Recent Books

  • Creating Insecurity

    Price: $15.95

    Creating Insecurity
    Art and Culture in the Age of Security
    DATA Browser Number 4
    Edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox

    Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralization of politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state activity. What used to be one among several decisive measures of public administration until the first half of the twentieth century, now becomes the sole criterion of political legitimation. The thought of security entails an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become itself terrorist.

    Following the words of Giorgio Agamben (from his 2001 article “On Security and Terror”), security has become the basic principle of international politics after 9/11,...

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  • Upsetting the Offset

    Price: $20.00

    Upsetting the Offset engages critically with the political economy of carbon markets. It presents a range of case studies and critiques from around the world, showing how the scam of carbon markets affects the lives of communities. But the book doesn’t stop there. It also presents a number of alternatives to carbon markets which enable communities to live in real low-carbon futures.

    “This book is a very constructive and rigorous critique of CDM offset approaches to deal with carbon footprints. I recommend this book to any student, policy maker or administrator of climate change complexities in developed or developing countries.” Professor Anil Gupta, Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad, India

    “If you wondered whether capitalism could ever produce the perfect weapon of its own destruction, try this heady mix of carbon fuels, the trade in financial derivatives, and more than a dash of neo-colonialism, and boom! But this book is far from resigned to that fate....

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  • The Soul at Work

    Price: $14.95

    The Soul at Work
    From Alienation to Autonomy
    Franco Berardi

    Translated by Francesca Cadel and Mecchia Giuseppina
    Preface by Jason E. Smith

    We can reach every point in the world but, more importantly, we can be reached from any point in the world. Privacy and its possibilities are abolished. Attention is under siege everywhere. Not silence but uninterrupted noise, not the red desert, but a cognitive space overcharged with nervous incentives to act: this is the alienation of our times….
    —from The Soul at Work

    Capital has managed to overcome the dualism of body and soul by establishing a workforce in which everything we mean by the Soul—language, creativity, affects—is mobilized for its own benefit. Industrial production put to work bodies, muscles, and arms. Now, in the sphere of digital technology and cyberculture, exploitation involves the mind, language, and emotions in order to generate value—while our bodies disappear in front of our computer screens....

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  • Art and Contemporary Critical Practice

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    Art and Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing Institutional Critique
    Gerald Raunig and Gene Ray (eds)

    ‘Institutional critique’ is best known through the critical practice that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s by artists who presented radical challenges to the museum and gallery system. Since then it has been pushed in new directions by new generations of artists registering and responding to the global transformations of contemporary life. The essays collected in this volume explore this legacy and develop the models of institutional critique in ways that go well beyond the field of art. Interrogating the shifting relations between ‘institutions’ and ‘critique’, the contributors to this volume analyze the past and present of institutional critique and propose lines of future development. Engaging with the work of philosophers and political theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Gilles Deleuze, Antonio Negri, Paolo Virno and others, these essays reflect on the mutual enrichments between critical art practices and social movements and elaborate the conditions for politicized critical practice in the twenty-first century....

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  • Communicating Vessels #19

    Price: $3.00

    Communicating Vessels #19
    In This Issue:
    My Visit to the Portland Art Museum’s Rembrandt Exhibit
    A Critical Look at the Left and Islamic Fundamentalism
    Recommended Reading
    New York eriksonized
    My Experience as a Potential Juror
    Reflections on Literaurte as a Minor Art
    Muddle with the Catheter
    In Praise of Amateur Shakespeare

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  • Communicating Vessels #20

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    Communicating Vessels, #20

    In This Issue:
    Forty Years Since 1968
    Letters Column
    Recommended Reading
    The State of the Book and Bookselling
    Maxwell Street in the Sixties, Maxweell Street Forever!
    Food As Utopia
    An Alchemical Dream
    Fourierism
    How This Was Produced
    Mary Low:The Dream and Memory

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