The Beach Beneath the Street (
new in paperback) and The Spectacle of Disintegration
(Verso 2013) are McKenzie Wark's engagements with the history and thought of the Situationist International, tracing the group's development from the Bohemian Paris of the '50s to the explosive days of May '68.
In a recent review for the French journal Les Obscurs
, Alain Giffard examines McKenzie's Wark's vast body of work on the Situationist International and its relevance for critiques of contemporary life.
e-flux journal has printed an excerpt of McKenzie Wark's Molecular Red
in issue 63.
The first task of critique is to point out the poverty of these options.6 A second task might be to create the space within which very different kinds of knowledge and practice might meet. Economic, technical, political, and cultural transformations are all advisable, but at least part of the problem is their relation to each other. The liberation of carbon transforms the totality within which each of these specific modes of thinking and being could be practiced. That calls for new ways of organizing knowledge.
This is a famous picture of Lenin playing chess with Alexander Bogdanov while Gorky looks on. Bogdanov won. According to Gorky, Lenin was a bit of a sore loser about it. But then Lenin did manage to checkmate Bogdanov's influence in the Bolshevik faction and have him thrown out, so in the long run Lenin won everthing.