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Dialectics of Time and Event from Kant and Hegel to Deleuze and Badiou: Hyperstition, or, Utopia as Method, Structure, and Process

The Spirit shows itself as so impoverished that, like a wanderer in the desert craving for a mere mouthful of water, it seems to crave for its refreshment only the bare feeling of the divine in general. By looking at the little which now satisfies Spirit, we can measure the extent of its loss. ~ […]

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Postnihilistic Speculations on That Which Is Not: A Thought-World According to an Ontology of Non-Being

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When everything appears similar, nothing really is… ~ Alain Badiou Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away…  ~ Philip K. Dick “Why is it easier for some people to imagine the end of the world than it is to imagine the end of capitalism?” ~…

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Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

Hannes Hummel for Quanta Magazine… Quantum particles may connect through wormholes in the fabric of space-time… A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information. By K.C. Cole quantamagazine.org One hundred years […]

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Three Modalities of the Immanent Infinitude: Life, Matter and Thought in Henry, Deleuze and Badiou

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Abstract In this essay I attempt to explicate the sense in which Michel Henry’s reductive phenomenology rendering Life as affectivity resonates with Alain Badiou’s subtractive ontology rendering the subject as eternity in time. I claim that these two modes of subjectivity are the two modalities of the Real manifesting itself as…

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Utopia is No Place: The Art and Politics of Impossible Futures

Video of a Lecture by Stephen Duncombe “A growing number of artists are abandoning truth-telling political art for a boldly utopian practice, recognizing that political problems can’t be solved by an atrophied collective imagination. With examples ranging from Thomas More’s 16th-century tome Utopia to the Yes Men’s recent “special edition” of the New York Times, […]

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To Live and Think Like Pigs

The Incitement of Envy and Boredom in Market Democracies Urbanomic An uproarious portrait of the evils of the market and a technical manual for its innermost ideological workings, this is the story of how the perverted legacy of liberalism sought to knead Marx’s ‘free peasant’ into a statistical ‘average man’—pliant raw material for the sausage-machine […]

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The Decline of Human Intelligence

| S.C. Hickman| alien ecologies | Dr. Gerald Crabtree, a geneticist at Stanford, has published a study that he conducted to try and identify the progression of modern man’s intelligence. As it turns out, however, Dr. Crabtree’s research led him to believe that the collective mind of mankind has been on more or a less a downhill […]

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Neoliberalism Poisons Everything: How Free-Market Mania Threatens Education and Democracy

Reducing everything—including people—to markets makes democracy impossible, UC Berkeley’s Wendy Brown tells Salon… | Elias Isquith | Salon | Among lefties today, there may be no more toxic and discrediting a label than “neoliberal.” To be called a neoliberal is, generally, to be associated with the worst of capitalism’s excesses — Wall Street greed, union-busting, deregulation, […]

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DELEUZE, BLADE RUNNER 2049, LOVECRAFT, OOO, DIGITAL PHILOSOPHY: some papers in Continental Philosophy

Terence Blake // AGENT SWARM // Jan 8, 2018 1) NOTES ON THE INCIPIT TO ANTI-OEDIPUS ANTI-OEDIPUS is a transitional work, owing much in language and thought to the problematics it is trying to break from. The aim is to no longer think about our lives in psychoanalytical terms, but in “machinic”, “uncertain, improbable” terms. This uncertain, improbable, or imaginative […]

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EPISTEMIC PANIC AND THE PROBLEM OF LIFE

By Josephine Berry Slater, Mute, 13 February 2014 Image: Hans Baldung, Phyllis and Aristotle, 1503 In this transcript of a presentation given at the Accelerationism symposium in Berlin December 2013, Josephine Berry Slater questions whether, in the era of biopolitics, forms of epistemic ‘accelerationism’ can be divorced from the management of life from which they flee… In his […]

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THE MISSING SUBJECT OF ACCELERATIONISM

By Simon O’Sullivan, Mute, 12 September 2014 As with utopian modernism and its attempt to separate Geist from Reason, today’s accelerationists have run into the old problem of differentiating their version of progress from that of capitalist development itself. In his review of the #Accelerate reader, Simon O’Sullivan identifies the crux of the problem as the absent theory of the […]

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S.C. Hickman on The Nietzschean Subject; or, the Prison-House of Delirium

“In a world full of violence, destruction and death, or “madness in every direction,” as Kerouac would have said, the subject becomes nothing but a projector of the evil within society.” ~ Cengiz Erdem The Nihil Solipsist: a being that knows neither its own nothingness nor the dark self-cannibalizing force of all those others within; trapped within the introjected prison-house of an impure fear, bound to the cross of a symbolic […]

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Evaluating Deleuze’s “The Image of Thought” (1968) as a Precursor of Hyperstition // Part 2

by Joshua Carswell on October 24, 2017 This is the second of a two-part essay. Part 1 can be found here. The “Image” of Thought Chapter 3 of Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition stands apart from the remainder of the book as an engagement not primarily with difference itself but with the nature of thought – particularly the […]

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Slavoj Žižek – Masterclass: Surplus-Value, Surplus-Enjoyment, Surplus-Knowledge

Slavoj Žižek – Masterclass 1: Surplus-Value, Surplus-Enjoyment, Surplus-Knowledge Event Date: 18 April 2016 Room B01 Clore Management Building Birkbeck, University of London Torrington Square London WC1E 7HX The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities  presents: Masterclass 1:  From Pleasure-in-Pain To Surplus-Enjoyment Slavoj Žižek (International Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities) –   From Pleasure-in-Pain To Surplus-Enjoyment Jacques Lacan […]

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Accelerating Insurgency

DIALECTICAL INSURGENCY by Pete Wolfendale seizing the means of cognition → So, Accelerationism, what’s all that about? So, accelerationism, what’s all that about? Well, lots of people are talking about it, and lots of them are very critical of it. As someone who has played a small role in the development of what is increasingly […]

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Hyperstition

by Delphi Carstens ‘The History of Science Fiction’ Diagram (PDF 8.6 Mb) >>   Hyperstition is a neologism that combines the words ‘hyper’ and ‘superstition’ to describe the action of successful ideas in the arena of culture. Akin to neo-Darwinist Richard Dawkins’ concept of memes, hyperstitions work at the deeper evolutionary level of social organisation […]

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Evaluating Deleuze’s “The Image of Thought” (1968) as a Precursor of Hyperstition // Part 1

 by Joshua Carswell on October 18, 2017 This is the first of a two-part essay. Part 2 can be found here. The term hyperstition was coined by the partially-anonymous Ccru (Cybernetic Culture Research Unit) in the late 1990s, to refer to a specific instance of the relationship between fiction and reality. Many of the early […]

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Noumenology

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A revoiding of nothing and devoiding the void of its non-existent essence, it is a performative act of thought in the way of presenting that which is within and without it less and more than itself at the same time, a future anterior being-in-itself, nothing and everything at once… The nihil and…

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Between a contemporary philosophy of contemporary art and an art contemporary with contemporary philosophy…

OCTOBER 29 – DECEMBER 22, 2017 JEAN-LUC MOULÈNE IN CONVERSATION WITH ALAIN BADIOU AND REZA NEGARESTANI University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St. (at Rivington) October 29, 2017, 4pm pdf video UPCOMING MEMORIES OF UTOPIA: JEAN-LUC GODARD’S “COLLAGES DE FRANCE” MODELS Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York January 14 — February 25, 2018 video CURRENT ELSEWHERE R. H. […]

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Reading Cinema II, Part III: Noosigns, Lecto-signs, and the Cinematic Worldcreating for a People Yet to Come

by Christopher Vitale [Final installment of my series on reading Deleuze’s Cinema I & II. I’m planning to hopefully turn many of these posts into part two of my future book project The Networked Image, but first I need to finish the other network books which come first. But I wanted to write these thoughts […]

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Speculative Solution: Quentin Meillassoux and Florian Hecker Talk Hyperchaos

Download This conversation took place during the development of Florian Hecker’s piece Speculative Solution, an Urbanomic commission that explored Quentin Meillassoux’s concept of ‘Hyperchaos’ Chez Meillassoux, Paris, 22 July 2010. florian hecker: I’m very interested in this notion of surprise and sudden change in sound; so that one state of something could change into something […]

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