Reza Negarestani Reading Simon Sellars’ Applied Ballardianism

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Simon Sellars, Applied Ballardianism (Urbanomic, 2018)

I have never cared that much for science fiction, or Ballard for that matter, save for a handful of short stories. Which is obviously not the best way to start a review of a book you are passionate about and which is entitled Applied Ballardianism. But monikers and references, as always, can be fundamentally misleading, to the extent that they can be reappropriated, reinvented, and deformed—to such an extent that, in the end, they may as a matter of fact have no association with their point of origin other than a thin connective tissue of impressions, personal experiences, and vague affiliations which are subordinated to the course of time, and therefore subject to change and impermanence. Such is the case with Simon Sellars’s cross-genre work, in which (his [over-]interpretation of) the Ballardian worldview is applied to his conceptions of himself and the world…

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New Media and Beyond

The question is simply this: What can artistic practice and theoretical speculation do for one another? The aim is to achieve an art practice contemporary with up-to-date theory and a theoretical practice contemporary with up-to-date art… This requires the construction of a space-time continuum between the contemporary theories of new art forms and the new... Continue Reading →

New Media Admission Requirements

Applications for 2018-2019 are now open...  All admissions will be on 50% or 100% scholarships... Portfolio Content Your portfolio consists of the examples of your work. The portfolio informs the New Media Department about your creative interest, experience, skills and direction. Choose your best work that provide a sampling of your practice and document it... Continue Reading →

Non-Philosophy Journal ORAXIOM weighs in on The End Times and Beyond

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Call for Papers for the Inaugural Issue: “The End Times”

 2018-06-18

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The apocalypse is disappointing.
—Maurice Blanchot, 1964

Another end of the world is possible.
—Anonymous graffiti, 2016

If for Marx, humanity’s species-being was the ability to transform its conditions of existence, now in times of the discursive ‘end of the world,’ the defining impulse of humanity appears as autophagy, that is, the ability to annihilate and cannibalize these very conditions. The future is thus held in suspense and the present is defined by the eschatology of an inescapable entanglement of the social, political, economic and ecological. François Laruelle demands in Struggle and Utopia at the End Times of Philosophy: “let us make a tabula rasa out of the future.” This claim presents for us an imperative, an Aufgabe, of ever increasing importance. No longer is the future to be…

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Ray Brassier: Marx and Philosophy (Video)

INSTRUCTOR: Ray Brassier PROGRAM: Critical Philosophy DATE: Sundays, November 12, 19, 26, December 3, January 7, 14, 21, 28 TIME: 10 AM Ray Brassier: Marx & Philosophy DESCRIPTION: Marx’s analysis of capital continues to haunt contemporary theoretical discourse. As capitalist globalization enters its world-dissolving phase, Marx’s account of the logic of capital provides cognitive traction... Continue Reading →

Xenofeminism ~ Video Sketch of an Idea

  =-=-=-= A POLITICS FOR ALIENATION =-=-=-= Laboria Cuboniks =-=-=-= Xenofeminism by Diann Bauer "Xenofeminism (XF) is a gender abolitionist, anti-naturalist, technomaterialist form of posthumanism, initiated by the working group Laboria Cuboniks. It is a world-building project working from the assumption that any society worth constructing would take feminism as a foundational principle. It is... Continue Reading →

New Media at ARUCAD

Overview This brief overview is intended to cast an eye on the unique design of the #NewMedia department at ARUCAD's Faculty of Communication. It aims at outlining the structural dynamics at work in the program, as well as clarifying the contours of its #CreativeArts oriented content. It culminates in a suggestive survey of the post-degree... Continue Reading →

Speculative Solution: Quentin Meillassoux and Florian Hecker Talk Hyperchaos

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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 totally different at times during the piece, and there would be no apparent connection from the process that manifests one sonic structure to the next one. When Robin pointed out your book [After Finitude1] to me, at the time I was working on Acid in the Style of David Tudor, which had this very direct, maybe literal, idea of a quasi-sonification of chaotic equations as the source of sound. However, many pieces I have been working on don’t have such a literal relation of using nonlinear functions to synthesize certain…

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Mark Fisher – Nubureaucracy and Capitalist Realism

Date: 12 February 2010 Mark Fisher – Nubureaucracy and Capitalist Realism "Neoliberalism presents itself as the enemy of bureaucracy, the destroyer of the nanny state and the eliminator of red tape. Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism(Zer0 books, 2009) argues that, contrary to this widely accepted story, bureaucracy has proliferated under neoliberalism. Far from decreasing, bureaucracy has... Continue Reading →

Justice, Normativity, Temporality

My aim in carrying out this research project is to revise and update the contemporary conceptualizations of what it means to be just. I will initially analyse the status of justice in relation to normativity and temporality, especially focusing on how it furthers our understanding of the concept of justice to situate it in the... Continue Reading →

Kantian Reflections on Science, Metaphysics, and the Future of Time: Situating Kant’s Spatio-Temporal Modalities of Being and Thought in Contemporary Philosophy and Neuroscience

Inferential Rationality Kant’s initial project was to explicate the difference between “knowing-what” (pure reason) and “knowing-how” (practical reason) in the way of laying the foundations of a scientific metaphysics. Counter to Descartes[1] and Hume[2] he aimed at situating the subject within the limits of what can be known by rational human beings. The Kantian subject... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with Alain Badiou on Corrupting the Youth

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 | Alain Badiou | 02 September 2016 | Versobooks.com|

At 79 years of age the philosopher Alain Badiou surveys the youth: the youth whom liberalism has left without a compass, the youth tempted by Daesh, and so, too, his own youth, marked by communism, to which he remains faithful. Interview by Juliette Cerf for Télérama. Translation by David Broder

Faithful at whatever cost to the Maoist ideals of his youth, applauded by some and jeered by others, this politically-committed philosopher is the author of a multi-faceted oeuvre that has been translated worldwide. It ranges from metaphysical tomes based on mathematics like Being and Event and Logics of Worlds — soon to be followed by a third volume, L’Immanence des vérités — to a series of political interventions named Circonstances, via plays for the stage, seminars on the great thinkers of the philosophical tradition, books for the wider public…

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The Storm Blowing from Paradise: Walter Benjamin and Klee’s Angelus Novus

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| Stuart Jeffries | Versobooks.com|

The Storyteller: Tales Out of Loneliness gathers for the first time the fiction of the legendary critic and philosopher Walter Benjamin. Each text in the book is accompanied by a Paul Klee illustration. Below, Stuart Jeffries examines the meaning that Klee’s Angelus Novus held for Benjamin.

To celebrate the book’s publication, The Storyteller is for sale at 40% off until Monday, August 8.

In 1921, Walter Benjamin bought Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus

What was so marvellous to Benjamin about this goofy, eternally hovering angel with hair that looks like paper scrolls, aerodynamically hopeless wings and googly if rather melancholy eyes? “This,” he wrote in one of his greatest essays, “is how one pictures the angel of history.”

The German-Jewish philosopher and critic hung Angelus Novus in every apartment he lived in, not quite as a guardian angel but a suggestive presence that would…

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Prometheanism 2.0 – Introduction by Bassam El Baroni

Prometheanism is an ‘-ism’ derived from its namesake the Titan Prometheus who stole fire from the Gods of Greek mythology and taught humans how to make their own tools. Prometheus’s name means ‘forethought’, his Titan brother was Epimetheus meaning ‘afterthought’, Prometheus’s course was driven by his brother’s erratic actions when they were both given the... Continue Reading →

Sinemaya Yamuk Bakmak: Zizek Bize Ne Anlatmaya Çalışıyor?

Yazar: Kürşat Saygılı / 28 Mart, 2016 / Eleştiriler / Sinema Yazıları   Slavoj Zizek; Walter Benjamin’den aldığı argümanla “teorik açıdan verimli ve yıkıcı bir işlem olarak bir kültürün en yüksek tinsel ürünlerini, aynı kültürün sıradan, bayağı, dünyevi ürünleriyle birlikte okumayı” [1] deneyerek  popüler kültür metinlerini Hegel, Kant, Marx, Freud ve Lacan gibi filozofların teori ve kavramları ile açıklamaya çalışır. Zizek’e göre sinema ideolojinin operasyonlarını tahlil... Continue Reading →

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

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 quality (Henry’s patheme) and... Continue Reading →

Deleuze Speaks to Stivale

Comparative Literature As we all know, the unwanted attentions of Jehovah Witnesses can be deflected simply by invoking the “Old Religion”. But what if you were to be doorstepped by someone hawking “analytical tools for the humanities and social sciences”? Would you know what to do? [...] In retrospect, I realize now the extent to... Continue Reading →

 Oligarchy Disguised as Democracy 

Herein is exposed the representation of the real as if it is not a representation but the real itself… In other words, a truth is expressed delineating the representation of the pseudo-real of capitalism disguised as the presentation of the real conditions of existence…

“Such a state of affairs was, in Michels’ view, not attributable to the people in those parties being evil or uncommitted to their cause, but was inherent in the very structure of the new ‘democratic’ political system. In a world of competitive elections, where radical, progressive movements had to overcome opposition from well-resourced establishment elites in order to win power, they would be forced to adopt an internal organization that was both efficient and hierarchical. In the interests of creating a party machine capable of delivering victory at the polls, power would need to be delegated to specific people within the party, and anyone who held power, even for a short time, could be able to consolidate their position and grow that power base. Marginal as that power might be in the beginning, it would grow, and in time the people’s movements would become bureaucratic top-down behemoths, mirroring the very aristocracy they sought to supplant.”

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He who says organization, says oligarchy.

So wrote German sociologist Robert Michels during the formation of Europe’s big tent ‘people’s parties’ a century ago. According to Michels—a committed realist, as we shall see—even the most radical and progressive of these new parties would eventually succumb to what he termed ‘the iron law of oligarchy’.

Source: How We Can Overcome Oligarchy Disguised as Democracy | Alternet

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The Object Smasher; or, the Philosophy of Rubble

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“Literature is about turning the pre-verbal — if not pre-linguistic — objects into verbal objects with symbolic meanings attached to them. Literature constructs a world in which the objects gain new significance.”
…..– Cengiz Erdem on May 26, 2010

For though in nature nothing really exists besides individual bodies, performing pure individual acts according to a fixed law, yet in philosophy this very law, and the investigation, discovery, and explanation of it, is the foundation as well of knowledge as of operation. And it is this law with its clauses that I mean when I speak of forms, a name which I the rather adopt because it has grown into use and become familiar.”
……– Francis Bacon, Novum Organum: Book Two, II

This is a republish and revised edition of an earlier post on Graham Harman’s Object-Oriented Ontology. Descriptions of materialism below are of those physicalists and reductionsists, rather than…

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Synthetic Edifice: Postcapitalism

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