’s arrow infallibly leads our hands.

  1. There is only one Fascism

Search on the financial markets, under the carpet, everywhere.

  1. OPTIONS OF COOPERATION

      Cooperation as a programme

      Conferences of the rich versus poverty

Everyone cooperates! What not us?

  1. Growth in exchange of goods

The art of expressing oneself by one’s own productivity.

  1. LETTER

Irrational numbers and what they reveal.

  1. Sources of growth and activity

Artistic intuition in the service of production.

  1. Dynamics of growth

Intuition multiplied by requalification courses.

  1. THE CHANGING COUNTRY

Immobility on other planets.

  1. Patience. Patience. Patience.
  2. A promising launch

Space station being built on Earth for now II.

  1. CONTROL

      Belongs to the scrapheap of history

Everyone should remember that, even though it’s no use for anything.

  1. We realize our goals

The subject that acts is lost.

  1. Traders

The greatest invention of the Anthropocene.

  1. The danger of Fascism continues

Search on the financial markets, under the carpet, everywhere.

  1. No one is allowed to starve or freeze. Anyone who starves or freezes will be sent to a concentration camp.
  2. Crisis seeks victims

Even mice have access to bank loans.

  1. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN

It’s not winning that’s important, but taking part.

  1. One does not live just for oneself

He who does not run away loses.

  1. He who does not see it will not believe.
  2. On questions of theory

The question of the issue of the subject emerges again.

  1. WATER

The simplest questions and answers.

  1. We found a system

Structures are not visible to the naked eye.

  1. Disturbing facts

      Structures materialize in unpredictable relations and ties.

  1. INHUMAN PLANS

The greatest discovery of the Anthropocene.

  1. Brawl over a fat morsel

In every anthill there are still undiscovered nooks.

  1. FACTS

In society it is fitting to be a nominalist.

  1. Constant reduction in living standard

      The mark of shame on the face of humanity

Romantic notion: Good and Evil.

  1. The fight resumes

Sleep strengthens and anticipates awakening.

  1. ONE DAY LIKE ANOTHER

Entropy is enemy number one.

  1. RESILIENCE

V.I. Lenin: Learn, learn, learn.

  1. The fight for truth

Proteins do not participate in the class struggle by themselves.

  1. The West in the grip of crisis

Report the news at the end,

  1. DARKNESS IS NOT ETERNAL

This line does not work either in times of darkness or even in lighter ones.

  1. Poison in the atmosphere again

      Factories for learning

The dialectical issues of history dealt with in universities.

  1. Regime of terror and vengeance

Television broadcast repeated every hour. Constantly.

  1. We think of tomorrow

Buildings and their interior structures have their own logic.

  1. Work of generations

Who does not steal, does not lie, does not kill and thinks of children?

  1. Unequivocal agreement

You’ve seen it on TV, read it on the Internet, shared it on facebook.

  1. How power and law are bought

The academic sector of production relations is also able to participate.

  1. Convoluted development

Some answers only found after decades of asking the wrong questions.

  1. NEED FOR A SOLUTION

The legacy of colonialism manifested in detail.

  1. Against the raids of aggressors and colonialists

Conviction that colonialism is no more.

  1. Easing tensions the foundation of world politics

Technology overcomes obstacles on the way.

  1. Continent shifting

Pangaea ploughs out gulfs and ravines on the way to the new order.

  1. Who is afraid of truth

Infinity is a sequence of finite points.

  1. Historical watershed

Unobservable seams, though well visible against the light.

  1. You can shout, but no one will hear you.
  2. Everything is going well. It’s like a divine plan.
  3. No one has yet decoded the signals of extraterrestrial civilizations.
  4. The launch rockets are prepared, the astronauts trained.
  5. Telecommunications.
  6. The engine room is kept clean and tidy.
  7. Effectiveness of criticism

Self-criticism is an even better learning tool.

  1. Psychology and telekinesis I.
  2. Psychology and telekinesis II.
  3. Psychology and telekinesis III.
  4. Psychology and telekinesis IV.
  5. VIOLENCE AS A PROGRAMME

Applied psychology and telekinesis.

  1. Fascist dictatorship in crisis

The clean, tidy engine room from another perspective.

  1. Unemployment – a disease of capitalism

Oft-repeated truths become false.

  1. Mirror of fate.
  2. Uncertainty and discrimination

Fibres and capillaries are not invulnerable, they must be constantly repaired.

  1. Unsubstantiated rumours

Hurricanes are created artificially and specially targeted at certain locations.

  1. Racist conspiracy

When is that orbital station going to be ready?

  1. INSTRUMENT AND VICTIMS OF CAPITAL

What will there be after the capitalist era? When did it end?

  1. How simple and obvious it all is

The machine only has to be plugged into the socket. And that’s it.

  1. Sharp ears

Sounds of pulsars, neutron stars and red giants.

  1. Psychological warfare failed again

It’s enough to redraw the map and start again.

  1. Financial effects of crisis

Yes. Hyperinflation is here. The biggest bogeyman of all time.

  1. Hazardous deals

He who risks and survives. Can be glad he’s alive.

  1. INCREASINGLY HEAVY BURDEN

Pressure on the control system and on those who control.

  1. Under the patronage of the CIA

Large white leather purse.

  1. Reactions take revenge on the defenceless

Large white leather purse on a chain with a snap hook.

  1. armament

Large white leather purse on a chain with a snap hook in trouser back pocket.

  1. POSITIONS OF THE BIGGEST SUPRANATIONAL OIL MONOPOLIES

Large storage supplies of barrels, the sign of a good manager.

  1. Promises of new rulers

        Terrism

The hope that our system is not built on the exploitation of others, that it is independent.

  1. Three minutes of tension

All that can be said in a few seconds.

  1. Mrs. Thatcher’s class war

History of repeated events.

  1. TERROR AND REPRESSION

The hope that our system is built on the exploitation of others, but indirectly.

  1. Canon, whip and repression

The hope that our system is built on exploitation by others.

  1. Resistance growing

The hope that our system is not built on our exploitation.

  1. Tension

The hope that our system can be changed.

  1. Fascists take revenge

Problems of intergalactic transport ships.

  1. ASSEMBLY

This is a methodological break.

  1. On questions of economics

Burial. Part of the economic processes.

  1. Mass murder “as a deterrent”

Symbolic world and actions and reactions.

  1. FORECAST

What wants to be said by talking.

  1. COMPLICATED DEVELOPMENT

Distracting attention by talking of inconsequential things.

  1. Good results

Method carried to perfection. No discrepancies.

  1. The ruthless mirror

Multiplication of multiplications.

  1. A PERSON LIVES AMONG PEOPLE

As if it meant something.

  1. MILLIONAIRES’ CLUB

Come and join us! Make an effort, or you’ll rot.

  1. New moments of capitalist crisis

Trying to blame it on natural laws again.

  1. The basic motive is cooperation

        He who does not understand must go again on requalification courses.

  1. The incorrigible

Further multiplication of multiplications.

  1. Reverse the dangerous development of events

The useless are gradually realizing their status.

  1. Change the world for the better

The Hadron Collider and the price it all cost.

  1. Keeping the pace

The fuel for the particle accelerator doesn’t make itself.

  1. LOYALTY FOR LOYALTY

Loyalty is the most valuable quality of an employee I.

  1. TOO CRUEL A GAME

What really was? After death it is easily recognized.

  1. Hysteria and what it serves

An instrument of propaganda. Energy dosed at short intervals.

  1. INTERNATIONAL AIR CORRIDOR

        Transparent hysteria

Monuments to hysteria line the main streets of big cities.

  1. Aggression

        of method

The possibility of choice gets lost under the weight of oppressive conditions.

  1. CURRENCY QUADRILLE

Development of dance under the dictate of economical interests.

  1. Assault weapon of mass destruction of people.

Musical instruments and musical boxes developed under the auspices of good.

  1. ARTIST’S VOICE

Passionately recited poems of love, life and death.

  1. The way of historical transformations

Artists are capable of capturing the nuances of joy and a satisfied life.

  1. LOVE FOR LOVE

The imperative of ancestors transmitted to the future with the help of bio-politics.

  1. The testimony of archives

The imperative of ancestors transmitted to the future with the help of politics.

  1. It’s not possible just to think about the future

The Hadron Collider and its operators.

  1. Loyalty is the most valuable quality of an employee II.
  2. Why they are silent now

Loyalty is the most valuable quality of an employee. The ability to enforce it.

  1. They live in our memory

The Hadron Collider will soon be ready.

  1. Collapse

New reinforcements in the race to the centre of the earth.

  1. Terrorist training

Enemies have to be cultivated.

  1. The lesson of history still topical

Repetition of events refreshes the memory. It crystallizes decision-making.

  1. Despite the terror

Hadron Colliders in the hands of terrorists could inflict immense damage.

  1. Equality of women and the struggle for peace cannot be separated

The strategy of renaming old inequalities as new terms.

  1. Fabrications instead of facts

Elimination of the enemy by hi integration.

  1. Double metre

The so-called active metre and the so-called passive metre.

  1. For liquidation of all forms of economic colonialism

An old adage: Measure twice, cut once.

  1. What structural changes?

        An old adage: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

  1. He who doesn’t want to

We’ll help him there. And if not we, then definitely they.

  1. Encounter with the system

        Don’t let the victim exhale, he won’t be able to resist.

  1. Common experimental base

Innovation in the area of manual and auxiliary work.

  1. Great future of space stations

Evoking model situations as preparation for complicated future problems.

  1. Authentic reflection of the present

The past mined from old auxiliary apparatuses.

  1. There’s no room for complacency

Construction of spaceships, a necessary prerequisite of corporate success. 
192. Coordination

        Of aggression

Shock. Research opposes experienced reality.

  1. Insidious messengers of death

Experiments get out of control only in exceptional cases.

  1. Illusion revealed by one logical trick: Feedback.
  2. Instrument

Illusion revealed by one logical trick: Critical stance.

  1. PUBLIC DISCUSSION

Democracy and its forms in the advanced stage of capitalism.

  1. Sense of reality

We’re alone! We’re alone! We’re alone!

  1. Reconciliation is a chance, not an illusion

Surrender, nothing will happen to you.

  1. Encounter

Theme of a movie: The most moving moments come to one when one least expects it.

  1. Thinking pays off

Symposium, the basic unit of disciplinary arrangement.

  1. Let’s consolidate forces to carry out the programme of rebuilding society

The old is collapsing, the new must be helped into life.

  1. White square on a maquette

New forms of art built on the foundations of a black square.

  1. Prospects

Mid-morning exercise. Roles are switched in the afternoon.

  1. A spectre haunted Europe

It is said that spectres do not exist. They never left.

  1. Devastation, fiction, debt

Truth revealed to economists only after death.

  1. Battle or competition?

Truth revealed to corpses only after death.

  1. Future filled with problems

Truth revealed to the yet unborn.

  1. Period of cardinal transformations

The evolutionarily impossible is becoming reality.

  1. ARE WE DECAYING?

Not yet understood evolutionary processes I.

  1. No turning back

Not yet understood evolutionary processes II.

  1. Error

Not yet understood evolutionary processes III.

  1. Change of system

The building of spaceships creates the impression that it is about an escape strategy, but have no fear, we won’t leave you here.

  1. and for the better times?

And if we do leave you, you won’t be badly off here.

  1. Alone finally; those annoying others are no longer here.
  2. Animals prepared!

Take example from them!

  1. Consumer society the road to perdition

Guerrilla war without unequivocal victors.

  1. Fire on the horizon, an extraordinary situation is becoming a routine matter.
  2. Funereal quiet

You’re alone! You’re alone! You’re alone!

  1. Range of conditions

If it wasn’t for that, there wouldn’t be this. Vice versa.

  1. No one can stop the market now

The party has begun. Join in each day from 6:00 a.m. with a symbolic hurrah.

  1. State versus market

The party continues; join in each day from 6:00 pm with a symbolic hurrah, then you can go home.

  1. Truth revealed to passers-by by the way.
  2. End of monopoly

The truth that no one will ever find out.

  1. Preserved moments

Museum of victims.

  1. Fire on the horizon; what is an extraordinary situation?
  2. Ptydepe

It’s necessary to set up processes so that the mistakes peculiar to certain set-up processes are not repeated.

  1. The problem of squaring the circle

Some processes are set up badly; it is necessary to set them up again and better.

  1. The past has overlapped the present

The arrow of time and its capricious and mischievous malevolence.

  1. End of the era of schizophrenia

From now on everything will be fine.

  1. QUEUE FOR THE FUTURE

On the other side a different world awaits; just one signature and salvation is guaranteed.

  1. A chance for everyone

Joy of victory for no one.

  1. A one-way street cannot under any circumstances be driven through from the other end.
  2. A two-way street is designed for passage in both directions.
  3. Fatality of production processes I.
  4. hope for the future

Fatality of production processes II.

  1. Fatality of production processes III.
  2. hope for the future

        Faster, more accurate weapons.

  1. Majority approval of arms manufacture

Peace cannot be built on the production of peace goods: that would be illogical I.

  1. No one is alone, and if you feel that way, we’ll come to see you.
  2. Peace cannot be built on the production of peace goods: that would be illogical II.
  3. Absolute truth

You, too, will become a commodity and your relationships will also be commoditized!

  1. Absolute truth constructed on the basis of endlessly repeated little lies.
  2. Food for the global flow of capital I.
  3. Food for the global flow of capital II.
  4. Melanoma, free space travel.
  5. Small joys of the proletariat I.
  6. Small joys of the proletariat II.
  7. YOUR BEST MOVE ON THE EQUITIES MARKET

        STOCK-LIST

Man’s best friend the horse.

  1. Man’s best friend the hen, which never disappoints.
  2. Liberty, equality, fraternity

Allegiance to the ideals of the revolution, whoever stole them.

  1. Unemployment

Man and his failure in the face of the universe.

  1. Privatization without anaesthetic

Man and his great victory over the universe.

  1. The market will not protect the environment

A mimesis that can also be used for reinforcing narcissism.

  1. Objects are “shrinking”

Natural laws exposed to “market” principles.

  1. Unrest

Do they want to pay? We give nothing to anyone for free.

  1. The struggle for justice does not end

The commoditization of everything has triumphed at 89%.

  1. ONE MONTH FREE!!

The commoditization of everything has triumphed at 90%.

  1. Microcosm and macrocosm in the dialectical development of consumer society.
  2. Congratulations!

You are exceptional and therefore you have been chosen for the dangerous mission of saving mankind I.

260 he bet cleverly on evolution

Sexual practices carried as far as the fulfilment of all libidinal imaginings.

  1. Basic building blocks and liquids.
  2. Artificial brain is able to learn

Copulation as an innovative production principle.

  1. Machines cleverer than people?

        Sexual practices inspired by human ones.

  1. Darwin’s bad dream of the 21stcentury world

Sexual degradation.

  1. Sex

Violent sexual practices are the precise image of the majority of capitalist deeds.

  1. Nezdokuntovatelné The undocumentable crimes of capital and its minions.
  2. FREE!

You are exceptional and therefore you have been chosen for the dangerous mission of saving mankind II.

  1. Estimates of the future state of the world are generally imprecise

Capital and its prognostic capabilities.

  1. The Third World did not greatly appreciate the new world order

Trust cannot be gained by blackmail and money for bribery will run out one day.

  1. Accumulation of capital I.
  2. Hopes of a quick end to the war are fading, markets falling

Accumulation of capital II.

  1. Accumulation of capital and masochism.
  2. A free person has the possibility of choice at every historic moment I.
  3. Surrender or die

A free person has the possibility of choice at every historic moment II.

  1. Fuels will be readily available and renewable.
  2. Virtual reality will soon replace the sector of fatigued services.
  3. Share value is still rising; we’re on the right track.
  4. Financial portfolio full of packages ensuring continuously growing profits.
  5. work until death

The right to work for all.

  1. You, too, will have a contented, just life one day I.
  2. New stimulus for mortgages

You, too, will have a contented, just life one day II.

  1. Mortgage: today even for the less affluent

You, too, will have a contented, just life one day III.

  1. Fight and feed

The survival strategy is the fundamental axiom of human herds.