Patricia Reed: Xenophily and Computational Denaturalization

Xenophily, Alienation, Inexistence. Digram courtesy of the author. Patricia Reed   Intensive incompatibility marks our moment. The multiple crises we face, socially, economically, and ecologically (which are impossible to disentangle), are incommensurate with our existing means to justly mitigate them. These crises did not suddenly appear out of nowhere, but are the result of human making; a... Continue Reading →


Badiou’s Ethical Subject and the Event of Art as Trauma

Riven: Badiou's Ethical Subject and the Event of Art as Trauma Robert Hughes  Ohio State University© 2007 Robert Hughes. "Can we be delivered, finally delivered, from our subjection to Romanticism?" asks the French philosopher Alain Badiou (b. 1937), with an evident sigh (Conditions 158f, Theoretical Writings 22e).[1] A peculiar question, it would seem, for an epoch often eager to declare... Continue Reading →

Production, Circulation, and Consumption of Alienation; or: Some Notes on Debord’s Society of the Spectacle

Production, Circulation, and Consumption of Alienation; or: Some Notes on Debord’s Society of the Spectacle by orfeosubiendo / Apr 22, 2016 / Archive Fire First, I think it’s appropriate to begin w/ a quote from Hegel, as Debord himself does, albeit a different selection, one from Hegel’s Jena lectures 1805-6: The human being is this Night, this empty nothing which... Continue Reading →

The Opportunity of Nihilism

  Nicely put, that... "Whereas nihilism is a reactive negational realization entailing destruktion and dissolution, the subsequent post-nihilist move is an active attitudinal disposition and set of practices that necessitates creation. After deterritorialization comes reterritorialization – everywhere and endlessly. In order to survive and thrive the post-nihilist position is thus inherently sensitive to possibility and creation." “The nihilist’s capacity to... Continue Reading →

Accelerationist Art

By Rob Myers /April 7, 2016 / Furtherfield /  Despite its image of rapid technological change, progress under capitalism has stalled. Spinning ever faster is not the same as going somewhere. Contemporary Accelerationism wants to take off the brakes, and it is enlisting art’s help to do so. Taking its name (like every good movement) from one of... Continue Reading →


0(rphan)d(rift>) archive home cv/contact becoming cyberpositive film drift neo future links SYZYGY CCRU AND ABSTRACT CULTURE   Twin System defined 1. [Astronomical]. Conjunction (including opposition). 2. [Anatomical]. Cranial nerve-couple. Proto-hemispheric brain-root (schizocephalization). 3. [Biological]. Binary-synthesis of biota without unification (e.g. - genus diplozoon). 4. [Poetics]. Dipody (2-step metrics). Catajungle: binary polyrhythm. 5. [Mathematical]. Members of... Continue Reading →

Accelerationism: Ray Brassier

Transcribed from the Backdoor Broadcasting Company recording. I’m going to be talking about Nick Land’s work. I’m going to talk about it philosophically, and explain why, because I think that’s a key to understanding what its political ramifications might be. If you want to understand if a politics of accelerationism is possible or feasible, you need to... Continue Reading →

Accelerationism: Mark Fisher and Ray Brassier

Questions after session 1, Mark Fisher and Ray Brassier Transcribed from the Backdoor Broadcasting Company recording. Alberto Toscano: I’m wondering if either of you actually think Land has a theory of capitalism. It seems to me simply an aesthetics, a very common extrapolation from a certain lyrical vision of capitalism which to one extent or another you famously encounter... Continue Reading →

Artaud, Deleuze and The Will to Nothingness


Catrin Welz-Stein – Unborn Ideas

I close the eyes of my intelligence, and giving voice to the unformulated within me,

I offer myself the sense of having wrested from the unknown something real.

I believe in spontaneous conjurations.

On the paths along which my blood draws me, it cannot be that one day I will not discover a truth.[1]                     

Antonin Artaud does not call for destruction of reason through the imaginary but an affirmation of reason’s self-destruction on the way to self-creation. There is a knowledge which Artaud is in pursuit of without knowing what that knowledge is and what purpose it serves. Artaud is always in pursuit of this unattainable and ungraspable knowledge and he knows that, as he is trying to give it a voice, he is moving away from and towards it at the same time. This movement of the action and the intention in…

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Badiou’s Happiness Lesson

Is it selfish to want to be happy? On the contrary, thinks Alain Badiou: happiness is fundamentally egalitarian and to demand it, against its apparent impossibility, is a militant act. The interview below was translated by David Broder; see the original French text here. (Photo: Badiou at Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, 2014) Miri Davidson / 28 August... Continue Reading →

“France’s greatest export”: Alain Badiou and The Adventure of French Philosophy

Tessa Morrison / 05 July 2012 / In his review for Prospect of The Adventure of French Philosophy by Alain Badiou, Jonathan Rée poses the question as to whether French philosophy is the country’s greatest export. Rée briefly details the rich history of what Badiou calls the “French moment” in contemporary thought. Focusing on Jean-Paul Sartre, Rée suggests that his and... Continue Reading →

Alain Badiou: The Age of the Poets (Pdf)

The book partially here “If the factory oscillates between pre-inscription and the unsayable, this is because it is caught in the trappings of its function as a machine and subtracted from its true essence, which is to be a political place, a production of truths.” - Alain Badiou via A Requiem for the Factory — New Poetics... Continue Reading →

Zizek’s Philosophy in a Nutshell

We can thus identify three positions [in philosophy]: metaphysical, transcendental, and “speculative.” In the first, reality is simply perceived as existing out there, and the task of philosophy is to analyze its basic structure. In the second, the philosopher investigates the subjective conditions of the possibility of objective reality, its transcendental genesis. In the third,... Continue Reading →

Hegel’s Science of Logic: Quantum



(a) Its Notion

§ 497

Quantum alters and becomes another quantum; the further determination of this alteration, namely, that it goes on to infinity, lies in the circumstance that quantum is established as being immanently self-contradictory. Quantum becomes an other; but it continues itself into its otherness; the other is thus also a quantum. This, however, is not only the other of a particular quantum, but of quantum itself, the negative of quantum as limited; hence it is the unlimitedness of quantum, its infinity. Quantum is an ought-to-be; it is by implication determined as being for itself, and this being-determined-for-itself is rather the being-determined-in-an-other, and, conversely, it is the sublation of being-determined-in-an-other, is an indifferent subsisting for itself.

§ 498

In this way, finitude and infinity each acquire in themselves a dual, and indeed, an opposite meaning. The quantum is finite, in the first place simply as…

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The Future History of a Non-Reductive Philosophical Agenda



Situating Neuroscience in the Context of Transcendental Realism/Materialism and Non-Reductive Naturalism

Inferential Rationality

The question I had in mind as I was in search of funding for a research project that would enable me to write “a book comparing the ontological and the epistemological modes of being and thinking in and through which the subject constitutes itself as object of knowledge in contemporary social and natural sciences” was simply this: “How does it further our understanding of the subject to situate neuroscience in the context of transcendental realism/materialism and non-reductive naturalism?” The answer I have in mind to this question is that “the ideas are objects we are embedded in and embody at once.” This ontological/epistemological principle is the point of departure for a broader research into the developmental possibilities of a new mode of enquiry which would put philosophy and neuroscience into a more interactive relationship with one another…

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The Void That Moves

—“Then if we were to say, to sum up, ‘if one is not, nothing is,’ wouldn’t we speak correctly?” —“Absolutely.” —Plato, Parmenides. We don’t know much about Democritus, the father of materialism, beyond a few anecdotal reports passed down to us from Aristotle […] via The Void That Moves — Southern Nights

Devrim ve Metafiziğe Geri Dönüş: Deleuze ve Badiou – Thomas Nail

Metafizik ve politik devrim arasındaki ilişki nedir? Çağdaş Avrupa felsefesinde en çok itibarsızlaştırılmış iki kavram olmasına rağmen, bu yazı, hem Fransız filozof Gilles Deleuze hem de Alain Badiou’nun çalışmalarında her iki kavramın geri dönüşüne tanık olduğumuzu iddia etmektedir.[1] Fakat bu kavramların geri dönüşü, bütünlük ve devletin tanımladığı klasik metafizik ve modern devrimin önceki biçimlerinin salt bir... Continue Reading →


by Cadell Last on March 25, 2018 in Lecture Welcome to Lecture 6 of Less Than Nothing. In this episode we will be diving head first into the Hegelian thing-in-itself: “Is It Still Possible to be a Hegelian Today?” As in the last chapter, where we separate “Fichte’s Choice” between Parts 1 and 2, we will be dividing this chapter into Part 1... Continue Reading →

Yurdundan Sürülmüş Marksizm: Alain Badiou’nun Dönüşü – Alberto Toscano

Badiou’nun Marksist düşüncede olduğu varsayılan bunalıma onu “yıkıma uğratarak” ve “yeniden bileştirerek” karşı konulması yönünde yaptığı çağrının özünde yatan tez, Marksizmin, siyasal eylemi ölçme, kestirme ve temsil etme olasılığını tahayyül eden homojenleştirici siyasal kurmacaya teslim olduğu tezidir. Bu bakımdan, “siyasal, hiçbir zaman, siyasetin olayın deliğini yırtıp çıktığı kurmacadan başka bir şey olmamıştır.[10] Edinilen ilk izlenim, toplumsal birlik kurmacaları olarak, siyasal... Continue Reading →

François Laruelle’s Homo ex Machina (1980)

Laruelle, François. “Homo ex Machina”, Revue Philosophique de la France et de l’Étranger, vol. 170, no. 3, 1980, pp. 325-342.   Translated by Taylor Adkins / Thursday, February 8, 2018 Homo ex Machina How One Becomes Machine-Man We ordinarily recognize a single machine-Man1 tradition. But there are two, perhaps three; they appear the moment when the grouping... Continue Reading →

Postnihilistic Speculations on Alex Garland’s Annihilation

What Alex Garland’s Annihilation Was Really About by Alex Sayf Cummings Lots of spoilers here, so readers beware. I discovered Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy in 2014, and quickly devoured the books Annihilation and Authority.  The final novel, Acceptance, took a bit longer to digest–ironically, perhaps–but the whole series was a huge breath of fresh air.  VanderMeer was reaching back into... Continue Reading →

The Creative Evolution of Media Technologies

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication 1.3 The Evolution of Media Learning Objectives Identify four roles the media performs in our society. Recognize events that affected the adoption of mass media. Explain how different technological transitions have shaped media industries. In 2010, Americans could turn on their television and find 24-hour news... Continue Reading →

Paradigm Shifts in Media and Culture

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication, v. 1.0 by Jack Lule 1.3 How Did We Get Here? The Evolution of Media LEARNING OBJECTIVES Discuss events that impacted the adaptation of mass media. Explain how different technological transitions have shaped media industries. Identify four roles the media perform in our society. “Well, how did I... Continue Reading →

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