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Mark Fisher – Or how K-Punk intensifies the political possibilities of music

English Feature January 21 2019

K-Punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016)”, edited by Darren Ambrose, Repeater Books, 2018 – Essay by Macon Holt.

Mark Fisher was the most important music critic of his generation. And in some ways, he continues to be so despite taking his own life over two years ago. I think one of the main reasons for this was that, for Mark, writing, and thinking about music was always the start of something; an opening up of new intensities, possibilities, and connections. Music was always already political, libidinal and affecting in excess of the niches of music culture to which it is so often relegated. Fisher had trained as a philosopher and is perhaps best known for his work as a cultural theorist but, despite spending his career in and out of the academy, he was never really at home with the practice of being the arbiter of what culture was worthy of canonization. This is not to say he wasn’t strident in his opinions, because he was and unabashedly so. Rather for Mark, as with his friend and sometime collaborator Kodwo Eshun, the role of the theorist or the critic of culture and music, was one of an “intensifier”. The task was to bring out the currents already present in the sounds that surrounded us rather than merely assessing their worth in accordance with abstracted theories of the sublime.

This is why the new collection of Mark’s previously unpublished posts from his blog, K-Punk, and other places over the last 12 years is so very valuable. It lets us see the connections between the music in our lives and the politics that shape them up close.

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Laboria Cuboniks – Passive/Aggressive udgiver dansk oversættelse af Det Xenofeministiske Manifest

Blog February 28 2018

Xenofeminisme

Den 28. februar udkommer den danske oversættelse af Laboria Cuboniks’ Xenofeminisme: En politik for fremmedgørelse, også kendt som Det Xenofeministiske Manifest, for første gang på tryk.

Manifestet er oversat til dansk af Tobias Linnemann Ewé, musikteoretiker og ph.d. ved University of British Columbia i Vancouver, der også har skrevet et 18 siders essay om xenofeminismens perspektiver ind i musikken. Han beskriver forfatterkollektivet Laboria Cuboniks som “en mangehovedet hydra, der med sine klør ubehageligt navigerer mellem kunst, design, arkitektur, arkæologi, filosofi, tekno-feminisme, seksualitetsstudier, digital musik, oversættelse, poesi og regelmæssige eksperimenter med brugen af (r)evolutionære algoritmer i offensiv cybersikkerhed.”

Laboria Cuboniks (f. 2014) er et xenofeministisk kollektiv, spredt over fem lande og tre kontinenter. Hun ønsker at afmontere køn, destruere ‘familien’ og afskaffe naturen som garant for anti-egalitære politiske positioner. Hendes navn er et anagram over ‘Nicolas Bourbaki’, et pseudonym som en gruppe af hovedsageligt franske matematikere arbejdede under, mod en anerkendelse af abstraktion, generalitet og disciplin indenfor matematikken i begyndelsen af det tyvende århundrede. Medlemmerne inkluderer blandt andre Diann Bauer, Katrina Burch, Lucca Fraser, Helen Hester, Amy Ireland og Patricia Reed.

Det Xenofeministiske Manifest blev oprindeligt udgivet på engelsk under titlen “Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation” i 2015 under en GNU Free Documentation License. Derfor er alle hidtige oversættelser inkl. den danske og den nye svenske oversættelse gratis tilgængelig her: www.laboriacuboniks.net

Xenofeminisme: En politik for fremmedgørelse kan erhverves til 40 kr. inkl. moms. Foreningen Passive/Aggressive er nonprofit, og udgivelsen distribueres til produktionsomkostningerne som alle foreningens hidtige tryksager. Læs mere på www.passiveaggressive.dk/print.

Info: Udgivelsen finder sted i anledning af arrangementet Xenofeminism in Copenhagen med netop Diann Bauer, Rebecca Lund og Martin Hauberg-Lund, der arrangeres af Ark Books, Eksistensfilosofisk Akademi og Passive/Aggressive under literaturfestivalen KBH Læser. (RSVP)