May 14th, 2008
Author: Richard Barbrook
World Ex-Position ’08
Fahim Amir has posted a review of the World Ex-Position ’08 which took place on 26th April-15th May 2008 in Vienna, Austria. He concludes his Mute article with this observation on Richard Barbrook’s talk about Imaginary Futures at the festival:
“His politically apt and historically well informed argument presents a strong antidote to the euphoric manifestos of the net’s postmodern leftist theorists of the likes of Antonio Negri, without falling for the techno-pessimistic traps of an oversimplifying critique of ideology. Indeed, to quote Barbrook, ‘those who forget the future are condemned to repeat it’.”
The utopian dreams of Russian-style cybernetic communism could only be turned into everyday reality within the made-in-the-USA global village.