Provocative Alloys: A Post-Media Anthology

By Mute, 18 December 2013

Provocative Alloys: A Post-Media Anthology

Edited by Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater, Anthony Iles and Oliver Lerone Schultz

Published in Association with Post-Media Lab Books

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(Winter 2013. Print ISBN 978-1-906496-94-4; eBook ISBN 978-1-906496-95-1)



Featuring essays by Adilkno, Clemens Apprich, Alejo Duque, Gary Genosko, Michael Goddard, Félix Guattari, Brian Holmes, Felipe Fonseca, Howard Slater, Cadence Kinsey, Oliver Lerone Schultz, Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits


Félix Guattari’s visionary term ‘post-media’, coined in 1990, heralded a break with mass media’s production of conformity and the dawn of a new age of media from below. Understanding how digital convergence was remaking television, film, radio, print and telecommunications into new hybrid forms, he advocated the production of ‘enunciative assemblages’ that break with the manufacture of normative subjectivities.


In this anthology, historical texts are brought together with newly commissioned ones to explore the shifting ideas, speculative horizons and practices associated with post-media. In particular, the book seeks to explore what post-media practice might be in light of the commodification and homogenisation of digital networks in the age of Web 2.0, e-shopping and mass surveillance.


The element of suggestion, even hypnotism, in the present relation to television will vanish. From that moment on, we can hope for a transformation of mass-media power that will overcome contemporary subjectivity, and for the beginning of a post-media era of collective-individual reappropriation and an interactive use of machines of information, communication, intelligence, art and culture.

– Félix Guattari, Towards a Post-Media Era


Other books by Clemens Apprich, Josephine Berry Slater & Anthony Iles

Vergessene Zukunft (Forgotten Future), Radikale Netzkulturen in Europa

By Clemens Apprich & Felix Stalder


“The refreshing perspective of this anthology reveals an

alternative interpretation of Internet culture beyond the

well-known, mythologising narrative of techno-libertarianism..”

– Martin Schmitt, sehepunkte, 13/5 (2013)


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

Co-edited by Josephine Berry Slater & Pauline van Mourik Broekman, with Michael Corris, Anthony Iles, Benedict Seymour and Simon Worthington


“Proud to be Flesh indicates […] what we might call a topological media model, one that is founded on a distributed and immersed tracking of cultural and economic antagonisms and events. Less the communication of a message, the political product here is precisely the intensive field of collective problematisation that is brought into being.”

– Nick Thoburn, New Formations


Noise and Capitalism

Co-edited by Anthony Iles and Mattin


“Yes, this book is different (in a really useful way), because its aim is to

make politics its subject just as much as music, and to see the two as fundamentally linked, hence the equal weighting (noise and capitalism).”

– David Grundy, Eartrip magazine