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McKenzie Wark

He is Professor of Culture and Media Studies at Eugene Lang College of The New School for Social Research, New York. He has published numerous essays of cultural criticism, among them The Beach beneath the Street (Verso, 2011) and The Spectacle of Disintegration (Verso, 2013), both of which are concerned with the history of the Situationist International (SI) and the cultural and political legacy of its members. He has also studied in depth the social and political changes resulting from the inroads made by the information technologies into everyday life. In his book A Hacker Manifesto (HUP, 2004), for example, he champions the emergence of a new social class, the hackers, who are willing and able to combat the privatisation of knowledge in the age of the Internet. Also notable and along similar lines, is Gamer Theory (HUP, 2007), in which Wark pinpoints videogames as the emergent cultural form of our times. He has recently published Molecular Red: Theory for The Anthropocene (Verso, 2017), an essay in which he uses the works of two science fiction novelists, Alexander Bogdanov and Kim Stanley Robinson, in order to reflect upon the Anthropocene Era and one of its chief threats: climate change. Starting from the alternative worlds imagined by these two writers, he ponders the question of what kind of response is required by the present environmental crisis.

Update: 13 December 2017



Has participated in

The Drunken Driver: Thoughts on a Waning Civilisation

Lecture by McKenzie Wark