The Undesirables

In the installation The Undesirables (2007), Melanie Jackson revisits the incident of the container ship MSC Napoli, which was stricken off the South English coast in 2007. As containers washed up on Branscombe beach, the media announced that according to maritime legislation their content would become common property. While people rushed to help themselves to items as varied as BMW motorbikes, shampoo bottles and trainers, the authorities and right wing media became increasingly hostile to this scavenging. Made of paper cut outs and dramatised by lights and shadows, The Undesirables recreates the event, evoking the social context in this tale of present-day bounty.

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Logistics and Opposition

In this contribution Alberto Toscano, sociologist at Goldsmiths, discusses the assumptions of the Invisible Committee’s L’insurrection Qui Vient. In contrast to the Committee’s insurrectional metaphor of interrupting the “perpetuum mobile”¹, Toscano draws on works that highlight the “repurposing” of translocal lines of supply in order “to think of logistics not just as the site of interruption, but as the stake of enduring and articulated struggles.” Continue reading

There’s recently been a lot on about utopian experiments. For one thing, we published a virtual issue of Antipode, ‘Imagining and Enacting Community Economies‘, all about theorising and practically developing noncapitalist economic spaces where interdependence is recognised and respected and values such as mutual aid, reciprocity, co-operation and collaboration aren’t seen as ludicrous or utopian future goals but, rather, as perfectly practicable.

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The Materiality of Virtuality – Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors

Fascinating piece by Ben Mendelsohn on the material infrastructure of virtuality, featuring Stephen Graham and Saskia Sassen.

Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors from Ben Mendelsohn on Vimeo.

Lower Manhattan’s 60 Hudson Street is one of the world’s most concentrated hubs of Internet connectivity. This short documentary peeks inside, offering a glimpse of the massive material infrastructure that makes the Internet possible.

Written and edited by Ben Mendelsohn
Shot and animated by Alex Chohlas-Wood

Featuring interviews with Stephen Graham, Saskia Sassen, Dave Timmes of Telx, Rich Miller of, Stephen Klenert of Atlantic Metro Communications, and Josh Wallace of the City of Palo Alto Utilities.