When I received an invitation from the editors of Mezosfera to write a text about an artwork from this year’s Kassel documenta, I took it as an opportunity to, together with other writers of the magazine, actively and productively disagree with the policy of overshadowing […]
Internal Contradictions of Contemporary Independence and the Cultural Logic of the Latest Capitalism
The Mezosfera journal in its second issue invited us to think the “future scenarios now.” At first glance such an invitation may resemble the contemporary dictum future is now that forefronts the brutal forces of speculative capitalism, the financial-info economy and social consumption in the latest capitalism. However, the urgent mobilization of future scenarios here obviously means something else. It means to think the future beyond the notions of projection and postponing typical of the modernist-utopianist teleology of history and time, but it also means escaping the vicious circle of self-sufficient present-ism and now-ism of the contemporary experience regime, obsessed with the consumption of the present moment, with a momentariness of now. Mezosfera dares to claim that such “double escape” is possible.