34.2 | Review: Postcapitalist Desire

By Vincenzo di Mino

Mark Fisher’s theoretical work has provided an important foothold for social and political critique of current events. Ranging from the study of artistic productions to that of literary and philosophical case studies, Fisher has highlighted the hegemonic role of capitalist realism as an ideological force that flattens all manifestations, cultural and material, on the temporal dimension of the present. At the same time, he highlighted the roles that desire and imagination can play in constituting tools, discursive and practical, to oppose this hegemonic thinking. The latest and last volume, Postcapitalist Desire, analyses in depth the debates and theoretical implications of critical, revolutionary and antagonist discourses, underlining their merits and defects, and thematizing the need for new forms of expression to imagine a different future.