Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization

To be published in August 2018 by Pluto Press.

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Coming of Age in the Financialized Pokéconomy

In recognition of the Pokémon franchise with the release of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, I thought I’d share “Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy,” a chapter from my 2014 book Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life.

A short essay on Futures (2013) by Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

I wrote the following short essay to accompany Carol Condé and Karl Beveridge’s exhibition’Scene Otherwise’ at the Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax April 17th – May 13th, 2015 (organized by NSCAD’s Anna Leonowens Gallery and part of the Mayworks Festival).

BOOK: “Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life” to be published by Palgrave Macmillan (2014)

I’m delighted to announce that by first monograph Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.  I’m working on completing the manuscript now, but a tentative table of contents is as follows: Introduction 1. Reproducing Fictitious Capital 2. Precariousness: Two Models of Social Liquidation…

“Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance is Resistance and, anyway, Resistance is Futile” appears in Mediations

My article “Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance is Resistance and, anyway, Resistance is Futile” has appeared in a special issue of the journal Mediations: Journal of the Marxist Literary Group on Before and After Neoliberalism, edited by Imre Szeman. The article can be found here: http://www.mediationsjournal.org/articles/finance-depends-on-resistance From the article’s introduction: This essay advances three provocations…

Metaphoric Wealth and The Crisis of the Imagination

1. Continuum Press has posted the details of a collection edited by Todd Dufresne and Carla Sacchetti titled The Economy as Cultural System, due out in November (http://wwwwww.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=168460&SntUrl=154046), which features my essay “Metaphoric Wealth:  Finance, Financialization and the End of Narrative.”  From the chapter’s introduction: This chapter asks us to understand finance as a cultural…

Article on financialization, Pokémon and agency appears in Cultural Studies

My article “Can Pikachu Save Fannie Mae?: Value, finance and imagination in the new Pokéconomy” has appeared in the journal Cultural Studies, or at least the online “forthcoming articles” section of the journal. The abstract: I argue that Pokémon offers a demonstrative and constitutive moment of the financializaion of contemporary cultural life in ways that…

New article in FUSE: “Creativity (Pre-)Occupied”

My article “Creativity (Pre-)Occuppied“, about the struggles around and through creativity in the Occupy Movements, has been published by FUSE Magazine an amazing publication based in Toronto.   The current special in which it appears (35.1) is titled “Forms of Struggle” and features some excellent writing.  Check it out here: http://fusemagazine.org/2011/12/35-1.  On quality newsstands now!

“Finance as Capital’s Imagination” published in Social Text

My article “Finance as Capital’s Imagination?: Reimagining Value and Culture in an Age of Fictitious Capital and Crisis” has been published in the journal Social Text (29.3/108, pp. 93-124.  You can find it here.  The abstract: This essay seeks to contribute to the theoretical groundwork for a cultural studies of finance by recasting a Marxist…