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Inhabiting the Capitalocene
There is a force driving us around, making us live a certain way, dictating our organisation around a specific goal, commanding where our bombs should land and how deep into another sovereign’s airspace our fighter jets should broach. This force is called Capital, and we suckle at its teats dutifully. Like little children still deathly afraid of what lies beyond, so we heed every single command, intelligible or not, believable or not, that this great mother issues.
Nations don’t raze endangered forests for the sustenance benefits of her citizens, nor are wars started by belligerent strongmen with some inner inadequacies to compensate. It is all mediated, driven, predicted, and expected, by the omnipotent force that is capital. And so here is the world capital built, on the backs of humans and machines, at the cost of natural ecologies and non-human humans. This world is still partly jungle, but a jungle of steel, glass and bitcoins; partly urban, but an urbanity slowly yet surely devolving into self-isolating tribes with more intentions of extending capital’s reach; and partly (although I must qualify, it’s a very small part), the future that has yet been written, yet been predicted by the Forex, untainted, a still-absent monument to our still-ongoing collective struggle for a truly post-humanist inclusivity. This future is still inaccessible, but in some corners of this room, you might just catch a glimpse of it.
Text by Bart Seng Wen Long
We should think about what kinds of mood or emotion we are holding, we should pay attention to the threats around us, we should keep sensitivity for the living conditions of others and we should know what are we fighting for. Our rebellion should not only be rooted in our own ‘memory’ but built based on the resonance with a whole human society.
Text by Ruiqi Li
Room Curators Max Colson Anna Komitska Ruiqi Li
Anna Komitska Ruiqi Li John Chan Jean-Claude Kadima Yunlong Zhang Zheng Fang Yuehan Wang Hugh Finnerty Lewis Wells Sophie Holden Emily Hextall-Tonks Jamie Hares James Tucker Frescy Kopanycia-Reynolds Matthew Le-Surf Née Marie Kiangala Yifan Zhong