‘You are Just in the Middle of the Beginning’ is a curatorial project exploring ideas of the temporalities of now, particularly attentive to the intersections of technology with politics and their entanglement in our comprehension of time. The project will unfold over a period – researching, developing and ultimately making public both artistic and theoretical articulations, to open fresh angles of vision to think critically about the present.

Focussing on the psychic and social affects and desires that are generated by the constant pressures to perform exerted upon us by an ‘always on’ culture, the project will explore what it means to live a life increasingly mediated through a relationship to the digital.

Globalisation in its development since 1989, through the now ubiquitous neoliberal governance of a victorious West and the development of the World Wide Web, bringing with it the increasing digitalisation of our interactions, has seen dramatic shifts in our understandings of geography. However what is becoming increasingly apparent today is that whilst this territorial shift was happening another potentially more radical shift was taking place in our understanding of time, whether it be the collapse of work and leisure time into playbouring on Facebook in bed or the endlessly fractalising time of the project. This collapse of time has lead to a new set of subjectivities and intimacies emerging. As we are overawed by the amount of information now available and the correlative diminution in the time available to synthesise this into applicable knowledge, we enter into a panicked state leading ultimately to exhaustion.

Technologies once venerated for their emancipatory potentials are now showing their dark side when appropriated into the flows of capitalist production. In the 60s a vision of the future existed in which we were released from the immiseration of work through the development of machines to replace the functions of manual labour. This in a sense has come to pass and the machine has largely replaced the human in production of material goods. However what wasn’t taken into account in those predictions was the wage-labour relation intrinsic to the capitalist mode of production. Now the subject of exploitation within labour has shifted from the worker’s body to the worker’s affect.

Additionally one thing that it is important to state is that this is not a call for a retreat to a romanticised supposedly pre-lapsarian time, but rather an attempt to lay some groundwork towards becoming conscious of the current conditions we find ourselves entangled within.

About the curator

Benjamin Fallon is an independent curator, writer and designer currently based in Stockholm where he is part of the CuratorLab programme at Konstfack. He served as co-director of Embassy Gallery between 2008 and 2010, was a member of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop’s Artistic Programme Committee from 2006 to 2008, and ran his self-initiated project ONEZERO between 2005 and 2008. Ben is an occasional visiting lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh College on the Contemporary art practice course.


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A project of this sort does not emerge from a vacuum, the following links to projects, publications, texts and recordings have in some way shaped the concerns of this project and are presented here as a starting point for those who are interested in exploring some of the ideas further. Where possible links have been added to the original text in context on the WWW. Where this is not possible a link is included to buy the book in physical or digital formats.

Texts / Recordings

Time, Acceleration, and Violence
– Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

No Time
– Mark Fisher

Nina Power on Optimism

Exhaustion and Exuberance
– Jan Verwoert

Timescapes of the Network Society
-Robert Hassan

– Nick Land

The Fragment on Machines
– Karl Marx

A Few Fragments on Machines
– Gerald Raunig

The Right to be Lazy
– Paul Lafargue

The Antinomies of Postmodernity
– Fredric Jameson

The End of History?
-Francis Fukuyama


Dead Man Working
– Carl Cederstrom and Peter Fleming

Non-Stop Inertia
– Ivor Southwood

The Politics of Time
– Peter Osborne

The Managed Heart
– Arlie Russell Hochschild

Cruel Optimism
– Lauren Berlant

After the Future
– Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
– Jean Francois Lyotard