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identity

re-reading some of the stuart hall classics lately, i figured my itunes seems to be turning into something more than a self-made object, as it is obviously developing a commentary function, luckily with some taste in doing so.
so it commented on halls introducing question who needs ‘identity’? (hall/du gay 1996). that famous article which opens the book and for many students the academic discourse on identity and crisis – with poly styrenes blood-curdling howl that marked the 1978 x-ray spex single identity. looking at polys performance the same year, an interval of 30 years of present past crystallizes. oscillating in-between gender, racial, youth culture and subcultural issues, this performance can easily be read as “produced in specific historical and institutional sites within specific discursive formations and practices by enunciative strategies” (4) a point of “surture” (5) as well as a reference to both, the “necessity and the ‘impossibility’ of identities” (16).

in fact following the path my thinking-technology was taking, this led to the controversial 1977 mongoloid by devo. again this is on the issue of identity and the question of surturing mainstream, protest and a new discourse. again the “thinking in the interval” (4).

punk might be a fruitful disposition, when it comes to the classical issues in cultural studies and a disposition the traditional postcolonial or neo-marxist approach. at least i’d assume readers of derrida and jean luc nancy might find some pleasure in drawing that connection…

IDENTITY IS THE CRISIS CAN’T YOU SEE
IDENTITY IDENTITY
WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF
ON THE T.V. SCREEN
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN THE MAGAZINE
WHEN YOU SEE YOURSELF
DOES IT MAKE YOU SCREAM
WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR
DO YOU SMASH IT QUICK
DO YOU TAKE THE GLASS
AND SLASH YOUR WRISTS
DID YOU DO IT FOR FAME
DID YOU DO IT IN A FIT
DID YOU DO IT BEFORE
YOU READ ABOUT IT

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