New Formations

Articles from No. 84 / 85, 2015

Archipelago of Risk: Uncertainty, Borders and Migration Detention Systems
I INTroDucTIoNThe pivotal argument in this essay is that contemporary analytics of risk are preoccupied with incorporating uncertainty - a concept which Knight defined as uninsurable risk1 - into formulations of risk, and that this necessarily gives...
Arendt after Jerusalem
Hannah Arendt, The Last Interview and Other Conversations, New York and London, Melville House 2013, 136pp; $15.95 paperbackMarie Luise Knott, Unlearning with Hannah Arendt, D. Dollenmayer (trans.), New York, Other Press 2014, 173pp; $22.95 hardbackBettina...
Brand Intimacy, Female Friendship and Digital Surveillance Networks
There are many ways in which intimacy can be mediated. For example, 'the confrontational talk show' hosted by Jeremy Kyle on ITV, the reality television programme Wife Swap on Channel 4, or the digital platform Facebook. Friendships, familial connections,...
Control Societies and Platform Logic
To affirm the historicity of power is to distinguish its specifically material and temporally variant nature. It is to recognise that in each era power must be refashioned in the image of its age. The task of critical political thinkers being, in turn,...
Control Societies: Notes for an Introduction
First published in Michel Butel's popular review L'Autre journal, of which he was an editorial board member, Gilles Deleuze's essay on control societies, re-published in Pourparlers in 1990 and later translated as the 'Postscript on Control Societies'...
Discipline Is Control: Foucault Contra Deleuze
PHILOSOPHICAL STAKESIt is often assumed that Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze have compatible philosophical perspectives. There are both biographical and textual grounds for this assumption. Biographically, the two men were close friends during the...
Eventful Bodies: The Cosmopolitics of Illness
Michael Schillmeier, Eventful Bodies: The Cosmopolitics of Illness, Farnham, Burlington, Ashgate Publishing 2014, 196pp, L54, clothThe intensification of recent healthcare reform rhetoric suggests it is not only budgets that are in deficit. Michael Schillmeier's...
Everyone Is Not an Artist: Autonomous Art Meets the Neoliberal City
If one takes the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as a prime example of the neoliberal city's attempts to marry economics, control and happiness, its crisis of political ideology and aesthetic form becomes quickly apparent. In this disarticulated space of...
Hack or Be Hacked: The Quasi- Totalitarianism of Global Trusted Networks
IntroductionWho has the info on you? It's the commercial companies, not us, who know everything - a massive sharing of data1Sir Iain Lobban, Former Director of GCHQ, UKPublic reaction to recent revelations about state and corporate surveillance and control...
Modulation after Control
MODulATION IN Deleuze'S CONTROl SOCIeTIeSIn his article Postscript on control societies (1990), the philosopher Gilles Deleuze continued the analysis of Michel Foucault on the passage from the society of sovereignty to the disciplinary society in the...
Of Queer Neutrality
Of Queer NeutralityJohn Paul Ricco, The Decision Between Us: Art and Ethics in the Time of Scenes, Chicago and London, University of Chicago Press 2014, 252ppIn what way does the concept of 'decision' invariably involve space and being-together? How...
Performing Blackness
Thomas F. DeFrantz and Anita Gonzalez (eds.), Black Performance Theory, Durham and London, Duke University Press 2014, pp279; paperbackIt is refreshing to encounter a body of performance theorisation not defined by white academic progenitors, and their...
Policing the Demos: Foucault, Hegel & Police Power in Waller V. City of New York
1. HEGEL AND FOUCAULT ON MODERN POLICEFor Hegel (1991), the branch of the public authority he refers to as polizei is the ethical power of the state acting upon civil society to provide oversight and provisions for individual welfare within the system...
Post-Post-Fordism in the Era of Platforms
Robin Murray talks to Jeremy Gilbert and Andrew GoffeyInTrODUCTIOnThis issue of New Formations is concerned with a complex of issues around the politics of networks, 'control' and 'security' societies as defined by Deleuze and Foucault respectively,...
The Chronic Social: Relations of Control within and without Neoliberalism
When it is complete, the Hudson Yards real estate development on the West side of Manhattan will be the largest construction project on the island since the Rockefeller Centre. It will consist of sixteen new skyscrapers, containing office space, around...
Towards a Rhizomatic Technical History of Control
IntroductionWritten some years before the collapse of global finance, the practical ubiquity in the global north, of networked computing infrastructures, state/tech-giant connivance in the monitoring of populations, drone warfare and so on, Gilles Deleuze's...
Weird Interpellation
Graham Harman, Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy, Winchester UK and Washington USA, Zero Books 2012, 268pp; L14.99 paperbackGraham Harman's Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy argues that the fiction of American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft...
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