S01E44 - Benjamin Bratton on Synthetic Catallaxies, Platforms of Platforms & Red Futurism (part 1/2)


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Benjamin Bratton is one of the most interesting thinkers of our time. In his work he bridges the gap between political theory and the techno-social realities and possibilities of our time.

On the format: This Future Histories LIVE event came together as part of an invitation to hold a guest lecture at the Goldsmiths College in London. I proposed a format in which I would hold a short presentation on podcasting as a form of extended research and then record an episode live in front of the students. My warmest thanks go out to Mattia Paganelli for the invitation to hold the guest lecture, to Benjamin Bratton for taking part in the interview and discussion and to the students of the Goldsmiths' seminar on Computational Arts for their participation.


Benjamin Bratton's Homepage: http://www.bratton.info/

Benjamin Bratton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bratton

Website of the Center for Design and Geopolitics: http://www.designgeopolitics.org/

"The Stack. On Software and Sovereignty" (2016) by Benjamin Bratton: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/stack

The Terraforming (experimental postgraduate urban design research program at the Strelka Institute in Moscow) Website: https://theterraforming.strelka.com/

"The Terraforming" (2019) by Benjamin Bratton: https://s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/strelka.storage/2020/4/8100070b-5651-4409-bc4c-cac813e51124/the_terraforming_fin.epub (epub, full book)

Introduction Lecture by Benjamin Bratton on "The Terraforming": https://youtu.be/nIStg6jsmQQ

Titles, names and concepts mentioned in this episode:

Wiki on Stafford Beer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stafford_Beer

Wiki on Project Cybersyn: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Cybersyn

"Cybernetic Revolutionaries" (2011) by Eden Medina: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/cybernetic-revolutionaries

"Platform Capitalism" (2016) by Nick Srnicek: https://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509504862

(German) Schadenspiegel: Das Magazin für Schadenmanager, Ausgabe 1/2016, "Man-Made-Katastrophen": https://docplayer.org/37275834-Topics-schadenspiegel-man-made-katastrophen-das-magazin-fuer-schadenmanager-ausgabe-1-2016.html

"Digital Socialism? The Calculation Debate in the Age of Big Data" by Evgeny Morozov: https://newleftreview.org/issues/ii116/articles/evgeny-morozov-digital-socialism (full article online)

"The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" (2019) by Shoshana Zuboff: https://profilebooks.com/work/the-age-of-surveillance-capitalism/

Wiki on Catallaxy and Catallactics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catallactics; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catallaxy

Wiki on Friedrich Hayek: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Hayek

"The Use of Knowledge in Society" (1945) by Friedrich Hayek: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/1446/files/549519/download?download_frd=1 (pdf, full article)

Further Future Histories Episodes on related topics:

Episode 31 with Daniel E. Saros on Digital Socialism and the Abolition of Capital (Part 1): https://futurehistories.podbean.com/e/s01e31-daniel-saros

Episode 32 with Daniel E. Saros on Digital Socialism and the Abolition of Capital (Part 2): https://futurehistories.podbean.com/e/daniel-saros-part-2

(German) Episode 14 mit Harald Welzer zu Kapitalismus, Planwirtschaft & liberaler Demokratie: https://futurehistories.podbean.com/e/s01e14-harald-welzer

(German) Episode 19 mit Jan Philipp Dapprich zu sozialistischer Planwirtschaft: https://futurehistories.podbean.com/e/s01e19-jan-philipp-dapprich

(German) Episode 30 mit Paul Feigelfeld zu alternativen Zukünften, Unvollständigkeit & dem Sein in der Technik: https://futurehistories.podbean.com/e/s01e30-paul-feigelfeld

(German) Episode 38 mit Ulrike Hermann zu kapitalistischer Planwirtschaft: https://futurehistories.podbean.com/e/s01e38-ulrike-hermann

(German) Episode 39 mit Jens Schröter zur Gesellschaft nach dem Geld: https://futurehistories.podbean.com/e/s01e39-jens-schroeter

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