Laura Grace Ford
Somerset House Studios

Baroque Sunbursts: K-Punk Revisited with Dan Taylor

Part of Assembly

Sat 17 Nov 2018
18.00 - 19.00
River Rooms
New Wing

Known best for his k-punk blog and the incendiary Capitalist Realism, the late cultural theorist Mark Fisher transformed how we understand the interior landscapes and subjective experiences of living in late capitalism.

A boring dystopia, he said half-jokingly. Yet in his more recent writings, Mark turned decisively to the conditions of collective joy and consciousness-raising in which a post-capitalist future might be imagined. Grouped loosely under his term ‘Acid Communism’, Mark’s unpublished work explored how art, music and carnivalesque moments like the rave could transform our shared perspectives on reality, leaving behind the ‘mandatory individualism’ and a dreary, overworked world, and rediscover ‘the spectre of a world which could be free’.

After introductions from the two hosts, the event will aim to celebrate Mark’s vision of a ‘social and psychic revolution’, one of collective joy and care, with a group listening. We’ll be playing various clips and songs, selected by those influenced by his work. followed by an intimate discussion which everyone is invited to join. If you would like to suggest or send in a song/audio clip, please post in the Facebook event by Friday.

The event coincides with the release by Repeater Books of the anthology k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016).

In partnership with Repeater.

Dan Taylor is a writer and the author of Negative Capitalism (Zero, 2013) and Island Story (Repeater, 2016). Together they host a fortnightly Mark Fisher Reading Group at Somerset House Studios.

Sadly Laura Grace Ford can no longer co-host the event die to illness.