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” … the Aphex Twin of Philosophy … ” (Sascha Wolters)

“Luce lips sink ships.” (Blake Shaw)

Luce on Twitter: @Luce_deLire

Getaphilosopher.com offers existential coaching and consulting beyond esoteric mysticism and right wing propaganda. Our aim is to enable critical engagement with the help of western philosophy. We want to assist you in going beyond the consumption of what other people think – towards self directed production of theory. We offer lectures, performances, podcasts, written text, individual conversations and more in English or German (for some examples, see the sections ‘projects‘ and ‘blog‘ on this website). An intitial consultation is free of charge.

Why Philosophy?

The current upswing of populisms speaks to a change in the social fabric of western societies. Today, fundamental questions are revisited with a fresh outlook:

How do we want to live?

What is freedom?

Do we have to work and if so, how much?

What is ‘efficiency’?

Why democracy?

What is the nature of the universe?

Is there a God, or many, or none?

Questions like these are existential questions in that they concern (human) existence as a whole. Current political and social debates respond to these questions – and give wrong answers, lead astray by mystic confusion and a populistic strive for power. Getaphilosopher.com offers to inquire these and other questions in a scientific, philosophical way – beyond party lines, equipped with a thorough training in Western philosophy, critical of racism, sexism, classism, misogyny, capitalism, partisanship and everything else that causes trouble in the world. Philosophy can be like pop music – but, rooted in eternity, the playlist never stops.

Please contact us for more information. We will be happy to develop individual offers and payment plans for you, your company, your event or whatever else you have in mind.

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About Luce:

Luce deLire is a ship with eight sails and she lays off the quay. A time traveller and collector of mediocre jokes by day, when night falls, she turns into a philosopher, performer and media theorist. She loves visual art, installations, video art etc. She could be seen curating, performing, directing, planning and publishing (on) various events. She is working on and with the philosophy of treason, infinity, post secularism, self destruction, fascism and seduction – all in mixed media.

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Publications:

As Publisher:

With Jan-Philipp Kruse, Kritik, Praxis, Krankenhaus, xenomoi 2015

As Author:

The New Queer – Aesthetics of the Esoteric Left and Virtual Materialisms,” Public Seminar 2019

Fighting the New Wars. Weaponization and the Essence of Technology.” in: Thresholds 47: Repeat, MIT University Press 2019

Ein Tag in Vanilla – Flirten am Ende des Kapitalismus in: Riss – Journal for Psychoanalysis, Vissivo 2019

On Violence, Privilege and Baltimore. A Benjaminian Analysis of the ‘Baltimore Riots’, in: Vanessa Sinclair (ed.), Rendering Unconscious – Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry, (Stockholm: Trapart Books 2019)

What Do We Even Want from One Another? Anxiety, Permeation and Identity in the Age of a Slowly Imploding Liberalism. With Jamieson Webster and Luce deLire”, Public Seminar 2018

L’Ancien Régime Strikes Back: Letter to Paul B. Preciado”, E-flux Conversations 2018

‘The neighbor as a metaphysical constant of virtuality’ – Permeable Subjects: A column”, Reflektor M 2018

Ich finde es gut!” (with Lene Vollhardt), art book, self-published (edition of four), 2017

Forthcoming:

Spinoza’s Infinitiesin: Yitzhak Melamed (ed.), The Blackwell Companion on Spinoza, Blackwell 2021

The Death of Critique and its Rebirth in Traumatic Attachment.” in: Göksu Kurnak and Andrea Bellini (ed.), The Artist Starter Kit, Centre d’Art Contemporaine Genève 2021

Queer Feminist Witchcraft.” in: Katharina Rein (ed.), Magic Compendium, Peter Lang Publishers 2021

On Violence and Heterogeneity.” in: Daniel Neugebauer (ed.), Skin and Code, Spector Books 2021

Full Queerocracy Now! Pink Totaliterianism and the Industrialization of Libidinal Agriculture”, in: McKenzie Wark (ed.), trans|aesthetics – Eflux Journal, Sternberg Press 2021

The Angel of Menstruation

Vecunia Painting Angel of Menstruation
Philosophy in an image

Cecilia Vicuña, Angel de la Menstruación (Angel of menstruation, 1973), Oil on canvas, 57.8 × 48.3 cm, Collection of Catherine Petitgas, London

A Vicuña painting named “Angel of Menstruation” shows an angel looking as though she was about to wrap herself in some red thread, while in a state of bliss. Her eyes are rolled up, her mouth is open, her wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. Her face is turned toward us, where we perceive a chain of events as ‘living present.’ She, however, senses the exceeding future (a-venir, eternal return), both inside herself and above the frame. The double catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage and hurls around her feet is the nature of problematicity itself:

With only her left toes in this world, “[s]he […] is floating or flying ‘on the air above the olive green killed by the titanium white,’ ‘with a snake of sand’ that stretches like an extra limb across the canvas” – the trajectory of ordinary time, from left to right, past present to future present.

But there is another time as well: “She plays with a string that circles her body:” (Adès) A quipu – “pre Columbian type of writing, […].“ (Roelstraete 2017) A haptic practice in knots that circle around her body – turns it inside out in fact as it follows this course of virtually inaccessible time. From some position (namely pre-colonial priests of the Inka, see Domenici 1996) it might be readable. But the angel doesn’t bother – connected as she is by cyclical recurrence of blood with this other time, which permeates into the world without formal resemblance, without contact – the leafs, “[t]wo tightly woven blood-red plaits [that] frame her face and her eyes [which] are red ‘because I use my blood for looking.” (Adès quoting Vicuña)

What the angel would like to say, nobody knows. The unity of history (the snake, the branch), however, has become fragile – without disappearing, without smashing violence. No storm is blowing in from Paradise; but the infinite deflection between the two kinds of time (the linear branch and the cyclical string, actual history and virtual excess) keeps her wings flapping with such excitement that we cannot get near her – to read the cord, support her balance or interrupt her enjoyment (jouissance). The storm irresistibly propels us into oblivion, to which our back is turned, where piles of debris grow skyward. This storm is what we call reality.