Author Archives: savonarola77

Living in the Time(s) of Brexit

How long does a crisis take? The inhabitants of the United Kingdom, as well as international witnesses following the events (or lack thereof) of the past three years with a mix of Schadenfreude, bemusement or anxiety, may well be forgiven … Continue reading

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The threadbare cloth of realism (interview)

This is the transcript of an interview from the weekend edition of Efimerida ton Syntakton (The Editors’ Newspaper), on the relative fortunes of the far right and the radical left, and the fate of SYRIZA. The far right, unlike the left, … Continue reading

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Brexit, or, ersatz cognitive mapping

“In Grimsby, it was very clear there was a huge disconnect between people’s idea of what power was in the town, and the reality of it. To me, the reality was that power had left the town but had not … Continue reading

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On re-reading Fish Story

This is the text of a talk delivered at the ICA launch of the new edition of Allan Sekula’s 1995 book Fish Story. It was a pleasure to share the stage with Laleh Khalili (author of the excellent new preface), … Continue reading

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For a Left with No Exit (Night and Fog in Japan)

This brief essay was published in 2013 in the third print issue of the great online film journal La Furia Umana. In Oshima’s critical writings from the period around Night and Fog in Japan (1960), two related terms stand out, … Continue reading

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The Mirror of Circulation: Allan Sekula and the Logistical Image

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Populism, or, the Impossibility of Political Economy

A recent talk on one of the more pernicious manifestations of the “poor man’s cognitive mapping” in the political field.