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Fables of Re-enchantment. Multiplicity, Imaginary, Revolution

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Fables of Re-enchantment

Fables of Re-enchantment. Multiplicity, Imaginary, Revolution
Stefania Consigliere
Translated by Steven Colatrella

Ghosts, oracles, and talking plants… an atlas for escaping disenchantment

Enchantment has disappeared from our lives. Whoever dares to mention it violates the most basic epistemological canons that hold our world together and is immediately labeled ignorant or mad. It is suspicious, however, that the taboo on enchantment comes about just as the historical process of modernity begins to produce spectres and nightmares on an industrial scale. The world is populated by ghosts and no one can talk about them. Even revolutionary thought has conformed to this precept, abandoning the imaginary to the violence of fascism: an enormous historical error since it has brought about the demobilization of intelligence and sensibility on the most crucial terrain for any form of change.

Uniting archeology with modernity, anthropology and yearning, Fables of Re-enchantment analyzes the knot that links disenchantment and totalitarianism; it observes the ruinous effects that it has produced for human and non-human lives; and it sketches another way of thinking of the revolution, the multiplicity, and relations with the imaginary, the pre-individual and the invisible.

A book of anthropology, ecology and philosophy, written as a fable. A book for returning to wonder and to shake off fear in the years of global terror.

Bio: Stefania Consigliere is an anthropologist and works at the University of Genoa. She is the author of various works including Strumenti di cattura. Per una critica dell’immaginario tecno-capitalista (co-written with Paolo Bartolini, 2019), Antropo-logiche. Mondi e modi dell’umano (2014), and La costruzione di un umano (2014).

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Senyawa: Compound Lyricism

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Senyawa Compound Lyricism

Senyawa: Compound Lyricism

Translation of lyrics from experimental Indonesian band Senyawa

Senyawa, the experimental Indonesian band formed by Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi, does not sound like anyone else… the combination of Wukir’s handmade instruments and Rully’s other-worldly vocals, channeling Javanese melodies with the intensity of punk and metal, with an avant-garde / DIY approach to constant experimentation and boundary pushing.

Over the past ten years Senyawa have continually developed their sound, shifting in relation with the instruments Wukir builds. Unfortunately for people who do not understand the various Indonesian dialects used, while you can appreciate their music and performances, you can appreciate the aurality of Senyawa – the sheer force and wonder of their music – but not the lyrical content.

This project is intended to rectify that, translating Rully’s lyrics for Senyawa into English for the first time.
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Protocols for Postcapitalist Economic Expression. Agency, Finance and Sociality in the New Economic Space 

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Categories: Dick Bryan, Jorge Lopez and Akseli Virtanen

Protocols for Postcapitalist Economic Expression

Protocols for Postcapitalist Economic Expression. Agency, Finance and Sociality in the New Economic Space
Dick Bryan, Jorge Lopez and Akseli Virtanen

What would an Internet native economic system look like? Could economic power be systematically shared amongst individuals and their self-defined groups, with no central economic authority? And could that system secure collectively defined social and environmental benefits and create liquidity for their production?

In Protocols for Postcapitalist Economic Expression Bryan, Lopez and Virtanen build the conditions for such a system. Where economic processes are not dictated by profit, what counts as value-creation, and is rewarded by dividends, can be collectively determined by the network. Care, the arts, the environment will not be after-thoughts, to be subsidized by states or the rich: they can be at the core of the economy’s value proposition.

This book develops protocols that can generate all these processes. A blend of theoretical engagement with big economic ideas (Marx, Keynes, Hayek and others), media and information analytics and careful protocol design of token-related processes of distributed exchange, matching, netting and clearing, Protocols systematically builds an alternative to neoliberal capitalism, centrally-planned socialism and reformist social democracy. In an expressive, creative, risk-sharing, data-rich network of investing, producing, exchanging and lending, standard economic propositions get stood on their heads… and new political possibilities emerge.

Bios: The book is a product of research undertaken by the Economic Space Agency (ECSA). Dick Bryan is the Chief Economist at ECSA and an Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Jorge Lopez is a distributed systems architect and the Lead Architect at ECSA. Akseli Virtanen, D.Sc.(Econ.), is the Co-founder of ECSA, and an Associate Professor at Aalto University.
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On Birds & Kitchen Tables: Conversations of/in the Undercommons

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Categories: Fred Moten, Stefano Harney

Car Seat of The Undercommons

On Birds & Kitchen Tables: Conversations of/in the Undercommons

“The weapon of theory is a conference of the birds. The kitchen table is its public and its publisher.” – Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

In the ten years since it was published, one of the most striking things about The Undercommons as a text was how it resonated, and continues to resonate, with different groups of people, from disenfranchised teaching assistants to precarious artists and political organizers. The patterns of circulation and engagement with it as a text provide an interesting example of undercommon sociality, or as Moten and Harney refer to it, black study.

To mark the tenth anniversary of the book’s publication Minor Compositions is planning a series of events, discussions about the book and how it resonates with people. Think of it as a conference of the birds, or maybe even literally a conversation around a kitchen table. Keeping in mind the ethos that informs the text these events will less be formal presentations, and more picking out selections from the text for reading and discussing together.

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Hypothesis 891. Beyond the Roadblocks

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Hypothesis 891. Beyond the Roadblocks
Colectivo Situaciones & MTD Solano
Translated by Dina Khorasanee & Liz Mason-Deese

Important collective theorization on the meaning of the 2001 Argentinean uprising

In 2001 a mass popular uprising overthrew the neoliberal government in Argentina: thousands upon thousands of people, both in organizations and on their own, took to the streets, defying the government’s curfew, shouting “they all must go” until the president was forced to flee by helicopter. The uprising, a response to years of economic and political crisis, cannot be understood without understanding the broader ecology of movements and what Colectivo Situaciones defined as “new social protagonists”: the unemployed blockading highways, neighborhood residents coming together in assemblies, vast segments of the country surviving through alternative currencies and barter networks.

This work, translated into English for the first time, brings together the conversations and theorizations of two key participants in that environment: militant research collective Colectivo Situaciones and the Movement of Unemployed Workers of Solano. The encounter and writing in common constituted a formidable experience for all those who participated, bringing to life a novel form of relation between thinking and doing, subject and object of research and political action.

Bio: Colectivo Situaciones is a collective of militant researchers based in Buenos Aires. They have participated in numerous grassroots co-research activities with unemployed workers, peasant movements, neighborhood assemblies, and alternative education experiments. Continue reading →

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Out of the Clear

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Out of the Clear
Erin Manning

Out of the Clear begins with the question of the clearing: What operations are at work when land is cleared, or thought is cleared, of all that grows wild? Clearing, the settler-colonial act of defining a territory and producing a border, clears the world of the thickets of all that is already at work. Get rid of the muddle. Privilege productivity. This devaluing operation is taken for granted as the necessary operation for all beginnings. Clear the movement-tendencies before you start dancing. Clear the thought-wanderings before you start writing. Clearing’s best accomplice is method. A clear site is one that can be overseen, that can be managed. The resounding image of the clearing in Out of the Clear is the residential school for the forced internment of first nations peoples, the sites always barren, empty of any tangle.

The motif of the clearing weaves through Out of the Clear, a book written in the first year of the 3Ecologies project’s land-based site. In the mode of speculative pragmatism, the book explores what modalities of perspective emerge in the uneasy middling of non-dogmatic approaches to the speculative gardens of our affective surrounds. The impersonal leads in this exploration of what kind of minor sociality might emerge at the interstices of more-than human inclinations.

“To write about the clearing – this sprawling field crowded with the haunting absences of felled trees, genocide, and bodies flattened by the worlding ritual of whiteness – Erin Manning approaches an old growth maple forest with an unpretentious shack and cabin. Fittingly this scene is the site of many troubles and spillages: black geographies lush with noise, loss, and the exquisite potential of new life that exceeds the colonial. A sanctuary heralded by the gaping maw of the monster, this book is a majestically unruly series of dramaturgical dispatches from the cracks. A cartography of loss and surprise. Buttery breadcrumbs on a trail of endarkenment. A geophilosophy on the alchemy of the sweet and exquisite. A decolonial force majeure. Join these awkward rehearsals at the liminal edges of monoculture. But be warned: there is no stage left here. We are coming down to earth, and we will not arrive intact.” – Báyò Akómoláfé, author of These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home

“A capaciously delightful composite of practical and intellectual commitments to the proposition that an event is always an encounter with already entangled beings striving to find new conditions of livability. From wrangling with the effort of moving sap to syrup to moving philosophies of abstraction to speculative pragmatics, Manning fosters not merely new ways of thinking but inspires alternate ways of being together differently.” – Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University

“The 3Ecologies project Manning muses on here consists of motley practitioners generating transversal philosophical concepts from within the collective attempt to live an anticapitalist life on land three hours from Montreal. Unlike many previous off-the-grid “returns” to “nature,” 3E engages blackness, indigeneity, decolonization, neurodiversity, telecommunications, and internationality as intrinsic dimensions of its communal work. The Anthropocene might chain us towards the bleak assumption mere survival of the century will already be a feat. Manning demonstrates there is always more to life than that – provided new vocabularies continue to be spun in the midst of what goes on.” – Arun Saldanha, author of Psychedelic White: Goa Trance and the Viscosity of Race

Bio: Erin Manning studies in the interstices of philosophy, aesthetics and politics, concerned, always, about alter-pedagogical and alter-economic practices. Recent monographs include The Minor Gesture (2016) and For a Pragmatics of the Useless (2020). 3e is the direction her current artistic research takes – an exploration of the transversality of the three ecologies, the social, the environmental and the conceptual. An iteration of 3e is a land-based project north of Montreal where living and learning is experimented. Legacies of SenseLab infuse the project, particularly the question of how collectivity is crafted in a more-than human encounter with worlds in the making. 

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Paths to Autonomy

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Categories: Noah Bremer & Vaida Stepanovaite

Paths to Autonomy

Paths to Autonomy
Edited by Noah Bremer & Vaida Stepanovaite

Collection exploring the history and development of autonomous politics in Lithuania and Eastern Europe

A path is created when a direction is taken, its production marks the imbrication of personal choice, communal action and subhuman (structural, historical, ecological) conditionings. We are at the same time the makers of our paths and subject to the inheritance of paths we have made with others and which have arrived before our own makings. And just as class is not a static, abstract, transhistorical form, neither are the paths of its articulation as autonomous revolts of selves against capital – there are many paths to, for, and of autonomy. The autonomist tradition, that politically experimental effort to build autonomy within and against capitalism, has been intensely variegated from its inception in the 1970s. From an initial focus upon the question of proletarian autonomy, its paths have multiplied, bifurcated, and diffused. Following the legacies of decolonial and feminist autonomism, we would argue for an embrace of autonomy’s differences and bifurcations. We see not one path but many. A diffusion that not only amounts to the proliferation of oppositional subjects – i.e. a proliferation of the modes by which we refuse to be subjects for capital – but also of the geographies, ecologies, and temporalities that mediate the articulation of selves.

Paths to Autonomy began in 2020 as our effort to think these manifold paths through assemblies, talks and readings situated in the post-state socialist, Eastern European, context of Lithuania. For we, ourselves, begin in the East. It is the circumstance within and against which our path to autonomy is necessarily mediated. We, the present inheritors of state socialism’s experiments, catastrophes, and subterranean potentialities step into a future conditioned not only by its highways, nuclear plants, wars, and imperialist historiographies, but also by the manifold paths of autonomy, resistance, and rebellion that arose both within and against its territories. In Paths to Autonomy you will find excavations of this parallel history of Eastern autonomism; the opening of dialogues between militants in the East and the global autonomist movement; and some critical interventions in contemporary autonomist theory. Threaded throughout the book is a lexicon of concepts formed by contributors, which can be approached on one hand as a red thread – suggesting connections and affinities amidst notable differences – and on the other as a toolkit for the journeys and struggles that await us in the cultivation of paths to come.

Contributions by Katja Praznik, Stevphen Shukaitis, Marina Vishmidt, Roberto Mozzachiodi, Paweł Nowożycki, Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė, Emilija Švobaitė, and Vaida Stepanovaitė, Edward Abramowski and Bartłomiej Błesznowski, Airi Triisberg and Tomas Marcinkevičius, Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri, Arnoldas Stramskas, and Noah Brehmer.

Bio: Noah Brehmer is a militant researcher, editor, and union member who migrated from NYC to Lithuania in 2013. Currently based in Vilnius, Noah organizes a range of activities through the movement space Luna6 and is a co-coordinator of Solidarity Network Y?! (an emerging support network for comradely organizations in the region). In 2022, Brehmer cofounded Lost Property Press, with Vaida Stepanovaitė. Brehmer has published articles and essays in Blind Field Journal, LeftEast, Mute Magazine, Metropolis M, Artnews.lt, and OpenDemocracy. Continue reading →

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Dissemblage. Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution

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DIsassemblage

Dissemblage. Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution
Gerald Raunig

Following Dividuum (2015), Gerald Raunig presents the second volume of “Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution.” Dissemblage unfolds a wild abundance of material of unruliness, from the multilingual translation machines of Al-Andalus to the queer mysticism of the High Middle Ages, from the small voices of the falsetto in 20th century jazz and soul to today’s disjointures and subjunctures against the smooth city in machinic capitalism.

In this volume Gerald Raunig not only develops a conceptual ecology of concepts of joining and jointing, but also undertakes an experiment in theoretical form. Semi-fictional interweaves with meticulously researched historical sources, mystical writings with letters from friends, philosophical fragments with poetic ritornellos. More than a narrative about dissemblages from social surrounds, thing-worlds, and ghost-worlds, the book itself is a dividual multiplicity in form and content, out of joint, in the joints, dissemblage.

Bio: Gerald Raunig is philosopher at the Zurich University of the Arts and co-editor of the multilingual publishing platform transversal texts. He is the author of Art and Revolution and A Thousand Machines. Dissemblage is the second volume of “Machinic Capitalism and Molecular Revolution,” following up on the conceptual lines of its first volume, Dividuum.

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Kicks, Spits, and Headers

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Categories: Paolo Sollier, Stevphen Shukaitis

Kicks, Spits, and Headers

Kicks, Spits, and Headers. The Autobiographical Reflections of an Accidental Footballer
Paolo Sollier
Preface by Sandro Mezzadra
Translated by Steven Colatrella

Kicks, Spits, and Headers documents two years of football by a self-proclaimed accidental footballer. Coming of age during the student and worker revolt of the 1960s-1970s, the Italian ‘hot autumn,’ Paolo Sollier brought these countercultural energies and Marxist politics on to the football pitch, inadvertently becoming an icon along the way. Here he describes, in lucid and humorous prose, the challenges of trying make sense of and balance the tensions and contradictions between being a professional footballer and a political militant.

“A classic of radical football literature, finally available in English. This is a real treat that must not be missed. – Gabriel Kuhn, author of Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics

“Reading Kicks, Spits, and Headers today allows readers to explore from a specific viewpoint the landscape of politics and football in the turbulent 1970s in Italy. It also delivers us the fragmentary contours of a project that deserves to be translated onto the conditions of our present.” – Sandro Mezzadra, from the Preface

Bio: Paolo Sollier was a professional footballer in the 1970s, then manager in the amateur leagues. He is author of the bestseller Calci, Sputi e Colpi di Testa, first published in 1976 and here translated into English for the first time.

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Welcome Home

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Welcome Home

Welcome Home
Clarrie & Blanche Pope

Graphic novel about squatting, unrequited love and lost struggles, written with humor and driven by hope

Welcome Home

 A group of squatters occupy an empty flat in a condemned tower in London, aiming to unite their neighbors to resist the demolition. Weaving together confused memories, Welcome Home moves between the squat and our protagonist’s work in a care home.

The squatters aim to bring all the residents together to resist the tower’s demolition. But it’s not as easy as that. Rain is in love with her housemate Eva, who unfortunately happens to be her best friend’s girlfriend. She can’t stand Will and his try-hard activism, and is avoiding Yaz, who used to tease her at school and lives in the tower. Her life in the squat is repeatedly interrupted by her work in a care home where she has grown particularly close to Doris, a resident with dementia, who used to live in their flat. Through Doris’s stories we discover the history of the tower and another, older love triangle.

Shortlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Prize, Welcome Home manages to deal with the heavy topics of urban regeneration, care homes, and dementia, while maintaining a light touch.

Bio: Welcome Home was written by sisters Clarrie and Blanche Pope, and is inspired by their experience in squatting and housing struggles, as well Blanche’s time spent working in care homes. They want to give readers insight into the class, race and gender politics involved in both through a humorous look at the way in which these issues affect the minutiae of people’s lives.

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