The Blast of the Possible w/ Brian Holmes

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Saskia Sassen on extractive logics and geographies of expulsion

ENTITLE blog - a collaborative writing project on Political Ecology

By Gustavo García López*

Saskia Sassen (Professor of Sociology, Columbia University) argues that the foundational transformation of capitalism since the 1980s is dominated by a speculative and extractive logic, characterized by “predatory formations” such as vulture funds making cities of ‘dead buildings’ and peripheries of expelled people.

In her recent keynote speech at the  16th Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons in Utrecht, Netherlands, Saskia Sassen offered a keynote speech on the “Extractive logics in our economy: geographies of expulsion” (see the video here).

sassen-300x171 Sassen offering her keynote lecture at the IASC conference, July 11, 2017. Source: IASC

Sassen’s talk began by situating the emergence of the current extractive logics –which are evident in natural resource sectors such as mining and forestry but also in digital corporations such as Facebook and Google— in the “foundational transformation” of capitalism that has occurred since…

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Seduced & Abandoned: The Body in the Virtual World

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felix guattari: thought friendship & visionary cartography (pdf)

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Urban Technologies and Air Pollution


I have a new article out in Fibreculture-journal’s new special issue Computing the City. My text “The Sensed Smog: Smart Ubiquitous Cities and the Sensorial Body” addresses questions of environmentality and media, and mediated environments through the perspective of smog and air pollution. Data about air pollution functions in various ways in the construction of the subject in infrastructures of the technological city, but the broader context of air and technology is approached also in  speculative ways. To quote a short passage:

“For a sketch of an alternative ecological art history (on art and the Anthropocene, see Davis and Turpin, 2015), one could claim that ozone depletion relates to radical molecular art since the 1970s. The 1970s mark a visual art historical period caused by photodissociation of key chemical agents such as CFCs, freons, halons as well as solvents, propellants, etc. It is a weird period when one starts…

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What Kind of People Do We Want to Be? David Harvey on the Right to the City

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the Undercommons & Fugitive Planning

Fred kicks in @ around 6mins in the above & then check out pt2 if yer so inclined

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