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On Gestational Communism
On Gestational Communism

Marie Glassl, Sophie Lewis

Surrogate Abolition

In her book Full Surrogacy Now! (2019) author Sophie Lewis votes for a “gestational communism”: instead of defaming gestational surrogacy, she urges us to all become surrogates of one another and fight a world that is still ruled by private property and naturalization. Her second book Abolish the Family (2022) develops how the structures of class society and the proprietarian core of the family are dangerously intertwined. In our interview she discusses, why we should all abolish our families in...
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  • motherhood
  • communism
  • family
  • birth
  • community
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Dieter Mersch

Digital disrupture

We really need an analysis of algorithmic conditions and their paradoxes and ambiguities that gives them an adequate framework and horizon. But instead we currently seem to be finding an algorithmic solution of the algorithmic, much as digital solutions are being offered for the problems of the digital public sphere, in the way that IT corporations, for example, use exclusively mathematical procedures to evaluate and delete “fake news,” inappropriate portrayals, or the violation of personal rights. This tends to result in a circularity that leaves the drawing of boundaries and raising of barriers solely to programming, instead of restoring them to our ethical conscience and understanding of what the social could mean today. The machine, by contrast, remains alien to any mechanical limitation—just as its inability to decide lies in the impossibility of self-calculation. The nucleus of digital culture should instead be sought where the cultural of culture is located:...

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Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer
Essays on Photography by Siegfried Kracauer

Siegfried Kracauer, Philippe Despoix (ed.), ...

The Past's Threshold

There can be no doubt, however, that in Kracauer’s texts published at the turn of the 1920s and the 1930s from his position as an editor of the cultural pages at the daily newspaper Frankfurter ­Zeitung, then in the 1950s during his American period, he sketches out a theorisation of photography that can be described as groundbreaking. But it is also true that most of his works overlap, in more than one way, with this medium of reproduction or that...
  • media theory
  • film
  • Siegfried Kracauer
  • History of photography
  • photography