NonMusic

Mille Plateaux – Ultrablackness of Music

21 Aug , 2018  

Project for book & compilation: Ultrablackness of Music

When we look back it seems that Mille Plateaux was always dark. We never confirmed techno-utopism, accelerationism or Eshuns afrofuturism. Rhythm, not speed was the term. As we wrote: »If Rhythm is distinct from metrics, we enter the field of non-frequency politics, ...

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Mille Plateaux – Ultrablackness of Music

21 Aug , 2018  

Project for book & compilation: Ultrablackness of Music

When we look back it seems that Mille Plateaux was always dark. We never confirmed techno-utopism, accelerationalism or Eshuns afrofuturism. Rhythm, not speed was the term. As we wrote: »If Rhythm is distinct from metrics, we enter the field of non-frequency politics, ...

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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

The Belly of the Revolution: Agriculture, Energy, and the Future of Communism

28 Jul , 2018  

….The problem is that the energy system and the technology it powers is not at all modular; it is not possible to swap out dirty energy and swap in clean energy, even if all political obstacles were removed and some polity found itself able to rearrange the building blocks of ...

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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, PhiloFiction

Laruelle und das Wesen der Technik

11 Jul , 2018  

Für Laruelle muss hinsichtlich der Beurteilung der Technikwissenschaften eine erste Unterscheidung vorgenommen werden, nämlich die zwischen Technik und Technologie. Unter Technik versteht Laruelle im weitesten Sinne das von Simondon in seinen Schriften aufgeworfene technische Objekt, das der Wissenschaft zur Analyse dient, während der Begriff der Technologie der Ordnung des Diskurses ...

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Mashines

Towards a Non-Facebook

25 Mai , 2018  

The current Facebook debate is a chance to get your act together and get organized – just a little.

What does it mean to get dis-, re-, co-organized, to the worse, or the better? A further balkanisation, a migration to the cryptoanarchist waste of resources, blockchain-nations as a refresh of ...

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GenericScience

On the Need for a Hyper-Materialist Epistemology

3 Mai , 2018  

At the very beginning of  Technics and Time, I pointed out that when Marx posits in  Capital that we require a theory of technical evolution, which would be an extension of Darwinian theory, he at the same time raises the question of a kind of  matter  that  would be  ...

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Documentation, Mashines

Maschinerie und Materialismus

23 Apr , 2018  

Einer der Gründe, weshalb die in den sechziger Jahren begonnene Renaissance des Materialismus inzwischen, wenn die Zeichen nicht trügen, ihren Zenit überschritten hat, dürfte in der auffälligen Fraglosigkeit zu suchen sein, mit der diese Theorie beinahe allen Problemen der Technologie, der Naturbeherrschung und -Zerstörung begegnet. Nicht, daß diese Probleme kein ...

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EconoFiction, GenericScience

Marx und die Maschinen

4 Apr , 2018  

 

Mit dem Verweis auf die Phylogenese der Maschinen, die von den komplexen Werkzeugen über die durch Motoren angetriebenen Maschinen bis hin zum Automaten reicht, verbindet Marx immer eine durch das Kapital geprägte Genealogie des Technischen und setzt sich damit deutlich von einer transhistorischen Evolutionstheorie der Technik ab. Marx schreibt: »Die ...

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NonPolitics

Rude Awakening: Memes as Dialectical Images

3 Apr , 2018  

 

“It’s not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation. In other words, image is dialectics ...

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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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Mashines

Anti-Computer

21 Mrz , 2018  

In my graduate seminar we’ve recently been thinking a bit about machines. Given that our focus has been on the 19th Century, attention has been directed toward ergodic machines (from the root ergon meaning work). Ergodic machines are machines that run on heat and energy. Such machines are essentially mechanical

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Documentation

Basic Program of the Bureau of Unitary Urbanism

16 Mrz , 2018  

Internationale Situationniste #6 (August 1961) Translated by Ken Knabb 1. Nothingness of Urbanism and Nothingness of the Spectacle URBANISM DOESN’T EXIST; it is only an “ideology” in Marx’s sense of the word. Architecture does really exist, like Coca-Cola: though coated with ideology, it is a real production, falsely satisfying ...

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Documentation, Mashines, NonPolitics, PhiloFiction

Sidenotes to Hauntology // Randnotizen zur Hantologie

12 Mrz , 2018  

Transkription eines Vortrags der im Oktober 2015 bei der ‘retrospektive’ [event] des “institut de destabilisation” im MultiVersum (Offenbach) gehalten wurde. Sowohl Skript als auch die Aufnahme waren zwischenzeitlich verloren und sind nun wieder aufgetaucht:

„Womöglich gilt es darzulegen, dass die Politik, die gegenwärtig das affektive Interesse an sich bindet, als ...

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