... but the shitty flashlight we carry through those woods, the kicking-back chainsaws we wield to take them down
News from the hostile objects / sabotage / malevolent commodity front:
first, my piece on said topic for Mute is up. Given space limitations, it's halfway between a skeleton and a sprint. Hence consider it a gesture to be followed out from there (perhaps into a book-shaped thing), in part by me, especially on a few fronts: in the elaboration of the theory of alienated labor and commodification underpinning this, on the "sabotage relation" as double/inverse of the exchange relation, on how I am not kidding whatsoever when I write that claim that we literally live surrounded by the crystallized hostility of dead labor and time wasted, and on the way in which a perhaps not small part of 20th century cultural production has been marked by these questions). And, I hope, in part by others who pick it up from there.
second, and on that note, Giovanni - who was a significant help and influence on this work - has already done so, preemptively, taking on a deeply strange insurance commercial, the injunction Love your stuff, and, more broadly, on the hostile edges of "mediated memory", where "subjectivity doesn’t coalesce according to orderly and normative patterns of behaviour but rather explodes into a fitful incoherence."