Manufacturers

Imaginal Machines

Imaginal Machines

Subtitled "Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life" by Stevphen Shukaitis

More details


£8.11

All power to the imagination? Over the past forty years to invoke the imagination as a basis for radical politics has become a cliché: a rhetorical utilization of ideas already in circulation, invoking the mythic unfolding of this self-institutionalizing process. But what exactly is radical imagination? Drawing from autonomist politics, class composition analysis, and avant-garde arts, Imaginal Machines explores the emergence, functioning, and constant breakdown of the embodied forms of radical imagination.

What does it mean to invoke the power of the imagination when it seems that the imagination has already seized power through the power of the spectacle? Does any subversive potentiality remain? Perhaps it is only honest to think in terms of a temporally-bounded subversive power. It might be that imaginal machines only work by breaking down. That is, their functioning is only possible, paradoxically, by their malfunctioning. By reopening the question of recuperation, the inevitable drive to integrate the power of social insurgency back into the working of capital and the state, we create possibilities for a politics continually reconstituted against and through the dynamics of recuperation: to keep open an antagonism without closure.

What they're saying about Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life:

Imaginal Machines explores with humor and wit the condition of art and politics in contemporary capitalism. It reviews the potentials and limits of liberatory art (from surrealism to Tom Waits) while charting the always-resurgent creations of the collective imagination. Shukaitis exhibits a remarkable theoretical breadth, bringing together the work of Castoriadis, the Situationists, and autonomous Marxism to define a new task for militant research: constructing imaginal machines that escape capitalism. Imaginal Machines is truly a book that makes a path by walking.” – Silvia Federici, author of Caliban and the Witch: Women the Body and Primitive Accumulation

“If you have ever had someone say to you, ‘okay it’s fine to criticize but what would you do?’ this is the book for you. Shukaitis takes us on a raucous ride through actually existing alternative organizations that are anarchic, loving, fun, and best of all they work. We meet people and organizations who imagine a completely different way of being together in the world. And we are never far from a sophisticated theoretical travelogue as we walk these roads with the author. What would you do? Try this, and this, and this!” – Stefano Harney, Chair in Strategy, Culture, and Organization, University of London

ISBN 978-1-57027-208-0 : price $16 : 256 pages

Cart  

No products

£0.00 Shipping
£0.00 Total

Cart Check out

New products

  • All of me
  • Crippled
All of me
Stories of Love, Anger, and the Female Body. edited by Dani Burlison. PM...
Read more
Crippled
Austerity and the demonization of disabled people. By Frances Ryan....
Read more
Between earth and empire
From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community. John P Clark. PM Press 2019
Read more
The Prisoner's Herbal
by Nicole Rose. A guide to using herbs in prison to support health....
Read more
The Prisoner's Herbal - solidarity price
by Nicole Rose. A guide to using herbs in prison to support health....
Read more
Overcoming Burnout
by Nicole Rose, Active Publishing 2019
Read more
Caught in the net
Return Fire 4 (supplement)- notes from an era of cybernetic delirium
Read more
An anarchist critique of democracy
Moxie Marlinpart and Windy HartFrom audioanarchy radio
Read more
Against identity politics
Spectres, joylessness, and the contours of ressentimentby Lupus Dragonowl
Read more
Bakunin Brand Vodka
Anarchism in early punk 1976-1980
Read more
Primal Screamer
The famous semi autobiographical novel from Rudimentary Peni singer,...
Read more
Something should be done
An anarchist's adventures in trade unionismA6 pocketbookPeter GoodActive...
Read more
Great Anarchists 8 Lucy Parsons
A series of short introductions to classic anarchist thinkers and...
Read more
Great Anarchists 7, Proudhon
A series of short introductions to classic anarchist thinkers and...
Read more
Desert
Active reprint of this classic text In our hearts we all know the world...
Read more
Beasts of Burden A6
Capitalism, animals and communism
Read more
Invisible a dairy of rough sleeping in Britain
by Andrew FraserEdited by Rob Ray Freedom 2019
Read more
A Beautiful Idea
History of the Freedom Press AnarchistsFreedom 2018
Read more
Our Masters are Helpless
by George Barrett, edited by Iain McKayFreedom 2019
Read more
The Anarchists in London 1935-55
Albert MeltzerMemoir, first published 1976Freedom Press 2018
Read more

» All new products