Justice Koolhaas

Biography

Born in Bloemfontein in 1940, Justice Koolhaas was raised in Utrecht and Lausanne. Her twin, Patience, died shortly after birth. Justice always felt that her philosophical interests were a search for presences that haunt everyday life beyond the reach of conventional rationality. Her recently discovered oeuvre extends theory in the humanities and arts beyond its existing frontiers and expectations.
She came top her class at the Sorbonne. She studied under Roland Barthes and was privately admired and supported by several European intellectuals. Despite this, she found few doors open to her in the academy. Her sense of foreignness became integral to her work, particularly her adherence to writing in Dutch, which kept her out of print, along with other more personal reasons. Since her death in 2011, her family has committed to ensuring that all her work is published posthumously. Its purview hybridises disciplines ranging from philosophy to sociology to anthropology to cultural studies to media studies to her most beloved subject area of all, art. Her span of theorists, writers and artists includes Pierre Bourdieu, Hélène Cixous, Guy Debord, Jacques Derrida, Tracey Emin, Donna Haraway, G.W.F. Hegel, Martin Heidegger, Franz Kafka, Julia Kristeva, Barbara Kruger, Jean-François Lyotard, Karl Marx, Marshall McLuhan, Friedrich Nietzsche, Plato, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hannah Wilke, Frank Zappa, and Slavoj Žižek.

C.M. Cohen completed his linguistics PhD in 1980. He worked as an interpreter for the U.N. for 23 years before acting as a consultant translator whose clients have included the South African government, the Commonwealth Games committee, the Antarctic Survey, and several mining corporations. He is now retired. His friendship with Koolhaas, along with his professional experience outside academia, bring a deep empathy in his translations and introductions of her highly stylised literary and philosophical legacy.

Books

Bots: A Posthuman Novella Glitched from an Essay on Surrealism and A. I.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,070. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Essay » Literature
Written on a vintage word processing machine with a malfunction that corrupted text, ‘Bots’ glitches together a new paradigm of consciousness for literature in a technological age. Better known as a cultural theorist, Koolhaas has achieved the most extreme book since ‘Finnegans Wake’. Cohen’s introductory essay explains how she adds to post-humanism with a surprising influence: Maurice Blanchot.
Essays on Modern Art: Hannah Wilke
Price: Free! Words: 17,810. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art, Essay » Political
Koolhaas’s rich exploration of the body, blood, psychiatry and language in the work of Hannah Wilke leads to a question: should men be banned from art? This anniversary essay comes with expansive introductory material that elucidates how male hegemony suppresses women’s creativity with labels such as ‘narcissism’, and yet retreats behind ‘rationality’ to manage anxieties about menstruation.
Essays on Modern Art: Cy Twombly - Criticisms and Essays on Previously Unseen Art in the Koolhaas Collection
Price: Free! Words: 9,470. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Koolhaas’s essay suggests that artists can emerge from within themselves; the machineries of oppression and standardisation are the very machineries that today’s smartest artists are learning to colonise in a reverse movement that throws power back onto itself. The real terror represented by the Jihadist today is the terror that, as Beuys envisioned, everybody realises their creative potential.
Essays on Modern Art: Andy Warhol - Criticisms and Essays on Previously Unseen Art in the Koolhaas Collection
Price: Free! Words: 10,710. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art, Essay » Sociology
Koolhaas’s essay on Warhol is short and sits alongside an artwork that she obtained on condition that he disowned it. ‘Warhol’s Difference Engine’ is a full-on verbal rodeo that rides bareback on the cult of the cowboy in his work. It embraces the self-actualising elements from pop art and takes Warhol as a philosopher who defined the new by ambivalently fiddling with its copy.
Creative Theory, Radical Example: Criticisms and Essays for Culture in the Digital Paradigm
Price: Free! Words: 53,650. Language: British English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy, Essay » Technology
This book offers dizzying and breakneck theories on subjects including digital identity, transhumanism, and blue-chip art celebrities. The introductions outline Koolhaas’s regrounding methodology, poetics, call for Theory Celebrities, and politics of infolution, along with comprehensive interpretations that allow students to choose material without feeling pressured to grasp everything at once.

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