Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism
Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University and the author of, most recently, Economies of Abandonment: Social Belonging and Endurance in Late Liberalism, also published by Duke University Press.
Downloading the Dreaming
Chapter 6 begins with Indigenous members of the Karrabing and the author hovering in a small helicopter over a mangrove and reef near Tjipel. They are working with a land council to decide what if any part of their land they will open to mining and, on the side, they are gathering GPS coordinates for a digital media project. In an augmented reality format, the archive might be an alternative means of generating funds to mining. This chapter examines how what Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt describe as a form of “immaterial labor” driving “the postmodernisation of the global economy” and what venture capitalists describe as part of the revolution in green technologies are animated by and animate the same tensions and contradictions driving contemporary geontopower.