Remembering Mark Fisher

Next Friday (17th January) marks the third annual Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture hosted by the Department of Visual Cultures.

For those who don’t know, Mark was a really important figure to many students and colleagues here at Goldsmiths. He was an incredibly talented lecturer and scholar in the Department of Visual Cultures, and someone who inspired many with his work as a music writer and critical theorist.

Mark, who sadly passed away in January 2017, initially achieved acclaim for his blog, K-Punk, in the early 2000s, and was well known for his writings on underground music, popular culture and radical politics. K-Punk attracted an avid readership, and, in 2009, he published a bestseller: ‘Capitalist Realism,’ a powerful book about ‘the widespread acceptance that there is no alternative to capitalism.’ This was followed in 2014 by ‘Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures,’ along with his final book, ‘The Weird And The Eerie.’

Following the memorial lecture on Friday, we will be holding an afterparty here at the SU, an event which is funded by the Academic Communities Fund. Click here for more info. We will be thinking Mark’s work as a dancefloor, bringing you a mixture of live acts and DJs, affirming what Simon Reynolds describes as ‘the power that music has held out for successive generations, and the challenge of activating music’s promise in the world beyond.’ Entry is free.