Complicity with Anonymous Materials

Author: Reza Negarestani

Publisher: Re.Press

ISBN: 9780980544008

Category: Education

Page: 244

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At once a horror fiction, a work of speculative theology, an atlas of demonology, a political samizdat and a philosophic grimoire, CYCLONOPEDIA is a theory-fiction on the Middle East as a living entity. Negarestani bridges contemporary politics and the War on Terror with the archeologies of the Middle East and the natural history of the Earth.

Leper Creativity

Cyclonopedia Symposium

Author: Reza Negarestani,Ed Keller,Eugene Thacker,Nicola Masciandaro

Publisher: punctum books

ISBN: 0615600468

Category: Horror tales

Page: 308

View: 7199

Essays, articles, artworks, and documents taken from and inspired by the symposium on Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, which took place on 11 March 2011 at The New School. Hailed by novelists, philosophers, artists, cinematographers, and designers, Cyclonopedia is a key work in the emerging domains of speculative realism and theory-fiction. The text has attracted a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary audience, provoking vital debate around the relationship between philosophy, geopolitics, geophysics, and art. At once a work of speculative theology, a political samizdat, and a philosophic grimoire, Cyclonopedia is a Deleuzo-Lovecraftian middle-eastern Odyssey populated by archeologists, jihadis, oil smugglers, Delta Force officers, heresiarchs, and the corpses of ancient gods. Playing out the book's own theory of creativity - "a confusion in which no straight line can be traced or drawn between creator and created - original inauthenticity" (191) - this multidimensional collection both faithfully interprets the text and realizes it as a loving, perforated host of fresh heresies. The volume includes an incisive contribution from the author explicating a key figure of the novel: the cyclone. CONTENTS: Robin Mackay, "A Brief History of Geotrauma" - McKenzie Wark, "An Inhuman Fiction of Forces" - Benjamin H. Bratton, "Root the Earth: On Peak Oil Apophenia" - Alisa Andrasek, "Dustism" - Zach Blas, "Queerness, Openness" - Melanie Doherty, "Non-Oedipal Networks and the Inorganic Unconscious" - Anthony Sciscione, "Symptomatic Horror: Lovecraft's 'The Colour Out of Space'" - Kate Marshall, "Cyclonopedia as Novel (a meditation on complicity as inauthenticity)" - Alexander R. Galloway, "What is a Hermeneutic Light?" - Eugene Thacker, "Black Infinity; or, Oil Discovers Humans" - Nicola Masciandaro, "Gourmandized in the Abattoir of Openness" - Dan Mellamphy & Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, "Phileas Fogg, or the Cyclonic Passepartout: On the Alchemical Elements of War" - Ben Woodard, "The Untimely (and Unshapely) Decomposition of Onto-Epistemological Solidity: Negarestani's Cyclonopedia as Metaphysics" - Ed Keller, ." . .Or, Speaking with the Alien, a Refrain. . ." - Lionel Maunz, "Receipt of Malice" - Oyku Tekten, "Symposium Photographs" - Reza Negarestani, "Notes on the Figure of the Cyclone""


Komplizenschaft mit anonymen Materialien

Author: Reza Negarestani

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783883963389


Page: 280

View: 7247


Oil Culture

Author: Ross Barrett,Daniel Worden

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452943958

Category: Nature

Page: 456

View: 6074

In the 150 years since the birth of the petroleum industry oil has saturated our culture, fueling our cars and wars, our economy and policies. But just as thoroughly, culture saturates oil. So what exactly is “oil culture”? This book pursues an answer through petrocapitalism’s history in literature, film, fine art, wartime propaganda, and museum displays. Investigating cultural discourses that have taken shape around oil, these essays compose the first sustained attempt to understand how petroleum has suffused the Western imagination. The contributors to this volume examine the oil culture nexus, beginning with the whale oil culture it replaced and analyzing literature and films such as Giant, Sundown, Bernardo Bertolucci’s La Via del Petrolio, and Ben Okri’s “What the Tapster Saw”; corporate art, museum installations, and contemporary photography; and in apocalyptic visions of environmental disaster and science fiction. By considering oil as both a natural resource and a trope, the authors show how oil’s dominance is part of culture rather than an economic or physical necessity. Oil Culture sees beyond oil capitalism to alternative modes of energy production and consumption. Contributors: Georgiana Banita, U of Bamberg; Frederick Buell, Queens College; Gerry Canavan, Marquette U; Melanie Doherty, Wesleyan College; Sarah Frohardt-Lane, Ripon College, Matthew T. Huber, Syracuse U; Dolly Jørgensen, Umeå U; Stephanie LeMenager, U of Oregon; Hanna Musiol, Northeastern U; Chad H. Parker, U of Louisiana at Lafayette; Ruth Salvaggio, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Heidi Scott, Florida International U; Imre Szeman, U of Alberta; Michael Watts, U of California, Berkeley; Jennifer Wenzel, Columbia University; Sheena Wilson, U of Alberta; Rochelle Raineri Zuck, U of Minnesota Duluth; Catherine Zuromskis, U of New Mexico.

Kunst und Wirklichkeit heute

Affirmation - Kritik - Transformation

Author: Lotte Everts,Johannes Lang,Michael Lüthy,Bernhard Schieder

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839427339

Category: Art

Page: 246

View: 5257

Gegen zeitgenössische Werke, wie sie prominent die Documenta (13) zeigte, wird häufig der Vorwurf der Affirmation erhoben. Stattdessen wird eine kritische Funktion der Kunst eingefordert. Während die Gegenüberstellung von Kritik und Affirmation die (post-)moderne Diskussion des Verhältnisses von Kunst und Wirklichkeit charakterisiert, scheinen jüngere Kunstentwicklungen diese einseitige Entgegensetzung jedoch gerade unterlaufen und um das Moment der Transformation erweitern zu wollen. Angesichts dieser künstlerischen Entwicklung, die auf philosophischer Seite von einem neuen Realismus flankiert wird, fragen die Beiträge des Bandes, wie affirmative, kritische und transformative Momente der Kunst relationiert werden müssen, um das Wirklichkeitsverhältnis gegenwärtiger Kunst zu erfassen.

Shreds of Matter

Cormac McCarthy and the Concept of Nature

Author: Julius Greve

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

ISBN: 1512603414

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

View: 4254

Shreds of Matter: Cormac McCarthy and the Concept of Nature offers a nuanced and innovative take on McCarthy's ostensible localism and, along with it, the ecocentric perspective on the world that is assumed by most critics. In opposing the standard interpretations of McCarthy's novels as critical either of persisting American ideologies - such as manifest destiny and imperialism - or of the ways in which humanity has laid waste to planet Earth, Greve instead emphasizes the author's interest both in the history of science and in the mythographical developments of religious discourse. Greve aims to counter traditional interpretations of McCarthy's work and at the same time acknowledge their partial truth, taking into account the work of Friedrich W. J. Schelling and Lorenz Oken, contemporary speculative realism, and Bertrand Westphal's geocriticism. Further, newly discovered archival material sheds light on McCarthy's immersion in the metaphysical question par excellence: What is nature?

On an Ungrounded Earth

Towards a New Geophilosophy

Author: Ben Woodard

Publisher: punctum books

ISBN: 0615785387

Category: Earth (Planet)

Page: 118

View: 7979

For too long, the Earth has been used to ground thought instead of bending it; such grounding leaves the planet as nothing but a stage for phenomenology, deconstruction, and other forms of anthropocentric philosophy. In far too much continental philosophy, the Earth is a cold dead place enlivened only by human thought-either as a thing to be exploited, or as an object of nostalgia. Geophilosophy seeks instead to question the ground of thinking itself, the relation of the inorganic to the capacities and limits of thought. This book constructs an eclectic variant of geophilosophy through engagements with digging machines, cyclones and volcanoes, secret vessels, nuclear waste, giant worms, decay, hell, demon souls, subterranean cities, black suns, and xenoarcheaology, via continental theory (Nietzsche, Schelling, Deleuze, et alia) and various cultural objects such as horror films, videogames, and weird Lovecraftian fictions, with special attention to Speculative Realism and the work of Reza Negarestani. In a time where the earth as a whole is threatened by ecological collapse, On an Ungrounded Earth generates a perversely realist account of the earth as a dynamic engine materially invading and upsetting our attempts to reduce it to the ground beneath our feet.

Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze

Colonial Pasts, Differential Futures

Author: L. Burns,B. Kaiser

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137030801

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

View: 9681

Bringing together high profile scholars in the fields of Deleuze and postcolonial studies, this book highlights the overlooked connections between two major schools of contemporary criticism and establishes a new critical discourse for postcolonial literature and theory.

Struktur und Sein

ein Theorierahmen für eine systematische Philosophie

Author: Lorenz Bruno Puntel

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161489631

Category: Philosophy

Page: 687

View: 583

English summary: Lorenz B. Puntel presents a systematic philosophy that is understood as a theory of the most universal structures of the universe of discourse. It is based on two fundamental theses: firstly that all statements and all theories emerge only within theoretical frameworks, and secondly that the task of systematic philosophy is to articulate the dimension of structurality and then to put it into relation to a dimension of actuality, of being. The author explains the concept of the theoretical framework by concentrating on logic and mathematics, the philosophy of science, and the fundamental disciplines of semantics (including the theory of truth) and ontology. He does a thorough analysis of three types of fundamental structures: formal (logical and mathematical), semantic and ontological structures. German description: Lorenz B. Puntel bietet eine struktural-systematische Philosophie im Grundriss. Er halt an der grossen Idee der Philosophie als einer Konzeption des Ganzen der Wirklichkeit fest, prazisiert aber diese Idee, indem er die Philosophie als Theorie der allgemeinsten Strukturen des universe of discourse definiert. Zwei Grundgedanken sind fur die Entwicklung der so verstandenen Philosophie bestimmend: Der Gedanke, dass alle Aussagen bzw. alle einzelnen Theorien nur in einem Theorierahmen moglich sind, und der Gedanke, dass es darauf ankommt, die Dimension der Strukturalitat herauszuarbeiten und sie in Beziehung zur Dimension des Wirklichen (des Seins) zu setzen. Der Autor erlautert ausfuhrlich den auf R. Carnap zuruckgehende Begriff des Theorierahmens unter Beachtung der formalen Wissenschaften (Logik und Mathematik), der Wissenschaftstheorie, der Grunddisziplinen der Semantik (speziell der Wahrheitstheorie) und der Ontologie. Es werden drei Arten von fundamentalen Strukturen analysiert: die formalen (logischen und mathematischen), die semantischen und die ontologischen Strukturen. Eines der Ergebnisse dieser Untersuchungen ist eine neue semantische und ontologische Theorie.

Perdido Street Station


Author: China Miéville

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641141702

Category: Fiction

Page: 848

View: 2771

Willkommen in der unmöglichen Stadt! Eine Stadt, eine Welt für sich, ein Moloch: Das ist New Crobuzon, bevölkert von Milliarden Menschen und Mutanten, unterjocht von einem strengen Regime und angefüllt mit den ungezählten Sehnsüchten, Ängsten, Problemen und Kämpfen seiner Bewohner. Als eines Tages ein seltsames Wesen den geheimen Laboren der Stadt entflieht, ahnt niemand, dass dies der Untergang New Crobuzons sein könnte. Auch Isaac Dan dar Grimnebulin ahnt die Gefahr nicht, als er dem Wesen begegnet ...

Das Konzept des Modells

Einführung in eine materialistische Epistemologie der Mathematik

Author: Alain Badiou

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783851325102

Category: Mathematics

Page: 155

View: 2598


Summa technologiae

mit einem Vorwort des Autors zur deutschen Ausgabe aus dem Polnischen ubersetzi von Friedrich Griese

Author: Stanisław Lem

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783518371787

Category: Technology and civilization

Page: 650

View: 6158


Persistence of the Negative

Author: Benjamin Noys

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748655204

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 8046

An original and compelling critique of contemporary Continental theory through a rehabilitation of the negative.

Slime Dynamics

Author: Ben Woodard

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780992483

Category: Philosophy

Page: 77

View: 5767

Through speculative philosophy and lurid cultural objects, Slime Dynamics explores the muck of life as a darkly vitalistic substance.

On the Production of Subjectivity

Five Diagrams of the Finite-Infinite Relation

Author: S. O'Sullivan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137032677

Category: Philosophy

Page: 300

View: 7304

This book offers a series of critical commentaries on, and forced encounters between, different thinkers. At stake in this philosophical and psychoanalytical enquiry is the drawing of a series of diagrams of the finite/infinite relation, and the mapping out of the contours for a speculative and pragmatic production of subjectivity.

Die Narbe

Author: China Miéville

Publisher: Bastei Lübbe (Bastei Verlag)

ISBN: 9783404243204

Category: Fiction

Page: 526

View: 9181

Dies ist die Geschichte einer Gefangenen und ihrer Reise an Bord eines Schiffes über die Weiten eines unglaublichen Ozeans. Es ist die Suche nach der Insel eines vergessenen Volkes, nach einem gigantischen Meereswesen und letztendlich nach einem mythischen Ort, einer massiven Wunde in der Welt, einer Quelle unvorstellbarer Macht und Gefahr: der Narbe ...