the political: anatomy of power

“…the Political is to be understood as a force that exists within the individual and is necessarily directed towards other people in the form of “desire for power”. - Carl Schmitt                               

Power has many faces - authority, control, enforcement of the will - which eventually hold the grip on what is considered a normalised shared reality. The historian of the present and archeologist of knowledge(s) Michel Foucault over the years of working with the notion of power elaborated the field of research that he called ‘cratology’ (‘Cratos, Kratos’ - a son of great river Styx and brother of Nike (Victory), Bia (force) and Zelos (zeal), a personification of power in Ancient Greek mythography).

Carl Schmitt introduced the notion of The Political in theory, which we define in the contemporary context as an instalment of the subjective set of the norms that statically define the matrix of acceptable socio-political reality. This matrix sets the monopoly on the political imaginary: currently a nuclear family, a nation state, national culture or the platform of geopolitics. But another worlds are possible and already existing, but deprived of power, visibility and therefore not registered as ‘real’.

The Political is a perpetual war for instituting the real through acquisition of power. Politics is the infrastructure of communications about a shared reality, an everyday human activity, a constant dialogue for co-living and constructing the common. Politics creates a healthy counterbalance to The Political when exercised, cared for and thought about by everyone regardless of the profession. The checks and balances in a system are meant to serve the primary goal of controlling the extent of the accumulation of power by the actors of the Political. Blurring the borderline between the Politics and the Political provides a swampy platform for the reification of extreme modes of exercising domination.

We research the anatomy of power and design the methods of structuring political relations in societies and of resistance to the domination of norms, agents and systems.