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The Fisher-Function

Barcelos, Lendl; Colquhoun, Matt; Eastwood, Ashiya; Eshun, Kodwo; Moalemi, Mahan and Ronkina, Geelia, eds. 2017. The Fisher-Function. London: Egress. [Edited Book]

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“So I’ve been trying to think of what remains after the physical body’s gone, when the singularity of a life can no longer rely on that frail support and needs other carriers. I try to think about it in a way I think he’d appreciate: in terms of an abstract, impersonal force acting in the present tense. The spectre isn’t a matter of pretending he’s still here in person—as if the notion of a ‘person’ wasn’t precisely what was at issue—or of commemoration or superstition, but—to use a word of his own invention—a question of hyperstition: What is the Fisher-Function? How did it make itself real, and how can we continue to realise it? Many of us naturally feel a need to ensure this is a moment when the force he brought into our world is redoubled rather than depleted. And to do so, to continue his work and our own, we have to try to understand his life, and the consequences of his death, at once horrifying and awakening, as a part of the Fisher-Function. And I don’t simply mean the intellectual contributions that we can appreciate, extend, take forward into the future; I also mean what we need to learn in terms of looking after ourselves and each other, right now.”
Robin Mackay [Urbanomic 2017]

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Edited Book

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Visual Cultures

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2017

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21729

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04 Oct 2017 14:14

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04 Oct 2017 14:14

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/21729

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