(Dis) Assembling #stacktivism, A Salon :: Pre Event – Reading list

Wednesday 15 October – 6.30 – 9.00PM.

The Goethe – Institut Library


:: Reading list ::

“How do we invent bad criteria for rotten infrastructure, the sliding of norms to the always incomplete and the already broken? The hack, the stupid fix, the patch—these are songs sung out of holes and faults and leaks. We are only now discovering that the limits to our endurance are actually far more constitutive than our daydream fantasies of a wholeness based in currency that already functions perfectly well as toilet paper. (((This line probably makes more sense if you’ve personally experienced the constitutive properties of British toilet paper.)))

This is past the Romantic tradition of inspired cataclysmic becoming and inside of its ruin only because it’s just not how things work out for most people who can’t afford to imagine themselves into concrete circumstances that will ever align with basic needs.” (((You’re pretty darn poor when you can’t afford to imagine yourself. Even Monty Python was better off.)))

e-flux editorial “Quasi-Events” – http://www.e-flux.com/journal/editorial%E2%80%94quasi-events/

The Black Stack – Benjamin Bratton : http://www.e-flux.com/journal/the-black-stack/

Holding Up the World, Part II: Time/Bank, Effort/Embankments – Elizabeth A. Povinelli : http://www.e-flux.com/journal/holding-up-the-world-part-ii-timebank-effortembankments/

The Negative Floats: Questions of Earth Inheritance – Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl : http://www.e-flux.com/journal/the-negative-floats-questions-of-earth-inheritance-2/

Paul Raven on “Infrastructure Fiction” – talk from last year’s Improving Reality: http://futurismic.com/2013/10/31/an-introduction-to-infrastructure-fiction-improving-reality-2013/

Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto : http://www.egs.edu/faculty/donna-haraway/articles/donna-haraway-a-cyborg-manifesto/

McKenzie Wark on Haraway, Marx, and #Accelerationism : http://www.publicseminar.org/2014/10/accelerate-in-reverse/

Tim Maly on the tragedy of the systemic sublime : http://quietbabylon.com/2014/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-making/

Matthew Sheret; “The Container is not the Shipping”: http://matthewsheret.com/2014/08/28/the-container-is-not-the-shipping/ … which ends with this great closing quote:

“Fetishising the boxes doesn’t make the network better legible. It doesn’t make the consequences of zero-sum consumerism any more apparent. The node is not the network.”

No to NoUI – Timo Arnall


Roads to power – Jo Guldi


someone else’s problem? – Paul Raven :



Via Bruce Sterling


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