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Art, Value, and the Freedom Fetish

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 capable of a relative, and critical, independence? Daniel Spaulding and Nicole Demby explore the relations of art, value and their imbricated, but not necessarily identical, forms of ‘freedom’, urging us to think beyond the binary of art as either liberatory and subversive or uncritical captive of capital

 

Chronicle of a Crash Foretold

In John Barker’s Futures, an expertly crafted crime novel exploring cocaine trafficking in Thatcherite London, Tom Jennings finds a parable of neoliberalism with considerably broader resonance

 

THE PAST DEVOURS THE FUTURE: PIKETTY'S CAPITAL

He's got the whole world in his hands

Sander casts a critical eye on Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century and the debates it provoked

 

Plants, Androids and Operators - A Post-Media Handbook

Cover Plants, Androids and Operators - A Post-Media Handbook

Print 978-1-906496-96-8
eBook 978-1-906496-97-5
Published 2014 by Mute Books
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This book documents the first life-cycle of the Post-Media Lab (2011-2014). Taking up Fèlix Guattari’s challenge, the Lab aimed to combine social and media practices into collective assemblages of enunciation in order to confront social monoformity.

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In the initial formulation of the notion of Revolutionary Situation (in his article Mayovka of the Revolutionary Proletariat) Lenin describes two conditions for a Revolutionary Situation, which were later resumed as "the bottoms don't want and the tops cannot live in the old way". Later, Lenin adds one more condition: the readiness of the masses for revolutionary action.

An eye for an eye and the whole world can see: State Violence, Street Justice

Cops die also

Political violence doesn't happen in isolation. If you already knew that, pay attention as Alex Gawenda and Ashok Kumar connect Nat Turner, Ranajit Guha, black Zimbabweans' hands-on land reform, firebombed Nottingham police stations and other 'outrages' to prove that what it means is not so anodyne. Some subalterns would rather 'blow up Gordian knots' than humbly petition against the global distribution of class and racial bloodletting.

Boycott the Zabludowicz Foundation!

Free Palestine!

Mute is hosting this statement in solidarity with the call for a boycott of the Zabludowicz Foundation. It was originally published online a few months ago during the latest round of violent atrocities committed by the Israeli state against Palestinian people. We fully support this boycott and call on our readers and writers to join us in solidarity. 

 

1. Art and Art Patronage

 

Bruce Willis, Irigaray, and the Aesthetics of Space Travel

Turkey heart

'Or for instance, if you were crushed to death by hundreds of boxes of chocolate....' John Russell takes the (w)hole system apart and refuses to put it back together again…

The Jet-Set Peasantry: where no passenger is not drunk

The rabble is a fundamental problem for Hegel argues Frank Ruda. Sacha Kahir reviews Ruda’s Rabble, piecing together and pushing onwards the fragmented parts of civil society’s cyclonic contradiction

 

Come, poor things, let us sing […]

After darkness comes light,

After evil comes the good,

Our guide and leader, Abundance,

Comes to lead us1

Wanna Play? Game Over

Artist as Oppressor

Sometimes ethical claims about public space and 'free expression' conceal private interests and violence against the oppressed. Jacob Bard Rosenberg on the case of Dries Verhoeven and some problematic presuppositions of relational and post-internet art practices

 

Nationally funded surveillance art is still surveillance – Imri Kahn

 

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