The city is a factory and we are paranoid machines; subject pre/post, producer of the product that is ourselves, a scattered weave of electronic and experiential commodities. Who needs to believe in advertising when they can believe in themselves, photographed before the latest microbrew … More ANXIETY 1962 – 1963: A Fever Dream Through Digital Capitalism
We have far right ideologies, with material roots in Europe, digitally disseminated through an incoherent and disparate collective of hypermediated young white men, who have no living memory of men as they’ve been told how men should be, but merely a hyperreal ideal … More All that is situated melts into the air.
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In the mirror, I see myself there where I am not, in an unreal, virtual space that opens up behind the surface … More Symbolic Excess in the Drag Machine: A Dialectical Reconstitution of Safe Spaces and Transgression
Entry into McDonald’s: sleek glass sliding doors framed by stacked stone walls—the modernist’s indoor-outdoor flow, with the rigidity of austere corporate Bauhaus; and within: strict regimentation of monochrome tables … More Fascist Nostalgia, Libertarian Disaffect: McDonald’s as Everything and Nothing
In The Society of the Spectacle, Debord explores the explosion of mass communication technologies to argue that alienation has entered a second stage of development. Where the first is objects standing in for humans, the second is images standing in for both … More Miscellaneous Notes
Cinema is haunted by a spectral gaze that sees all but is never seen itself; an anticipation of a future not yet apparent; an absent but structuring presence. Like the vanishing point of the perspective painting, cinema constructs its diegesis in relation to a subject who both transcends … More The Hauntology of Cinematic and Electronic Presence
In Society Must be Defended, Foucault (2003) defines biopower as that which bounds life from death; a power which enforces itself on the level of population, fragmenting humans into a multiplicity of races that are classified, hierarchised … More Aotearoa’s Criminal (In)justice System: Imperialism, Ideology and Insurgency
Lost in the circuit of digital connections, my head swims vacant, adrift in a web too vast to comprehend. Utopia has always been a hermeneutic horizon for me, not in the sense of somehow being met, but rather, as an ever elusive … More Disassembling Bodies in the Hyperreal Imaginary: Towards a Solidarity of Impotency
Barbiturate is one of the few drugs capable of killing you painlessly, so of course the state has banned it. Instead we get paracetamol, a shitty over-the-counter painkiller that leaves you in pain for up to five days while your liver and kidneys shut down. Suicide prevention is a fucking joke. Secular appropriations of Christian … More Kill Yourself