With The Capitalocene we intend to name and sound a terminological rhyme––a repetition but with variation–––to The Anthropocene, the name for our era and understanding of global conditions such as climate patterns, extinction rates, and the many other ecological ramifications in which nothing is not changed by human agency writ large. By calling the epoch The Capitalocene, we aim to call attention to how it is life under the regime of capitalism, rather than humanity as a global-scale phenomenon, that is the disordering force of the life of this world; and further we mean to gainsay the idea that the end of the world is easier to imagine than the end of capitalism. But what are the means and strategies by which we’ll find ourselves capable of this counter-vison, a vision of life in which the world is teeming, diverse, beautiful, strange, and survives––and the destructive capacities of capital are overturned. In this vision of a refreshed ecology of living, the care and long work of subversive remedy required to unmake the violences of racialized capitalism will be a signal activity, so too–––we imagine––new forms of communal resisting and flourishing. How can writing, performance, theory, music and critical thought be catalysts for bringing these new forms into being; how can these creative activities & energies be leveraged as subversive remedy. And how can we write with an urgency that is not merely a reflection of the grammar of crisis that constitutes capitalism itself; how can writing be a technology for sounding out both affective being, and the complexities of the political––how to write (collectively) now. As a start to these questions (and myriad others) we invoke the necessary and alchemical possibilities of coming together in community; and we invite writers, and students, and thinkers, and performers to continue the lines of critical voicing, creative work, and spiritual sensibility that have defined the Summer Writing Program since 1974.
Summer Writing Program Staff:
Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997); Beloved Spirit, Co-Founder
Anne Waldman; Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Jeffrey Pethybridge, Managing Director
Caroline Swanson, Coordinator
Design & Central Image: Monika Edgar