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Celebrate Mark Fisher’s radical work and life at this digital ICA event

The virtual iteration of For k-punk will see contributions from artists including Oneohtrix Point Never and Iceboy Violet

The ICA is set to present a virtual event honouring the late cultural theorist and writer Mark Fisher. Arriving in the wake of the recent book release, Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures of Mark Fisher, the event will see five artists and musicians respond to themes and questions that arise in Fisher’s later work.

Among these artists are Oneohtrix Point Never and Iceboy Violet, plus Time is Away, Tim Lawrence, and Incursions (aka Archie Smith and Kitty McKay). Visuals from the London-based filmmaker Sweatmother will also feature.

The event isn’t the first of its kind. An ongoing series in tribute to Fisher – titled For k-punk, in reference to his online alias – began in 2018, as an afterparty for the Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture at Goldsmiths. This year, however, it premieres online as a way for people to “share time when they cannot share space”.

For k-punk 2021 is curated by artist and writer Natasha Eves, of Goldsmiths, and writer Matt Colquhoun, who edited Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures. The five artists’ responses will premiere on ICA’s Cinema 3 platform on January 30, between 10pm and 3am. Get free tickets here.

In 2019, Dazed exclusively shared a future-facing piece of fiction by Mark Fisher: “Commodities Leap the Species Barrier.”