Renowned Slovenian philosopher and cultural theoriest, Slavoj Žižek, recently participated in a live webchat on the Guardian website. Guardian readers were asked to submit their questions for the typically rambunctious Žižek, and they ranged from his thoughts on Scottish independence, ISIS and the London riots to...cats.
To celebrate the release of The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, we’re giving away a total of 14 Žižek books. You could win this entire Žižek library, including everything from his recent tome on dialectical materialism – Less Than Nothing – to Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Lacan: (But Were Afraid to Ask Hitchcock). Look at the books you can win here!
We are also giving away tickets to a screening of The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology for a special screening with a Q&A with the director Sophie Fiennes at the ICA in London on Saturday 5 October, 6pm.
How it works:
There are just five questions, each relating to Žižek’s writings and films. The first person to email with all five correct answers will win the full Žižek backlist plus one pair of tickets to a screening of The Pervert's Guide to Ideology. We will also be offering four runner-up prizes of Žižek’s recently published Less Than Nothing and The Year of Dreaming Dangerously plus one pair of tickets to the screening of The Pervert's Guide to Ideology each.
In the lead up to the release of The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, The Independent and The Guardian have published interviews with the film’s co-creators, Slavoj Žižek and Sophie Fiennes.
Largely improvised, the film exhibits the high octane intellectual energy which characterizes much of Slavoj Žižek’s work. Against the solid identities of conventional academic or philosophical respectability, his ‘habit of self-contradiction’ and ‘impromptu hyper-digressive tours de force’ make his ideas more like ‘protons ricocheting frenetically in the Large Hadron Collider of his brain’ than ‘austere’ philosophical tenets. Jonathan Romney, Žižek’s interviewer, finds joy and humour in this dynamism. For Fiennes herself, Žižek’s verve is near to being sonorous: ‘“you have to engage with it almost like music”’.
To celebrate the release of THE PERVERT'S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY, the new film from Sophie Fiennes featuring celebrated philosopher Slavoj Žižek in cinemas and on video-on-demand from 4 October, distributor Picturehouse Entertainment and publisher Verso Books will be hosting a special tweetalong during the week of release.
Follow the hashtag #PervertsGuide and tune in to Film 4's 9.00pm shows to engage with acclaimed authors McKenzie Wark and Mark Fisher, who will be taking over the Verso Books Twitter account (@VersoBooks) and offering academic insights and a new way of looking at cinema through the themes featured in the film.
Another heated debate on theory, ideology and reality has just recently flared up in The Left Hemisphere. During a recent panel at Birkbeck College in London Slavoj Žižek picked up on a statement made by Noam Chomsky in an interview with Veterans Unplugged in December 2012, and now the ball is rolling… Writing for the Guardian, Peter Thompson declares that this “spat deserves a ring side seat”.
Noam Chomsky, the professional contrarian, has accused Slavoj Žižek, the professional heretic, of posturing in the place of theory. This is an accusation often leveled at Žižek from within the Anglo-Saxon empirical tradition. Even those like Chomsky who are on the proto-anarchist left of this tradition like to maintain that their theories are empirically verifiable and rooted in reality.