Complicity with Anonymous Materials

Author: Reza Negarestani

Publisher: Re.Press

ISBN: 9780980544008

Category: Education

Page: 244

View: 423

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: 7958

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: 9191


Oil Culture

Author: Ross Barrett,Daniel Worden

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452943958

Category: Nature

Page: 456

View: 1475

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: 5371

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: 8554

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: 9739

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: 4080

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.

Summa Technologiae

Author: Stanislaw Lem

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518743384

Category: Fiction

Page: 672

View: 3283

»Summa technologiae« faßt die zur Zeit greifbaren Ergebnisse der futurologischen Wissenschaft zusammen und entwickelt neue, bei uns bis dahin noch nicht bekannte Konzeptionen. Das Buch handelt von einigen möglichen „Zukünften“ der menschlichen Zivilisation. Die Futurologie ist keine Wissenschaft, sondern Schlachtfeld widerstreitender Interessen. Wenn künftige Entwicklungen eng mit künftigen wissenschaftlichen Entdeckungen zusammenhängen, kommt ihre Prognose der Antizipation dieser Entdeckungen gleich. Das ist logisch unmöglich. Wir können allein die Invarianten unserer Welt aufdecken und mit ihnen die Grenze abstecken, die das Mögliche (Erlaubte) vom Unmöglichen (Verbotenen) trennt. Was können wir aus der Welt machen, was ist möglich? Fast alles – nur das nicht: daß sich die Menschen in einigen zigtausend Jahren überlegen könnten: »Genug – so wie es jetzt ist, soll es von nun an immer bleiben. Verändern wir nichts, erfinden und entdecken wir nichts, weil es besser, als es jetzt ist, nicht sein kann, und wenn doch, dann wollen wir es nicht.«

Das Konzept des Modells

Einführung in eine materialistische Epistemologie der Mathematik

Author: Alain Badiou

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783851325102

Category: Mathematics

Page: 155

View: 6873


Am Ende aller Zeiten


Author: Adrian J Walker

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104038422

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 1503

Wie weit würdest du gehen ... für die, die du liebst? Adrian J Walker hat mit ›Am Ende aller Zeiten‹ einen postapokalyptischen Roman geschrieben, in dem ein ganz normaler Familienvater vor die größte Herausforderung seines Lebens gestellt wird. Edgar Hill ist Mitte dreißig, und er hat sein Leben gründlich satt. Unzufrieden mit sich und seinem Alltag in Schottland als Angestellter, Familienvater und Eigenheimbesitzer, fragt er sich vor allem eins: Hat das alles irgendwann einmal ein Ende? Er ahnt nicht, dass sich die Katastrophe bereits anbahnt. Als das Ende kommt, kommt es von oben: Ein dramatischer Asteroidenschauer verwüstet die Britischen Inseln. Das Chaos ist gigantisch, die Katastrophe total. Ganze Städte werden ausgelöscht. Straßen, das Internet, die Zivilisation selbst gehören plötzlich der Vergangenheit an. England liegt in Schutt und Asche. Ist dies der Weltuntergang? Edgar und seine Familie werden während der Evakuierung voneinander getrennt, und ihm bleibt nur eine Wahl: Will er Frau und Kinder jemals wiedersehen, muss er 500 Meilen weit laufen, durch ein zerstörtes Land und über die verbrannte Erde, von Edinburgh nach Cornwall. Zusammen mit einigen wenigen Gefährten begibt sich Edgar Hill auf einen Ultra-Marathon durch ein sterbendes Land. Doch sein Weg ist gefährlich: Im postapokalyptischen England kämpft jeder gegen jeden ums blanke Überleben.

Perdido Street Station


Author: China Miéville

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641141702

Category: Fiction

Page: 848

View: 6712

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 ...

The Isle of Lazaretto

Author: Mark Horvath

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530035380


Page: 248

View: 6830

From Schism Press Books are there to amaze us: Márk Horváth and Ádám Lovász have certainly done that. I'm not sure I've read a more paranoiacally invigorating and inclusive text since Negarestani's Cyclonopedia. This book is a wonderful mashup of critique and mysticism, deconstruction and speculative realism. It's like Dialectic of Enlightenment on bad acid and crammed with scientific research. The reach of scholarship in here amazes me: we've got OOO and Deleuze, but we also have Lyotard and Irigaray and Blanchot. This book is an invaluable polemic against the idea that breaking down the boundaries between things is always best. Global warming is doing an excellent job of reducing the "islands of ice" (the icebergs) to their oceanic environments. Is that good? - Timothy Morton This book exhibits the beauty of a random encounter between a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissection table; it is consistent with its self-inflicted predicament: the shadow of Maldoror haunts it like it should, no less, no more, lightly and deeply. At this particular juncture (passim), Mark Horvath and Adam Lovasz write: Immanence has become horrific, but this does not mean that we should seek and escape from the terror. (114).I endorse it like any poet would, in awe of its dramatic mastery over nihilism, . Junking Isidore-the-first, I offer: may it please heaven that the reader, emboldened, and become momentarily as fierce as what he reads, find without loss of bearing a wild and sudden way across the desolate swamps of these somber, poison-filled pages; for unless he brings to his reading a rigorous poetry and a tautness of mind equal at least to his wariness, the deadly emanations of this book will dissolve his soul as water does sugar.All we need to know is what is digesting the mummies (45) that, and injection of 5T increase aggression in crayfish (56), the rest only means that withdrawal has THE UPPER HAND in this battle (64).At some point during this glorious Saturday morning of my reading, entranced by its verb, I invoked Ah Pook the destroyer himself and shouted "on reparation do carbuncle, in it euphemism, and rendition my bootleg". By the power of junk, may they be blessed.For them like me, for us then - "necronauts, modern lovers of debris, radio and jetstreams-there is only one option, to let things thing, to let matter matter, to let the orange orange and the flower flower... speak about the thing itself and not just ideas about the thing, of saying 'jug, bridge, cigarette, oyster, fruitbat, windowsill, sponge'."To my pleasure, they added: Menger sponge (73).Lazaretto Island, formerly known as Agios Dimitrios (after the military saint and martyr) before it became the name of a suburb, successively bearer of a monastery, a leprosarium, a military hospital, another, the same, leprosarium, a concentration camp, the headquarters of the Italian army, a small church, and a wall against which those condemned to death were shot, is the heraldic arms of its vortex, the Menger sponge of its past, present, and future. Given the chance, when all the souls of the drowned refugees, soldiers, prisoners, and other martyrs of history will find transitory shelter somewhere else, in the company of other illness-boxes set free of their miseries, a self-sufficient community of onanistic-sex-craving Gynoids will colonize it. The Isle of Lazaretto will be their breviary. - Isidore Sebastian, aka Dr.Junk-the-second, aka Thierry BardiniAuthor of Junkware, self-appointed pataphysician, covert agent of the INS

Persistence of the Negative

Author: Benjamin Noys

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748655204

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

View: 7589

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: 4488

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: 8364

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 hundert Brüder

Author: Donald Antrim

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644049017

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1738

«Ein Autor von wilder Intelligenz ... ein Albtraum und ein Meisterwerk.» (The New York Times) 99 Brüder zwischen 20 und 90 (der hundertste kann nicht) haben sich in der Bibliothek ihres verstorbenen Vaters versammelt, um bei einer leichten Mahlzeit die Vergangenheit zu begraben und des Weiteren zu erörtern, wo denn wohl die verschollene Urne ihres Erzeugers abgeblieben sein könnte. Unweigerlich werden alte Streitereien und Rivalitäten wiederbelebt, es kommt zu Unfällen, Gewalt bricht sich Bahn, kein Wunder bei so vielen Männern. Der Plot ist ziemlich zweitrangig in diesem so ungewöhnlichen wie komischen Roman. Aber natürlich spricht Antrim in seinem exzentrischen Buch über sehr vieles, was für reale Familien genauso gilt. «Möglicherweise der seltsamste jemals erschienene Roman eines Amerikaners. Und doch paradoxerweise auch ein höchst repräsentativer Roman. Wie keiner von uns spricht er für uns alle.» (Jonathan Franzen)