Bio

Max Haiven is a writer and teacher and Canada Research Chair in the Radical Imagination.

His most recent books are:

Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire
Revenge Capitalism
Art After Money, Money After Art

Haiven is editor of VAGABONDS, a series of short, radical books from Pluto Press.

He teaches at Lakehead University on Anishinaabe territories on the North Shore of Gitchigumi, though he often found in Berlin.

He co-directs the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL), a workshop for the radical imagination, social justice and decolonization.

mhaiven at lakeheadu.ca

Latest...

An ‘anxiety epidemic’ in the financialized university: Critical questions and unexpected resistance (Cultural Politics)
08 August 2022
Dreaming together: Artists mobilizing collective dreaming methods for the radical imagination (Capacious)
17 June 2022
Dangerous Play in an age of Technofinance (TOPIA)
03 June 2022
CBC interview on Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire and other interviews and reviews
29 May 2022

Books

Public Essays

Is Amazon the Borg? We Asked Their Workers (LA Review of Books)
07 May 2022
The Sacrificial Altar of Extractive Capitalism: Notes on Abolition and Transition (Mediapart/Berliner Gazette)
02 May 2022
A reflection on the radical imagination: From finance to social movements to games (Junkyard)
27 April 2022
Far from Ukraine, Putin’s War Worsens Palm Oil Crisis (Boston Review)
27 April 2022
Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire (excerpt)
01 April 2022

Academic Writing

An ‘anxiety epidemic’ in the financialized university: Critical questions and unexpected resistance (Cultural Politics)
08 August 2022
Dreaming together: Artists mobilizing collective dreaming methods for the radical imagination (Capacious)
17 June 2022
Dangerous Play in an age of Technofinance (TOPIA)
03 June 2022
Notes towards a theory of risk management as human sacrifice (and vice versa) (Schemas of Uncertainty)
21 April 2022
Recasting the future with Amazon workers (Routledge Handbook of Creative Futures)
20 April 2022

Media

CBC interview on Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire and other interviews and reviews
29 May 2022
Wages of Dreamwork, Wages for Dreamwork (transmediale)
21 December 2021
Conspiracy Games and Countergames podcast
03 June 2021
Revenge Against Revenge: Biden’s Revenge Politics and “The Cure at Troy” (LA Review of Books)
08 March 2021
Revenge capitalism and the drug war (The Brief podcast)
03 February 2021

Edited Collections

"Revenge Politics, Revenge Economy, Revenge Culture" dossier (Social Text Periscope)
22 April 2022
Entangled Legacies: Race, finance and inequality (Manchester University Press)
17 March 2022
"Is Marx still a threat?" Extrablatt (Arts of the Working Class)
11 December 2021
Digital/Debt/Empire interventions series
19 April 2019
Counterspeculations scholarly audiotour of the City of London
15 October 2018

Events

Projects

RiVAL: The ReImagining Value Action Lab

A workshop for the radical imagination, social justice, and decolonization, co-directed by Max Haiven and Cassie Thornton, with a base in Anishinaabe territories on the North Shore of Lake Superior (Thunder Bay, Canada) and activities online and around the world.

VAGABONDS pamphlet series

A series of radical pamphlets to fan the flames of discontent. Too combative for polite academic company and too thoughtful for the outrage spin cycle. Published by Pluto Press in print and online and edited by Max Haiven.

Conspiracy Games and Countergames

A network of scholars and a research project to explore and confront contemporary conspiratorialism through the power of games and gaming.

The Amazon Observatory

A collaboration of scholars, activists and artists seeking to understand and challenge the form of capitalism that the Amazon corporation is trying to create.

University of the Phoenix

The world’s first for-profit institution for higher learning that trains the living and the dead to rise up together to avenge the crimes and cruelties of global capitalism. A platform for performance, ritual, and revenge, often operating as an art project, from Cassie Thornton and Max Haiven.

The Strange Bedfellowship

In an era when capitalism and colonialism have stolen our dreams or put them to work, how can we dream together anew?

Past projects

The Art and Money Project

A 2011-2019 project, resulting in a book and a public image archive to investigate (a) the commodification and financialization of art, (b) the art-like dimensions of money and financial markets, and (c) the work of artists concerned with these themes.

The Radical Imagination Project

From 2010 to 2017 Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish operated a platform for working with social movements in Halifax, Canada, resulting in two books, a series of workshops, a film series and more.

2022

An ‘anxiety epidemic’ in the financialized university: Critical questions and unexpected resistance (Cultural Politics)
08 August 2022
Dreaming together: Artists mobilizing collective dreaming methods for the radical imagination (Capacious)
17 June 2022
Dangerous Play in an age of Technofinance (TOPIA)
03 June 2022
CBC interview on Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire and other interviews and reviews
29 May 2022
Is Amazon the Borg? We Asked Their Workers (LA Review of Books)
07 May 2022
The Sacrificial Altar of Extractive Capitalism: Notes on Abolition and Transition (Mediapart/Berliner Gazette)
02 May 2022
A reflection on the radical imagination: From finance to social movements to games (Junkyard)
27 April 2022
Far from Ukraine, Putin’s War Worsens Palm Oil Crisis (Boston Review)
27 April 2022
"Revenge Politics, Revenge Economy, Revenge Culture" dossier (Social Text Periscope)
22 April 2022
Notes towards a theory of risk management as human sacrifice (and vice versa) (Schemas of Uncertainty)
21 April 2022
Recasting the future with Amazon workers (Routledge Handbook of Creative Futures)
20 April 2022
Palm Oil: The Grease of Empire (excerpt)
01 April 2022
Entangled Legacies: Race, finance and inequality (Manchester University Press)
17 March 2022
Genres Against Markets workshop, Berlin July 11-15
09 March 2022
I Dream of DeFi: A Conversation (Flash Art)
09 February 2022
Financialization and failure: Lessons from the anxious university (Routledge International Handbook of Failure)
03 February 2022
Debt and Financialization of Childhood (Oxford Bibliographies)
11 January 2022

2021

Wages of Dreamwork, Wages for Dreamwork (transmediale)
21 December 2021
Our age of uprisings (ROAR Magazine)
15 December 2021
"Is Marx still a threat?" Extrablatt (Arts of the Working Class)
11 December 2021
Reappointed: Canada Research Chair in the Radical Imagination
18 November 2021
Whither Harmony Square?: Conspiracy Games in Late Capitalism (LA Review of Books)
14 November 2021
A sci-fi reading/film group for Amazon workers (Sociological Review blog)
09 November 2021
Should Artists 'Take the Money and Run'? (Art Review)
18 October 2021
A review of J. Lorand Matory’s The Fetish Revisited: Marx, Freud and the Gods Black People Make (Journal of Cultural Economy)
02 July 2021
Money and art: The worst of friends, the best of enemies
09 June 2021
Conspiracies and Countergames Online Summer Institute (19/7-05/8)
09 June 2021
Conspiracy Games and Countergames podcast
03 June 2021
Revenge Against Revenge: Biden’s Revenge Politics and “The Cure at Troy” (LA Review of Books)
08 March 2021
Was the GameStop frenzy an artwork? (Hyperallergic)
25 February 2021
Revenge capitalism and the drug war (The Brief podcast)
03 February 2021
The GameStop saga is not the revenge against finance we deserve (Novara)
03 February 2021
The power, potential and peril of the GameStop affair (ROAR Magazine)
03 February 2021
Settler Capitalist Multiculturalism, Indigenous Refusal, and the Spectre of Bankruptcy: Rebecca Belmore’s Gone Indian
02 February 2021
Our Wrecks of the Medusa: A Dialogue
24 January 2021

2020

Unraveling capitalism’s revenge: An interview (ROAR Magazine)
26 November 2020
Empires of Pain: A Story of Racism, Opioids and Revenge (graphic novel)
24 October 2020
Orcas are not taking nature's revenge, but we should (ROAR Magazine)
24 September 2020
Thirteen Theses Toward a Materialist Theory of Revenge Capitalism
31 August 2020
"Art, debt, capitalism and revenge" lecture at Slade
02 August 2020
Revenge Capitalism conversation with Marc Garrett (video)
23 July 2020
"Revenge Spending" Won’t Get Us Out of a Crisis of Racial Capitalism (Novara)
21 July 2020
The Order of Unmanageable Risks podcast launch: June 15
13 June 2020
Rising up against white revenge (ROAR Magazine)
03 June 2020
The Order of Unmanageable Risks podcast
27 May 2020
Revenge Fantasy or Avenging Imaginary? (e-flux)
22 May 2020
Capital’s Vengeful Utopia: Unpayable Debts from Above and Below (L'Internationale)
15 May 2020
Capitalism as Revenge :: Revenge Against Capitalism An Interview with Max Haiven (Socialism and Democracy)
13 May 2020
In conversation with Phanuel Antwi about Revenge Capitalism
08 May 2020
No artist left alive (Arts of the Working Class)
25 April 2020
Beyond capitalist authoritarianism, the radical imagination
24 April 2020
On Covid-19, capitalism and what comes after (Audio - This in Hell - 50m)
13 April 2020
"Max Haiven on the desire for vengeance and the demons of capital" interview on Pretty Heady Stuff podcast (1h)
30 March 2020
No return to normal: For a post-pandemic liberation
21 March 2020
The Politics of the Opioid Crisis on KPFA's Against the Grain (audio)
09 March 2020
Introduction to Art After Money, Money After Art (audio)
28 February 2020
Four-part interview with The Conversation on art and money (audio)
28 February 2020
Culture and Financialization: Four Approaches
13 February 2020
Is there a radical potential in the epidemic of student anxiety on today’s campuses? (Audio)
07 February 2020

2019

Preparing for Millions to Bury their Smartphones
11 November 2019
From anxiety to revolt? Against the financialized university
15 October 2019
Art, Money and Financialization: Six Radical Money Artists on Either Side of 1973
19 July 2019
Interview with Max Haiven: Art after Money, Money after Art
11 May 2019
The Art of Unpayable Debts
08 May 2019
Digital/Debt/Empire interventions series
19 April 2019
Revenge Capitalism interview on Against the Grain (audio)
09 April 2019
Currencies of Exodus: The Hidden Ledger of Proletarian Money Sabotage
30 March 2019
The Colonial Secrets of Canada's Most Racist City
13 February 2019
"Our Opium Wars: The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare" in Third Text (audio)
01 February 2019
Our Opium Wars: Our Opium Wars The Ghosts of Empire in the Prescription Opioid Nightmare
01 February 2019

2018

Book review: Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization by Max Haven (Roxanne Dubois)
17 November 2018
The Politics of AI-driven Financialization
15 November 2018
Book review: Art After Money, Money After Art (Georgios Papadopoulos)
05 November 2018
Representing (and Being Represented in) Financialization’s Derivative Sociality
17 October 2018
Counterspeculations scholarly audiotour of the City of London
15 October 2018
Art after Money (Open Democracy)
10 October 2018
What is the Fate of Creativity Under Capitalism?
03 October 2018
Political Economy at Art School
04 September 2018
Colonial Debts, Extractive Nostalgias, Imperial Insolvencies intervention series
04 September 2018
This is Hell interview about Art after Money, Money after Art (audio)
01 September 2018
RYBN: Psychogeographies of the Financial Imaginary
13 July 2018
Short interview on RTÉ's Culture File about Art after Money, Money after Art (audio)
29 March 2018
Marx's Vindication or Marx's Revenge (audio)
20 March 2018
The Crypt of Art, the Decryption of Money, the Encrypted Common and the Problem of Cryptocurrencies
22 January 2018

2017

The Uses of Financial Literacy
01 November 2017
"The logic of financialization is a poison in our hearts and our minds" on This is Hell! (audio))
21 October 2017
Financialization, precarity and reactionary authoritarianism (ROAR)
16 October 2017
"Confronting Financialization Demands a Radical Cultural Politics" in Public Seminar
08 September 2017
Wars on social reproduction: On feminism, the commons, and joyful militancy (interview with Silvia Federici)
03 September 2017
Be Prepared to Win: Indigenous Struggles and the Radical Imagination (Interview with Sherry Pictou))
03 September 2017
Participatory Art within, against and beyond Financialization
03 September 2017
A Utopia for Money
27 April 2017
Commons as Actuality, Ethos and Horizon
30 March 2017
Beyond the Violence of Colonial Civility: The Art of Raven Davis
30 January 2017

2016 and before

Struggles for a collective counter-accounting
01 November 2016
Ghosts and Vagabonds
30 August 2016
The Commons Against Neoliberalism, the Commons of Neoliberalism, the Commons Beyond Neoliberalism
30 March 2016
Outside but Along-Side: Stumbling with Social Movements as Academic Activists
10 December 2015
Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies in an Age of Financialisation
06 June 2015
Money as a Medium of the Imagination: Art and the Currencies of Cooperation
02 April 2015
Interview about "Financialization's Reach" on Against the Grain (audio))
16 March 2015
An excerpt from the introduction of Cultures of Financialization (2014)
20 October 2014
The Financialized Imagination - TOPIA 30/31 (2014)
01 April 2014
The Creative and the Derivative: Historicizing Creativity under Post-Bretton Woods Financialization (2014)
01 February 2014
The Dammed of the Earth: Reading the Mega-Dam for the Political Unconscious of Globalization (2013)
15 December 2013
Between Success and Failure: Dwelling with Social Movements in the Hiatus
15 November 2013
Walmart, Finance, and the Cultural Politics of Securitization (2013)
01 November 2013
Networks, Finance Capital and the Fate of the Novel (interview with Hari Kunzru)
19 August 2013
Finance Depends on Resistance, Finance Is Resistance, and, Anyway, Resistance Is Futile (2013)
15 March 2013
The Metaphoric Wealth of Finance: Or, Capitalism with a Différance (2013)
10 January 2013
Convoking the Radical Imagination : Social Movement Research, Dialogic Methodologies, and Scholarly Vocations (2012)
11 July 2012
"Halifax Nocturne versus (?) The Spectacle of Neoliberal Civics" 2012
01 July 2012
"Can Pikachu Save Fannie Mae? Value, Finance and Imagination in the New Pokeconomy" (2012)
01 February 2012
Finance as Capital’s Imagination?: Reimagining Value and Culture in an Age of Fictitious Capital and Crisis
15 September 2011
"Are Your Children Old Enough to Learn About May ’68?: Recalling the Radical Event, Refracting Utopia, and Commoning Memory" (2011)
29 March 2011
What is the Radical Imagination? (2011)
13 January 2011
Food(&)Sovereignty (2009)
01 October 2010
"The Financial Crisis as a Crisis of Imagination" (2010)
29 March 2010
"Privatizing Resistance: AdBusters and the Culture of Neoliberalism" (2007)
16 January 2007