Zombiiiiieeees Aiiiiiiiiii

Another volume on the horror that keeps giving (accounts of capital and how bad it is – figure people gonna wake up and do owt? Not holding my breath given the fun kids were having knocking on the door for sugar yesterday. Still). Haymarket seems to have a decent list now that’d not all trotting out the same old. This is on my list:


screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-00-55-48There is also an extract:

In Capital Marx writes that, like zombies, living labour under capitalism becomes ‘subservient to and led by an alien will and an alien intelligence’. In tandem, the mass of machinery to which workers are subordinated in production assumes the form of an ‘animated monster’, a monstrosity endowed with a soul and intelligence of its own. Factories, machines, assembly-lines, computerised production systems all take on a life of their own, directing the movements of labour, controlling workers as if they were merely inorganic parts of a giant apparatus. As capital assumes the form of ‘a mechanical monster whose body fills whole factories’, workers become ‘conscious organs of the automaton’. This reference to workers as organs of capital, which we also find in other Marxian texts, returns us to the theme of corporeal fragmentation. Labouring for capital, protests Marx, workers become mere appendages of this ‘animated monster’, dismembered body-parts activated by the motions of the grotesque corpus of capital.

Read more of it here.

Once Within Borders

Another book to get, this one on borders – gonna review it:


Read More here:

Throughout history, human societies have been organized preeminently as territories—politically bounded regions whose borders define the jurisdiction of laws and the movement of peoples. At a time when the technologies of globalization are eroding barriers to communication, transportation, and trade, Once Within Borders explores the fitful evolution of territorial organization as a worldwide practice of human societies. Master historian Charles S. Maier tracks the epochal changes that have defined territories over five centuries and draws attention to ideas and technologies that contribute to territoriality’s remarkable resilience.

Territorial boundaries transform geography into history by providing a framework for organizing political and economic life. But properties of territory—their meanings and applications—have changed considerably across space and time. In the West, modern territoriality developed in tandem with ideas of sovereignty in the seventeenth century. Sovereign rulers took steps to fortify their borders, map and privatize the land, and centralize their sway over the populations and resources within their domain. The arrival of railroads and the telegraph enabled territorial expansion at home and abroad as well as the extension of control over large spaces. By the late nineteenth century, the extent of a nation’s territory had become an index of its power, with overseas colonial possessions augmenting prestige and wealth and redefining territoriality.

Turning to the geopolitical crises of the twentieth century, Maier pays close attention to our present moment, asking in what ways modern nations and economies still live within borders and to what degree our societies have moved toward a post-territiorial world.

Captured: Documenting Incarceration | Nottingham Contemporary

Captured: Documenting Incarceration.      

Events – Talks

Documenting Incarceration

04 Nov 2016 – 05 Nov 2016
A two-day documentary film event featuring screenings, workshops and Q&A with directors looking at the role of filmmaking in challenging public perceptions of incarceration and detention.

Friday 4 November
Day 1
1-2.30pm Workshop/Seminar ‘Working with Archives’ led by Nicolas Drolc. Register here >>
3-4.30pm Workshop/Seminar ‘Film as Method’ led by Michele Devlin, Laurence McKeown and

Claire Hackett. Register here >>
5.30pm Opening of Captured: Documenting Incarceration.
5.45pm Screening of A Kind of Sisterhood followed by Q&A session with directors Michele Devlin and Claire Hackett.


Class / segmentation / racialization. Notes – Lucha No Feik Club

If the working-class has always been segmented, we must then contextualize this segmentation, which is to say we must situate it within the general form of the contradiction between the proletariat and Capital within a cycle of struggles. With this, opposing identities, identities wrongly associated with communities, would solely be normative. Even if we were to confer on this segmentation a great circumstantial importance, its being is elsewhere, within a purity that is either accessible or not. We do not escape a reciprocally exclusive opposition [of identities] by simply pitting what is with what should be.
A normative denial of racialized segmentation does not seek contradictions within what exists, but pleases itself by positioning itself in contradiction with what exists: the class against its segmentation, without considering that the class, within the contradiction of the proletariat and Capital which provide its reproduction, exists but within this segmentation.


Update/addition (via Ross Wolfe):

Théorie Communiste Lucha No Feik Club (October 26, 2016) . . Editorial note . Ori­gin­ally pub­lished by Théorie Com­mun­iste as «Classe/seg­men­ta­tion/raci­sa­tion. Notes». Trans­lated from the French by LNFC, with sub­stan­tial re­vi­sions by Ross Wolfe. I can’t take cred­it for the ma­jor­ity of this trans­la­tion, as I worked from the one pos­ted by the Lucha No Feik Club. Nev­er­the­less, I found this trans­la­tion al­most un­read­able, and so de­cided to go over it again with my (ad­mit­tedly quite poor) French and make some modi­fic­a­tions. [ 6,777 more words ]


Trinketization gets a museum treatment…

HKW | Sharon Macdonald, Tony Bennett & Arjun Appadurai – THING


© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum, Martin Franken, Maya-Ausstellung 2007
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum, Martin Franken, Maya-Ausstellung 2007
Museums stage objects as testimonies of specific narratives. How do these museum things articulate the global order and supplant alternative narratives? What meanings do they adopt in the context of the dynamics of globalization and decolonization? At one of the last events at the Dahlem location of the Ethnologische Museum, Arjun Appadurai, Tony Bennett and Sharon Macdonald will explore the “thing”: its subtexts, its tenacity and its political dimension.

Using selected objects from the collections, three experts probe the narrative styles of “things.” Arjun Appadurai, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, examines the migration of things and asks how they become legible as bearers of aesthetic knowledge. Tony Bennett, Research Professor in Social and Cultural Theory at Western Sydney University, presents the evolution of seeing in museums and the fixation on the viewer’s perspective. The cultural anthropologist Sharon Macdonald, Alexander von Humboldt Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität, combines the two theoretical approaches with the latest developments in Berlin’s museum landscape. How do things become signifiers in the museum space? How do societies handle problematic aspects of cultural heritage? What processes of learning and unlearning are necessary in order to decipher hegemonic narratives and geopolitics?

Tags: Art Thing

Begging Wars: Nottingham Police’s dodgy Prince tribute 

update 1 October 2016 – banned by the advertising standards agency. Took long enough, and only 4 out of 5 of them were banned, dunno what the other one was, but think whoever thought this whole lot up ought to get a free ride to the job centre

Source: Begging Wars: Nottingham Police’s dodgy Prince tribute