Distributed Resistance: MA Research Architecture dissertation supplementing ‘AAA Cargo’, 2017

Published in  > Streamlined Silk: On Offshoring and Material Interference along the New Silk Road, Weaponized Infrastructure’, Funambulist '17 

> [Upcoming] ‘Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change’, Peer review journal, Synoptique Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies.


 

The project of optics and of observation came to shape the world in a particular formation which powered commerce, measurement, forecasting, producing differences which matter. Without such understanding of weather, there would be no global capitalism as we know it.
          Given the increasing scholarly interest in logistics shaping conditions of contemporary political, economic, and social life, this paper seeks to bring in an ecologically informed understanding of logistical media. As slowing economies increasingly depend on the use of logistical innovations to reconfigure geographies of supply and demand, there is an urgency to understand these studies alongside both weather management and of biopolitical methods of containment.
        The article goes through three scales of investigations; a relational perspective into weather-natural phenomena and logistics, the management of sand and wind across western Chinese territories, and a case-study of Hewlett Packard’s involvement in the construction of a rail-route along the New Silk Road. Their collaboration with the Chinese state on the Chongqing Xinjiang Europe rail-route propagates an ever-shifting race for cheaper and faster supply-chains across an uneven infrastructural expansion, despite increasingly volatile weather conditions. As sandstorms assert themselves as an undeniable threat to the infrastructure of the New Silk Road, it folds and reorganises corporate and material histories and futures, generating their own sets of desires, contradictions, and political and economic logics.
        The article draws on new materialism with the aim to provide a frame for further discourse on how the industry of logistics had long colluded with spatial and environmental conditions. ✺

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