FRIENDSHIP

ON FASCISM, CONSENSUS & THE POLITICS OF PHILOSOPHY

0. When the political right declares the political left to be the “true fascists” in the midst of our contemporary culture wars, they are perhaps recognising their own aptitude for producing an internal consensus in contrast to the left’s inability to agree & its readiness to eject everything which does not wholly coincide with itself. This is, of course, to suggest that fascists can’t agree. The truth is that they must. Continue reading “FRIENDSHIP”

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ALIENIST 6

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”

TRANSFUTURISM

UTOPIAN PROSTHESES

In the first place, what is here signified by the trans- will have been that “accursed share” (Bataille) by which an economy of meaning or system of power redeems itself for itself by the appropriation of the very thing it prohibits or seeks to erase. As the sign of a redeemed “transcendence,” the trans- nevertheless retains a trace, the contradiction of a difference that infects & proliferates within the system that seeks to universalise itself by way of this prosthesis. Yet the future it programmes via such an evolutionary engineering is fantasmatic not only with respect to any naive conception of the self-supersessions of power (progressivism), but also of its subversion, & not merely because each retains the character of an indeterminacy. Both the universalising potential of the trans- & its abstract singularity as the prosthesis of a becoming-other, a becoming-the-future or a becoming-of/from-the-future, necessitate that its heterogeneous movement is not a matter of opposition (if not resistance) but of a radical ambivalence.

 

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THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE INVISIBLE THIRD MEME

THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN

First of all, it is important to know that, when we are navigating the net, our eyes are capturing the information we’re reading but also capturing a lot of information we are not specifically reading. This happens all the time, whether we are reading information on the Internet or observing an open field landscape. To make it more clear: when we read the news on a digital paper, our eyes are capturing the words we’re reading but also capturing all the information that is around these words: ads, pup-ups, gifs, pictures, colors, shapes, other headlines, etc. This means that a huge amount of information we are not aware of is stored in our brains, unconsciously. And, as you know, that it is unconscious doesn’t mean is less important, it only means we are not aware of it. In fact, it has always been important, and more since Freud started to investigate it. And you will know that was, precisely, Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, who introduced Freud theories into the United States but he did not only that: this Freud’s nephew used his uncle’s theories about the unconscious to build an economical empire being the first to use subliminal manipulation in advertising. Continue reading “THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE INVISIBLE THIRD MEME”

AUTOMATIC AUTONOMIA

On 16-17 November, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution,” Alienist magazine, Diffractions Collective & CCCT are hosting a “colloquium” of theorists, activists & artists on theme of AUTOMATIC AUTONOMIA at Punctum, Krásova 27, Praha 3-Žižkov, Czech Republic.

Confirmed participants: Interior Ministry, Diffractions Collective, Dita Malečková, Primož Krašovec, Miroslav Griško, Carla Bergman, Louis Armand, Vít Van Camp, Jo Blin, Michael Rowland, Dustin Breitling, Kristin Watterott.

In his unfinished introduction to “Acid Communism” (2016) Mark Fisher wrote: “By 1977, a whole new social mix, a ‘mass avant-garde,’ was in place in Bologna. It was here, perhaps more than anywhere else, that acid communism came together as an actual formation. The city seethed with the energy & confidence that erupts when new ideas commingle with new aesthetic forms… In February, A/traverse, the zine published by Berardi & other young militants, produced an issue entitled ‘The revolution is just, possible & necessary: look comrades, the revolution is probable’: Continue reading “AUTOMATIC AUTONOMIA”