Conversations about things

Two recent and wide-ranging interviews, one in the UK-based publication Base, another in a forthcoming edition of the Canadian journal Public: Art, Culture, Ideas. And I’ll also be keynoting at the 8th New Materialisms conference – The Ethics of Decolonizing Nature and Culture (Paris, June 7-9, 2017), along with Bruno Latour and Rosi Braidotti.

Legal superrealism

  The Expanse, s01. (cr. James S A Corey, 2015) The laws of physics: gravity and the theory of relativity.   Sicario (dir. Denis Villeneuve, 2015. Track). The law of contracts.   Making a Murderer (dirs. Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, 2015). The laws of evidence and the confessional.   How to Get Away With…

Debt servitude, service work, oikos

Below is the bare-bones of the paper I did for the recent ASA conference on debt, oikos and service. The argument in that is drawn from C&C, but it’s an argument that I’ve become more sure of since, particularly with the recent wave of occupations at Sussex University against the privatisation of catering, and more recently the…

Walter Benjamin’s “The Author As Producer”

There have been many arguments made about the politics of authorship. Yet few of those situated it as long ago as Walter Benjamin did, not only in relation to labor, but in terms of the changing economic patterns and technologies that served to redefine both authorship and labor and, for that matter, any distinctions between…

Commodification

‘Commodification’ is often used as a short-hand way of defining what capitalism does, but all too often it’s used as a synonym for transaction or exchange. Yet buying and selling are not specific to capitalism and, more importantly, there are consequences in organising a critique of, or opposition to capitalism on the grounds that ‘markets’…