Mute Volume III 1 Spring/Summer 2011
Double Negative Feedback' expresses the hope that the chaos unleashed by the cybernetic loops of financialisation, post-Fordist production and networked life might not only be entropic and exploitative. The noise generated by 'positive feedback' also takes the form of the explosions we are seeing in the Arab world, the anti-disciplinary uses of cybernetic control systems, the 'shared precarity' of compositional improvising, and the ripples of a political organising that no longer assumes a common identity but instead acknowledges our common vulnerability. This issue scouts out such double-negative loops in a landscape dominated by the relentless, if often misfiring attempt to put feedback to work
Table of Contents:
- 100 % Cut by ACE - A Personal Consideration of Mute's Defunding'
by co-founder Pauline van Mourik Broekman
by Josephine Berry Slater
- 'Frequently Asserted Fallacies of the Crisis and How to Quash Them'
Mute contributors subject the media 'debate' on the crisis and the cuts to a write-down
- 'Contain This! Leaks, Whistle-Blowers and the Networked News Ecology'
Felix Stalder on what drives WikiLeaks style investigative journalism
- 'Zaha Hadid Architects and the Neoliberal Avant-Garde'
Owen Hatherley takes a look at the fluid architecture and financial times of Zaha Hadid Architects
- 'Body Bomb'
an artist's project by Mimi Leung
- 'The Light Years: Contemporary Art in the Age of Weightless Capital'
Anna Dezeuze differentiates the light touch of precarious art from a pervasive weightlessness
- 'Music is the Crime that Contains All Others'
Demetra Kotouza plucks the Greek rebel sound of rebetiko from its critical frame-up
- 'Fordism? Who's that For, Men Only?'
Noreen MacDowell gets under the bonnet of Made in Dagenham's portrayal of the Ford machinists' struggle for equal pay
- 'Clio Barnard's Talking Heads'
Omar El-Khairy on Clio Barnard's anxious film about the life of working class playwright Andrea Dunbar
- 'Occultural Studies 2.0: Passionate Divas'
Eugene Thacker on the radical effects of Italian silent cinema's doomed divas
- 'Listener as Operator'
Howard Slater on the 'shared precarity' of compositional improvising
- 'Dear Living Person'
John Russell reads avant-gardism off against Etruscan corpse torture
- 'Anti-Disciplinary Feedback and the Will to Effect'
Lars Bang Larsen tunes into the affective politics of counter-cultural good vibrations
- 'Short Circuits: Finance, Feedback and Culture'
Benedict Seymour asks if minimalism is the avant-garde of financialisation
- 'From Coca to Capital: Free Trade Cocaine'
John Barker on first world junkie-capitalism and the finance and fuel it needs to drive its delusional growth
- 'In the Mud and Blood of Networks'
Anthony Iles talks to artist Graham Harwood about Coal-Fired Computers and the body blow of immaterial production
Publisher: Mute Publishing
Dimensions: 255 x 175 mm