Presented as part of the panel “Art and Logistical Disruption” at the Arts of Logistics conference at Queen Mary University of London.
Sunday, June 6, 2016
This presentation argues that the ‘revolutions’ in cybernetics and logistics have become the dominant forces and paradigmatic discourses in contemporary global capitalism. With its cybernetic core located in the north and a major commodity gateway/culture industry core in the south, California drives capitalist innovation, circulation and exploitation. It has also become a flashpoint for anti-capitalist struggle. Empire Logistics has been mapping and researching the techno-circulatory landscape of California for the past five years. This presentation will trace the project’s successes, failures and challenges through a look at the various maps generated, videos produced, research undertaken and events facilitated.