McKenzie Wark

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McKenzie Wark, 2023. Photo: Clemence Poles. (Source)
Born September 10, 1961(1961-09-10)
Newcastle, Australia
Lives in New York City, United States
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McKenzie Wark (1961) is a writer and scholar. Wark is Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York City that she joined in 2003. Wark is known for her writings on media theory, critical theory, new media, media art, and the Situationist International.

McKenzie Wark was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1961 and grew up with her older brother Robert and sister Susan. When McKenzie was 6 years old, her mother died. Brother Robert McKenzie Wark remembers reading to McKenzie as a young child and the three children were brought up by their architect father Ross Kenneth Wark. McKenzie received a bachelor's degree from Macquarie University (1985), a Master's from the University of Technology, Sydney (1990), and a PhD in Communications from Murdoch University (1998). Wark is married to Christen Clifford. The couple have two children, Felix and Vera. In 2018 Wark came out as transgender and went on to use they/them pronouns; as of 2019 she uses she/her pronouns. [1] [2]



A Hacker Manifesto, 2004, Log, PDF.
The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International, 2011, Log, PDF.
Molecular Red: Theory for the Anthropocene, 2015, Log, HTML.
  • Speedfactory (with Bernard Cohen, John Kinsella, and Terri-Ann White), Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2002, 151 pp. [6]
  • A Hacker Manifesto, Harvard University Press, 2004, 208 pp. [8]
    • Hacker-Manifest, trans. Dietmar Zimmer, Munich: C.H. Beck, 2005, [236] pp. [9] (German)
    • Un manifesto hacker: lavoratori immateriali di tutto il mondo unitevi!, trans. Marco Deseriis, Milan: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, 2005, 178 pp. (Italian)
    • Hakkā sengen, trans. Tomoyuki Kaneta, Tokyo: Kawade Shobō Shinsha, 2005, 248 pp. (Japanese)
    • Un manifeste hacker, trans. Club Post-1984 Mary Shelley & Cie Hacker band, Paris: Ubiprodedis/Criticalsecret, 2006, 389+[24] pp. (French)
    • Ena maniphesto tōn chaker, trans. Nektarios Kalaitzēs, Athens: Scripta, 2006, 300 pp. (Greek)
    • Un manifiesto hacker, trans. Laura Manero, Barcelona: Alpha Decay, 2006, 204 pp. [10] (Spanish)
    • Hakerski manifest, trans. Tomislav Medak, Zagreb: Multimedijalni institut, 2006. (Croatian)
    • Bir hacker manifestosu, trans. Merve Darende, Istanbul: Altıkırkbeş, 2008, 234 pp. (Turkish)
    • Hekerski manifest, trans. Aleksandra Rekar, afterw. Janez Strehovec, Ljubljana: Maska, 2008, 275 pp. (Slovenian)
    • Hackerkiáltvány, trans. Nagy Mónika Zsuzsanna, Budapest: Noran Libro, 2010, 213 pp. [11] (Hungarian)
    • Manifiesto hacker, trans. Sensei Magnus, n.d., [19] pp. Trans. of a shorter essay. (Spanish)
  • Gamer Theory, Harvard University Press, 2007, 118 pp.
    • Théorie du gamer, trans. Noé le Blanc, Paris: Éditions Amsterdam / Les prairies ordinaires, 2019, 209 pp. (French)
  • Telesthesia: Communication, Culture and Class, Cambridge: Polity, 2012. [14]
    • Kua yue shi kong de gan zhi: Jiao liu, wen hua yu jie ji [跨越时空的感知: 交流,文化与阶级], Nanjing: Jiang su feng huang jiao yu chu ban she, trans. Changyu Hu, 2015, 191 pp. (Chinese)
  • I'm Very Into You. Correspondence 1995–1996 (with Kathy Acker), ed. & intro. Matias Viegener, afterw. John Kinsella, Semiotext(e), 2015, 160 pp. Publisher.
    • Jeg er helt opslugt af dig: korrespondance 1995-1996, trans. Mikkel Thykier and Mathias Ruther, Aarhus: Antipyrine, 2019, 184 pp. (Danish)
    • Du hast es mir angetan. E-Mails 1995/96, ed. & intro. Matias Viegener, afterw. McKenzie Wark, trans. Johanna Davids, Berlin: August, 2022, 173 pp. Publisher. (German)
  • General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty First Century, London: Verso, 2017, viii+325 pp.
    • Intelecte generale: douăzeci şi unu de gânditori pentru secolul douăzeci şi unu, trans. Ovidiu Anemţoaicei, Paul Burcia and Florin Buzdugan, Bucharest: Tracus Arte, 2018, 440 pp. (Romanian)
    • 21 shi ji de 21 wei si xiang jia [21世纪的21位思想家], Shanghai: Shanghai wen yi chu ban she (上海文艺出版社), 2023, 398 pp. (Chinese)
    • Intelectos colectivos: pensadores para el siglo XXI, trans. Javier de la Morena Corrales, La Caja Books, 2023, 470 pp. (Spanish)
  • Capital Is Dead: Is This Something Worse?, London: Verso, 2019, 202 pp.
    • El capitalismo ha muerto: el ascenso de la clase vectorialista, trans. Federico Fernandez Giordano, Madrid: Holobionte, 2021, 240 pp. Publisher. (Spanish)
    • Das Kapital ist tot. Kommt jetzt etwas Schlimmeres? Kritik einer politischen Ökonomie der Information, trans. Tom Wohlfarth, Leipzig: Merve, 2021, 248 pp. (German)
    • Il capitale è morto. Il peggio deve ancora venire, trans. Chiara Reali, Rome: Nero, 2021, 198 pp. Publisher. (Italian)
    • Μακένζι Γουάρκ, Το κεφάλαιο πέθανε, trans. Yannis Siglidis (Γιάννης Σιγλίδης), Athens: Topovoros Books (Εκδόσεις Τοποβόρος), 2022, 272 pp. Publisher. Interview with translator. (Greek)
  • Reverse Cowgirl, South Pasadena, CA: Semiotext(e), 2020, 199 pp.
    • Vaquera invertida, trans. Mariano López Seoane, Buenos Aires: Caja Negra, 2022, 234 pp. Publisher. (Spanish)
    • Reverse Cowgirl, trans. Johanna Davids, Berlin: August, 2023, 240 pp. (German)
  • Raving, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, Mar 2023, xiv+119 pp, ARG. Publisher. Reviews: Medithi (LARB), Benson (ArtReview), Volpert (PopMatters). Interviews: Colyar (The Cut), Hjerpe (Document). [18] [19]
    • "Xéneuphorie", trans. Fanny Quément, Audimat 19, 2023, pp 89-105. Trans. of ch. 2. [20] (French)
    • Raving, trans. Alessandra Castellazzi, Rome: Nero, 2023, 188 pp. Publisher. (Italian)
    • Raven, trans. Joannie Baumgärtner, Leipzig: Merve, 2024, 192 pp. Publisher. (German)


Essays, reviews[edit]

  • "Let's Perform", in Fruit: A New Anthology of Contemporary Australian Gay Writing, ed. Gary Dunne, Sydney: BlackWattle Press, 1994; repr., Meanjin 69:4, Summer 2010, pp 119-123.
  • Ray Edgar, Ashley Crawford (eds.), Transit Lounge, Melbourne: Fine Art Publishing, 1998. Includes several of Wark's essays.
  • "Hackers", Theory, Culture & Society 23:2-3, May 2006, pp 320-322.
  • "Creators of the World Unite", Los Angeles Review of Books, 25 Nov 2015; repr. in LARB: The Digital Revolution: Debating the Promise and Perils of the Internet, Automation, and Algorithmic Lives in the Last Years of the Obama Administration, 2017, pp 63-68. Review of Cory Doctorow's Information Doesn’t Want to be Free.
  • "Friction", Public Seminar, 5 Sep 2016. On Anna Tsing.
  • "Trans | Acker", TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 7:3, Aug 2020, pp 476-478. [22]
  • "Sex Pirate", New Left Review, 30 Nov 2022. Review of Jason McBride, Eat Your Mind.


Interviews, conversations[edit]

  • McKenzie Wark Podcast series: The Artist-Publisher, 2022. Audio. Conversations on the art of publishing and publishing as an art form, with Jacqueline De Jong (The Situationist Times), GB Jones (JDS, etc), Hedi El Kholti (Semiotexte), Julietta Aranda (e-flux journal) and Hannah Baer (Deluge Books).