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GAME OF THRALLS - AN ART AND LABOUR FANTASIA

Trying to do labour politics in the artworld would be like attempting union organising in Game of Thrones. Discuss....  

And now, a brief fantasia:

Here are two sites that are updating regularly with infos around the anti-World Cup, anti-FIFA protests in Brazil. You can see that there are a lot of non-demonstration stuff happening such as massive projections of anti-FIFA images in the downtown of Rio as well as other interventions.
 

Notes on Normcore

Normcore - return of the normal, with added exchange value

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 Frank's analysis of normcore, and matters arising

 

MOOCs - Herding education to the slaughter?

Of MOOCs and über-menschen

Massively open online courses (MOOCs) have been sold as the future of higher education but there is more than a whiff of ‘primitive accumulation’ at the new frontier. Dominic Pettman examines the state-and-vulture-capitalist looting of ‘the last great unplundered resource’ and considers some other definitions of educational value

 

Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks

Organisation of the Organisationless: The Question of Organisation After Networks cover

Organisation of the Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks

By Rodrigo Nunes

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Irational.org’s Traum

Irational.org’s Traum a Psychoarchaeologist’s Dramaturgy

By V.M.

Series editors: Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater, Anthony Iles & Oliver Lerone Schultz

Published in association with Post-Media Lab Books

QUESTIONS FOR POETS

Brecht ventriloquised the questions of a worker who reads, and Walt Whitman declared the 'direct trial' of the poet to be – 'today'. In a time when questions, workers and trials aren't what they used to be, Anne Boyer multiplies the questions and shares their bibliography

 

What is the answer?’ Stein asked, and when no answer came she laughed and said: ‘What, then, is the question?’

Domino, no, no!

The Domino sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is  currently being torn down and replaced with massive condominiums.

As it happens, these fly-thru-friendly towers (pictured  above) uncannily resemble some absurd drawings for post-9/11 skyscrapers I made back when everyone was supposed to think the real threat of massive destruction was coming from Al-Qaida.

The Technical Composition of Conceptualism

Persistence of the negative

If the last four decades of protracted crisis stem from the increasing productivity of capitalist technology, how does culture index this and how (else) might poets respond to the rise of the machines? Joshua Clover periodises the persistence and restoration of conceptualism within capital’s machinic boom and bust, and considers its fading to be necessarily en route, if not yet complete

 

Nuff Aura: Absolute Artwork Meets Absolute Desperation

Previously from the Wu-Tang stable

 

[This little screed was written as a facebook post but seemed worth giving a minutely longer half life... It responds to this article: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/zackomalleygreenburg/2014/03/26/why-wu-tang-will-release-just-one-copy-of-its-secret-album/]

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