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For k-punk 2021: post-capitalist desire

For k-punk is a series of events celebrating the life and work of Mark Fisher. 


Beginning in 2018 as an afterparty for the Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, the series’ seventh incarnation is moving online, inviting people to listen together into the night, sharing time when they cannot share space.


Taking place around the release of Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher, published by Repeater Books, For k-punk invites five artists and musicians to respond to the themes and provocations of Fisher’s final lectures.


Curated by Natasha Eves and Matt Colquhoun and commissioned by the ICA, the five responses will premiere on the ICA’s Cinema 3 platform on 30 January 2021, broadcast between 10pm and 3am. This event will be captioned. 


Artist contributions from: Tim Lawrence, Time is Away, INCURSIONS, Oneohtrix Point Never and Iceboy Violet. Visuals and captions by Sweatmother.

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This event was available to watch for 30 days from 30 January, 10pm on ICA Cinema 3


Group consciousness through celebration and remembrance

For k-punk

by Natasha Eves, Archie Smith and Kitty McKay


Those nights in packed out clubs were a reunion. Dalston, New Cross, Peckham, the Old Kent Road. It didn’t matter. What mattered was that we were there together, celebrating. Celebrating the life and thought of our teacher, who’s influence changed each of our lives, in both our collective grieving and in our joy.


Mark Fisher taught us as undergraduates. In our second year we spent weeks dedicated to his Popular Modernism module, which focused on moments of the “new” in popular culture. From the adrogynous cyborg Grace Jones, to pop-collagist Richard Hamilton and the desire laden sounds of Roxy Music—the latter both Newcastle graduates. Mark’s teachings reached out to working class kids and helped them bloom in their academic studies, as they realised that the culture they brought with them —film, music, comics, tv— deserved and commanded a critical place in the university.