Experimental Geographies

"There is tenderness only in the coarsest demand: that no-one shall go hungry any more" – Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (1974: 156)

(under)commons of affect and the critique of labour: disaffection & affective composition

An absolutely fantastic post by Mark Gawne in which he examines how one might come to compose affective infrastructures that challenge the necessities of capitalist reproduction. Gawne’s post offers a timely rejoinder to post-workerist understandings of affective labour where ‘commoning’ is often understood as a given (see my recent post on Bifo’s The Uprising)

The Golden Barley School

‘When we can only confide in each other enough to speak of struggle (communal, abstract, heroic), but not of sadness (aloneness, in this minute…) then we have not done enough, we are not doing enough for each other’s liberation’ – Anwyn Crawford, ‘The politics of sadness’

 ‘What I would like to see emerge is a new approach to politics that doesn’t see “personal” or “interpersonal” problems (mental illness, harassment, violence) as issues best kept to the private sphere, but which regrettably overflow those boundaries and unfortunately interrupt the real business of revolutionaries…This perspective offers me nothing.’ – J, reproduced from personal correspondence


The following is an attempt to move beyond the impasse of post-workerist theories of affective labour and the common, and to develop instead a process of affective composition that takes place within an undercommon.[1] Specifically, the underlying problem throughout is that of how we make infrastructures,

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