Alternative Ulster?
in Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom
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Drawing on McKenzie Wark’s 2013 response to the #Accelerate manifesto, #Celerity, the conclusion assesses how this monograph aligns with Left critiques of the capitalist economy. The book’s emphasis upon a rereading of history and culture from the perspective of the present is crucial in this regard. ‘There are’, as Wark writes, ‘many resources in aesthetic alter-modern spaces of the past via which to experiment with steps forward’. The conclusion explores this trajectory through a close reading of a 1978 manifesto carried in the punk fanzine Alternative Ulster. Using the article to revisit the key tropes and locations examined in this book, the conclusion reiterates how the politics of boredom can operate as both the logical outcome of capitalism’s intersection with conflict and also as a tentative source for capitalism’s ultimate demise. In this sense, the book concludes, to experience boredom is not simply to be subjected to a structure of mass constriction. Rather, through its collective experience and politicised figuration, boredom can also reveal new spaces which germinate alternative modes of being.

Northern Ireland and the politics of boredom

Conflict, capital and culture



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