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The allurements of space

Fred Scharmen: Space Forces – A Critical History of Life in Outer Space

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A contemporary diagnosis – without the ability to criticize?

Foster's thing: What Comes after Farce: Art and Criticism at a Time of Debacle

ART: Is there no longer anything to reveal or distort?

The capitalist world of images

Kevin Coleman, Daniel James: Capitalism and the Camera: Essays on Photography and Extraction

PHOTO: Is it possible that anti-capitalist expressions are reduced to insignificant gestures and rather become symbols of the immediate consumption of social media?

A shaky diagnosis of a disillusioned youth

Alain Bertho: Age of Violence. The Crisis of Political Action and the End of Utopia

DIAGNOSIS: Does hope lead to disappointment and desperation to terror? With Alain Bertho, we can talk about a presentism, ie a lasting present, without past or future.

Now the robots may no longer be called Frankenstein or R2D2, but Siri, Alexa, AlphaGo or Yaskawa Motoman

Jason E. Smith, Aron Benanav: Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation, Automation and the Future of Work

GROWTH: Capitalism, through "creative destruction" and technological disruption, created the conditions for a new cycle of economic growth. But now the trend seems to continue towards zero. Is it a vicious circle of global competition, falling prices, overcapacity, technological inertia (rather than innovation) and falling incentives to invest – which is the cause of capitalism's protracted crisis?

Aesthetic studies of state violence

Eyal Weizman & Matthew Fuller: Investigative Aesthetics

POWER: The investigative rather than critical practice, characterizes a new generation of journalists, artists and NGOs. They process large datasets in order to point out abuses. Like the poison gas attack in Syria, or American secret prisons.

To make the order in order

Pablo Sendra, Richard Sennett: Designing Disorder: Experiments and Disruptions in the City

ARCHITECTURE: How can we design big cities where together we can be more alone?

Will-to-not-want-to-know

Kristian Cedervall Lauta, Slavoy Zizek, Andreas Malm: Disasters, Pandemic! 2, Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergencies

ECOLOGY: Will we succumb to the temptation to want ignorance? The eco-revolution must either be global or it is nothing.

After corona – a technocratic, planetary order

Benjamin Bratton: The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-Pandemic World

COVID-19: It is difficult to read Bratton's positive biopolitics as anything other than a form of technocratic authoritarianism – where the subject is a point in a biopolitical network.

When public welfare becomes dependent on charity

Emma Dowling: The Care Crisis. What Caused It and How Can We End It?

CARE:: The UK is increasingly dependent on the efforts of volunteers to provide citizens with a minimum of care while public services suffer from budget cuts and crises.

Obedience in a corona time

Frederic Gros: Disobey! A Philosophy of Resistance

Philosophy: Why, where, when and for how long are we obedient?

How do you "stay home" if you do not have a home?

Jessie Kindig, Mark Krotov, Marco Roth: There Is No Outside – Covid 19 Dispatches

pandemic: Even during the pandemic, we maintain our status quo; the privileged remain privileged, and the others remain outside society.