Ecologies of Collapse, Chronopolitics, and Justice-to-Come
224 pp., 6 x 9 in, 40 color illus., 1 b&w illus.
- Published: June 6, 2023
- Publisher: Sternberg Press
- Rights: not for sale in Europe or the UK
What comes after end-of-world narratives: visions of just futurity and multispecies flourishing.
There is widespread consensus that we are living at the end—of democracy, of liberalism, of capitalism, of a healthy planet, of the Holocene, of civilization as we know it. In this book, drawing on radical futurisms and visions of justice-to-come emerging from the traditions of the oppressed—Indigenous, African-American, multispecies, anti-capitalist—as materialized in experimental visual cultural, new media, aesthetic practices, and social movements, T. J. Demos poses speculative questions about what comes after end-of-world narratives. He argues that it's as vital to defeat fatalistic nihilism as it is to defeat the false solutions of green capitalism and algorithmic governance.
How might we decolonize the future, and cultivate an emancipated chronopolitics in relation to an undetermined not-yet? If we are to avoid climate emergency's cooptation by technofixes, and the defuturing of multitudes by xenophobic eco-fascism, Demos argues, we must cultivate visions of just futurity and multispecies flourishing.
T. J. Demos's inspiring vision for decolonial antiracist ecosocialism resoundingly defeats today's fatalistic nihilism. When comradeship exceeds particularity, we can forge the transformative solidarity necessary for an emancipatory egalitarian future.
Jodi Dean, author of Comrade: An Essay on Political Belonging
Demos's attention to distinct speculative and improvisational artistic practices, movements, and modes of social organization—made common in their commitment to “planetary solidarities” across antiracist and anti-capitalist struggles—manages to retain a pessimistic hope for political transformation beyond the foreclosures of the racial Capitalocene.
Rizvana Bradley, University of California, Berkeley
Going beyond and against liberal identity politics and merely metaphorical forms of decolonization, and opening a conceptual and affective space for solidarity in uncommonality, Radical Futurisms combines the clarity and urgency of a manifesto with the incisiveness and insightfulness of scholarship.
Sven Lütticken, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Leiden University
With careful attention to the forms, details, and intellectual frameworks of activist cultural production at multiple geographical scales, Demos shows that a “future that holds many futures” is an already-emergent reality: people are confronting the catastrophic endgames of climate barbarism not only with acts of dissent and protest, but with regenerative infrastructures of assembly, relation, cooperation, and care that embody in their practice a multiplicity of revolutionary temporalities.
Yates McKee, author of Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition