We’re very excited to announce that the Ctrl Network Reading Group will be launching its first online session with a special event on cultural theorist Mark Fisher and documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis on Tuesday October 6th, 1-3pm. We’ll be discussing Fisher’s article ‘The Future is still ours: Autonomy & Post-capitalism’, and drawing on some of the related ideas explored in Adam Curtis’s iconic documentary series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace.
Our reading group sessions are designed to be friendly and informal open discussions, and everyone is welcome to come and join the discussion. We recommend that you read Fisher’s brief article and watch a small collection of clips from Adam Curtis beforehand (see links below). If you’re not familiar with Fisher or Curtis and would like to learn more, we’ve also included a list of further reading and viewing below, but none of these are necessary for this session.
We will also be using this launch event as an opportunity to discuss ideas and hear your thoughts about our plans for upcoming sessions, which we are very keen for members to help us shape.
- ‘The Future is still ours: Autonomy & Post-capitalism’, 2011 article (pp. 5-7): http://autoitaliasoutheast.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/We-Have-Our-Own-Concept-Of-Time-and-Motion-Newspaper.pdf
Adam Curtis clips:
- All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, 2011 trailer (4mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgADKpMStts
- Cyberspace and the commodification of the self, clip from AWOBMOLG, (4mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gj09kpA2Py8
- Trapped in a System of Political Control – 2016 short film (5mins): https://youtu.be/VRRIBeNXeLU
- Bonus clip of machines failing (1min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k16icIVosFo
(Both also available in K-Punk)
- ‘We Need a Post-capitalist vision: interviewed by anticapitalist initiative’ (2012)
- ‘“We have to invent the future”: an unseen interview with mark fisher’ (2012) <https://thequietus.com/articles/21616-mark-fisher-interview-capitalist-realism-sam-berkson>
- All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (2011) full documentary (available online)
- Hypernormalization (2016) and Bitter Lake (2015) full documentaries both available on BBC iPlayer
- Little Atoms interview (2011): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3OZlH3DX88