Spaces of Speculation: Movement Politics in the Infrastructure - An Interview with Marina Vishmidt

Vishmidt, Marina and Petrossiants, Andreas. 2020. Spaces of Speculation: Movement Politics in the Infrastructure - An Interview with Marina Vishmidt. Historical Materialism Blog, [Article]

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Last February, Marina Vishmidt and I met in London where we discussed her book Speculation as a Mode of Production: Forms of Value Subjectivity in Art and Capital (2018) in the Historical Materialism Book Series. We then planned to collaborate on an event in New York that Spring. When that didn’t happen, we recorded a short interview for the e-flux podcast, but wanted to keep the conversation going. In the ensuing months, we emailed and added notes to a shared doc discussing, among much else: her book and how her arguments on artistic and financial speculation and infrastructural critique related to our shared interests in ‘art activism’ and some of the shortcomings of aesthetic theory; the pandemic and multiple crises of social reproduction that it would, did, and continues to set forth; the police and state violence in the US and elsewhere that only increased unabated as crumbling welfare systems unleashed further austerity; on the autonomous and extra-parliamentary responses to racialized capitalist crisis that manifested themselves and developed in the streets; and much else. After many months of exchange and discussion, we have collected and condensed our thoughts here.

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September 2020Accepted
14 November 2020Published

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05 Apr 2022 14:27

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