The Derivative Condition w/Gerald Nestler

We are joined by Gerald Nestler to discuss Financial Capitalism, Derivatives, Gamestop, and the potential of ‘Social Derivatives.’

His main research focuses on challenging what he terms the derivative condition of technocapitalism, a performative mode whose power to shape the future relies heavily on financial and economic narratives, models and technologies. A specific urgency emerging from quantitative forms of exploitation today is how we can counter the massive impact of manufactured information and access asymmetries, which extend across a wide range of data-driven evaluation and automation schemes. He approaches this issue by on the one hand attempting to activate the term and semiotic field of resolution as a sociotechnical toolbox against the violence of non-transparency. And on the other hand by developing and engaging in renegade activism as a form of resistance that transforms critique into insurrection.

Gerald Nestler: