next:now – Strategies to Resample the Future

„Once upon a time, pop‘s metabolism buzzed with dynamic energy, creating the surging-in-to-the-future feel of periods like the psychedelic sixties, the post-punk seventies, the hip-hop eighties and the rave nineties. The 2000s felt different. (…) Instead of being the threshold to the future, the first ten years of the twenty-first century turned out to be the ‚Re‘ Decade (…): revivals, reissues, remakes, re-enactments. Endless retrospection. (…)“

– Simon Reynolds – Retromania (2011)i

Atari emulators, electro-swing, Polaroid replicas, or Hieronimus Bosch’s triptychs in Virtual Reality: everything nostalgia related sells better than ever, and we’re not just talking about pop and mainstream. Every obscure fraction of a subculture had also its 15 minutes of …revival in the past 18 years.

An obsessive (therefore unhealthy) attention to the past is influencing all aspects of cultural production in these days. This is certainly a “Sign o’ the timesii.

Times of “Liquid fear””iii, that tangible feeling of anxiety that has only vague contours but is present everywhere. Dangers can strike anytime, everywhere: no matter what’s your job, tomorrow you can be fired, like those guys at Leeman Bros carrying their stuff out in cardboard boxes; you can be shot while you sip your cappuccino, in the name of god or the N.R.A.: or you can be killed by some multi resistant bacteria, and you have the same chance to get infected on a safari looking for the big 5 or in your local hospital having a proctology check up. To quote Bauman’s favorite metaphor:

We’re walking on a mine field, we are aware that all is full of explosives, but we don’t know where there will be an explosion and when. There are no solid structures to rely on, nothing in which we can invest our hope and expectations.iv

Or, using the words of Comité Invisible:

“From whatever angle you approach it, the present offers no way out. This is not the least of its virtues. From those who seek hope above all, it tears away every firm ground. Those who claim to have solutions are contradicted almost immediately. Everyone agrees that things can only get worse. “The future has no future” is the wisdom of an age that, for all its appearance of perfect normalcy, has reached the level of consciousness of the first punks.”v

In this context the past can be seen as a cozy and warm nest, a perfect world that we can control as it is shaped by our selective memory, a safe place. And so, as thinks are like that, instead of struggling to build up an uncertain future (to go for an Utopia), a very common choice is to aspire to return to a golden past, to go for a “Retrotopiavi. The spreading of this approach is another “Sign o’ the times”, but one with very scary implications. [Read more →]

Datacide Fourteen Release Events in London

Datacide Fourteen is officially released on October 18 and 19, 2014 in London.  

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Datacide will be tabling at the London Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday, October 18 from 10am – 7pm. We will be selling the new issue, back issues 9-13, as well as new Praxis records. The venue is Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.

 

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On Sunday, October 19, 2pm-11pm,  MayDay Rooms, Datacide, Cesura//Acceso Journal, and the History is Made at Night blog are hosting the event “Revolt of the Ravers: The Movement Against the Criminal Justice Act, 1994”.

Twenty years ago, on 9 October 1994, a huge demonstration against the Government’s Criminal Justice Act ended in London’s Hyde Park with riotous clashes, police horses charging, and people dancing to sound systems. The Act brought in new police powers against raves, squatters, protestors, travellers and others, and was passed amidst widespread opposition.

This event will include memories of this movement, its ways of organising and representing itself and will feature displays of its ‘material culture’ such as zines, flyers, cassettes and letters.

There will also be an exchange-situation looking at the related radical/techno zines of the 1990s, in what was one of the last musical and social movements mediated primarily through print rather than digitally.

It is hoped that the day will be a catalyst for a process of gathering, archiving, circulating and activating materials from the radical social/musical movements of the 1990s.

The talks and discussion will be followed by an evening of films, music and refreshments.

The location is  May Day Screening Room, 1st floor, 88 Fleet street, London, EC4Y 1DH 

 

Datacide Talk this Saturday May 12th at OKK, Berlin

Praxis and Datacide support the OKK and their Critical Reflections of Berlin Biennale 7 titled “2012 is the Season for Treason”. Taking place at Raum 29, Prinzenallee 29, Berlin-Wedding. Free entry.
Watch out for Datacide talk this saturday based on the article “From Subculture to Hegemony: Transversal Strategies of the New Right in Neofolk and Industrial”. More infos on the rest of the program:
http://www.kritische-kunst.org/
and here:
http://2012istheseasonfortreason.wordpress.com/

Datacide at Linke Buchtage Berlin June 3-5

We will be at the Linke Buchtage this weekend presenting the latest issue of datacide.
You can find us at the stall of ça ira Verlag!
The bookfair is taking place at Mehringhof, Gneisenaustr. 2a, 10961 Berlin – closest public transport is Mehringdamm.
Opening times are Fri 17-22, Sat 11-22, Sun 11-17
See you there!

Pics from Datacide Release Event

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