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The Country and the City

“We have to decipher all the images that surround the country and the city and to understand the real contradictions and connections between them.” These are the final lines, read by the Welsh Marxist theorist, of Mike Dibb’s excellent 1979 … Continue reading

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Cartographies of Slavery and Resistance

A fascinating talk on the political and methodological challenges of visualising slavery by Vincent Brown:   See also his cartographic narrative of slave revolts in Jamaica, and this brief chronological visualisation of the Atlantic slave trade.

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Opaque Epiphanies

[image from Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, Volatile Smile] Some years ago, it was common to lament, in critical circles, the taboo on “naming the system”: capital’s unlimited reign was everywhere cloaked in euphemism. While challenges to that reign have been fitful … Continue reading

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Circulation Against Circulation

For the scourge of the people, the source of the scarcity, is the obstacles placed in the way of circulation, under the pretext of rendering it unlimited. Is public subsistence circulating when greedy speculators are keeping it piled up in their granaries? It … Continue reading

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Louis Althusser on Wifredo Lam

In anticipation of visiting the Wifredo Lam exhibition at the Tate Modern, London, here is  a translation of a short text by Louis Althusser on the Cuban painter, included in vol. 2 of Écrits philosophiques et politiques (Paris: IMEC, 1995). … Continue reading

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The multiplication of traces

Multiplication of traces through the modem administrative apparatus. Balzac draws attention to this: “Do your utmost, hapless Frenchwomen, to remain unknown, to weave the very least little romance in the midst of a civilization which takes note, on public squares, of the hour … Continue reading

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Capitalism, Gender and Blaxploitation

“The cinematic deceit transmuted liberation into vengeance, the pursuit of a social justice which embraced race, class, and gender into Black racism, and the politics of armed struggle into systematic assassination. The screen impostors occupied a manichaean world in which whites were evil, corrupt and decadent; … Continue reading

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