Post by: Craig Hickman

Mashines

Edmund Berger: On Art and Revolutionary Transformation in the Age of Blockchain – Part 1

4 Dez , 2018  

…measured against the conditions of the present, communism itself embodies the most alien of all possible futures.

—Edmund Berger

Edmund Berger author of Uncertain Futures: An Assessment of the Conditions of the Present (see my review) has for years done his homework in uncovering the historical traces of the Marxist ...

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Biopolitics, Mashines

The Hedonistic Imperative: The Seduction of Hypercapitalism

28 Nov , 2018  

The unlikely parable that Xenophon relates  between Socrates and their mutual friend Aristippus of Cyrene serves as a lead in to the subject of this post. Socrates had observed his friend Aristippus for some time and felt that the young man needed a little guidance. He remonstrated Aristippus for his ...

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GenericScience

Beyond Humanity: The Datacentric Worldview

22 Nov , 2018  

…new technologies may suggest, create, even impose new ends, never before conceived, simply by offering their feasibility.

—Hans Jonas, Toward a Philosophy of Technology

For years now philosophers, scientists, artists, pundits, academics, social-critics, etc. have spoken of the death of humanism and the rise of post-humanism. Hans Jonas in a ...

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Mashines

Slavoj Zizek: The Next Revolution – the Digital Commons?

31 Okt , 2018  

The digital network that sustains the functioning of our societies as well as their control mechanisms is the ultimate figure of the technical grid that sustains power – and does this not confer a new lease of life on Trotsky’s idea that the key to the State lies not in ...

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GenericScience

Climate Apocalypse: The Denial of the Future

11 Okt , 2018  

We need the deniers to get out of the way. They are risking everyone’s future…. The Koch Brothers are criminals…. They should be charged with criminal activity because they’re putting the profits of their business ahead of the livelihoods of millions of people, and even life on earth.”

– James ...

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Mashines

Paul Virilio: The Anti-City

19 Sep , 2018  

On the Anti-City: I think it’s a form of desire for inertia, desire for ubiquity, instantaneousness – a will to reduce the world to a single place, a single identity.

– Paul Verilio, Pure War

We’ve passed through the looking glass and become the spectacle, the speed of global affects ...

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PhiloFiction

Paul Virilio: The Propaganda of a Growing Disaster

18 Sep , 2018  

For Paul Virilio the last remaining defense against the crumbling world economy is to abandon the ship, lift our heads to the sky and join in the exurbanist future of the Ultracity.

In that short book The Futurism of the Instant the technoarchitects of instantaneity will bring us once again ...

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Necropolitics

Paul Virilio: The Great Migrations of the Future

6 Sep , 2018  

In The Futurism of the Instant Paul Virilio envisions a future of interminable migration. A World in transit, mobile: a parade of endless migrants across the globe without stop. The age of nomadism has returned with a vengeance. “What can we say, today, in the age of general ’emportment’, the ...

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Biopolitics

24/7: Sleepless Soldiers and the Psychopathy of Civilization

15 Aug , 2018  

On first reading Johnathan Crary’s new book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep  I wondered if I’d shifted into some dark  psychopathic journey into the heart of darkness where citizens have become machines, augmented cyborgs in a sleepless universe of absolute death where no one dies and everyone ...

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EconoFiction

American Dystopia: The Empire of War

10 Aug , 2018  

Capitalism and neoliberalism carry wars within them like clouds carry storms.

—Éric Alliez and Maurizio Lazzarato, To Our Enemies

Henry Miller the ex-patriot who would return to his native land just before the rise of Hitler had a glimpse into the heart of the American Dystopian world when he glimpsed ...

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Documentation

James Lovelock: Doom is Inevitable, Have a Happy Life!

4 Aug , 2018  

Lovelock believes global warming is now irreversible, and that nothing can prevent large parts of the planet becoming too hot to inhabit, or sinking underwater, resulting in mass migration, famine and epidemics. Britain is going to become a lifeboat for refugees from mainland Europe, so instead of wasting our time ...

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Documentation

Media Narrative: Global Catastrophe and Climate Change

4 Aug , 2018  

We’re living in a moment of shifting realities, it’s as if we are living in a post-Apocalyptic novel whose main character is in total denial. As if in our simulated probability systems we’ve seen the shadow on the screen of futurity, but are turning a blind eye against it, closing ...

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Mashines

The Intelligence of Capital?

23 Jul , 2018  

The development of the means of labour into machinery is not an accidental moment of capital, but is rather the historical reshaping of the traditional, inherited means of labour into a form adequate to capital. The accumulation of knowledge and of skill, of the general productive forces of the social ...

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Mashines

The Automatic Society: Technics, Memory, and Capitalism

28 Mrz , 2018  

In the past few years both the political Left and Right of the current global machine, the “Establishment” now dictates who will be included or excluded from their dominion. Whatever the hell that is? Ah, yes, it always comes down to this bugaboo… the “System” – a sort of Death ...

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Documentation

Thomas Ligotti: Dark Phenomenology and Abstract Horror

23 Mrz , 2018  

Of course, mystery actually requires a measure of the concrete if it is to be perceived at all; otherwise it is only a void, the void. The thinnest mixture of this mortar, I suppose, is contained in that most basic source of mystery—darkness.

-Thomas Ligotti

Dark Phenonmenology and the Daemonic ...

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Documentation

The Intelligence of Capital: The Collapse of Politics in Contemporary Society

29 Dez , 2017  

Capital is the intelligence of the world. Capital does not need the nation state, the old mythologies of the sovereignty of nations is giving way to the logics of the Global Empire of Capital. Reactions to this state of affairs across the globe has brought on the crisis and end ...

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Documentation

Capitalism as Temporal Slavery: We Are Time’s Prisoners

27 Dez , 2017  

Capital is dead labour which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. The time during which the worker works is the time during which the capitalist consumes the labour-power he has bought from him. If the worker consumes his disposable time ...

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EconoFiction

Alien Capitalism: Marx – Prophet of our Fractured Age?

18 Dez , 2017  

Karl Marx analyzing the incorporation and absorption of the human worker as a mere appendage within the machine had already seen the teleological tendency within capitalism toward our present civilization’s fascination with robotics and artificial intelligence: “once adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labour passes through ...

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Necropolitics

Bataille’s Gift: Wealth, Toxicity, and Apocalypse

6 Okt , 2017  

Is the general determination of energy circulating in the biosphere altered by man’s activity? Or rather, isn’t the latter’s intention vitiated by a determination of which it is ignorant, which it overlooks and cannot change?

—Georges Bataille, The Accursed Share

Bataille’s underlying understanding of the checks and balances in the ...

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Biopolitics, Necropolitics

The Future of Decision: Governance, Algorithms, and Cognitive Bias

14 Sep , 2017  

Berardi makes a valid point in his critique of Srnicek and Williams Inventing the Future:

“Srnicek and Williams suggest that we should ‘demand full automation, demand universal basic income, demand reduction of the work week’. But they do not explain who the recipient is of these demands. Is there any ...

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Necropolitics

Rage

10 Sep , 2017  

Rage without utopian prospects of real change is like living in a favela on the edge of Pandemonium waiting for the rebellion to begin, no matter what you do you are still trapped in a sub-basement of Hell with no prospects of escape. Rage is useless when there are no ...

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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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