Aug 22, 2015

Christian Nagler
Featuring DJ Kit Clayton:
Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics
The Lab, San Francisco


In this session we will delve deeply into some embodied non-solutions to the problem of global risk management. What are global risk management practices and how do they relate to our nervous systems? Engage in an athletic and de-armoring session of Reichian somatics, full-corpus spasms, and galactic tingles. Wear comfortable clothes. Come prepared to move, breathe intensely, yell, and freak out a little.

** Bring a pillow please **

  • Some issues we might hit on, either discursively or somatically:
  • The fear of life and the network of political unrest insurance
  • The miracle-terror of the vagus nerve
  • The level of co2 in the bloodstream
  • The 18th century grain tradeforming an internal intentional community of alkalinoids
  • Decalcinating and repotassiumizing the nervile chemoducts
  • Blue sky in mind
  • Lloyd’s of London
  • Who am I and why am I so anxious
  • The circulation of financial derivatives
  • Foucault’s critique of the repressive hypothesis
  • Tremoring polar bears


1. Ulrich Beck, Living in the World Risk Society, 2006

2. Michel Foucault, Security Territory, Population, Lectures at the College de France, 1979
(especially lecture #2)

3. Benjamin Lee and Edward Lipuma, Circulatory Risks and the Speculative Habitus

4. Dusan Makavejev, WR: Mysteries of the Organism, 1971

5. Claire Souch, Pushing the Boundaries of Catastrophe Modeling, 2014

CHRISTIAN NAGLER is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. He works at the intersection of bodily movement and geo-financial systems. Recent projects include Market Fitness and Yoga for Adjuncts, which pursue economic critique through kinesthetic, participatory performances. Currently, he is doing graduate research on issues of performance in economic discourse and completing his first novel, The Capitalist.

JOSHUA KIT CLAYTON is a musician, artist, and deejay based in San Francisco. He has been releasing and deejaying music in the space that spans and surrounds techno, house, dub, and noise for over 15 years, with recordings on a variety of labels including Orthlorng Musork, Cytrax, ~Scape, DropBeat, Soul Jazz, Context, Parallel, Mille Plateaux, Vertical Form, Background, Nummer, Musique Risquée, and Car Park.


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