The Time Complex: Post-Contemporary

Avanessian, Armen and Malik, Suhail, eds. 2016. The Time Complex: Post-Contemporary. Miami, Florida: [NAME]. ISBN 9780984056606 [Edited Book]

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Time is changing. Human agency and experience lose their primacy in the complexity and scale of social organization today. The leading actors are instead complex systems, infrastructures and networks in which the future replaces the present as the structuring condition of time. As the political Left and Right struggle to deal with this new situation, we are increasingly wholly pre-empted and post-everything. The contributions in The Time Complex. Post-Contemporary re-localize the present as part of a changed, speculative time complex and draw a precise diagnosis of the situation in order to negotiate speculative predictions of a future presence.

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Illustrations by Andreas Tôpfer

First appeared as Special Issue on the DIs website (

Part of Berlin Bienniale of Contemporary Art 2016

First print publication in German: Der Zeitkomplex. Postcontemporary (BerlinL Merv, 2016) [978-3-88396-380-8]

Andreas Töpfer
Armen Avanessian
Benjamin Bratton
Elena Esposito
Victoria Ivanova
Suhail Malik
Aihwa Ong
Laboria Cuboniks
David Roden
Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams


Speculative time-complex, politics, postmodernity, posthistory, complex social organisations, left defeatism, derivative markets

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23 Oct 2017 10:52

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23 Mar 2021 14:50


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