After Scarcity (Video)

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“And this is the way I want us to consider Wal-Mart … the shape of a Utopian future looming through the mist.”

Fredric Jameson, Valences of the Dialectic

“The past teaches but we do not know what it teaches.”

Elena Esposito, The Future of Futures

Sluggish materialism gave way to broadband idealism—Colossal corporations pipelining all sorts of things via regulated networks of highly efficient data transfer. This Utopia is neither about stamina nor grit—High-speed capitalism melts solids and, in the bargain, time. Fiber-Optic-Future-Forward: Time has changed.

After Scarcity is a sci-fi essay film that tracks Soviet cyberneticians (1950s – 1980s) in their attempt to build a fully-automated planned economy. If history at its best is a blueprint for science-fiction, revisiting contingent histories of economic technology might enable an access to the future. Vindicating this other internet, the lecture presents the economic application of socialist cybernetic experiments as extra-ordinary to financial arrangements and imaginations of our time.

Production Year: 2018

Production Country: Switzerland

Duration: 00:31:51

A production of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2018, with the support of the Fonds d’Art Contemporain de la Ville (FMAC) and the Fonds d’Art Contemporain du Canton de Genève (FCAC) and In Between Art Film.