December 1, 2012

PROFESSOR McKENZIE WARK
SPECTACLES OF DISINTEGRATION

4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.Reception to FollowSVA Theatre, 333 West 23 StreetNew York CityFree and open to the public

McKenzie Wark is a theorist of media and new media with interests in new media technology, intellectual property, computer games, and new media art and culture. His books include Virtual Geography: Living With Global Media Events (Indiana University Press, 1994), The Hacker Manifesto (Harvard University Press, 2004), Gamer Theory (Harvard University Press, 2007), and The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International (Verso, 2011). He is the chair of Culture & Media Studies and Associate Dean at Eugene Lang College.

 

Spectacles of Disintegration

Who could have guessed that when the flood came it would come in slow motion, over forty decades rather than forty nights? As the polar ice sheets unravel and plunge into the waters, whose who have so mismanaged the fate of all things cling to their private arks. The animals, one by one, will be saved, if at all, as gene sequences. What confronts us now, in our still cozy worlds, are spectacles of disintegration. There’s probably not much one can do to prepare American culture or polity to deal, not with its future but with the very texture of the present. It wants to hide under the covers. As Adorno might put it let’s not let the power of others, or our own powerlessness, stupefy us. We can prepare the space of education, and joyfully, by inventing new practices where aesthetics and technics meet. That’s the kind of practice there may be call for soon enough.

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