The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (transcript/subtitles)

They Live (1988) I’ll give you a choice: either put on these glasses or start eating that trashcan. I already am eating from the trashcan all the time. The name of this trashcan is ideology. The material force of ideology makes me not see what I am effectively eating. It’s not only our reality which enslaves us. The tragedy of our predicament when we are within ideology is that when we think that we escape[ …]

The Pervert’s Guide to Europe, with Jürgen Kuttner

Democracy is being gradually abolished. Almost everything that was criticised in the past of ‘real socialism’ is now coming back. GDR-nostalgics (Ostalgie) can count themselves lucky: barbed wire at the borders, refugees and smugglers, uncontrollable parallels between intelligence services and monitoring organizations, tendencies towards the planned economy industry, fraud and manipulation in business and politics, which furthermore do not make their actions more transparent or democratically legitimate, but simply ask for trust. Europe is turning.[ …]

Slavoj Žižek: ‘Most of the idiots I know are academics’

Slavoj Žižek is brimming with thought. Each idea sprays out of the controversial Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist in a jet of words. He is like a water balloon, perforated in so many areas that its content gushes out in all directions. The result is that, as an interviewer, trying to give direction to the tide is a joyfully hopeless enterprise. Perhaps more significantly, the same seems to be true for Žižek himself. We meet[ …]

Slavoj Žižek: Blofeld rides again, Interview with Danny Leigh

Slavoj Žižek is in bed. He’s wearing cheap pyjamas in a porridgy shade of grey. He looks exactly like the photographs I’ve seen of him: fag-ash beard, ghostly complexion. I loom over him, and he glowers back. His face is just inches from mine, so close I can feel his breath. “No, you are wrong!” he hisses. “My dreams were not really mine! That’s why I wanted to be reborn!” None of this is a[ …]

Hysteria and Cyberspace, Interview with Ulrich Gutmair & Chris Flor

Slavoj Zizek is engaged in the psychoanalytical theory of film and pop culture, covering a broad area from Hitchcock and Lynch to horror stories and science fiction. The philosopher from Ljubljana, Slovenia became popular with his book Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out. Recently his study on the efficiency of the phantasmatic in the new media was published, currently he is writing a text dealing with cyberspace. After checking the abundance of[ …]