Marina Vishmidt
Post-Human or Post-Future, or, What Is Weighing on the Brain of the Living


This talk will engage with some of the prevalent currents in mapping historical time as an orientation toward a non-divergent future, such as 'resilience' and the 'contemporary'.  Much of what passes for futurecasting in the current moment takes the register of trendcasting, that is, predicting the future as a sequence of product cycles with no notable divergence from the present, which includes the present's visions of the future. Historical episodes such as modernist science fiction from different eras and areas of the globe and futurology in popular culture in the 1960s and 1970s will be reconstructed in this light, acknowledging the partiality and deficiencies of the knowledge these will exhibit, no less in their principles than in their fantasies about 'others', whether in space or time—a quality that is shared by current projects in this vein. Finally, I will try to develop a hypothesis that tries to articulate the conditions for speaking about the future from a standpoint in the now that is not post-historical but rather, in line with Marx's suggestion of pre-historical.



Marina Vishmidt is a writer. She is a Lecturer in Culture Industry at Goldsmiths, University of London and runs a Theory seminar at the Dutch Art Institute. Her work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, Ephemera, Afterall, Journal of Cultural Economy, Australian Feminist Studies, and Radical Philosophy, among others, as well as a number of edited volumes. She is the co-author of Reproducing Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Mute, 2016), and is currently completing the monograph Speculation as a Mode of Production (Brill, 2018).





这个演讲将梳理历史时间作为向“不可逆的未来”转变的方向的普遍趋势,比如“还原能力”和“当代”。当下很多对未来的预测是基于对趋势的预测,也就是说,对未来的预测成为了一系列的产品的循环 — 与当下对未来的展望没有太大不同。历史上的事件,如1960、1970年代流行文化中的不同时代的现代科幻小说以及世界区域和未来学派,会在这种情况中得到重塑,承认这些知识的偏见和不足之处将会展示出(相对于其原理而言更是对“他者”的幻想)无论是在空间还是时间上 — 在当下的这些项目中的一个共享的性质。最后,我将设定一种假设,试图提出“现在仍不是后历史的”观点,并根据马克思对前史的建议来阐明未来的各种条件和可能。



Marina Vishmidt是一位写作者。她是伦敦大学金匠学院文化研究专业的讲师,并在Dutch Art Institute主持理论研讨会。她的写作已经在South Atlantic Quarterly, Ephemera, Afterall, Journal of Cultural Economy, Australian Feminist Studies, and Radical Philosophy等多个国际性的学术平台和编辑刊册上发表。她是《自治的再生产》的作者之一(与Kerstin Stakemeier合编)(2016 Mute出版),并且现在正完成她的专题论文《思辨作为一种生产方式》(2018年将在Brill出版)。

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