It all begins and ends with Vincent Normand in this one, who also closes the Q &A by popping the question of realism again, so clearly marked in both Priest's and Garcia's work as it is. Considering variable realisms such as Meillassoux's metaphysical real, or variable forms of the political real, which exist irregardless to us or our needs, Normand asks: is fiction is a realist vector marked by a certain necessity?
Another poetic assertion by Garcia (who is quite the Romantic realist, might I add): "Reality could be an object of desire. This is the kind of literary or speculative operation Priest is doing, not being in the real, but making a detour around it to make it visible. If reality is made visible in this way, it can be enjoyed, and not only seen as necessity."
A good note to conclude the talks, to commence cocktail hour with, and to prelude Glass Bead's final event, a performance by Tarek Atoui, which commences in little under an hour.