Molecular Red : Theory for the Anthropocene
In Molecular Red, McKenzie Wark creates philosophical tools for the Anthropocene, our new planetary epoch, in which human and natural forces are so entwined that the future of one determines that of the other. Wark explores the implications of Anthropocene through the story of two empires, the Soviet and then the American. The fall of the former prefigures that of the latter. From the ruins of these mighty histories, Wark salvages ideas to help us picture what kind of worlds collective labor might yet build. From the scientific pioneers who were trying to transform science during the Russia Revolution, to visionaries contemplating cyborg possibilities and science fiction dreams in late 20th century California, Molecular Red not only looks at the crisis of climate change that we face but also how we might be able to understand it, and how we might salvage some hope out of the wreckage.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 139.7 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 367g
- 06 Dec 2016
- Verso Books
- London, United Kingdom
"A wonderful book ... informative and moving ... a great recovery of an instructive life and literary effort. The book makes the case for a kind of political vision and action we need to recognize and enact. A true pleasure to read." - Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy "A very imaginative, historically smart, politically generative thesis ... that I think we urgently need." - Donna Haraway, author of Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature "A call to arms in which art and leisure, science and philosophy hack into each other in order to produce a way of thinking that works on both a pragmatic (proletarian) and a philosophical (bourgeois) level. It's also his own version of Back to the Future (1985), in which Wark comes across as a bit of a Marty McFly, dashing back to the past to proclaim new heroes and new solutions to problems in the present - principally climate change." - Art Review "Molecular Red seeks to put scholarship to work. The result is a playbook for the Anthropocene, a set of moves and strategies extracted from an unexpected canon of texts formed by a mash-up of the Soviet avant-garde and the Californian high-tech imaginary. Remnants of the two great empires of the twentieth century are pitted against the rapacious insurgency of their twenty-first-century progeny, playfully named by Wark as the Carbon Liberation Front." - Radical Philosophy
About McKenzie Wark
McKenzie Wark is the author of A Hacker Manifesto,Gamer Theory, 50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist International and The Beach Beneath the Street, among other books. They teach at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.