Benjamin H. Bratton - Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution

A kaleidoscopic theory-fiction links the utopian fantasies of political violence with the equally utopian programs of security and control.

Dispute Plan to Prevent Future Luxury Constitution

Benjamin H. Bratton

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 shockandawe 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.

 

Category
Utopia, Architecture, Design, Technology
Subject
Fiction, Violence, Infrastructure, Science Fiction, Games & Play

December 2015, English
10.8 x 17.8 cm, 200 pages, softcover
ISBN: 978-3-95679-195-6

Publisher
Sternberg Press

Foreword by
Keller Easterling

Design
Jeff Ramsey

Series cover design
Liam Gillick

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