Monthly Archives: May 2013

Whither Situationism? (Intellectual Gridlock and the Control Society)

While detouring into the foray of art/anti-art/non-art as a mechanism for prompting social change or sustaining radical currents, I’ve been rereading a lot of material that emerged in the heyday of modernity, and I’ve been stuck with the sense of … Continue reading

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World Flows: Mapping Global Flight Paths

Courtesy of the BBC: Through language and discipline, we build multiple models of the world, scales of interpretation. Depending on which sphere or bubble we inhabit, we assign a centrality to that given bubble at the expense of the others. … Continue reading

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Art Under Capital (Part II): Aesthetics Beyond Capital

At the same seminar where Antonio Negri laid out his historical materialist analysis of art and its relationship to the capitalist modes of production, fellow Autonomist Bifo took to the podium with a very different take on the matters. Art, … Continue reading

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Art Under Capital (Part I of II)

…Capitalism grants art a perpetual privileged concession: that of pure creative activity – an isolated creativity which serves as an alibi for the alienation of all other activities (and which thus also makes it the most expensive and prestigious status … Continue reading

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Baudrillard’s Art Conspiracy

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about the role of art in both opposition and in compatibility with contemporary forms of economics and control (transnational post-Fordism), and I came across this article by Sylvere Lotringer about Jean … Continue reading

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A brief thought on the futures of capitalism

The story has been retold again and again: the passageway into the Control Society was marked first and foremost by the shift from an industrial-based capitalism to one dominated by the complexities of financial markets, a shift itself driven by … Continue reading

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New Accelerationism and Imperial Protocol

Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek have recently unveiled their “Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics,” announcing the much-needed revitalization of the concept and dragging it out of the fractured quagmire that Nick Land’s philosophy (intentionally) put it. They offer some short … Continue reading

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