Slavoj Zizek – rubbish agony aunt – great philosopher, cultural theorist and film critic. Currently International Director for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, I just missed him lecture at the RSA and LSE this week. Annoyed. I missed him a couple of years ago at the ICA too. Luckily you can watch his documentary, the eponymous Zizek, or fill your boots for free via the abundant teet of YouTube.
In one long example below you can play the game – how many times can one intellectual touch his face in just over an hour? Despite Zizek’s ungainly presence this lecture on violence is fantastic. So lucid it hurts, the brain is forced into a dizzying game of paying attention. I love the weaving of Donald Rumsfeld’s superb unknown-unknown’s rhetoric into the definition of ideology before then instantly introducing Western toilet variants into the explanation. Beats most of the lectures I got in school.