Friday 25 September at the ICA, London, sees a book launch to celebrate the publication of Occupy: A People Yet to Come, a collection of essays by leading Deleuzian scholars about the nature and impact of the occupy movement. The book is available from Amazon, is open access from the Open Humanities Press and discounted copies will be available at the launch.
The Book Launch will feature presentations from contributors Nick Thoburn (Deleuze and Marx) and David Burrows (Head of Fine Art: Slade) and Dr Andrew Conio (Senior Lecturer and Director of Fine Art at the School of Music and Fine Art: University of Kent).
For the authors, the term Occupy is a synecdoche for the world-wide proliferation of struggles that fall outside of conventional and ‘vanguard’ politic and are based on new tactics, revitalised democratic processes and nomadic systems of organisation. This collection assesses the value of Deleuze and Guattari’s political ontology to the movement and looks at modes of organisation, economics, social and political forces, democracy, representation, occupation, resistance, aesthetics, leadership and so forth. Essays are written by Claire Colebrook, John Protevi, Ian Buchannan, Eugene Holland, Rodigo Nunes, Giuseppina Mecchia, Andrew Conio, Nicholas Thoburn, David Burrows and Verena Andermatt Conley. The authors hail from USA, UK, Brazil and Australia and most had intimate experience of Occupy
In a review of the book Bert Oliver says ‘It should be abundantly apparent from Conio’s words that the invention of new words or concepts to grapple with the undeniably urgent issues raised by him, above, is a challenge to all the humanities. The incredibly creative work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari is indispensable in this regard, as the just published book, Occupy – A People yet to Come amply demonstrates.
Book launch time: 2 – 4pm, followed by drinks 4 – 6pm.
Location: ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH
Further details: www.ica.org.uk