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Radical Technologies:Re-examining the contemporary order on the 50th anniversary of 1968





In 1968, millions of people strived for their rights all over the world. The anti-war movement became a vehicle that united people’s appeals against capitalism, imperialism, racism, and bureaucracy. The year 1968 became the resonating moment that disconcerted the global capitalist order for good.

Also in 1968, images of the Vietnam War, transmitted through the satellites, appeared on the television screens in every American household. Marked by these images, the Beat Generation disappeared from their social roles to make their stands against any authorities. The Cold War military and space race stimulated the popular imaginations of possible social ends. Street movements inspired new urban control technologies and spatial organization methods. Situationists expanded resistance along the spatial dimension through art practices. Cybernetics blurred the boundary between humans, animals, and machines. The development of environmental control technologies enabled the formation of many radical architectural associations. Architecture became a medium of critical thinking, which motored the transformation of architecture as a discipline. In the second half of the 20th century, media technologies profoundly reshaped the order of the world.

However, resistance at its best could only make the gigantic exchange machine more resilient. The reshuffled capitalism order today marks the tragic reconciliation between the 68-generation and their oedipus youth. 50 years later, consumerism, domesticates radical languages from the past and uses phrases like “resistance” or “emancipation” to elaboratetheir selling strategies. Anti-culture resistance ironically becomes a footnote of commodity fetishism.

PILLS, together with The Paper and One Way Street, launches a special issue under the title of “Radical Technologies.” The issue invites submissions to reexamine the technological revolutions launched 50 years ago that disconcerted the late capitalist order, and reshaped the world today.


Call for Submission

征稿截至日期 :2019年1 月31日。


Deadline : 01/31/2019

Please send your essay (3,500-7,000 words) in Word-format to our

email 1968@pillspress.com and note the autobiographic information of the author. Selected articles will be published on online platforms, including, PILLS, The Paper, and One Way Street. PILLS will also include the selected essays to its 2019 publication plan. Please feel free to email the email address above should you have any questions.


Pills is a cross-disciplinary design and research office, whose work focuses on contemporary spatial culture. We are interested in capital and spatial politics, environmental control and philosophy oftechnology, globalization and infrastructure, contemporary media culture and production-consumption relations, film and media technologies. We hope to redefine contemporary urban and architectural issues with critical approaches,to influence contemporary culture with multiple observation methods, to discuss the mechanism behind spatial productions in further depth, and to depict the contemporary world picture and human conditions in greater clarity. Our work in cludes critical practices in many fields, such as architectural and urban design, installation and art practice, curation and architectural planning,multi-media production and independent publication.


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