Not a fortune-teller, soothsayer, charmer, diviner or caster of spells — nor one who consults ghosts and spirits or seeks oracles from the dead — I have nonetheless been wondering about the possibility of confusion and how we might be extinguished. I recently had to ask Thirty-Seven to remind me who Forty-Six was. I have been replying to everyone and then deleting them from the face of the earth. (In the end I got my own lightbulb.) I have been replacing the subject. We might need a new classification — this kind of interaction is completely new to me, I have no idea what the rules of engagement are. I have no idea what is to be shared and what is not to be shared; for instance, during the eighteenth century the difference between history or pornography or fiction wasn’t always obvious. Notwithstanding, I shall set down whatever occurs worthy of my notice, in such a way that — far from impeding progress, far from weighing upon it with rules and regulations — my notes shall in time facilitate the invention of the first fluxgate magnetometer.
Continue reading “CONCUSSION PROTOCOLS”
ALIENIST Magazine #6 (September 2019): TRANSFUTURISM
CATEGORY RESPONSE / ALIENISM & POETRY / TRANSFUTURISM / PICK A FUTURE / METAZOA / APRÈS LE FUTUR / ALIEN RHYTHMS / ZOMBIES, CYBORGS & CHIMERAS / VALEDICTION FOR A WHITEBOI / NEW ADVENTURES OF THE HUMAN MACHINE / THE EXTINCTION CABARET / MOTHERFUCKER / GENERATIVE CELLS OF ABYSSAL HEIFER / WÖRTERFLUCHT / CONCUSSION PROTOCOLS / FROM AN OCCASIONAL ISLAND / [UNDISCLOSED LUMINARIES OFFER YOU TO THE WORLD] / GUNK 7 / THE PROCESSES / ROBOTOCRACY / THIS IS NOT GOING TO END WELL… Continue reading “ALIENIST 6”
ALIENIST Magazine #5 (May 2019): RESISTANCE & EXPERIMENT
Space Cow / The Alienist Tendency / Experiment as Resistance / Blueprint for a Manifesto of Alienist Cinema / Art Capitalism’s Dark Operators / The Processes / No Exit / Technology is Alien Life / Uses for a Dead Politics / The Ides of March & the Day After / Les Raisons de la Colère / Exchange Equivalence / Death by Resurrection / Dispatches from the Event Horizon / The Mysterious Case of the Invisible Third Meme / Das Untier OS2.0 / Kill the Reader / Concussion Protocols / Experiment No. 4, 9, 10 / The Prague Papers: “Resistance & Experiment” / After the Deluge, the Slime / Exquisite Corpses / Friendship: On Fascism, Consensus & the Politics of Philosophy /… Continue reading “ALIENIST 5”
Cydonia – Mars Colony – the present.
A psychocivilisational experiment has produced an evolved Corporate-State Apparatus in which all social & political relations are fatally entrapped inside an hallucination.
In such a world, where the irreal has become the last viable human habitat, inhumanity represents the ﬁnal refuge of “ideological struggle.”
Yet to murder an illusion, it is necessary to become an illusion.
And the escape from the mind-control labyrinth leads through the uncharted Maze of false disillusionment, where there is no Theseus & myth itself is the Minotaur.
Thus spake Assmann.
Continue reading “THE MARTIAN LSD EXPERIMENTS”
ALIENIST Magazine #4 (December 2018): RAGE AGAINST THE ALGORITHM
Impact X / Poetry & Crime / Improvisational Manifesto / Late Holocene Style / Algorithmic R.A.G.E. / Year Zero / Guerrilla Semiotix / Rage Against the Algorithm / No Velvet Revolution / Conspiracies of the Future / Artificial Intelligence vs Artificial Ignorance / Alt’ai / Cyberguerrilla Concept / Kafkabug / Experiment Nos. 03 & 07 / He Proves That He Is A Man / Note on the Foundation of a College of Philosophy / The Role of the Intellectual / Alienistisches Ministerium Für Kulturpropaganda / Et sic in infinitum / Les Inhumations / Here & Elsewhere / Principles of Anarchitecture / Concept for the First Alienist Non-Exhibition in Belgrade / Concussion Protocols #4 / … Continue reading “ALIENIST 4”
“They were marching like fugitives around the city. They were hiding yet they
didn’t know what was after them. They were in murky depths in a city that
now spread out like a swamp. L-Bomb would sometimes close her right eye
to see more clearly by bringing an uncoupled luxuriance to her visioning. They
threaded themselves in & out of streets, roads, parks, broadways, markets,
shopping malls, squares without ever being individual entities. They suffered
the abundance of a kind of inexhaustible intermediate state. They were like
animals of oblivion, & this was a literal fact too as all ancestors end up with
apes & their ancestors, ultimately the stars. They were like creatures rooting
around, anyone watching would assume there was some sort of fickleness
in play as they would suddenly swing round & make off in a completely
new direction to the one they had been following, as if thoughts were being
freshly corrupted & their despair a butterfly.”
PALOMARES BOMB GRRLS marks the return of the legendary Neo-Attack! author JOHNNY PULP. Continue reading “PALOMARES BOMB GRRLS”
ALIENIST Magazine #3 (August 2018): MANUFACTURING DISSENT
Formulary for an Alienist Poetics / Venice Statement / May Day Proclamation / What is to be done? / Principles of Anarchitecture / Drone Anarchitecture (roundtable) / Experimental Bio-Dystopia / Manufacturing Dissent: the revenance of 1968 / Manufacturing Dissent (roundtable) / 2 October 1968 / Professionals of Disorder / Concussion Protocols / … Continue reading “ALIENIST 3”
ALIENIST Magazine #2 (March 2018): 30,000 YEARS OF MARKET CONSOLIDATION
INTERIOR MINISTRY, LOUIS ARMAND, RICHARD MAKIN, DARYA KULBASHNA, RAREŞ GROZEA, VÍT BOHAL, DAVID VICHNAR, MARK DIVO, TATIANA LEBEDEVA, ELIZAVETA ARKHIPOVA, VADIM ERENT, MS MEKIBES, DMITRII SOBOLEV, GEORGIE CHEERS-ASLANIAN, GERMÁN SIERRA, VINCENT DACHY, ANDREW HODGSON, THOR GARCIA, JEROEN NIEUWLAND, VANESSA PLACE, STEWART HOME, ALAN SONDHEIM, MARK AMERIKA, NICOLA MASCIANDARO, DEREK SAYER, OLGA STEHLÍKOVÁ, MICHEL DELVILLE, KAREL PIORECKÝ, DOMINQUE HECQ, SIMONE DE BOURGEOIS, CHARLES BERNSTEIN, PIERRE JORIS, JOSEF STRAKA, ALI ALIZADEH, PHIL SHOENFELT, STEPHANIE GRAY, JAROMÍR TYPLT, FEMEN Continue reading “ALIENIST 2”
INTERIOR MINISTRY, DEATH MASK SUTRA (2018), published by Alienist magazine
Interior Ministry, DEATH MASK SUTRA 1.0.4 (FULL BOOK) (PDF)
“But these extravagant forebodings dwindled in the light of reason. True, the word ‘Plague’ had been uttered; true, at this very moment one or two victims were being seized & laid low by the disease. Still, that cld stop, or be stopped. It was only a matter of lucidly recognising what had to be recognised; of expelling extraneous shadows & doing what needed to be done. Then the Plague wld come to an end, because it was unthinkable, or, rather, because one thought of it on misleading lines. If, as was most likely, it died out, all wld be well. If not, one wld know it anyhow for what it was.” (Albert Camus)
“From an epidemic point of view, the Plague is the only disease exactly resembling art.” (Antonin Artaud)
The revolution is now. Plague City, year zero. A contemporary retelling of Boccaccio’s Decameron, played-out against the backdrop of the 2000 Prague anti-globalisation riots, DEATH MASK SUTRA is a relentless parody of neoliberal economics & light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel political irrealism. Continue reading “DEATH MASK SUTRA”
Issue 1 of ALIENIST magazine / October 2017
ALIENIST MANIFESTO / MANIFESTE ALIÉNISTE / MANIFEST ALIENISMU / ALIENISTISCHES MANIFEST / MANIFIESTO ALIENISTA / МАНИФЕСТ ЭЛИЭНИСТА / DIALECTICAL ALIENISM / ALIENISM CONTRA ALIENATION / WHAT IS ALIENISM? / PROGNOSTIC / TO ASSEMBLE, AN INTRANSITIVE VERB: FROM MONTAGE TO ALIENISM / ALIENISM EN GARDE / THE DAWN WHERE ALL IDEOLOGICAL CROWS ARE WHITE / LANGUAGE IS NEVER INNOCENT / CORVUS CORONE / SCIENTISTS UNEARTH PREHISTORIC EVIDENCE OF SELF-HATRED / THE FUTURE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ALIEN / POST-DELIRIUM / ESTRANGEMENT AS SEXUAL PERFORMANCE-ENHANCEMENT DEVICE / ARTGARDISM & THE IDEOLOGICAL UNDEAD Continue reading “ALIENIST 1”
1. The poem operates upon the secret logic of the world
Forced back to drawing boards, the impoverishment complex of Dadaist disgust. Alienism “works” on the premise that complexity is isomorphic to the void. Down a one-way street, accelerated in reverse. Larval pornographies on LSD. Necro-optimization. Crypto-singularity. The polysemy of circulation isn’t merely a concept: Even if sense is indifferent to it, the phantom collective subject shouts Sieg Heil! They built this city with instrumental nihilism. But that’s not why the lights rage in their eyes. Like the flames of Police-state crematoria. Like collapse vectors haloed by rancid ejecta. Even if this ignis fatuus calls itself History. No terror is unspeakable. Unseen doesn’t mean invisible. The witnesses all stood around with cameras raised in menace. Civilization was just their name for the self-destruct button. The children sing Eat the Police till they’re hoarse & its time to suck the Big Lozenge again. All have known the dead hand of cruel masturbations. Only the escaped slave knows how to assassinate the Master. Continue reading “5 ANTI-MANIFESTS”
All the aborted golems of self-caused “hyperstition” are but grist to the mill of an interminable analysis of interminable situations. Avant-futures by remote control. Eco-political teledildonics. What the technē of capital exteriorises is nothing but the movement of its own self-substitution: an excrescent, “alien” libido of inflationary excess, in which the unpresentable gives birth to the unconscionable. If spectacle is the accumulation of capital to such a degree that it becomes an image (Debord), this is because the movement of capital’s accumulation is itself imaginary. Yet what it “externalises” is not an image of any thing, but of the operation of expenditure that produced it: dissipation that accumulates only dissipation. Continue reading “THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEPATHISED”
There is a widely encouraged belief concerning the Middle East, that with Israel as an adversary Islam has once again become famous, but only with America as an enemy can it become great. Continue reading “THE HOST FEASTS UPON ITS “PARASITES””
UNE AUTRE RÉVOLUTION EST POSSIBLE
The future of authoritarian techno-cybernetic control rests on cultural foundations: it is necessary to grasp that the Corporate-State has always had, as its ultimate objective, a global “cultural revolution.” That is to say, to establish its own terms not by force but by the production of a “collective subjectivity.” But culture isn’t the “civilian front” of the military-industrial complex, it is the entire battleground. Continue reading “THE STINK OF AN AUTOPSY REPORT”
There was only one thing that I didn’t like. In the very back of the garage, near the canisters, I could see something silvery. That hadn’t been there before. Well, all right, so there was something silvery, we couldn’t go back now just because of that! I mean it didn’t shine in any special way, just a little bit & in a calm, even a gentle way. I got up, brushed myself off, & looked around. There were the trucks on the lot, just like new. Even newer than they had been the last time I was here. And the gasoline truck, the poor bastard was rusted through & ready to fall apart. I didn’t like the looks of that tire. Its shadow wasn’t right. The sun was at our backs, yet its shadow was stretching towards us. Well, all right, it was far enough away from us. It seemed OK, we could get on with our work. But what was the silvery thing shining back there? Was it just my imagination? Now, the thing to do would be to light up, sit down quietly & think it through – what’s the silver stuff above the canisters… why is the tire’s shadow like that? The Vulture Burbridge told me something about the shadows, that they were weird but harmless. Something happens here with the shadows. But what about that silver stuff? It looks just like a cobweb. What sort of spider could have left it behind? I had never seen any bugs in the Zone.
– Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic
What is the schema of the spider? The schema of the spider is its web, & its web is the way it occupies space & time.… [T]ake the concept of a spider; the concept of a spider will include all of its anatomical parts & even the physiological functions of the spider. Thus one will encounter that funny sort of organ with which the spider makes its web. But can you deduce from it what we can now call the spatio-temporal being, & the correspondence of the web with the concept of a spider, which is to say with the spider as organism. It’s very curious because it varies enormously according to the species of spider. There are cases of very extraordinary spiders that, when you mutilate one of their legs, which is nevertheless not used for fabrication, make abnormal webs in relation to their own species, they make a pathological web. What happened? As if a disturbance in space & time corresponded to the mutilation.
– Gilles Deleuze, ‘The Schema & Synthesis,’ Lectures on Kant
Alienness – & the alienation that results from a confrontation with alienness – is the genesis of novelty & change. Wherever one encounters the alien, a mutation or a transformation is not far behind. And yet, because alienness involves an aspect of unknowability & unpredictability – an erasure of the familiar & the homely – it is also one of the things in the world which makes us most afraid. We fear the different & the strange, yet we require these things in order to evolve. This makes for a paradoxical affective relationship with the notions of otherness & difference that alienness encompasses – a bizarre & complex orientation unifying dread & desire. Already there is a kind of geometrical confusion in this: desire drives you forwards, while dread forces you back. As Mark Fisher writes in The Weird & The Eerie, it’s not a simple case of ‘enjoy[ing] what scares us.’ Rather, ‘it has… to do with a fascination for the outside, for that which lies beyond standard perception, cognition & experience,’ an affect that involves terror & distress, but isn’t wholly described by them. Fisher’s invocation of ‘the outside’ immediately brings into play the prefix ‘xeno-,’ a denotation nominating what follows it as foreign or alien – an ‘outsider,’ someone or something that arrives from the outside. Continue reading “ALIEN RHYTHMS”