Out now – Mute
Susan Kelly reviews Gerald Raunig’s recent book on the industrialisation of knowledge and creativity. She questions how accurate the metaphor of ‘factory’, with its associated figure of the wage-labourer, really is in these individualising and precarious times.
Nicely engaged piece… as the snippet below indicates…
“In reading Raunig’s book I was perhaps inevitably forced into a reckoning and a recounting of my own experiences of this same recent period of change in London. This experience of university occupations, temporary squats, waves of demonstrations, local borough politics, smaller micropolitical groups, and the Occupy movement as it was incarnated at St. Paul’s, was incredibly inspiring for many of us in this city. But it also painfully laid bare the depths and complexity of our entanglement – and complicity – in both the macro and micropolitical regimes of neoliberalism, our failure to make any real gains in these years as well as the intense battles we face if we are to get any traction in our struggles. In other words, I approach Raunig’s book not only through a theoretical reading, but also through a common grappling with these experiences of struggle and transformations.”
The Virality part of this free event (see below) will now be a collaboration between Tim Vogt, Francesco Tacchini, Nik Vaughn and Tony D. Sampson. We will be responding to the idea(l) of a viral utopia using academic voice, VJing, bass guitar and turntable.
Viral Utopia: What kind of Ontology is This?
Viral Utopias launch event on Friday November 16th
Friday November 16th – 7PM til 1AM @ LimehouseTown Hall
Panics, plagues, and politics. Countless times the death of politics, utopia and neoliberalism has been proclaimed… and just as many times the lumbering remains of our conceptual apparatuses dust themselves and trundle on again… mutating their movements in unfolding recombinatory patterns.
Come join us to celebrate the release of several new publications exploring this overlap between the utopian and the viral, the networked and the not-worked: Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks by Tony Sampson; Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia by Angela Mitropoulos; Open Utopia by Thomas More & Stephen Duncombe; and the current issue of Mute Magazine, ‘Becoming Impersonal’ Vol.3 #3.
Agit Disco DJs
Traum – London-based chanson for lovers of neo-romantisch perverse pop
Hungry Hearts – whisky filled gruff folk punk:
Limehouse Town Hall
646 Commercial Road
London E14 7HA
ABOUT THE PUBLICATIONS
Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks – Tony D Sampson with Tim Vogt, Francesco Tacchini and Nik Vaughn http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/virality
Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia – Angela Mitropoulos
Open Utopia – Thomas More & Steve Duncombe
Mute, ‘Becoming Impersonal’, Vol.3 #3
Link to Mute Magazine