New Formations

Articles from No. 84-85, Summer

Archipelago of Risk: Uncertainty, Borders and Migration Detention Systems
I INTRODUCTION The pivotal argument in this essay is that contemporary analytics of risk are preoccupied with incorporating uncertainty--a concept which Knight defined as uninsurable risk (1)--into formulations of risk, and that this necessarily...
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 STAKES It 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...
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...
Hack or Be Hacked: The Quasi-Totalitarianism of Global Trusted Networks
Introduction Who has the info on you? It's the commercial companies, not us, who know everything--a massive sharing of data (1) Sir Iain Lobban, Former Director of GCHQ, UK Public reaction to recent revelations about state and corporate surveillance...
Modulation after Control
The model of the triode is the functional analogy [analogue fonctionnel] of a social structure. Gilbert Simondon MODULATION IN DELEUZE'S CONTROL SOCIETIES In his article Postscript on control societies (1990), the philosopher Gilles Deleuze...
Policing the Demos: Foucault, Hegel & Police Power in Waller V. City of New York
1. HEGEL AND FOUCAULT ON MODERN POLICE For 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...
Post-Post-Fordism in the Era of Platforms: Robin Murray Talks to Jeremy Gilbert and Andrew Goffey
INTRODUCTION This 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, and post-Fordism. In fact Maurizio Lazzarato, for...
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
INTRODUCTION Written 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...
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