McKenzie Wark: Capital Is Dead: Is This Something Worse? (2019)

16 October 2019, dusan

“It’s not capitalism, it’s not neoliberalism—what if it’s something worse?

In this radical and visionary new book, McKenzie Wark argues that information has empowered a new kind of ruling class. Through the ownership and control of information, this emergent class dominates not only labour but capital as traditionally understood as well. And it’s not just tech companies like Amazon and Google. Even Walmart and Nike can now dominate the entire production chain through the ownership of not much more than brands, patents, copyrights, and logistical systems.

While techno-utopian apologists still celebrate these innovations as an improvement on capitalism, for workers—and the planet—it’s worse. The new ruling class uses the powers of information to route around any obstacle labor and social movements put up. So how do we find a way out? Capital Is Dead offers not only the theoretical tools to analyze this new world, but ways to change it. Drawing on the writings of a surprising range of classic and contemporary theorists, Wark offers an illuminating overview of the contemporary condition and the emerging class forces that control—and contest—it.”

Publisher Verso, London, 2019
ISBN 9781788735308, 1788735307
202 pages

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Notes sur les mouvements (2013-2014) [French/English]

10 October 2019, dusan

A free publication edited by Romana Schmalisch during her residency at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

“The first issue analyses the conjunction of dance with Labour Movements of the 1930s (New Dance Group) as well as its use in the industry to enhance efficiency (Laban/Lawrence); it looks at the vague image that we have from various professions, researches the value of the performance of a work and its equivalence in the wage, and considers different forms of abstractions (notations and graphics) and training methods.”

“The second issue focuses on the question of education. In an interview, sociologist Anne Querrien discusses social norms and the school system. In her text, the London-based writer Marina Vishmidt revisits an earlier essay which considered the relationship between contemporary dance and the de-materialization of labour. What changes about this relationship as all employment becomes more and more of a brutal hypothesis in our post-crisis conditions?”

“The last, third, issue deals with what is at stake when one learns a job, with relationships between teachers and students, with various methods of education, and with the way these systems reflect certain social norms.”

Edited by Romana Schmalisch
Publisher Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers, 2013-2014
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24 pages per issue

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Issue 1 (September 2013)
Issue 2 (March 2014)
Issue 3 (September 2014)

Elizabeth Losh, Jacqueline Wernimont (eds.): Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities (2018)

25 July 2019, dusan

“In recent years, the digital humanities has been shaken by important debates about inclusivity and scope—but what change will these conversations ultimately bring about? Can the digital humanities complicate the basic assumptions of tech culture, or will this body of scholarship and practices simply reinforce preexisting biases? Bodies of Information addresses this question by assembling a varied group of voices, showcasing feminist contributions to a panoply of topics, including ubiquitous computing, game studies, new materialisms, and cultural phenomena like hashtag activism, hacktivism, and campaigns against online misogyny.”

Contributors: Babalola Titilola Aiyegbusi, Moya Bailey, Bridget Blodgett, Barbara Bordalejo, Jason Boyd, Christina Boyles, Susan Brown, Lisa Brundage, micha cárdenas, Marcia Chatelain, Danielle Cole, Beth Coleman, T. L. Cowan, Constance Crompton, Amy E. Earhart, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Julia Flanders, Sandra Gabriele, Brian Getnick, Karen Gregory, Alison Hedley, Kathryn Holland, James Howe, Jeana Jorgensen, Alexandra Juhasz, Dorothy Kim, Kimberly Knight, Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Sharon M. Leon, Izetta Autumn Mobley, Padmini Ray Murray, Veronica Paredes, Roopika Risam, Bonnie Ruberg, Laila Shereen Sakr, Anastasia Salter, Michelle Schwartz, Emily Sherwood, Deb Verhoeven, Scott B. Weingart.

Publisher University of Minnesota Press, 2018
Debates in the Digital Humanities series, 4
Open Access
ISBN 9781517906108, 1517906105
xxv+491 pages

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