Mark Fisher and Adam Curtis, the Future is still ours: Ctrl Network Reading Group Launch

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.

If you would like to register for this event, get in touch by email (contemptheoryuob@gmail.com) or on Twitter and we’ll supply you with a session link nearer the time. We hope to see you all there!

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Recommended reading

Mark Fisher:

Adam Curtis clips:

Further reading/viewing

Mark Fisher:

(Both also available in K-Punk)

  • ‘We Need a Post-capitalist vision: interviewed by anticapitalist initiative’ (2012)

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Adam Curtis:

  • 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

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