Bezna 5 (Darkness, Unknown, Fear)

Bezna makes an ouroboric move of plunging into itself ('Bezna' in Romanian means consistent darkness + diffuse fear). Bezna is darkly glowing dead thinking, cosmic pessimism, hairy autonomy, limbo sighs, horrendous pink volumes, underground nematodes, happy dismemberment, haunting prehumanism, glowing horror, sinister moods, eternal stillness, future plague, idiot nonknowing and news from Cioran.

The Book of Delusions (fragments)  Emil Cioran
Following the Sigh  Nicola Masciandaro
Dead Thinking  Alina Popa
Dead Thinking  Florin Flueras
The Stillness of Eternity  Deanna Khamis
The Horrendous Instantiation of a Homogeneous Pink Volume  Ben Woodard
Digital Dismemberment: Twitter, Death by A Thousand Cuts  Amy Ireland
Cosmic Pessimism  Eugene Thacker
A Short History of the Vague  Irina Gheorghe
Puff. A Rolled Protuberant Mass of Hair  Anastasia Jurescu
Left Handedness  Cosima Opartan
The Prehuman Earth  Dylan Trigg
Underground? In Praise of Gnathostomiasis  Francis Russell
Glow Baby Glow  Stefan Tiron
In Darkness  Sarah Jones
A-Ă-  Dorothee Neumann
From the Under-Chambers of the Mind  Aulos
Black Golden Skulls  Octavian-Liviu Diaconeasa
Plagued. The Fear of Theory  Mihai Lukacs
Praise of Nonknowing  Bogdan Drăgănescu

Edited by Alina Popa & Florin Flueras
Artworlds 2015

Bezna #5 Launch

Bezna #5 will be launched in Stuttgart at the Congress of Vagabonds and is about the most difficult travel, a wandering in darkness and unknowing. Bezna brings an impossible advice to the vagabonds murmuring the word of our brothers and sisters Christina the Astonishing (how to leap and chant above your own tomb), Saint Haralambie (how to bring back the plague and how to fight it) and the Pillar Saint (how to achieve nothing by staying where you are). All three saints of darkness will be there in person, not just as relics, or we can say, as relics from the future. The launch of Bezna #5 will bring to eternal life many more saints and, if you dare to descent into its pages, more freshly dead knowledge.

Marienkirche Stuttgart, 22 June, 12h30
You can touch the relics of Alina Popa, Mihai Lucacs, Florin Flueras.

The relics buried in the Bezna #5 pages, are: Liviu Diaconeasa, Bogdan Draganescu, Florin Flueras, Irina Gheorghe, Amy Ireland, Sarah Jones, Anastasia Jurescu, Deanna Khamis, Mihai Lukacs, Nicola Masciandaro, Dorothee Neumann, Cosima Opartan, Alina Popa, Mihai Pecingine, Francis Russell, Arnold Schlachter, Eugene Thacker, Stefan Tiron, Dylan Trigg, Ben Woodard.
In synchronicity with Surorile Bezna in Bucharest.

Bezna Dissections

Secret date: Horror of Amphitheatre: Launch of Bezna#5 [Darkness, Unknown, Fear] and Bezna Dissections

Green-leaf violet,
Here a sweet little child
Chasing a little butterfly.
One running, one flying
Plague catches both and kills them!
(Old Romanian Poem: Frunză verde toporaș,Etă-un dulce copilașCare-alungă un fluturaș.Unu alergă, unul sboră;Ciuma'i prinde și-i omoră!)

With Bezna itself, Liviu Diaconeasa, Bogdan Draganescu, Ion Dumitrescu, Florin Flueras, Irina Gheorghe, Jeanne Hamilton, Anastasia Jurescu, Mihai Lukacs, Dorothee Neumann, Cosima Opartan, Mihai Pecingine, Arnold Schlachter, Alina Popa, Stefan Tiron and others to be confirmed.
Thank you Alexandra Ivanciu for digging out the photo!

Congress of Pessimism

The Congress of Pessimism is a series of events organized in connection to BMR's Mediatic Affects course in the Art University of Bucharest. Events in the congress include:

22-23th of April Dylan Trigg (University College Dublin), An Unhuman Phenomenology [at] Salonul de Proiecte
These lectures take their inspiration from a question central to contemporary philosophy: to what extent is our sense of identity informed by the materiality of our bodies? If phenomenology has attended to this question, then it has done so largely from the perspective of lived experience within a personal history. But there is another side to this relation between materiality and subjectivity which resists experience. Darker and more obscure, and at all times portending to something unknowable, this other side of the body has for the most part been overlooked by phenomenology. It is a body that is alien, alienated, and alienating. These two lectures approach the alien materiality of the body from joint perspectives: cosmic horror and body horror, both poles are united by an overarching thesis: the horror of the cosmos is the horror of the body and the horror of the body is the horror of the cosmos. This intertwining of the alien and the human inhabiting the same body is termed unhumaniy.
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12th of April Unsorcery meeting [at] Salonul de Proiecte
Now, when we realize that our ways of seeing, being, feeling and behaving are equivalent with the extinction of life, there is a kind of nostalgia in the air. Maybe we can go back before the world was disenchanted, before we lost the contact with ourselves and with nature. Before the witches were burned for our malevolent thinking to be accelerated. Maybe we can have again a more complete and meaningful relation with the environment. Maybe we can reduce the distance from nature and be nature again. Maybe something can be done for the human to be re-animated, sensible, empathic and to feel again - and perhaps this life enhancement will bring back the hope and the future will exist again... Unsorcery starts where these hopes end and the remaining options are rather negative, dark and dead. Unsorcery entails negativity and darkness as paths of knowledge departing from the unknown and the unknowable thus aligning itself with the via negativa of the mystic tradition to embrace an impossible cognition and a horrific affect. A heretic rationality and an affective oscillation between the neutral and the worst. The Unsorcery technique proposes concepts and practices such as Second Body, Dead Thinking, Eternal Feeding Technique that we don't know where will lead but are oriented in a different direction than both the current capitalist religion and the nostalgic re-sorcery of world and nature.
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23-24th of April Nicola Masciandaro (Brooklyn College of CUNY), A Matter of Sorrow [at] Tranzit Bucuresti
Two lectures concerning a universal theory of sorrow. Radicalizing Heidegger’s insight that “the being of Da-sein is care [Sorge, sorrow],” I will affirm that sorrow belongs to the simple fact of being. Far from being limited to the evolutionary environment of our terrestrial sphere or the humoral confines of the human, sorrow is more properly a weird kind of cosmic substance composed of all being’s refusal of itself, the intrinsic negation of its own event. Grasping sorrow in these terms does not render actual, particular sorrow irrelevant or merely ontologically atmospheric, but rather redeems sorrow’s palpable darkness from both the hallucinogenic obscurity of affordable, instrumentalized problematicity (sorrow as something to be fixed or solved in the putative self-interest of making everything OK) and base ‘Manichean’ materiality (sorrow as merely an evil psychical ingredient in things). In this theory, sorrow is projectively restored to reality as not only a reflective index, but a perfectible operation of the universal, a way forward into new reality. Everyone knows that “he who increases knowledge, increases sorrow” (Ecclesiastes 1:18). Now is time to see the necessity of the obverse: he who does not increase sorrow, does not increase knowledge.
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26-27th of April Ben Woodard (Western University Canada) This Wandering Insignificance [at] Tranzit Bucuresti
The image of the wandering thinker (homo viator) has become a crudely romantic portrayal of the philosopher whether Aristotle's peripatetic (walking) method or Heidegger thinking on a forest path. In either case the figure of the philosopher is a trivial explorer of the many facets of life in order to speak broadly and widely in an attempt to conjure some ghost of meaning. In these two lectures I will attempt to articulate the wandering mode of philosophy in line with the Stoic (Seneca, Alexander), ancient Chinese (Zhuangzi), pragmatic (Peirce, Sellars), and idealist traditions (Schelling, Hegel) in which wandering is the inauspicious beginning of any rationalist or naturalist construction of thought. Furthermore such wandering, I will argue, points to the tenuousness of meaning as such indicating that the navigational and exploratory nature of thinking finds itself surrounded by the failure of cognition. Taking the pessimistic view however does not entail apathy or inactivity but suggests that the disentanglement of meaning from philosophy necessitates taking a long-view of possible human trajectories. These lectures will attempt to flesh out the difference between wanderings in which the trajectory is off-world (rationalism) and those which are inner-world (naturalism) by way of pessimistic myths constructed in the Platonic fashion as demonstrations of the worldliness of seemingly unwordly abstraction.
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Postponed: Horror of Amphitheatre: launch of Bezna#5 [Darkness, Fear, Unknown] and Bezna Dissections [at] University of Medicine
Green leaf violet,Here a sweet little childChasing a little butterfly.One running, one flyingPlague catches and kills them! (Old Romanian Poem)More here
The series of lectures was possible with the support of Erste Foundation / Patterns Lectures Program, WUS Austria, Salonul de proiecte and Tranzit Romania.

Bezna-Infested Holidays

19 December, 19h30, Platforma

Infesting the holiday lights with a bit of Bezna (consistent darkness + diffuse fear). Bezna #5 preview and presentations/performances of some of the contributors:

We bring you the plague - Mihai Lukacs
Platforma is infested by bezna. The contagion is so dangerous that the slightest contact with an infected house leads to the death of a whole family and the violence is so great that a plague hit person is a dead person.

Dead Thinking - Florin Flueras
There is an absolutely obvious, normal step, almost a command, an obligation to do what one should do in order to secure and improve one's life. A healthy, alive thinking was developed around the obsession with life. We are attached to the features of this world, but this world is doomed, we are doomed... obviously, death is much more powerful than life. A planetary decline affects our modes of perceiving, thinking and feeling.Somehow we register the changes and we are scared but like in a stampede, we choose to reinforce and accelerate what the others are doing and what we know, our petit alive, healthy thinking.

Dead Thinking - Alina Popa
In the age of Anthropocene and the coming catastrophe as a result of climate change and global pandemics a new mode of thought and action must emerge, another subjectivity haunted by the weird, the impersonal, the inhuman. The oscillation between unknown and the worst, between dead thinking and deadly thinking could be the starting point of discussing a new kind of politics and existence. Dead Thinking can only happen in the real black box, on the understage of worms and other minuscule animals, of extremophiles that will outlive the human species.

Mineral Uncertainty: A Short History of the Vague - Irina Gheorghe
We usually think of the vague as a veil of obscurity enveloping things and impeding us to see clearly, which can be detached upon request, a blur that the spectacles of reason will sharpen, crisp and clear. But what if the world refuses to benevolently cast off its skin and retains an ingrained unclarity, a contagious, indifferent imprecision? And what if humans themselves are contaminated and become indefinite? The story of the vague begins with Emil Cioran, ambiguous character of the local mineral history.

Killer: Darkness at Heart - Veda Popovici
6 players. 1 storyteller. 1 killer. This is a session of the game of killer in the dark, Bezna style. The seed of darkness lays in the hearts of all. It's up to each what she/he will grow out of it and to what ends. We will play a cathartic game of simultaneous affirmation and elimination of fear, lie, suspicion and betrayal among us. A game we play every day without knowing it.

Bezna Congregation

Bezna sect actions are often anti-social, post-political, theoretical, or even worse, aesthetic. Bezna meetings are secret and its activities are full of obscurity. However the next meeting of this disorganization will be semi-obscure and semi-public. If you get to read this message it means that you can come to our working session for Bezna #5. We will start from "Bezna" concept: darkness + unknown + fear, and we'll see where we go.

Tuesday, 8 October, 18h30, Platforma

Bezna 4 (The Netherworld)

The Second Body and the Multiple Outside  Alina Popa
Second Body (Shadow Body)  Florin Flueras
The Anus Origin Myth  Taulipang Indians of Guiana
The Story of the Fall
  Veda Popovici
Irreconcilable Bodies: Out of the Graves and into the Streets  Mihai Lukacs
Nibbling Sunflower Seeds in the Afterworld  Arnold Slahter
Voice in the Chasm  Claudiu Cobilanschi
Putrescience. Decomposing Knowledge on the Bottomless Pit  Stefan Tiron
Microbification and Gash Politics  Irina Gheorghe
The Outernational Condition  Ion Dumitrescu


Bezna Congress

+ Bezna #4 launch

Bezna Congress - a series of lecture-performances on/from the Netherworld
Saturday, 29 Jun, 22h00, CNDB Bucharest:

The Second Body and The Multiple Outside - Alina Popa
As long as we are caught in the present available body, there is indeed no outside. The problem is not that there is no outside, but it lies precisely in the fact that we are caught in the same outside without working with it. There are multiple outsides to be produced. Even an outside devoid of human and without thought.

Shadow Body (Second Body) - Florin Flueras
Shadow Body is a concept but it can be also a concrete unvisual, ungrounded, unknown body, a second nature or even the body that flies in your dreams. Shadow Body is not so much about what exists or what is possible, or about what you can comprehend or validate, Shadow Body is not a body that you have, it is rather a body that has you, it is a concept through which the unknown can abduct you.

The Story of the Fall - Veda Popovici
"Generally a relaxed body results in fewer injuries in falls." excerpt from the FFI (Full Fall Instructions). We welcome all to the lecture of the Story of the Fall. This story, told today, after it happened, counts as an act of remembrance and re-learning the New Fear. Springing out of the hybridization of banal darkness with exceptional darkness, it is this New Fear the emotion to trigger the Full Fall.

The pleasure of nibbling in case of afterlife emergency - Mihai Lukacs + Arnold Șlahter
"At this point, there's no really authentic way for us to say who or what to look for and guard yourself against. Reaction of law enforcement officials is one of complete bewilderment at this hour. Do not venture outside for any reason until the nature of this crisis has been determined, and until we can advise what course of action to take. The safest course of action at this time is simply to stay where you are. So far, the best advice they are able to give the public is this: "Tell the people for God's sake to get off the streets! Tell them to go home and lock their windows and doors up tight!" (George A. Romero)

Black Lol - Iuliana Stoianescu
A blonde was sitting on a couch in front of the TV, when suddenly she hears knocking at the door. She goes to the door and askes: “Who is it?” “Me!” “Me?!?” :))))

The Outernational Condition - Ion Dumitrescu
For someone in front of the Iron Curtain (looking over the fresh ruins of the wall) the east seemed an unmolded territory with resilient subjects living in geo-political dim light, humanoid silhouettes agitating in obscurity, apparently not fully developed, too weird to live too rare to die, craving to break in the international habitus. They appeared incomprehensible and unevolved on too many levels. It was only later that these outer-subjects were tamed and transformed in voracious consumers.

Microbification and the Politics of Noise - Irina Gheorghe
In the utopian construction of a new world, the borders with the already existing one is clearly marked and fortified. Under the terror of invasions, infiltrations, infections, autonomy and immunity seem to be the only alternative promises. But when interior and exterior are already contaminated by one another separation becomes impossible and resistance annihilates itself.

Centrul de Calcul Bucuresti - Ștefan Tiron + Claudiu Cobilanschi
(side event, Wednesday, 26 Jun, 11h00, guided tour in the Museum of Politehnica University, Bucharest). Centrul de Calcul is interested in obsolete forms of knowledge, in retro-futurisms, in the bulky, outrageous and unwarranted nationalistic craze about inventors but also the accidental rediscovery of naive savoire faire that, to us at least, is in need of radical reappraisal.

End Pit


I don't approve of vertical structures; I rather favor horizontal ones. Four stories should be above the ground, while the other four should be built underground Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

If gold is the material associated with the sun, brightness, stability, enlightenment, highest value, peak of visibility and light of knowledge, what could be the anti-gold, the ungold of darkness, unknowing, holes, unvisual? What is the relation between abysmal pits and soaring pillars, between forms of life of the heights and forms of life of the depths? When you turn the ceiling into a pit and the pit into a ceiling verticality and horizontality lose their meaning, confusion occurs, you lose the ground of the known while the pits of unknowing are opening "under" you.

Contents // EN:

End Pit 5
The Bureau, the Gold and the Anatolians 6
Scanturk Trilogy 10
The Romanian-Turkish Dream 12
Romanian Historical Folk-Story for Children 13
Lithic Theurgy 22
Lovegold 26
Alien gold. Catastrophe and Future 32
Gold Therapy 34
The Outernational Condition (fragments) 37
Abstract Gold 41
Alchemy/Postalchemy 42
The Love of Gold and the Fear of Darkness 44
#occupygezi #occupytaksim 46

// TR:
Son Kuyu 51
Büro, Altın ve Anadolulular 52
Romanya Türkiye Rüyası 54
Romen Çocuk Hikayesi - bölüm 55
Aşkaltın. Çağdaş Simya 68

Publication part of End Pit project at Depo Istanbul, May-June 2013
With: Alina Popa, Irina Gheorghe, Florin Flueras, Stefan Tiron, Ion Dumitrescu, Claudiu Cobilanschi

Bezna 3 (Postspectacle Shelter)

Postspectacle Shelter at the House of People  The Presidential Candidate
The Crises of (Com)Passion and the Corrupt Audience Alina Popa
What is Eva Peron  Veda Popovici
We Are All Reptilians Now  Florin Flueras
Political Therapy  Valentina Desideri
The Specter of Communist Feminism: Dead Evil Women are Moving Tables!  Mihai Lukacs
A Wolf in a Sheep’s Clothing  Arnold Şlahter
Punishing the Poor in Budapest  Ciumafaiu
Postspectacle Shelter Drawing  Brynjar Bandlien
Survival Architecture in the Global Slum (II) Cosima Opartan, Ion Dumitrescu
Tragic Seconds Heroic Days  G.A.Neagu

Bezna 2 (Apocalypse and Protests)

Kafkamachine  Akseli Virtanen
The Carnival, the Spectacle and the Non-event  Veda Popovici
What can we do with an Apocalypse?  Florin Flueraş
The imaginary child and the queer vampire apocalypse  Mihai Lukacs
Survival architecture in the global slum  Cosima Opartan, Ion Dumitrescu
Ninja Bugeicho  Ştefan Tiron
You make friends in darkness and wake up with monsters next to you  Arnold Şlahter
About safety and heroism in activism  Ciumafaiu
The Hebrew Spring  Roi Alter
Jos Basescu drawing by  Brynjar Bandlien
Foto  Paradis Garaj
The Reproduction of Darkness/ The Darkness of Reproduction The Bureau of Melodramatic Research

Bezna 1 (The Dark Side of Art and its Autonomy)

Autowhat?! - Valentina Desideri
Through the Womb of Night - Stefan Tiron
A Short Guide for Building Autonomy as an Artist - Ion Dumitrescu
An Artist More A Terrorist Less - Florin Flueras
Image and drawing contributions by Kroot Juurak, Claudiu Cobilanschi, Tea Tupajic, Stefan Tiron