An inspiring combination of critical thoughts and photographs: The “Journey to the infrastructural heart of capitalism”
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.
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.”
Derek Gregory had a recent post on his blog in which he discusses infrastructures and logistics of war; the inbound and “outbound flows that aim to provide ‘uninterrupted support to the warfighter’.”
A new weapon’s systems has been developed which uses the ubiquity of shipping containers as it is housed in a 40-footer: Club-K Container Missile System
The series focuses on containers and containerization as a thematic umbrella under which to consider the social, economic, and cultural impact of the shipping container.
There’s recently been a lot on AntipodeFoundation.org 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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Fascinating piece by Ben Mendelsohn on the material infrastructure of virtuality, featuring Stephen Graham and Saskia Sassen.
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 datacenterknowledge.com, Stephen Klenert of Atlantic Metro Communications, and Josh Wallace of the City of Palo Alto Utilities.