State of Noland - towards a post-nationhood world?

May 08, 2017, 06:25 PM

Welcome back to Disco Sour, a podcast about a story in the making. 

In my podcast, I bring you around some of the themes of the novel that I’m working on. It’s work in progress, scratch notes, which I will use to advance in my writing, and which I want to share with you. 

In this episode, we explore in details one of the key aspect of worldbuilding in the story.

Disco Sour is set in a civil war ravaged Europe where nation-states collapsed.

At a time when the political rhetoric seems to privilege a coming back of nationalisms as simplistic answers to the complex challenges of our economic, societal and political systems, we explore, in this episode, the theoretical foundations of a world where traditional state apparatuses become obsolete.

Our guest, Denis Maksimov, is the co-founder of the Avenir Institute (, a think tank at the intersection of epistemology, politics, technology and aesthetics with a focus on critical analysis of potentiality in futures.

Denis delivered his “State of Noland” lecture during the recent EUROVISION event.

You can listen to the integral version of his lecture, which marks an important food for thought for the ongoing Disco Sour’s worldbuilding.

"What is the State of Noland? It is a condition of not aligning with nation state and particular geopolitical territory as well as possible formations of practical replacement of nation-state functionality with rhizomatic (“rhizome” - is a modified subterranean stem of a plant that is usually found underground, often sending out roots and shoots from its nodes), pastiche, assemblage alternatives. Nation state is a modern fiction, a child of Thomas Hobbes “Leviathan” and birth of nationalism in 19 century. None of the existing countries on the political map of today fulfil the requirements of the concept of nation state in political theory. Can we imagine the rhizomatic organs without the body (functionality without the current system frame), inverting and developing ideas of Antonin Artaud in theatre and and Gilles Deleuze in philosophy and applying it to politics?" (by Denis Maksimov, Avenir Institute)

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