Neomaterialism by Joshua Simon, designed by Avi Bohbot (2013)
Neomaterialism explores the meaning of the world of commodities and re-introduces various notions of dialectical materialism into the conversation on the subjectivity and vitality of things. Reflecting on general intellect as labor and on the subjugation of an overqualified generation to the neo-feudal order of debt finance, Neomaterialism merges traditions of epic communism with the communism that is already here.
The xeroxing distorts the book cover, echoing the duality between the palpable presence of the object and its mass produced clones.
See also: The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin, designed by David Pearson.
The trap the counter-culture faced was that its achievements were instrumental for capital in its victory over labor. From dual income households, expansion of mortgages, loans for higher education and the introduction of credit cards, the demand for equality got translated by capital into “access to the market”. Feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, the Gay Rights movement, and the campaign for legalization of marijuana - each founds itself contained by the “access to the market” demand which turned their struggles into services for capital.
Patrick Kennedy explains to Stephen Colbert how the current move towards legalizing pot for recreational use in various US states, has more to do with big business than with “power to the people”.
Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid and his wife giving some change to a street beggar
Photo: Tomer Appelbaum
Liat Berdugo, Sleight of Hands: On Magic and Technology
From: Goods Symposium, MoBY, 26.12.2013
"Our life is full of THINGS! From chocolate to cereal, football to flowers - and they all have LOGOs.
The LOGO board game is all about those logos AND the things wrapped up in them. It taps into the knowledge we’ve piled up over our lives & adds a few astonishing facts and surprises to entertain the whole family.
It’s easy to learn and fun to play. Just answer the questions to leap around the board. The first player to answer correctly in the winning zone - WINS!
For 2-6 players aged 12 to adult”
And this is what The Toy Lab has to say about the game.
As far as interest rates and the nonexistence of real organized opposition to Capitalism are concerned, we may very well say that Neoliberalism is a post-Fordist condition. Yet, Neoliberal optics follow some of the logic of the assembly-line, the key institution of the Fordist production process. From the inbox to google-docs, to Gifs - we’re operating on multiple assembly-lines all day.
With these Gifs of the assembly-line we can reflect on the way the Gif itself operates; repetitive motion that is made of still frames that never accumulate. What Gifs show us is movement, and this movement is made by our vision. With Gifs we are the assembly-line.
Thanks to Assaf Gruber
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