Post by: Craig Hickman

Lexicon, Mashines

Smart Cities and Dark Neoliberalism

4 Aug , 2017  

As I was reading an article on the supposed hidden ideology underlying the rise of the Smart City on e-flux blog: The hidden ideology behind the “smart city”  I kept thinking to myself: Look at New York City for a model of the coming Smart City as total ubiquitous control, ...

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EconoFiction, Necropolitics

The Governance of the World

1 Aug , 2017  

The hyper-industrial state of fact takes what Deleuze called control societies, founded on modulation by the mass media, into the stage of hyper-control. The latter is generated by self-produced personal data, collected and published by people themselves – whether knowingly or otherwise – and this data is then exploited by ...

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Necropolitics

Let Death Come Quickly

16 Jul , 2017  

From a series of tweets – A Dark Pessimist vs. an ultra-Optimist (A Daily Rant – BEWARE!): We worry over Trump while the planet burns… is this not madness? Humanity is a transitional thing… who wants to stay its execution. The guillotine is readying itself whether we will or no. ...

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EconoFiction, PhiloFiction

Compositional Mutations: Nick Land and Libidinal Materialism

15 Jul , 2017  

With the  libidinal reformulation of being as composition ‘one acquires degrees of being, one loses  that which  has being’. – Nick Land, A Thirst for Annihilation Tracing Nietzsche’s libidinal energetics Nick Land would see four major thrusts: 1) a concerted questioning of the logicomathematical conception of the same, equal,  or ...

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Mashines

The Magical Universe: Gilbert Simondon and Technicity

27 Jun , 2017  

The old idea that man invented tools is … a misleading half-truth; it would be more accurate to say that tools invented man. —Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future Long ago in that pre-history of the hominid ancestral narrative an ape picked up a pointed stick realizing for the ...

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Necropolitics

The Suicidal Civilization: Technopessimism and the Coming Collapse

8 Jun , 2017  

…suicide is the decisive political act of our times.
― Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Precarious Rhapsody
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
― Emile Cioran, The Trouble with being Born Base materialism begins in the tomb, a world of death that ...

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Mashines, PhiloFiction

Deleuze/Guattari: ‘Stop the World!’

31 Mai , 2017  

One of the things of profound interest in Castaneda’s books, under the influence of drugs, or other things, and of a change of atmosphere, is precisely that they show how the Indian manages to combat the mechanisms of interpretation and instill in the disciple a presignifying semiotic, or even an ...

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PhiloFiction

The Seduction of the Real

17 Mai , 2017  

“…images precede the Real.” —Jean Baudrillard Child of Kant, and of all those for whom the Real is illusion and delusion, delirium and the panic ridden world of impulse and evil, Baudrillard would return us to that ancient world of Pyrrho and Gnosticism, skepticism and dualism. As he’d say ...

Mashines

The War Against Humanity: Technology, Capital, Apocalypse

11 Mai , 2017  

In Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 Karl Marx would ask: (1) What in the evolution of mankind is the meaning of this reduction of the greater part of mankind to abstract labor? (2) What are the mistakes committed by the piecemeal reformers, who either want to raise wages and ...

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Necropolitics

Günther Anders: Prometheanism in an Age of Accelerated Possibilities

28 Apr , 2017  

I will provisionally call it ‘Promethean shame’ for myself. I understand this to mean the ‘shame when confronted by the “humiliatingly” high quality of fabricated things (selbstgemachten Dinge).’ —Diary entry, Günther Anders Technics and Technology have been a force in human existence from the beginning, a notion Günther Anders reminds ...

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EconoFiction

Accelerating Capital: Completed Nihilism and The Indebted Man

25 Apr , 2017  

In his book Data Trash (1993), Arthur Kroker writes that in the field of digital acceleration, more information means less meaning, because meaning slows info circulation. In the sphere of the digital economy, the faster information circulates, the faster value is accumulated. But meaning slows down this process, as meaning ...

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Necropolitics

The Governance of the World

5 Mrz , 2017  

The hyper-industrial state of fact takes what Deleuze called control societies, founded on modulation by the mass media, into the stage of hyper-control. The latter is generated by self-produced personal data, collected and published by people themselves – whether knowingly or otherwise – and this data is then exploited by ...

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EconoFiction

Edmund Berger: Uncertain Futures a Review

18 Jan , 2017  

Uncertain Futures: An Assessment of the Conditions of the Present will be coming out from Zero Books on February 22nd. To sum it up briefly, the book emerged last winter from a series of notes to myself while trying to think through several related themes: the relationship between Marxian theories ...

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Lexicon, Necropolitics

Deleuze & Guattari: Culture of Death / Culture of Capital

10 Nov , 2016  

Desiring machines make us an organism; but at the very heart of this production, the body suffers from being organized in this way, from not having some other sort of organization, or no organization at all. – Gilles Deleuze/Fritz Guattari, Anti-Oedipus There comes a moment in their great work Anti-Oedipus  ...

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Lexicon, Necropolitics, PhiloFiction

Fredric Jameson – Utopia, Dystopia, and the Myth of Neoliberalism

28 Sep , 2016  

MAN is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. -Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract It is easier, someone once said, to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism: and with that the idea of a revolution overthrowing capitalism seems to have vanished. -Fredric Jameson,  ...

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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Andrew Culp: Dark Deleuze – A Short Summary

28 Mai , 2016  

The way I think through another’s work is to write, to question, to take notes, read parallel works that pop out of my memory, cross-reference notions, ideas, propositions, diagrams, etc., and generally push a thought to its extreme limits. As I’ve been reading Andrew Culp’s work Dark Deleuze, which I ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Subtraction Theory: The Future of Capitalism

25 Feb , 2016  

Over on The Real Movement blog Jehu has a timely post that carefully evaluates the so-called post-capitalist notion as erroneous. He begins with the worn and obvious quote by Zizek ironizing the notion that “it’s much easier to imagine the end of all life on earth than a much more ...

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Necropolitics

Franco Berardi: The Coming Civil War of the Planet

11 Jan , 2016  

„Mental illness is not the rare malady of an isolated dropout, but the widespread consequence of panic, depression, precariousness, and humiliation: these are the sources of the contemporary global fragmentary war, and they are spreading everywhere, rooted in the legacy of colonialism and in the frenzy of daily competition.
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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

François Laruelle: Future Struggle, Gnosis, and the last-Humaneity

27 Okt , 2015  

As that non-philosopher François Laruelle recently said “It is necessary to welcome a certain return of gnosis against philosophy, institutional and academic conformism (amongst other things), but we have to ask ourselves, how do we finally make room for it when it has been condemned to an eternal rebellion. Is ...

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The Consumertariat: Infopocalypse and the Pathologies of Information

7 Aug , 2015  

The acceleration of information exchange has produced and is producing an effect of a pathological type…
– Franco “Bifo” Berardi “The consumer society is a kind of soft police state. We think we have choice, but everything is compulsory. We have to keep buying or we fail as citizens. Consumerism ...

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EconoFiction, Gosse, Necropolitics

Eurozone Vampires: The Gray Club of Death

14 Jul , 2015  

Looking at the picture of IMF head Christine Lagarde and German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble one gets the feeling of old partners in crime, a perfectly legal crime syndicate approved by the Eurozone and given the elite status of a total liquidation squad. In Max Brooks novel World War Z: ...

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Guy Debord: Beyond the Society of The Spectacle

14 Jul , 2015  

Yet, let us add that the accumulated capital is that of the Subject who has become a total image, immersed in a world of information where reality is nothing but a copy of copies. One of the first texts to begin a critique of representationalism, of the production of reality ...

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