When we were starting the Bioskop in early 2010 I went (almost randomly) to a talk by Mark on his recently published book Capitalist Realism. It was a shock – and a wake up call – and led on to discovering (belatedly) his blog k-punk, and Zero Books where he was commissioning editor at the time.
In the early 2010s Mark Fisher’s writing acted as a touchstone or a point of departure that could lead to discovering Hauntology (the futures that were imagined but didn’t come into being), Speculative Realism, Post Humanism, the dark Deleuzianism of Nick Land and the CCRU, the use of sci-fi as a jumping off point for understanding the present, Italian Autonomism and Bifo Berardi, and Accelerationism in its negative and positive sense. And – through Zero Books – to Nina Power’s One Dimensional Woman , Carl Neville’s Classless, Steven Shaviro’s brilliant introduction to Post Cinematic Affect, and Agata Pyzik’s Poor but Sexy. (to name some highlights)
One of the defining statements of Fisher’s Capitalist Realism is “It is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.” Mark Fisher’s writing recognised that we are doomed to not having a future unless we understand the importance of our culture producing dreamings “suggestive glimmers of worlds radically different from the actually existing social order.”
Some great writing about Mark has appeared in the last few days, by friends and colleagues including this by Robin MacKay and this by David Stubbs. A much longer version of this post with personal reflections can be found here.