[Re]Build: A Call for Contributors and Participants


Shock and austerity. Stock market instability. Stagnant wages and the decline of purchasing power. War. Climate change. Despite these multiplying crises, capitalism retains an essential tool that allows itself to perpetuate itself on a global level despite its internal contradictions: the ability to leverage technological developments to liquidate the political power of those who would oppose it. At such a crossroads, when labor as an organized force is being dissolved into flexible precarity, how does one attempt to tip the scales and reverse our accelerating fragility? The answer lies in a shift of focus, from a politics of power to a politics that looks critically at infrastructure, a politics of re-purpose, (re-)design, appropriation and the reclamation of space, and of new forms of economic expression.

What the future will be, or whatever name we want to label the path to it, there is one realization that is facing us: it must be post-capitalist. We firmly believe that another world is possible, but it must be built, and the rules for this construction are still largely unwritten.

We propose the creation of a zone of experimentation with the intent of bringing together dissenting agencies with critical practices in hopes of finding prototypes and models for a post-capitalist society. Such a platform calls for a cross-pollination of ideas, a shared and in-depth dialogue, and easily accessible means for hands-on experimentation. This new space will be open to all wanting to participate.

The topics we hope to cover include – but are not limited to:

  • The politics of infrastructure
  • The remaking of space by neoliberal capitalism
  • The relationships between big data, media, and infrastructure
  • Tactics and strategies for re-purposing technologies, complex systems, infrastructure and the politicization of spatial practices
  • D.I.Y. techniques and how-to guides
  • Alternative economies
  • Sustainable living, agriculture, energy, and architecture
  • The possibilities and pitfalls of automation
  • Eco-activism and infra-activism
  • Intervention design
  • Tactical media
  • New and experimental cartographies
  • Peer-to-peer approaches to production and distribution

Contributions can take a variety of forms:

  • Articles and essays
  • Fragments and speculations
  • Videos, links, and commentaries
  • How-to guides, plans, and prototypes
  • Reports, stories, and interviews

Anyone who is interested need only drop us a line here, over at the Deterritorial Investigations Unit blog here, or you can email me at Edmund.b.berger@gmail.com.

6 responses to “[Re]Build: A Call for Contributors and Participants

  1. Reblogged this on My Desiring-Machines and commented:
    I like everything about this [Re]Build idea. I am particularly interested in translating right now, especially from French, which I’m trying to learn for a handful of reasons, so I would be up for making connections on that front (intersections of critical theory and urban theory). I am also interested in a lot of the rumblings I’m reading about the Right to the City, and intersections with Deleuze, Guattari, and Foucault from South America (and my Spanish is better than my French). I’m also interested in ways to “put down roots” in cities, as evidenced by a little thought experiment here…on that note, I actually also have a Master’s degree in structural engineering, if there are others out there who want to talk about pooling practical capacities.

    • thanks Keith we hope this will leap over the usual structural barriers in the academy to being multi (or at least inter) disciplinary and for now will be trying to gather resources on Det-Unit until we can come to some collective sense of what might be the best vehicle/clearing-house/hub

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