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Theory

Two Models of Inescapable Shock

Two Models of Inescapable Shock

Thursday 7 July 6-8pm

 

Marina Vishmidt and Anne Boyer in conversation
 

A Mute launch for:

 

Marina Vishmidt & Kerstin Stakemeier, Reproducing Autonomy, 2016

 

Anne Boyer, Garments Against Women, 2016
 

 

Richard Hoggart Building

Room 137a (main building)

Lewisham Way
London
SE14 6NW

 

About the books

Permanent Reproductive Crisis: An Interview with Silvia Federici

NY Wages For Housework Poster

On the occasion of the publication of an anthology of her writing and the accession of a  Wages for Housework NY archive at Mayday Rooms in London, Marina Vishmidt interviewed Silvia Federici on her extensive contribution to feminist thought and recent work on debt activism (with contributions by Mute, Mayday Rooms and George Caffentzis)

 

Breakthroughs & Bait: on Xenofeminism & Alienation

A Worker Informs a Lord on the Subject of the Guillotine

Adapted from Heinrich Heine, Wintermärchen. 1844.

 

 

“King Louis the fifteen died,

 Quite peaceful, alone in his bed.

The sixteenth, however, was guillotined,

Along with Queen Antoinette.

 

The queen showed great courage,as has been told, given the severe situation,

Although her small dog did yelp and did cry

While she suffered her neck laceration.”

Appropriating the Alien: A Critique of Xenofeminism

The Xenofeminist Manifesto claims, among many things, rationalism and technology as core to a renewed futurist feminist project. However, given the provenance of its moniker and its 'pro-enlightenment' position, Annie Goh asks, WTF exactly is XF?

 

Antimatter

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When you were scratching your name into the mirror another few hundred people died. I guess they exist outside the borderline of what you call ‘kindness’. Kindness which in your mouth has the consistency of raw sewage. When you laugh it sounds like boiling lice.
 
 
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MEMES WITH FORCE – LESSONS FROM THE YELLOW VESTS

People have theorised recent social movements as memes before. However, they tend to make the phrase eclipse the content, placing the (representational) meme over the (real) movement. In the following article, Paul Torino & Adrian Wohlleben, two American participants in the Gilets jaunes struggle in France, discern an inverse logic in play. This is not so much a movement that uses memes to make symbolic demands as a form of movement as meme.

This article is republished on the occasion of the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 12 November 2018 - 31 March, 2019. It was first published in 2012, on Art&Education.com, as a finalist in the Art and Deregulation context

 

Revolutionary Leaflets and Comrade Things

In his recent Anti-Book, Nicholas Thoburn finds the communist escape hatch leading out of the fortified gulag of commodity-book production. Review by Anthony Iles

 

Revolutionary leaflets and kindred things: they look as though they have been overtaken by catastrophes, even when they are no older than 1918. Looking at them, one can see that what they wanted did not come to pass. Hence their beauty.

Chump Change: Decrypting Bitcoin & Blockchain

Can you dig it?

Artists and academics are jumping on the blockchain bandwagon and talking up the potential for cryptocurrency and distributed ledgers to mitigate austerity capitalism. Attractive as techno-monetary fixes may seem they come at a dangerous ideological cost, argues Andrew Osborne reviewing David Golumbia’s The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism

 

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