New issue of Mute out now. An excellent issue – we’re particularly excited about the following essays:
Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun’s Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation
Amidst a general acceptance of the cash crisis afflicting the ICA as an accident of the recession, and a rush into ‘hairshirt’ institutional self-critique as a means to deflect real scrutiny, JJ Charlesworth uncovers a catalogue of avoidable mistakes and the free-market, lifestyle thinking behind them.
An End Without End: Catastrophe Cinema in the Age of Crisis
Dusting off the tedium and ash deposited by Hollywood’s recent spate of catastrophe movies, Evan Calder Williams takes aim at their world-affirming pessimism and calls for some real apocalypse.
Apocalypse, Tendency, Crisis
Crises tend to generate apocalyptic dreams and nightmares. Through a reappraisal of 20th century anti-capitalist thought, Benjamin Noys urges us to critically re-think how such an apocalyptic tone operates within radical analyses of the current crisis.
Hung, Drawn and ‘Quartered’?
Two recently published books – Anna Minton’s Ground Control and This is Not a Gateway’s Critical Cities – take stock of the accumulated effects of New Labour’s ‘urban renaissance’. In his double review, Owen Hatherley sees the tired politics of micro-resistance go head-to-head with some much needed materialist geography.