New Formations

Articles from No. 88, 2016

An 'Exemplary Contemporary Technical Object': Thinking Cinema between Hansen and Stiegler
INTRODUCTIONIn his 2012 article 'Technics Beyond the Temporal Object' Mark Hansen describes his personal excitement at first reading Bernard Stiegler's multivolume work on technics:It is hard for me to convey just how great was my excitement at discovering...
Curious about Others: Relational and Empathetic Curiosity for Diverse Societie
INTRODUCTION: CURIOUS ABOUT OTHERSTwo characters in Iris Murdoch's novel, The Black Prince, argue about curiosity. Arnold, a prolific novelist, is interested in everyone and the details of their lives and relationships, and this is reflected in the breadth...
Cutting off the King's Head: The Self-Disciplining Fantasy of Neoliberal Sovereignty
INTRODUCTIONOver the last half-century, traditional definitions of power as predominantly linked to sovereignty are being challenged. Indeed, the idea of a subject ruled by a personal authority is judged to be at best overly simplistic and at worst both...
Diana, and Everything Else
Raka Shome, Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture, Champaign, University of Illinois Press, 2014. £22.99, pp272.How does the life - and death - of Princess Diana of Wales concern us who are relatively bored...
Feeling It: Habitat, Taste and the New Middle Class in 1970s Britain
In 1976, in an article for the magazine New Society, the novelist Angela Carter described the cultural significance of the High Street furnishings and kitchen shop Habitat. For Carter, Habitat signalled a generational shift in how people treated their...
Fighting Precarity with Co-Operation? Worker Co-Operatives in the Cultural Sector
In an article entitled In the Name of Love Miya Tokumitsu reflects on 'DWYL - do what you love' as dominant credo of contemporary work culture. She argues that the DWYL mantra suggests that 'labour is not something one does for compensation, but an act...
Introduction: Markets and Machines
This issue of New Formations covers a wide range of subjects from an international and interdisciplinary group of contributors. Their subject matter ranges across philosophy, anthropology, psychoanalysis, cultural history, political theory, geography,...
Markets without Subjects: NASDAQ and the Financial Interface
At the dawn of the new millennium - New Year's Eve 1999 - the Nasdaq market celebrated its ascent to global financial dominance by unveiling its new MarketSite in the centre of Times Square. Moving its headquarters from Washington DC to New York, MarketSite's...
Near Hemel Hempstead
Intellectual Barbarians: The Kibbo Kift Kindred, Whitechapel Gallery, 10 October 2015 - 13 March 2016Annebella Pollen, The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians, London, Donlon Books, 2015; £35 paperbackThe exhibition of materials relating...
Transcendentalising the State
INTRODUCTIONI believe that as we were saying in the assemblies of the Polytechnic, if the revolution doesn't come now, if we don't push this insurrection to a real revolution, it will not be because we don't have the power but because we don't have our...
We Other Dickensians
Stephanie Polsky, Ignoble Displacement: Dispossessed Capital in Neo-Dickensian London, Alresford, Zone Books, 2015; £17.99 paperbackAs I write this, the BBC has just concluded its new drama Dickensian, a spectacular costume mash-up in which Tony Jordan...
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