“The injustice of infrastructure is not only about lack…Sometimes there is too much infrastructure…Infrastructures reach across time, building uneven relations of the past into the future, cementing their persistence. In colonial and settler colonial contexts, infrastructure is often the means of dispossession, and the material force that implants colonial economies and socialities. Infrastructures thus highlight the issue of competing and overlapping jurisdiction — matters of both time and space.”
More from Deborah Cowen (associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto), via Verso Books
“German robot maker Kuka AG, acquired last year by China’s Midea Group Co., estimates a typical industrial robot costs about 5 euros ($5.28) an hour. Manufacturers spend 50 euros an hour to employ someone in Germany and about 10 euros an hour in China.”
More via Bloomberg
re: #radicalkinship “reinventing belonging”, “Luxury Communism”, #DigitalBauhaus, #ethics, #manifesto, #FourthWay, #Weimar…
Via Sebastian Olma, Matthias Weber, Bruce Sterling, Mark Fisher, Sarah Sharma, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino in conversation. Listen to the whole thing here
Wasn’t sure I was going to do this, for 2016, but ended up compiling this list for a friend earlier this month. Below are links to some of the things I’ve been listening to in last 6-12 months. Some of this has been posted previously here, by me. Not a ton of “new” hiphop but some…
Of particular note Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip in The Abstract and The Dragon and The Return of The Abstract and the Dragon
Konnichiwa the hottest grime album of last 12 months, via Skepta
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, giving a great NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
The chopped and screwed remix of Solange by DJ Auditory
Acapella Gucci Mane also with a NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
These Dominican rappers Whitest Taino Alive
A rinseFM tribute show to Prince
Gilberto Gil – MTV Unplugged 1994. Loved so much I bought on CD (for
like 1$) via Discogs
Some sick contemporary LA jazz (has done some work with Kendrick
Lamar). I have this on vinyl.
Finally, also been listening to some comedy at work occasionally.
Norm McDonald has a podcast/show and You Made it Weird. Including a great one with Gary Shandling, RIP.
Via a great oral history of Khanate published recently in CLRVYNT
Wire: Your music seems to be about the after effects of Rave, about never actually experiencing it.
Burial: I’ve never been to a festival. Never been to a rave in a field. Never been to a big warehouse, never been to an illegal party, just clubs and playing tunes indoors or whatever. I heard about it, dreamed about it. My brother might bring back these records that seemed really adult to me and I couldn’t believe I had ‘em. It was like when you first saw Terminator or Alien when you’re only little. I’d get a rush from it, I was hearing this other world, and my brother would drop by late and I’d fall asleep listening to tunes he put on.
Wire: I suppose your contact with Rave through your brother is what makes your records so mournful: you know what is missing now, whereas others might not even know what they are missing.
Also, some interesting tidbits about his sound sampling, of matches, lighters, video games sounds (ammo dropping, level ups) et al.
R.I.P Mark Fisher. From an old interview with Burial published back in 2007 in The Wire.