Week 2

Climate Catastrophe: the End of the World as We Know it

‘It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism.’

– Mark Fisher, Capitalism Realsim, 2009

Focusing primarily on excerpts from Capitalist Realism and Matt Colquhoun’s Egress, this session will begin by building on some of Fisher’s ideas about collective consciousness raising through embodiment of the fearful, unknown Other, before exploring the claim that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. This session will also act as an introduction to Matt’s recently published book ahead of the lecture on June 8th at 5pm.

Texts

  • Mark Fisher, ‘It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism’, Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?, Zero Books, 2009
  • Matt Colquhoun, ‘Mental Health Asteroid’, Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher, Repeater Books, 2020
K-Punk Quarantined Week 2 Climate Catastrophe session recording