Discover the new mode of production replacing capitalism with writer and theorist McKenzie Wark—author of the ground-breaking A Hacker Manifesto—sitting down with writer and artist Diann Bauer to discuss her radical new book Capital is Dead: Is This Something Worse?
Wark will shine a light on those who own and control the flow of information, demonstrating how the all-pervasive presence of data in our societies has enabled them to take control of a brand new mode of production. As capitalism—its factories and big bosses—recedes into irrelevance, Wark will hypothesise on the system taking its place, as well as its unsuspected consequences. Drawing on a diverse range of sources—from the now-defunct Situationists to contemporary theorists—Wark will ask us to re-consider the dystopian reality of our fully networked society, and will offer us the tools to both challenge and change it.
The event will be followed by a Q&A and a book signing.
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto, Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. She teaches at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.
Diann Bauer is an artist and writer based in London. Much of her work is collaborative and interdisciplinary with projects including Laboria Cuboniks, with whom she collaboratively wrote and published Xenofeminism, A Politics for Alienation in 2015. ( laboriacuboniks.net ) and A.S.T. (the Alliance of the Southern Triangle). Bauer has screened and exhibited independently at Tate Britain, The ICA, The Showroom and FACT Liverpool, Deste Foundation, Athens, The New Museum, and Socrates sculpture park, New York and recently completed a project with Arts at CERN.
Tickets: £18 including a copy of Capital is Dead (RRP £14.99) / £8 standard / £5 Student or Foyalty member*. When purchasing a Student or Foyalty ticket, you'll need to bring a valid in-date Student card or Foyalty card with you.
Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
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