Mute Magazine Vol 2 #15
, ed. 2010. Mute Magazine Vol 2 #15. [Edited Journal]No full text available
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Abstract or Description
Spring Issue of this quarterly magazine of which I am a contributing editor.
Commissioned and helped edit several articles including 'Apocalypse Tendency Crisis' by Benjamin Noys, 'Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun’s Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation', and 'An End Without End: Catastrophe Cinema in the Age of Crisis' by Evan Calder Williams
Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun’s Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation
An End Without End: Catastrophe Cinema in the Age of Crisis
Apocalypse, Tendency, Crisis
Post-Crunch Futures II: A Mute Fiction Special
Help and Advice
Speculating on Housing
How Not to be an Atheist
Hung, Drawn and ‘Quartered’?
Against Representation: A Revolution in Front of You
Hopenhagen against Hope
‘Grey Goo’ is a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario involving molecular nano- technology in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all matter on Earth while building more of themselves. This spectacularly dystopian meme not only provides a Sci Fi analogue for the carnage reaped by capital accumulation, but also conceives of its residue – a world not definitively destroyed, but degenerated into a mass of undifferentiated, yet still active goo. The goo’s combination of inhuman self-replication and destruction is an instance of how the pop imaginary conceives of The End. Not as an interruption ushering in the transvaluation of all values, but as an infinite extension of more of the same old shit. Writers in this issue of Mute also recognise the likelihood of this gooey scenario in which crisis doesn’t automatically release us from our current conditions but may well simply deepen them. Soberly examining the general deployment of endings, from Hollywood disaster movies to anti-capitalist theory to the manipulation of climate-change panic, this issue of Mute puts an end to the endgames.