Author(s): Keller Easterling
From the skyline of Dubai to the idea of 'quality', the impact of broadband cabling in West Africa to the street plan beneath your feet Extrastatecraft is the operating system of the modern world. What can we do about it? Infrastructure is not only the underground pipes and cables controlling our cities. It also determines the hidden rules that structure the spaces all around us - free trade zones, smart cities, suburbs, and shopping malls. Extrastatecraft charts the emergent new powers controlling this space and shows how they extend beyond the reach of government. How can we find our place in their new world order, and what can we do to combat it?
I have long admired Keller Easterling s talent for extracting a space, a shape, a marking, from mixes of elements rarely brought together whether materially or conceptually. In "Extrastatecraft" she does it at a grand scale, cutting across fields of meaning and of practice. A must read. Saskia Sassen, author of "Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy" An extraordinary guidebook to the politics of infrastructure in the contemporary world, "Extrastatecraft" is a pivotal and beautifully written excavation of the hidden geographies of globalisation. Free trade zones, optic fibre networks, credit cards, mobile phones, economic and financial rules ... all emerge as charged elements within an often invisible geography that could not be more important. Extrastatecraft works to politicise and expose the prosaic and taken-for-granted hardware of our world. Stephen Graham, author of "Cities Under Siege" A breathtaking journey along the material and immaterial infrastructures that continuously shape contemporary global space. Information flows of financial, legal or military nature congeal into wide arrays of strange spatial products, extraterritorial zones and building nodes. From within the logic of these pervasive systems, Easterling poses the most urgent political challenge facing spatial activists today, and shows how the search for justice must retool to outsmart the immanent violence of Extrastatescraft. Eyal Weizman (author of "Hollow Land") and Ines Weizman "Extrastatecraft" establishes Keller Easterling s growing reputation as the savviest student of postnational spatial and infrastructural forms. Bringing together architecture, coding, digitalization and logistics, she exposes the nervous system of the new logics of domination through information and proposes a cunning counter-politics of humor, discommunication and disguise. A must read for all varieties of critical students of space and sovereignty in this emerging century. Arjun Appadurai, author of "The Future as Cultural Fact" A provocative study of infrastructure, the operating system governing everyday life. Jay Owens, "Icon"
Keller Easterling is an award-winning writer, architect and Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. She is the author of Organization Space and Enduring Innocence, which was named Archinect's Best Book of 2005. Easterling is also the author of two essaylength books: an ebook, The Action Is the Form: Victor Hugo's TED Talk and a forthcoming book Subtraction. Her writing and design work will be included in the 2014 Venice Biennale. Easterling lectures widely in the US and abroad and contributes to, among others, Domus, Artforum, Grey Room, E-Flux, Cabinet and Volume.