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The Path to Freedom - Alexei Gaskarov's Statement

'If the path to freedom lies through prison, then we are ready to take it.' Here is the closing statement of Alexei Gaskarov, who is facing four years in prison for political protest in Russia.

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.
 

Continuing Business By Other Means: Egypt's Military Economy

Former military commander el-Sisi is the new president of Egypt

While much analysis has emphasised the flexible, precarious and improvisatory subjectivities of neoliberal ‘post-fordist’ society, the post-crunch period demonstrates that militarism, graft, and un-free labour are just as crucial for contemporary accumulation. In a detailed analysis of the role of the army in the Egyptian economy, L.S.

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

 

LESSONS FROM THE FUTURE

Post-fordist visions of flexible, personalised, and life-long learning have grown even leaner and meaner post-2008. The student body is increasingly viewed as a pool of consumer data and low-to-no-wage labour-power waiting to be tapped. Michelle Jones explores the future of education and finds a crisis of reproduction whose 'outcomes' may not quite match the corporate vision

 

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

 

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