Please join Benjamin H. Bratton and e-flux journal editor Julieta Aranda at transmediale on Friday, February 5 for the Berlin launch of Bratton's new work of theory-fiction, Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution. The event includes a reading from the book accompanied by image evocation, conversation between Bratton and Aranda, and a toast to celebrate the tenth title in the e-flux journal Series with Sternberg Press.
Equal parts Borges, Burroughs, Baudrillard, and Black Ops, Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution charts a treacherous landscape filled with paranoid master plans, failed schemes, and dubious histories.
Benjamin H. Bratton’s kaleidoscopic theory-fiction links the utopian fantasies of political violence with the equally utopian programs of security and control. Both rely on all manner of doubles, models, gimmicks, ruses, prototypes, and shock-and-awe campaigns to realize their propagandas of the deed, threat, and image. Blurring reality and delusion, they collaborate on a literally psychotic politics of architecture.
The cast of characters in this ensemble drama of righteous desperation and tactical trickery shuttle between fact and speculation, action and script, flesh and symbol, death and philosophy: insect urbanists, seditious masquerades, epistolary ideologues, distant dissimulations, carnivorous installations, forgotten footage, branded revolts, imploding skyscrapers, sentimental memorials, ad-hoc bunkers, sacred hijackings, vampire safe-houses, suburban enclaves, big-time proposals, ambient security protocols, disputed borders-of-convenience, empty research campuses, and robotic surgery.
In this mosaic we glimpse a future city built with designed violence and the violence of design. As one ratifies the other, the exception becomes the ruler.
This launch event is presented by transmediale in cooperation with e-flux and Sternberg Press. For more information, see transmediale's schedule of events: http://2016.transmediale.de/content/book-launch-dispute-plan-to-prevent-future-luxury-constitution-by-benjamin-h-bratton.
Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution
by Benjamin H. Bratton
Series editors: Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle
Foreword by Keller Easterling
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Series cover design by Liam Gillick, design by Jeff Ramsey
December 2015, English
10.8 x 17.8cm, 200 pages, softcover
Also available as an iBook (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/dispute-plan-to-prevent-future/id1072464093?ls=1&mt=11) and on Kindle (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ABCB8FM)
Julieta Aranda is an artist and editor of e-flux journal.
Benjamin H. Bratton is a theorist whose work spans Philosophy, Computer Science, Art and Design. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts and Director of D;GP The Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is also Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. His research is situated at the intersections of contemporary social and political theory, computational media & infrastructure, architectural & urban design problems, and the politics of synthetic ecologies and biologies. His most recent books, both published in 2015, are The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty from MIT Press, and Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution from e-flux & Sternberg Press.