reviews

The Difficult Theory of a Mad World

By Chris Wright 13 August 2014

From its central question, 'what does critical theory have to do with the critique of political economy?', Werner Bonefeld’s new book, reviewed here...

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articles

Not a Drop Left

By Giorgio Agamben 24 June 2014

The relationship between documentation and construction in Walter Benjamin’s work was central to his originality and another bone of amicable conten...

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articles

Nymphomaniac: Sex Against Gender

By Sophie Lewis 7 June 2014

Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac considers the feasibility of love with men, and whether heterosexual fucking – or abjuring it – can be women’s s...

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articles

Pedunculated Fandango

By Jonathan Kemp 4 June 2014

Acknowledging the trends of a new cultural-topological turn Jonathan Kemp reads Sha Xin Wei’s recent book on poiesis, enchantment and topology, insi...

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articles

Continuing Business By Other Means: Egypt's Military Economy

By L.S. 30 May 2014

While much analysis has emphasised the flexible, precarious and improvisatory subjectivities of neoliberal ‘post-fordist’ society, the post-crunch...

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fifth column

Notes on Normcore

By Benedict Seymour 29 May 2014

Written in a (normcore-appropriate) low fever, reading these notes over they seem mad enough to make some sense. A response to the great Tom Fran...

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articles

MOOCs - Herding education to the slaughter?

By Dominic Pettman 23 May 2014

Massively open online courses (MOOCs) have been sold as the future of higher education but there is more than a whiff of ‘primitive accumulatio...

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books

Proud to be Flesh: A Mute Magazine Anthology of Cultural Politics after the Net

By ed. Josephine Berry Slater, Pauline Van Mourik Broekman, Michael Corris 11 April 2009

Buy on Amazon UK £35 and other regions, Super Saving free shipping In late 1994, back in the days of dial-up modems and Netscape Navigat...

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articles

Athens and the Bankers

By Richard B 12 August 2015

The Greek crisis is often diminished to a simple story of Debt versus the People. Richard B moves between the symptomatic details of everyday life in ...

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articles

Synthetic Dreams: Gender, Modernity and Art Silk Stockings

By Hannah Proctor 31 July 2015

The world’s first synthetic fabric, rayon, made from congealed vegetable matter and human labour, was spun into artificial silk stockings and worn b...

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articles

Building Downwards

By Luisa Lorenza Corna and Alan Adam Smart 23 July 2015

In their review of Keller Easterling’s Subtraction, Luisa Lorenza Corna and Alan Adam Smart interrogate an architectural theory that makes an econom...

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your posts

Against Accelerationism – For Marxism

By Reid Kane 23 July 2015

'Jetpack communism' or 'Marxist heresy'? Today's younger red tories (also known as 'left accelerationists') approach capitalism's contradictions and t...

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articles

Precarity as Activism

By Sarah Charalambides 1 July 2015

How do we turn the normalisation of precarity into a basis for collective action? While the social category ‘precariat’ grafted over differences, ...

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articles

Capital and Community: On Melanie Gilligan’s Trilogy

By Jasper Bernes 23 June 2015

In his assessment of the latest film in Melanie Gilligan’s trilogy on crisis, capital and community Jasper Bernes emphasises the necessity and diffi...

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your posts

EQUALITATE: FAIR RATES AT TATE

By mute 31 May 2015

TO: DIRECTOR OF TATE & MANAGEMENT OF SECURITY CONTRACTOR WILSON JAMES End the disparity between staff at the Tate! London Tate Galler...

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articles

Art, Value, and the Freedom Fetish

By Daniel Spaulding and Nicole Demby 28 May 2015

If art is a commodity, is it just a commodity, subject to the law of value? Or does art's distinctive process of production render it c...

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articles

Taking Potshots at Labour

By Sven Lütticken 20 May 2015

In their recent networked film project, Ehmann and Farocki produce a multiply authored film installation about global labour that superimposes the pro...

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your posts

The Future of the Charters of Liberty in the 21st Century: From homo idioticus to femina communis

By mute 9 May 2015

A talk by Peter Linebaugh, presented by artists Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman, The Victorian Prison, Lincoln Castle.   Organised by the ...

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Chronicle of a Crash Foretold

By Tom Jennings 7 May 2015

In John Barker’s Futures, an expertly crafted crime novel exploring cocaine trafficking in Thatcherite London, Tom Jennings finds a parable of neoli...

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