Don’t Network. The Avant Garde after Networks


Don’t Network. The Avant Garde after Networks

Post by Autonomedia » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:51 pm

Don’t Network. The Avant Garde after Networks
Marc James Léger

Explores the nature of avant garde art within contemporarycapitalism

There is something rotten about network society. Although theinformation economy promises to create new forms of wealth andsocial cooperation, the real subsumption of labour underpost-Fordism has instead produced a social factory of precariouslabour and cybernetic surveillance. In this context people haveturned to networks as an ersatz solution to social problems.Networks become the agent of history, a technological determinismthat in the best-case scenario leads to post-capitalism but at worstleads to new forms of exploitation and inequality. Don’t Networkproposes a third option to technocratic biocapitalism and socialmovement horizontalism, an analysis of the ways in which vanguardpolitics and avant-garde aesthetics can today challenge theideologies of the network society.

“The Hacienda has been built, but as a network economy that turnseveryone into cannibalistic creatives that devour themselves and theplanet satisfying the insatiable demands of the market. Don’tNetwork offers a lucid analysis of the new class war going on incontemporary art and politics.” – Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen, author ofAfter the Great Refusal

“Don’t Network presents a compelling argument that outlines andundermines the hold of contemporary positivisms in politics,aesthetics and the social sciences. The book develops Lacanianschemas of incompleteness and Marxist dialectics to advancenegation, rather than connectivity, as the core of any potentialcultural avant garde, and as part of a manifest vision for radicalmovements beyond diffuse and atomised moments of resistance.” – Marina Vishmidt, author of Speculation as a Mode of Production

Bio: Marc James Léger is an independent scholar living in Montreal.He is author of Brave New Avant Garde and Drive in Cinema, andeditor of two volumes of The Idea of the Avant Garde – And What ItMeans Today.

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Ordering Information: Available direct from Minor Compositions now.Official release to the book trade in December 2018.

Released by Minor Compositions, Colchester / Brooklyn / Port Watson
Minor Compositions is a series of interventions & provocationsdrawing from autonomous politics, avant-garde aesthetics, and therevolutions of everyday life.

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