The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism: Anarchy and Conspiracy (Forgotten Books)
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"The Temporary Autonomous Zone (TAZ) describes the socio-political tactic of creating temporary spaces that elude formal structures of control. The essay uses various historical and philosophical examples, all of which attempt to lead the reader to the conclusion that the best way to create a non-hierarchical system of social relationships is to concentrate on the present and on releasing one's own mind from the controlling mechanisms that have been imposed on it.
In the formation of a TAZ, Bey argues that information becomes a key tool that sneaks into the cracks of formal procedures. A new territory of the moment is created that is on the boundary line of established regions. Any attempt at permanence that goes beyond the moment deteriorates to a structured system that inevitably stifles individual creativity. It is this chance at creativity that is real empowerment." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
Table of Contents:
Publisher's Preface; Acknowledgments; Chaos: The Broadsheets Of Ontological Anarchism; Communiques Of The Association For Ontological Anarchy; The Temporary Autonomous Zone; Appendix A. Chaos Linguistics; Appendix B. Applied Hedonics; Appendix C. Extra Quotes
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bourgeoisie, communists, fascists, etc. The second generating force behind the TAZ springs from the historical development I call "the closure of the map." The last bit of Earth unclaimed by any nation-state was eaten up in 1899. Ours is the first century without _terra_incognita_, without a frontier. Nationality is the highest principle of world governance--not one speck of rock in the South Seas can be left _open_, not one remote valley, not even the Moon and planets. This is the apotheosis of
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might also take for a sign Nietzsche's _wandering_. It is the precursor of the _drift_, in the Situ sense of the _derive_ and Lyotard's definition of _driftwork_. We can foresee a whole new geography, a kind of pilgrimage-map in which holy sites are replaced by peak experiences and TAZs: a _real_ science of psychotopography, perhaps to be called "geo-autonomy" or "anarchomancy." The TAZ involves a kind of _ferality_, a growth from tameness to wild(er)ness, a "return" which is also a step forward.