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by Argos as You as Argos

...ings, but also on the failure of that desire to find its true consequence. It is both a failure of structure and a failure of subjectivity. We must always work against the cowardly figure of the academic, who hides behind the empty admission of privilege, who demands to speak and will not listen, and who will not link arms against the violence of the situation when it is revealed. The Event —We were the inexistent! The teach-in in the library bas...

...g wrestle between air and breathing matter echoes whirls of appetite and laughing which support the welfare of the whole. across this surface, viscous and enclosed, a snail finds a day-dream gaping. golden ink-stains grasp at empty narrow routes, proud of this interior blemish large enough to sink an island. by imagining it all to be a straight and narrow route, slotted in like an appendage, we vacate untried ground, not lipped, not thicketed but...

...boundaries for countries, no distance or time between us. Everything was just always happening here and now. All these many gathered seemingly unimportant fragments constructed such a strong set of beliefs. I still find empty offices after hours exciting sites of potential, which they are....

...e, reflection and deliberation. We therefore take the grounds of our institutional practices, as well as the grounds of all other knowledge, quite literally. We realise that this literality is heretical because it exposes the empty consensus of doctrine—in this case, the feedback loop of managed consensus (to give an example of literality as heresy, St Francis of Assisi exposed the interest of the Church in feudal property relations by taking lit...

...tensions are smoothed over, however, and readers are encouraged to embrace the plan’s patterned contraries: efficiency and democracy, outputs and spontaneity, strategy and joy. Above all else, the plan offers up the perfectly empty experience of ‘excellence’. Mission The real University of Auckland sits on Ngāti Whātua land and understands its own existence in light of this long and ongoing history of place. This pluriversity, or poly-versity, i...

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