Drawing upon concepts of hauntology and spectrality and their applications in performance and media theory, the article investigates the relation between live performance, performative memory and technology in Komuna Warszawa’s project Paradise Now? RE//MIX Living Theatre. Premiered in 2013 as the 31st part of the remix sequence bringing together the past works of international experimental artists and theatres and present-day Polish performers and dancers, Paradise Now remix offers a critical and self-referential commentary on what is left after the demise of political theatre and the utopian dream of paradise. My main argument focuses on the technological processes by which Komuna Warszawa spectralizes both the memory of the Living Theatre’s Paradise Now and its own performance through re-mediating, digitizing and remixing fragmentary images and scenes. Their ultimate effect is a melancholic sense of disappearance, impossibility and technologically produced vacuum.
This is an exciting time for library management, as is often said. Insights from a variety of disciplines-business, psychology, and philosophy are perhaps most prominent-are being brought to bear as we examine our roles in a rapidly evolving documents universe. We worry about being replaced by the Internet, replaced by superstores, replaced by MIS departments, and though none of these outcomes is likely on a broad scale, the self-reflection this induces has its place. There's hardly a branch of librarianship that hasn't at least accepted, if not embraced headlong, the state of constant change in which we find ourselves. There are some real concerns, however, about a couple of metaphors that are often used to describe aspects of library organizations. In ruthlessly downsized times, the uncritical repetition of dualistic metaphors such as "core/noncore" and "front line/back room" may actually endanger the health of libraries as organisms.
Efforts to protect Asia's islands and archipelagoes from the effects of climate change are leading to new resort architecture designs. Wonderful Asian hideaways that reveal how well style and sustainability go together are presented and discussed.
Hany Abu-Assad is making motion picture history with his low-budget film, Paradise Now, which took top awards at the Berlin and Toronto film festivals, won the Golden Globe for best foreign film and became the first ever Palestinian Oscar-nomination. The stark realism of Paradise Now depicts the misery and hopelessness of Palestinian lives under Israeli occupation, and Abu-Assad has achieved the impossible in giving human face to suicide bombers.