Monthly Archives: August 2013

“The most resonant slogan of Occupy Wall Street is “we are the 99%!” But who are the one percent? The popular answer is “Wall Street.” But to think about this more closely, perhaps the question to ask is: how do the most advanced means of computing and communication of our time create new class relations? Perhaps this isn’t your grandparents capitalism we are now living in. Perhaps there are intra-class struggles within the ruling class for which we do not yet have good social maps. Perhaps there are new kinds of class formation outside the ruling class. What do the new relations of communication mean for the creation of art and culture?”
I wish we had some in the field case-studies, along the lines of ANT ethnographies of labs and such, that would map out the interfaces/interactions of the computerized-networkings of our day, if anyone knows any such studies of markets/banking/etc please let us know.

“A growing number of artists are abandoning truth-telling political art for a boldly utopian practice, recognizing that political problems can’t be solved by an atrophied collective imagination. With examples ranging from Thomas More’s 16th-century tome Utopia to the Yes Men’s recent “special edition” of the New York Times, Stephen Duncombe explores the creative terrain within this new world of dreampolitik. Duncombe is an associate professor with the Gallatin School at New York University.”

I like his assertion that well established forms/styles of organization/governance are not held up by, not dependent on, beliefs/believers but rather simply by routines/habits/affordances, and therefore are invulnerable to critiques that seek to unmask/debunk founding myths by revealing the “truths” at work.


Media theorist Wark is the author of The Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, and The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International, and wrote two influential pieces on Occupy Wall Street. He will give the keynote address to the graduate student conference put together by our students, Critical Information: Mapping the Intersection of Art and Technology

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The Spectacle of Disintegration: McKenzie Wark & Douglas Lain

Diet Soap Podcast #191: 

“The guest this week is an author and a professor of Communications at the New School, McKenzie Wark. Wark’s latest book The Spectacle of Disintegration is the subject for today’s podcast and I was glad for the chance to discuss some of my favorite avant garde radicals, namely the Situationist International.”