REFUGEE SUBJECTIVITY – ‘Bare life’ and the Geographical Division of Labour

January 3rd, 2009

In the border country
They’ve done it all
We kept watch
As they smashed the wall

Swell Maps, “Border Country” (1980)

While trans-national institutions like the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO clear the way for capital to move freely across the globe, European States are barricading their borders as if they expected a foreign army to invade.

In most of continental Europe this means the Schengen agreement, which suspends monitoring of borders between participating countries but gives immigration authorities unprecedented powers of surveillance, search and detention everywhere in the territory, not just at frontiers and ports of entry. Britain, meanwhile, is playing its part with the 1999 asylum Act, quietly pushed through by the Labour government under cover of the ‘anti racist’ Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. (A Home Office Green Paper explicitly links the two initiatives.)
The term ‘asylum seeker’ suddenly replaced ‘refugee’ in media and parliamentary language around the time of last Tory immigration act, finally passed in 1996. Wheras ‘refugee’ implies an active attempt [Read more →]

Datacide conference review by history is made at night

November 22nd, 2008

Check out Neil’s review of the conference and party HERE

Datacide conference review on

November 21st, 2008

John Eden has written a review of our recent event, check it HERE

Datacide 10 OUT NOW!

November 2nd, 2008

OUT NOW: with 56 pages the biggest datacide so far, it’s full of features and reviews.
Secessionist Outernational: Self-Exile and Poetry, Howard Slater: Convergent Suggestion – on Surrealism and Organisation, JR: Denial Networks – On Crisis and Continuity in the 9/11 Truth Movement, Neil Transpontine: A Loop Da Loop Era – towards an (anti-)history of Rave, CF: Radical Intersections, Controlled Weirdness: You’re Too Young to Remember the Eighties – Dancing in a different time, The Reverend: More than just a Night out – Rave as confrontation, Dan Hekate: All things fall and will be built again, Rafael Castellanos: Visible and invisible fragments of experiences (About Bogotrax festival), Hans-Christian Psaar: Commodities for the Jilted Generation, Alexis Wolton: Teknival and the emancipatory potential of technology, Riccardo Balli: Audio-Philosophical Dwellings.
Stewart Home on Peter Whitehead and the Sixties, Nemeton on Boris Mikhailov’s Unfinished Dissertation, JR on “The Description of Bankruptcy”, CF on François Genoud, Nemeton on “Everybody talks about the Weather… We don’t: The Writings of Ulriike Meinhof”, Balli on “Situationism on Wheels”, CF on “Battlenoise!” and the ideology of Martial Industrial, Plus record reviews, charts, Bloor Schleppy, End of Vinyl?, Pencilbreak and more.
available for EUR 4.00 from now
or from good stores and mail orders soon!

Note: Datacide 10 is no longer available as single copy, but the whole issue is featured in the collection Everything Else is Even More Ridiculous: A Decade of Noise & Politics – Datacide Magazine 1-10.

Online you can access most of the content by going HERE.

13.11. Berlin. Datacide präsentiert: “Zwischen Resignation und Resignifikation: Die Auf-gabe der Kunst.”‏

November 2nd, 2008

“Zwischen Resignation und Resignifikation: Die Auf-gabe der Kunst.”

Widerständigkeit oder Affirmation – ist Kunst als oppositionell zur bestehenden Gesellschaftsordnung oder als deren Komplizin zu verstehen? Der Vortrag von Andrea Wald wird nach den Machtprozesse in der Kunst fragen. Die Referentin umschreibt das Handeln durch Nicht-Handeln und die Perspektiven einer radikal-emanzipatorischen Politik. Unter Bezugnahme auf Jaques Rancière, Gilles Deleuze und Slavoj Žižek wird die Referentin ihre Ausführungen belegen.

Andrea Wald studiert in Wien und schreibt derzeit ihre Diplomarbeit in Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaften. Sie ist Redakteurin der Zeitschrift “fiber – werkstoff für feminismus und popkultur”.

Die Zeitschrift Datacide veranstaltet seit 2007 Vorträge um die Begriffe Subversion und Kulturindustrie und interessiert sich dabei nicht primär für Fragen der Ästhetik, sondern für die emanzipatorische Kritik der spätkapitalistischen Gesellschaft und die Praxen von unversöhnlich negatorischen Gegenkulturen.

Donnerstag 13.11.08
Beginn 21 Uhr
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