Mark Fisher alias K-Punk has over the last decade established himself as an academic equivalent to Colonel Kurtz (Apocalypse Now) bringing together deep insides of popular music with psychoanalysis, political analysis and speculative fiction creating, what Sukhdev Sandhu names, an extraordinary body of rogue scholarship, a theory-rush with few parallels.

In two three hour sessions, Mark Fisher dug deep into the realism of ubiquitous capitalism – “today it is easier to imagine the end of the world rather than an end to capitalism” (Jameson/Zizek) – beyond the corner of grey zombies and into the thematic of his forthcoming book dealing with depression, hauntology and lost futures."

Fisher is the author of ‘Capitalist Realism’, the editor of ‘The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson’ (both Zer0, 2009), and writes regularly for Sight and Sound, Film Quarterly, The Wire and Frieze, as well as maintaining a well-known blog at He teaches at the University of East London, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the City Literary Institute.

The seminar was part of the DOCH course Speculative Realism and was open to the public.

Video and sound by Malin Korkeasalo

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