All of us secretly desire for this world to end. The future lasts forever. Or at least, it used to. The grand illusion of Western civilisation has always been the myth of progress, namely that the flow of history would beneficently extend into an infinite future. To our parents, civilisation offered houses in the suburbs, computers, and automobiles. And civilisation delivered. To the children of these workers, civilisation offered life on the moon, artificial intelligence, endless peace.
As the end of 2012 comes upon the world, we are all awaiting the apocalypse. Yet the only term fitting to the era of financial crisis and late capitalism is the “apocalypse”. With the defeat and disappearance of any feasible plan for a new form of life after capitalism, it is not surprising that a certain religious and pessimistic eschatological vision of the end of the world descends upon us.
However, the etymology of the term“apocalypse” is from the Greek apokalyptein,“to uncover”. While the term found its way into English via its use as the title for the visions of St. John at Patmos in the 13th century, originally the term in Greek did not mean to describe the end of the world. Instead, apokalyptein meant to reveal that which was hidden. As 2011 led to the uprisings of Arab Spring, Occupy Wall St., and a round of anti-austerity protests across Europe, the prospects for social transformation are no longer hidden.
The funding raised will help us release the movie, "In the Middle of the Desert" that will visually tackle this most difficult of problems on DVD with the publication of a book, "After the Apocalypse." We hope to release these as a dual book-DVD combination in order to provoke discussion over the nature of the apocalypse.