Futurity Report

Futurity Report

Edited by Eric C. H. de Bruyn and Sven Lütticken

Theorists, historians, and artists address the precarious futurity of the notion of the future itself.

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Summary

Theorists, historians, and artists address the precarious futurity of the notion of the future itself.

Not long ago, a melancholic left and a manic neoliberalism seemed to arrive at an awkward consensus: the foreclosure of futurity. Whereas the former mourned the failure of its utopian project, the latter celebrated the triumph of a global marketplace. The radical hope of realizing a singularly different, more equitable future was displaced by a belief that the future had already come to pass, limiting post-historical society to an uneventful life of endless accumulation. Today, amidst an abundance of neofuturisms, posthumanisms, futurologies, speculative philosophies, and accelerationist scenarios, there is as well an expanding awareness of a looming planetary catastrophe driven by the extractionist logic of capitalism. Despite this return to the future, the temporal horizon of our present moment is perhaps more aptly characterized by the “shrinking future” of just-in-time production, risk management, high-frequency trading, and the futures market. In Futurity Report, theorists, historians, and artists address the precarious futurity of the notion of the future itself.

Contributors

McKenzie Wark, China Miéville, Kerstin Stakemeier, Diedrich Diederichsen, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Marina Vishmidt, Johannes Paul Raether, Felicity D. Scott, Silvia Maglioni, Graeme Thomson, Doreen Mende, Pedro Neves Marques, Achille Mbembe, Kodwo Eshun, Haytham El-Wardany, T. J. Demos, Ana Teixeira Pinto

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$29.95 T ISBN: 9783956794230 280 pp. | 6.5 in x 8.5 in 30 b&w illus.

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Editors

Eric C. H. de Bruyn

Eric C. H. de Bruyn is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Freie Universität, Berlin. He is an editor of Grey Room and he has written for, among other publications, Art Journal, Artforum, and Texte zur Kunst.

Sven Lütticken

Sven Lütticken, an art historian and critic, teaches at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is the author of Cultural Revolution: Aesthetic Practice after Autonomy (Sternberg Press) and other books.