By Arts Against Cuts
Contributors: Shukaitis, Stevphen; R. L.; Qasim, Wail; Power, Nina; Peppe, Hestia; Noys, Benjamin; Lisette, Francesca; Leslie, Esther; Jacques, Juliet; It Stinkz; Graeber, David; Fox, Dominic; Endnotes; Disabled People Against Cuts; Cunningham, John; Cops off Campus; Brassier, Ray; Boycott Workfare; Boycott Divest Zabludowicz Group; Bonney, Sean; Berlant, Lauren; Barker, John; Bard-Rosenberg, Jacob; B., Richard
Elude, remain uncomfortable, refuse when necessary, and NEVER SETTLE!
Bad Feelings aims itself towards existing discussions on negation, negativity, and a bottomless catalogue of negative emotions.
Assembled therein is a set of materials for conflict and commonality. Despite some clear thematic concerns and constellations around which the contributions coalesce – hate, struggle, rage, anger, revenge, resistance, destruction, and so on – it forgoes asserting any coherent narrative, manifesto, or position on the subjects. Authors, whether collective, individual, or transmutable identities, flow from start to finish in a sequence determined by their emotion and subject of contestation. The texts, the contributors, the ideas, the aesthetics, and the arguments disagree, and so do we. Ordered against order, Bad Feelings attempts to manifest an experimental negativity, pushing beyond a mimetic economy bound to the targets it seeks to oppose. It may not work as intended, though no more sleep will be lost over it.
Arts Against Cuts (AAC) initially formed within the cloisters of the University College London students’ occupation of the Jeremy Bentham Room and Slade School of Fine Art in November 2010, with the minimal aim of overthrowing the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition Government. Since 2010 it has variously met nightly, weekly, monthly, and intermittently in order to self-organize, protest, and take action, to discuss what to do about our mutually shit situations.
This book is indelibly anchored to and must be regarded as a continuation of such histories.