THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY | TTS
Arts & Culture Research Lab Observatorium
THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY, Arts & Culture Research Lab Observatorium is a nonprofit organisation registered in Athens, Greece. Through the filter of philosophy, science, technology, and spirituality, TTS focuses on the transdisciplinary production of speculative knowledge as that is perceived in the creative arts & culture in Greece and abroad. TTS advocates for a viable visual-diet, an ecology of art production and equal opportunity under the larger umbrella of ECOTOPIA: Visual, Mental and Environmental Economy, Ecology and Ecosystemology. By connecting the North with the South and the East with the West, we endeavour to foster exchanges, collaborations, and publications in the Balkans, the rest of Europe, in the wider region of the Mediterranean, and MENA.
In these times of unprecedented crises it is critical that we collectively develop a set of orienting coordinates, that help us navigate the uncertain and complex terrain of the inevitable transition. We find in this time of instant messaging, endless pixels of information, sponsored research posts and labyrinthine conspiracy theories, Science (and even Truth) has failed to guide us away from the sheer face of extinction. To address this we must develop heuristics that can function as a better set of truth criteria for our narratives - thought-forms that govern every aspect of our lives. Narratives are not only sense making machines in the face of uncertainty, they are the very substance of our social reality; and so it is critical that we can understand what cultural evolution means.
Through our analysis and mapping of the phenomenon of narrative forms in this moment of transition, we are setting out to trail the trope of educational heurism.
All TTS research will be published and distributed. [TTS]
THE ΤΕΛΟΣ SOCIETY is a registered nonprofit organization in Athens, Greece. It was founded in 2019 and it is privately supported by friends and donors of TTS. It is governed by the founding member in close collaboration with the TTS Financial and Legal advisor of the Board.
Arts & Culture Research Lab Observatorium
This our own embodiment, as already noted, is never really autonomous. Nor is it autochthonous, nor autopoietic: we require other bodies of other waters to bathe us into being. Watery bodies are gestational milieus for another - and for others often not at all like us. Our watery bodies' challenge to individualism is thus also a challenge to phallologocentrism, the masculinist logic of sharp-edged self-sufficiency.
This Moreover I have put forward the notion of necropolitics and necropower to account for the various ways in which, in our contemporary world, weapons are deployed in the interest of maximum destruction of persons and the creation of death-worlds, new and unique forms of social existence in which vast populations are subjected to conditions of life conferring upon them the status of living dead.
This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor... Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honourably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
What ecological thought must do, then, is unground the human by forcing it back onto the ground, which is to say, standing on a gigantic object called Earth inside a gigantic entity called biosphere.
First-hand knowledge is the ultimate basis of intellectual life. To a large extent book-learning conveys second-hand information, and as such can never rise to the importance of immediate practice… What the learned world tends to offer is one second-hand scrap of information illustrating ideas derived from another second-hand scrap of information. The second-handedness of the learned world is the secret of its mediocrity. It is tame because it has never been scared by facts.
Alfred North Whitehead
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