Post by: McKenzie Wark

EconoFiction

After Capitalism, the Derivative / For Randy Martin

10 Apr , 2017  

“After me, the deluge,” declared King Louis XV, at what was almost but not quite the high water mark of Absolutism. These days one might say, after capitalism, the derivative. The late work of Randy Martin takes up the startling premise that the commodity form has mutated into something ...

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Lexicon, NonMusic, NonPolitics

Black Accelerationism

28 Jan , 2017  

“Sensory language leaves us with no habit for lying. We are hostile aliens, immune from dying.”The Spaceape If accelerationism has a key idea, it is that it is either impossible or undesirable to resist or negate the development of the commodity economy coupled with technology. Rather, it has ...

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Biopolitics, Lexicon

Dividuum

3 Nov , 2016  

Like Moliere’s Monsieur Jourdain, who was so surprised to learn that all these years he has been speaking prose, people are often shocked to learn that they think in concepts. It’s not just us theorists who make up funny meanings for funny words. Take the word individual. It seems ...

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Necropolitics, NonPolitics

Africa contra Hegel

28 Sep , 2016  

There was once a fantasy, shared by left and right alike, that the states of the under-developed world could come, whether by leaps or by steps, to approximate those of the so-called developed world, as if they represented some kind of historical destiny. This idea belongs to what one might ...

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Biopolitics, GenericScience, Mashines

Make Kith Not Kin!

27 Jun , 2016  

When my daughter was little, we played a game on the way to her preschool called Count the Dog Poo. It was a game about counting, as you would play with any child, but also a game for a little New Yorker, to teach her to watch where she steps. ...

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Biopolitics, Necropolitics

The Forces of Reproduction

16 Apr , 2016  

“Humanity does not exist under the sign of the divine… but of the monstrous.”  — Paul B. Préciado “Read, this!,” he said, thrusting a soiled photocopy of a typescript into my hands. “It will change your life!” Then he disappeared back into the public toilet he was cruising. This was ...

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GenericScience

Althusserians Anonymous (the relapse)

28 Feb , 2016  

1. Old versus Young Marx I am a recovering Althusserian. For decades now I have been Althusser-free, for the most part, but we all have our lapses. The first step to becoming a recovering Althusserian is to recognize that you have no control and are unconsciously always a little bit ...

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GenericScience, Mashines, PhiloFiction

Blog-Post for Cyborgs

17 Okt , 2015  

We are all cyborgs now. To the point where this reality no longer appears at all striking. As so perfectly pictured in Alex Rivera’s film Sleepdealer (2008), we are biological machines strapped to information machines which together function as war machines. It is remarkable how much of our cyborg existence ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon

The Capitalocene

17 Okt , 2015  

This civilization is already over, and everyone knows it. We’re in a sort of terminal spiral of thanaticism. The paths to another form of life seem blocked, so it seems there’s nothing for it but to double down and bet all the chips on the house that kills us. But ...

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all, Lexicon

On Wendy Brown

16 Aug , 2015  

Wir verweisen hier auf McKenzie Warks Besprechung des neuen Buchs von Wendy Brown  Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (Zone Books, New York 2015). Neben einer erneuten Diskussion um das Thema Informationskapitalismus und vektoriale Klasse, die auch dem deutschen Leser seit dem Hacker Manifesto bekannt sein dürfte, kreist McKenzie Wark ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

On Galloway

25 Jun , 2015  

McKenzie Wark bezieht sich hier auf Galloways Schrift „The Interface Effect“ , in der Galloway den Computer unter anderem als eine Ethik-Maschine bestimmt, die zur Ideologie nur noch eine virtuelle Relation herstellt,  das heißt Ideologie wird heute als Software modelliert. An die Stelle von Ideologie sind Simulationen getreten. In diesem ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

Lazzarato and Pasolini

21 Jun , 2015  

McKenzie Warks Besprechung des im Jahr 2014  erschienenen Buchs  Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity (Semiotext(e), 2014) von  Maurizo Lazzarato weist diesen als einen wichtigen Denker des Maschinellen in der Nachfolge von Felix Guattari aus. Ausgangspunkt des Tetxes dürfte die von Lazzarato diagnostizierte Krise des Subjektivität sein, ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Laruelles verrückte Syntax

25 Apr , 2015  

Vielleicht ist es François Laruelle, der in heutigen Zeiten den originellsten und den exzentrischsten Flavour im Marxismus besitzt. „Introduction to Non-Marxism“ (Univocal, 2015) ist die Übersetzung eines vor fünfzehn Jahren geschriebenen Buches, das ein ziemlich eindrucksvolles neues Kapitel im Anhang enthält. Die Welt scheint nun endlich für ihn bereit zu ...

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