This article was written a few years ago when preparing the Cold War Modern exhibition at the V&A. It first appeared in Piktogram. There may still be a few typos hiding in the piece ..
This article is due to appear in a book in Poland. It has been a long time in production so here is a chance to read it sooner rather than later …
I wrote this piece in 2009. The book in which it appears is only available in Poland and so I have blogged the article here:
Marx famously announced that commodities have the uncanny quality of seeming to be alive. He pointed this out in a famous passage in Capital (1867): A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological … Read more