Category Archives: Writing

A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it … Continue reading

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Print and Society Workshop

18th July 2019 2nd Floor Board Room, Arthur Lewis Building (building #53) University of Manchester This workshop brings together researchers from sociology, cultural and media studies, and history and English literature studies to discuss the reciprocal relations between print and … Continue reading

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Walter Benjamin’s Journals

  Emmanuel Alloa has an interesting article in Boundary 2 which treats various articulations of community and literary community through the journal projects of Novalis, Benjamin, and Blanchot. Emmanuel Alloa, ‘The Inorganic Community: Hypotheses on Literary Communism in Novalis, Benjamin, … Continue reading

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A Glossary or ‘Atlas of Concepts’ from Alexander Kuge & Oscar Negt, History and Obstinacy

  From Alexander Kluge & Oskar Negt, History and Obstinacy. (Ed. Devin Fore), (Trans. and Richard Langston, Cyrus Shahan et al), Brooklyn, NY: MIT Press, 2014, pp.389-391.

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Rab Rab Issue 2 Out

The new double issue of Rab-Rab is out… Class Struggle Reverberations In the second issue of Rab-Rab we will deal with the issue of noise. Departing from our programme based on the understanding of art practice as a confrontation between … Continue reading

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The Lower Lea Valley as Fun Palace and Creative Prison (some updates)

Below I have collected an assorted continuum of analysis and protest against displacement caused by the London 2012 Olympics running from 2008 to 2014 linking to essays and publications by others and myself   Download a PDF of this pamphlet. … Continue reading

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Fissile of that Prosperity

Text generated using online cut-up text generators, news headlines, ornithological reports and experimental writing made on a trip to New Songdo in Korea with A Feral Subject   Headlines   North shells to attack violated. at will the Scheme expelled … Continue reading

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Brave New Work / Schöne neue Arbeit

This handsome dual language book published in response to a new film work by Harun Farocki arrived at my home last week. The book, edited by Nina Montmann, features an essay I wrote some time ago and have presented previously … Continue reading

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Capitalist Limits: from the Probability of Exhaustion to the Exhaustion of Probability

This essay was written for the book Brave New Work: A Reader on Harun Farocki’s Film A New Product. My contribution is not on Farocki’s film or his work per se, but it does respond to it. I’ve been a … Continue reading

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Chewing This Interminable Present

Downloaded from on 4.3.2014 under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0, a Creative Commons license In his short story, ‘Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote’ Jorge Luis Borges’ eponymous author rewrites Cervantes’ original line by line. Yet, as Borges insists, this is … Continue reading

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