<synthesis> UNDECLARED MOVEMENTS is out now!

Krystian Woznicki kw at berlinergazette.de
Wed Jul 8 11:49:22 CEST 2020


I am happy to announce that my new book “Undeclared Movements” has been
published by bbooks. It encompasses 288 pages, is written in English,
with 122 full-page color and black-and-white images. The price is: €15.
More info here: https://krystianwoznicki.info

Now, please read what it is about:

Highly complex, thoroughly networked societies are so susceptible in
some ‘neuralgic spots’ that a single pinprick is enough to trigger a
catastrophic chain reaction. In this insecure situation, threats are
being amplified by neoliberal restructuring in the form of privatization
and technological rationalization. Thus, rather than creating
sustainable public structures that would make it easier to avert
preventable harm, already precarious lifeworlds are made even more
precarious. Aggravating these insecurities is neoliberal
governmentality’s attempt to incorporate threats as capitalizable
assets. Here, the idea of prevention is displaced by preemption—a
strategy of making potential threats securable and hence available for
political and economic speculation.

In “Undeclared Movements,” Krystian Woznicki explores the high price for
and the limits of preemption. Zooming in on preventable ‘disasters’ in
the Schengen Area – as varied as the “refugee crisis” of 2015 and “civil
war” during the G20 in 2017 – Woznicki shows that the limits of
preemption are manifesting themselves as enormous dangers for society,
but also as opportunities for new forms of politics to arise. Written
before the COVID-19 crisis, this book anticipates some of the urgent
questions to be asked in the face of unprecedented yet preventable
devastations: What does it mean for democracy that the exploitation of
insecurities is contributing to the rise of increasingly AI-driven
security industries, and public safety is being replaced by ‘national
security’? What does it mean for co-existence that all of us are
affected by the threats of densely inter-connected (and ultimately
contagious) societies—but some are less vulnerable than others?

*A Quote from the Book*

“By studying struggles that do not yet have an official political lobby,
or that have not yet been actualized on the street or at a square as a
recognizable collective body, it becomes possible to grasp political
forms before the actualization of their potentialities occurs—that is,
when we are on the brink of developing a political consciousness for
what it means to be in the given crisis together.”


“In a time of pandemics, borders matter more than ever. Taking
‘corridors’ as a privileged lens to analyze strategies of movement
management in the Schengen Area after 9/11, Krystian Woznicki provides
us with powerful tools to anticipate processes, conflicts, and struggles
of emergent futures.”—Sandro Mezzadra, political theorist, University of
Bologna, co-author of “Border as Method” (2013)

“Whose data are deemed ‘clean,’ and whose ‘dirty’? Woznicki’s bold
portrayal of illegalized mobility challenges narratives of exclusion and
data-fueled divides in search of ways to truly co-exist and co-interpret
our shared reality.”—Inte Gloerich, technology researcher, Institute of
Network Cultures, Amsterdam, co-editor of “State Machines” (2019)

“Undeclared Movements traces insurgence in its global connections.
Intertwining text and images, it confers a haptic sense of the
frictions, struggles and political forms that underpin and contest our
logistical present.”—Evelina Gambino, political geographer and
fractional worker, University College London, author of “Beyond
Seamlessness” (2019)

“In this era of preventable crisis, Woznicki devotes his analytical
skills to deconstructing the latest upgrade of disaster
capitalism.”—Marta Peirano, technology expert and social critic,
co-founder of El Diario, Madrid, author of “El Enemigo Conoce el
Sistema” (2019)

*Online Orders*

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For orders and review copies, please contact the publishing house at
verlag[at]bbooksz.de. For interview and talk requests, please contact
the author at kw[at]berlinergazette.de.


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