A brilliant research blog by Laleh Khalili on ships, containers, logistics and sundry forgotten spaces real, symbolic and imaginary – voracious generosity and militant insight amply and characteristically on show, alongside countless gems from Conrad, Jahnn, Izzo, Traven and other chroniclers of maritime struggle.
[a talk delivered at the conference Sophistry: The Powers of the False organised by the superlative Nathan Brown and Petar Milat at MaMa in Zagreb]
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“Although the organizing logic of our nation’s surveillance apparatus is invisibility and secrecy, its operations occupy the physical world. Digital surveillance programs require concrete data centers; intelligence agencies are based in real buildings; surveillance systems ultimately consist of technologies, people, and the vast network of material resources that supports them.”
Some thoughts on the abstraction and abolition of value, from a recent workshop at Goldsmiths.
The Financial Times investigates.
One option, synthesising program music and programmatism, is this:
Another, which I’d favour – a sonic assault on anything as assured and organic as “worker’s identity” – still rings out from Baku: