Metrics and the production of uncertainty 


It would seem that the aim of a neoliberal approach is to produce uncertainty which then stimulates competitive entrepreneurial activity. The more uncertain people are, the more they are likely to be pushed and prodded into value production. The presence of competition is aimed at making us feel uncertain about what will happen, how we will be ranked and what this will mean. The spread of neoliberal models of the market are geared towards the ongoing production of uncertainty. The use of indicators and measures to assess our performance – whether at work, in our lifestyles or in our social media based networks – provoke feelings of uncertainty and precarity. Therefore, insecurity is the objective.

Source: Is neoliberalism making you anxious? Metrics and the production of uncertainty | British Politics and Policy at LSE

Grass Will Grow Over Your Cities


We live upon ruins. History is the progressive accumulation of ruin upon ruin. In the end, capitalism – that abstract monstrosity of a totality – would’ve been a machine for the production of ruins.

If I was to choose among the artworld elite, upon the transnational roll call of celebrity artists, then one of my favorite living artists would be Anselm Kiefer. Those who are familiar with his work can readily see his influence upon my own work, even if the themes and content may differ: his work influences my approach to forms, to the field of painting as an erosive plane, etc. Kiefer, born in the postwar era, grew up playing on the ruins of World War Two. In his work, ruins and the catastrophe of history have been a pervasive theme for decades. What he gets us all to remember is that all things will pass and those…

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