For those in NYC, I’ll be giving the next talk in my series on sabotage at this coming Monday, March 10th. (For those not, it’ll be available on video after the fact.)
Lecture 2: THE SABOTAGE OF TIME
March 10, 7 PM – 9 PM
E206 Glass corner conf. room 25 East 13th street, 2nd floor
One of sabotage’s central qualities, and a primary cause of its frequent demonization throughout the last century, is its peculiar timescale. This is a mode of time fundamentally opposed to the identity of subject and act that underpins any representational politics, be it voting or street protests. In place of that, sabotage suggests making use of the very paths and delays of circulation. By the time the damage is discovered, no one source can be found, because the commodity, technique, or idea has already routed through the world in the name of capitalizing on uneven zones of wealth and resource. It is a failure without an author. Running counter to the very idea that one should stand up and be counted, sabotage hijacks the time of circulation and arms it against itself.
Some topics include: friction, feedback, and hoards; Doreen Massey’s geography; book 2 of Capital; Castoriadis, Simondon, and Stiegler on technical time; factory architecture; steamship ruins in the Bermejo River; Chaplin vs. Keaton; supply chains; Ballard; cunning and speed.
Relevant links are here (reserve a free ticket at the first one if you’re coming):