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Memories of the Future

On Countervision

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Edited By Stephen Wilson and Deborah Jaffé

What is a memory of the future? Is it a myth, a fiction of a severed arm, a post-human debate or a broken time machine? In an increasingly insecure future-world there is an urgency to consider and debate these questions. Memories of the Future: On Countervision addresses these concerns by speculating on the connections between memory and futurity in fields such as counter-histories, women’s studies, science fiction, art and design, technology, philosophy and politics. This book reveals how these subjects regenerate at the intersections of vision, counter-cultural production and the former present. The volume links the re-imaginings of memory into the present with topics such as the fever dream allegory of the adolescent social experience, soft technologies of future dress, reinventions of monetary exchange, rekindled subjectivities of school days, and technics and human progression. These countervisions argue against the homogenizing status quo of the present in order to challenge the customs, traditions and conventions of the past and propositions of the future.

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absurd 26, 27, 125, 139, 143–145, 248, 252–253, 255, 258 accelerationalist politics 2 aesthetics 25, 63, 116, 136, 141–142, 237 ambiguity 99, 101, 254 architecture 24, 41, 109, 145–146, 215–216 Arendt, Hannah 13 attention economy 171–183 attention-time 171 ballad(s), street 2, 21, 26–27, 245–260 broadside 246 Barthes, Roland 11, 88–92, 103 Bataille, Georges 52 Benjamin, Walter 10, 13, 52, 55–56, 232 Berardi, Franco 3, 169, 171–172, 175 Bergson, Henri 214 biography 109, 223 bioinsecurity 18 Borges, Jorge Luis 12–13, 110, 116–120 Brassier, Ray 17, 154–167 capitalism 3, 26, 36, 51–58, 171 monetary system(s) 20, 198, 201, 274 Carlyle, Thomas 247, 257–258 carnivalesque 27, 252 Carroll, Lewis 9, 72 Chalayan, Hussein 25, 26, 227–244 One Hundred and Eleven 227, 239–240 childhood 9–10, 13, 14, 39, 72–74, 109, 129–130, 146 children’s fiction / literature 8–11, 69–82 Golden Age of 9, 72 quest narrative(s) in 9 Collins, Suzanne 10, 69, 77, 78–82 contemporary 72, 75–77, 80, 85, 90–93, 98, 101, 103, 129–130, 136, 145, 170, 178, 182, 183, 185, 189, 197, 202, 203, 209–225, 229, 245, 252, 254–255, 258, 260 counterfactual(s) 187–197, 202 countertemporal 45 countervision(s) 11, 19, 185 culture 4, 7, 9, 18, 25, 55, 60, 63, 73, 82, 88–89, 93, 179, 181, 197, 198, 236–237, 253, 258 consumer 185–186, 198, 201–202 historical...

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