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Mark Fisher

Staff details

PositionLecturer
Department Visual Cultures
Email m.fisher (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 (0)20 7919 7498
Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher has sadly passed away. Read Visual Cultures' tribute to him. 

Academic qualifications

PhD in Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick. Flatline Constructs: Gothic Materialism and Cybernetic Theory-Fiction (2000).

BA (Hons) in English and Philosophy, University of Hull (1989)

Teaching

I am course leader for the MA in Aural/Visual Cultures and teach the MA Special Subject, Vocalities.

Areas of supervision

I am currently supervising dissertations on the voice and horror; the relationship between 90s cyber-theory, speculative realism and contemporary materialism; and music and attention. I am open to applications from potential new students who want to work in any of my areas of interest.

Papers presented

Chair, Regeneration [Collaboration], Calder bookshop, London, July 22 2013

‘Anti-humanism and the Humanities in the Wake of Capitalist Realism’, Arts and Humanities: Of(f) Course, Groningen University, June 26 2013

‘Hauntological Melancholia’, Hauntology Symposium, Bradford International Film Festival, April 17 2013

‘Education After Capitalist Realism’ at Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education, MACRO – the Rome Museum of Contemporary Art, April 2013

‘Digital Dreamtime’, Digital Futures, Firestation Centre for Art and Culture, Windsor, February  2013

‘Capitalist Realism and DIY culture', DIY conference, Incubate festival, Tilburg, September 2012

 'Time Wars', Summer Curatorial Workshop, Swedish Royal College of Art/ Tensta Konstal, Stockholm, August 2012

Participant in roundtable discussion, Simulation, Exercise, Operations, Modern Art Oxford, July  2012

Panel member, Music, Politics, Agency, University of East London, June 2012

‘Precarity and Identity’, CASS Postgraduate Conference: The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Identity, University of Aberdeen, June 2012

'No Time', Virtual Futures, the University of Warwick, June 2012

‘Capitalist Realism and Interpassivity’, Interactive Metal Fatigue. The Interpassive Transformation of Democratic Life. Erasmus University Rotterdam, June  2012

‘Strategies Against Capitalist Realism’, Department of Cultural Studies, Bochum University, May 2012

‘not really now not any more: Hauntological Place and Non-time’, Giving Up The Ghost: The Haunting of Modern Culture, New College, Oxford, April 2012

Guest Lecture, ‘Capitalist Realism’, Transmission, Sheffield Hallam University, January 2012

'Introduction to Capitalist Realism', WORM, Rotterdam, December 2011

‘The White Rabbit’, Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism, MACBA, Barcelona, December  2011

'Art, Value and Capitalist Realism', Time Bank Symposium, STROOM, Den Haag, May 2011

'Deprivatizing Stresss: Capitalist Realism and the Politics of Mental Health', Scientific Meeting, Tavistock Clinic, 14 March 2011

'Public Space in the Wake of Capitalist Realism', Speculations on the Cultural Organization of Civility, SKOR, Amesterdam, October 2010

'Anticapital 2.0', European Business Ethics Network UK Conference, Bristol, April 2009

Research Interests

My interests lie in an interdisciplinary space. I have just completed my book Ghosts of my Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures, which should be published before the end of 2013.  I am now completing a book on desire and postcapitalism for Verso. Other areas I have recently written on include the politics of contemporary music culture; speculative realism; the weird and the eerie. I also have a longstanding interest in the production and manipulation of sound. With Justin Barton, I produced the audio-essay londonunderlondon in 2005. Its sequel, On Vanishing Land, also a collaboration with Justin Barton, played at the Showroom between February-April 2013. http://www.theshowroom.org/programme.html?id=1326

Publications

Book

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures
Fisher, Mark. 2014. Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures. Zero Books. ISBN 978-1-78279-624-4

Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative?
Fisher, Mark. 2009. Capitalist Realism: Is there no alternative? Ropley: Zero Books. ISBN 9781846943171

Edited Book

The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson
Fisher, Mark, ed. 2009. The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson. Zero Books. ISBN 978-1-84694-348-5

Book Section

‘not really now not any more’: Hauntological Place and Non-Time
Fisher, Mark. 2016. ‘not really now not any more’: Hauntological Place and Non-Time. In: Kirstin Gwyer and Karen Leeder, eds. Giving up the Ghost: The Haunting of Modern Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.

‘“What Is It That You’d Say You Do Here?” The Post-Fordist Comedy of Management
Fisher, Mark. 2014. ‘“What Is It That You’d Say You Do Here?” The Post-Fordist Comedy of Management. In: Nina Möntmann, ed. Brave New Work A Reader on Harun Farocki's film 'A New Product'. Walther Koenig. ISBN 9783863353506

Indirect Action: Some Misgivings About Horizontalism
Fisher, Mark. 2013. Indirect Action: Some Misgivings About Horizontalism. In: Pascal Gielen, ed. Institutional Attitudes. Instituting Art in a Flat World. Amsterdam: Valiz. ISBN 978-90-78088-68-4

It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of Capitalism
Fisher, Mark. 2013. It’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of Capitalism. In: Nicholas Mirzoeff, ed. The Visual Culture Reader. Routledge. ISBN 9780415620550

Postcapitalist Desire
Fisher, Mark. 2012. Postcapitalist Desire. In: Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio, eds. What We Are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto. Pluto Press. ISBN 9780745332857

We're not all in this together: Public Space and Antagonism in the Wake of Capitalist Realism
Fisher, Mark. 2011. We're not all in this together: Public Space and Antagonism in the Wake of Capitalist Realism. In: Markus Miessen and Andrea Phillips, eds. Caring Culture: Art, Architecture and the Politics of Health. Sternberg Press. ISBN 978-1-934105-71-9

Memorex for the Krakens: The Fall's Pulp Modernism
Fisher, Mark. 2010. Memorex for the Krakens: The Fall's Pulp Modernism. In: Michael Goddard and Benjamin Halligan, eds. Mark E. Smith and The Fall: Art, Music and Politics. Ashgate, pp. 95-110. ISBN 978-0-7546-6867-1

Materialismo gótico (Extractos de Flatline Constructs: Gothic materialism and Cybernethic Theory-Fiction)
Fisher, Mark. 2009. Materialismo gótico (Extractos de Flatline Constructs: Gothic materialism and Cybernethic Theory-Fiction). In: Santiago Arcos, ed. Nosotros, los brujos. Santiago Arcos. ISBN 978-987-1240-34-0

Article

“A social and psychic revolution of almost inconceivable magnitude”: Popular Culture’s Interrupted Accelerationist Dreams
Fisher, Mark. 2013. “A social and psychic revolution of almost inconceivable magnitude”: Popular Culture’s Interrupted Accelerationist Dreams. e-flux, 46,

The privatisation of stress
Fisher, Mark. 2011. The privatisation of stress. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 48, pp. 123-133. ISSN 1362-6620

'How Very Lacanian': From Fantasy to Hyperreality in Basic Instinct 2
Fisher, Mark. 2007. 'How Very Lacanian': From Fantasy to Hyperreality in Basic Instinct 2. Film / Philosophy, 11(3), ISSN 1466-4615

‘You have always been the caretaker’: the spectral spaces of the Overlook Hotel
Fisher, Mark. 2007. ‘You have always been the caretaker’: the spectral spaces of the Overlook Hotel. Perforations, 29,

Gothic Oedipus: Subjectivity and Capitalism in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins’
Fisher, Mark. 2006. Gothic Oedipus: Subjectivity and Capitalism in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins’. ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies, 2(2), ISSN 1549-6732

Gothic Materialism
Fisher, Mark. 2001. Gothic Materialism. Pli Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 12,