An excellent start to our Postcapitalist Desire reading group! We tackled the first lecture transcript of Mark Fisher’s final lectures captured in Matt Colquhoun’s latest book. We spanned a wide array of topics. To name but a few: the absence of the new in political and cultural production, and the lost promises of the future; the impossible desire of the left (see Wendy Brown’s ‘Resisting Left Melancholy’ and ‘Wounded Attachments’ below) and the obstacles presented by folk politics; the intersection of aesthetics and politics, and the necessary dialogue between the two to affect real change; and the role of semantics in forging what Fisher refers to in the lecture as a ‘positive political project’ for the left, particularly the (in)efficacy of ‘postcapitalism’ and ‘(acid) communism’.
Session footnotes are below, but the original reading list can be found here.
Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism, 2006
McKenzie Wark, Capital is Dead: Is This Something Worse?, 2019
Nathalie Olah, Steal as Much as you Can: How to Win the Culture Wars in an Age of Austerity, 2019
Articles and Essays
Karl Ekeman, ‘On Gramscianism Of The Right’, CRITIQUE & PRAXIS 13/13, November 11 2018, http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/praxis1313/karl-ekeman-on-gramscianism-of-the-right/
Helen Hester, ‘Promethean Labors and Domestic Realism’, https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/artificial-labor/140680/promethean-labors-and-domestic-realism/
Wendy Brown, ‘Wounded Attachments’, Political Theory, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Aug., 1993), 390–410
Wendy Brown, ‘Resisting Left Melancholy’ boundary 2, vol. 26 no. 3, 1999, p. 19-27