LOGISTICAL PROTOCOLS



Described by Anna Tsing as “supply chain capitalism”, the contemporary political economy finds its heart in logistics - the science of control and management of flows (Tsing, 2009). Logistical networks set complex protocols that determine everyday existence. Logistical protocols create new places for class conflict that are as material and important as the factory (Toscano, 2011). Current flows of goods and people scale up from local food delivery to eternal iterations of planetary distribution of products. The logic of such flows “carves the contours of contemporary capitalism” and maps its colonial influences: the ways logistical flows are facilitated and limited, the monstrous infrastructures that are created to serve them, racialised labour distribution they enable (Cowen, 2014; Chua, 2018; Mezzadra and Neilson, 2019). Logistical management creates immense structures that typically remain out of sight, hidden behind dots in the tracking apps, online status updates or products ready for consumption (Rossiter, 2016).



Through my video practice, I disentangle logistical infrastructures, to show material rules for neocolonial capitalist order. Cases I engage with let me discuss issues of planetary-scale through strategic heterogenous entry points, as one can see in “Machinic Infrastructures of Truth”, “Adversarial Infrastructure” and “Colonial Sediments”.