Imaginal Machines:Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life

  • Title: Imaginal Machines:Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life
  • Author: Stevphen Shukaitis
  • ISBN: 9781570272080
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • Imaginal Machines Autonomy Self Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life All power to the imagination Over the past forty years to invoke the imagination as a basis for radical politics has become a cliche a rhetorical utilization of ideas already in circulation invoking
    All power to the imagination Over the past forty years to invoke the imagination as a basis for radical politics has become a cliche a rhetorical utilization of ideas already in circulation, invoking the mythic unfolding of this self institutionalizing process But what exactly is radical imagination Drawing from autonomist politics, class composition analysis, and avanAll power to the imagination Over the past forty years to invoke the imagination as a basis for radical politics has become a cliche a rhetorical utilization of ideas already in circulation, invoking the mythic unfolding of this self institutionalizing process But what exactly is radical imagination Drawing from autonomist politics, class composition analysis, and avant garde arts, Imaginal Machines explores the emergence, functioning, and constant breakdown of the embodied forms of radical imagination What does it mean to invoke the power of the imagination when it seems that the imagination has already seized power through the power of the spectacle Does any subversive potentiality remain Perhaps it is only honest to think in terms of a temporally bounded subversive power It might be that imaginal machines only work by breaking down That is, their functioning is only possible, paradoxically, by their malfunctioning By reopening the question of recuperation, the inevitable drive to integrate the power of social insurgency back into the working of capital and the state, we create possibilities for a politics continually reconstituted against and through the dynamics of recuperation to keep open an antagonism without closure.

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    About Stevphen Shukaitis


    1. Stevphen Shukaitis is an editor at Autonomedia and lecturer at the University of Essex He is the author of Imaginal Machines Autonomy Self Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life Autonomedia, 2009 and editor with Erika Biddle and David Graeber of Constituent Imagination Militant Investigations Collective Theorization AK Press, 2007 His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Shukaitis became interested in radical politics and art through the punk scene and spent several years putting out DIY albums and organizing shows He moved to the NYC area to become involved in the anti globalization movement He then become involved in a number of media projects, working with Rise Up Radio on WBAI, Ever Reviled Records, joining the Autonomedia editorial collective, and writing for a number of independent publications.In 2004 Shukaitis moved to Amsterdam to edit the Life Beyond the Market issue of Greenpepper Magazine, subsequently deciding to move to the UK to pursue a PhD through research around issues of class composition, autonomy, and self organization In the years since then he has lived between New York and London, and currently coordinates an outpost of Autonomedia operations in the UK He is the founder and editor of Minor Compositions, an imprint of Autonomedia.


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    1. I suppose I might be accused of bias, having co-edited a volume with Stevphen myself, and having been a flatmate of his in London during some of the time this was written, but I still think this is a delightful and important book so why not say so? I still remember clearly hearing the author report - this book is actually based on his Ph.D. dissertation - "I just got my committee to agree that I didn't have to write a chapter on methodology but could substitute a chapter on communist space alien [...]

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    2. don't get me wrong- this is a good book. well researched, points are pretty well made. however hindsight i recall getting the feeling reading this that myself, or someone i was three years ago, or my friends or who they were five years ago were being used for a sociological or anthropological study. creepy and flattering at the same time. ah well i know in non-fiction one must write about somebody, in research one must research somethingybe it's good that it was us after all.

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