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Public Journal 48: The End

19 × 24 × 1.5 cm
Fall 2013

Edited by Christine Davis and Scott MacKenzie

This issue brings together an international array of scholars and artists to examine the current political and cultural fascination with material and symbolic representations of “The End.” From the end of Communism to the end of higher education, the end of the environment to the end of life, our writers and artists examine what is currently ending, and what popular, philosophical and political discourse claims to be at an end. This issue foregrounds not only the contemporary political and environmental disasters that are taking place around us, but also offers entry points to engage with these postulated ends, allowing one to imagine a future that is not an endpoint. To do so, one must firmly place oneself in the present, without naïve nostalgia for the past, or abject resignation about the future. For there to be a future, our contributors, in different ways and from different philosophical, critical and artistic points of view, argue for a citizenship fully engaged in the present. The issue also includes Slavoj Žižek’s keynote address from the Until the End of The World Symposium, held at Toronto’s City Hall Council Chambers in September 2012.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Christine Davis and Scott MacKenzie

The End of the World (As We Know It), Slavoj Žižek

Betrayal: The Thanatocracy (1974), Michel Serres

Silence Wager Stories (1993), Susan Howe

The End of the Humanities, Toby Miller

All That’s Frozen Melts Into Air: Arctic Cinemas at the End of the World, Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerståhl Stenport

A Beautiful Movie About The End of the World: Director’s Statement, Lars von Trier

Offshore: Extreme Oil and the Disappearing Future, Brenda Longfellow

Communism and the End of the World, Matthew Flisfeder

Algorithms for the Extinction Event, Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Separation, Death, The Thing, Freud, Lacan, and the Missed Encounter, Catherine Malabou

Selected Songs for the End of the World, Alan Zweig


Colour, Christine Davis and Scott Lyall

The End, Vlad Lunin


Ian Balfour, This is the End–Not: Or, Enough with the Messiah Already


Jill Glessing, Ori Gersht: History Repeating, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Friederike Schäfer, Venezia To Be or Not: The 2013 Venice Biennale

Christine Korte, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship by Claire Bishop

Anne K. Yoder, What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation by Tom Finkelpearl

Michael DiRisio, Living As Form edited by Nato Thompson

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