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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/]

Value-Form and Avant-Garde

V-effekt

 

The theory of programmatism describes the struggle of labour to affirm itself as a class within and against capital. Here Daniel Spaulding explores the intimate relation between this politics and the inner logic of artistic modernism. If modernism and the value form were once antagonistic but inextricable utopias, does art today exist between obsolescence and abolition? 

 

Keeping up with the Pavlovs

Critics of the grand enterprise of 'crisis-driven' poverty management often take special umbrage at Michael Gove's educational 'Victorianism'. In this riposte, Danny Hayward blows away the ideological dust from Gove's project for pedagogical reform, revealing a repressive programme for bourgeois 'aesthetic education' whose subservience to the needs of domestic capital accumulation is in fact bang up to date 

 

Epistemic Panic and the Problem of Life

In this transcript of a presentation given at the Accelerationism symposium in Berlin December 2013, Josephine Berry Slater questions whether, in the era of biopolitics, forms of epistemic ‘accelerationism’ can be divorced from the management of life from which they flee

 

 

A Christmas Gif(t)

CRISIS EN EL SECTOR DE LA LIMPIEZA

 

No se debería odiar más a quien traiciona a una nación que a quien traiciona el bien común, o a quien abandona la salvación general por el beneficio de su propia salvación y provecho

– Cicero / Francesco de Miranda [1]

 

Digital Solidarity

Digital Solidarity cover

Digital Solidarity

By Felix Stalder

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

Published in association with Post-Media Lab Books

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When in March 2010 police and management connived in the eviction of an occupation at the University of Sussex, people were surprised at the willingness of University senior managers to maintain the ‘smooth functioning’ of their institutions by violent means.

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