Accelerationism. A Symposium on Tendencies in Capitalism

 
14.12.2013

Armen Avanessian, Matteo Pasquinelli

Introduction

10:00-10:30Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
Ausschnitt Contemporary capitalism is an object of high abstraction. The symposium is an invitation to discuss and disclose the anonymous and inner tendencies of capitalism, to study its monetary, algorithmic and energetic viscera. How can one grasp the living drives of financial markets and technological innovation? And more importantly: who really produces and controls those drives and how could any alternative political subject emerge without such a complex knowledge?The recent debate on... Mehr
 
BiografieArmen Avanessian ist Philosoph und Literaturwissenschaftler an der Freien Universität Berlin und derzeit Gastprofessor an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg. 2011 war er Visiting Fellow am German Department at Columbia University und 2012 am German Department der Yale University. 2011 gründete er die Recherche- und Publikationsplatform www.spekulative-poetik.de. Buchpublikationen u.a. Phänomenologie ironischen Geistes. Ethik, Poetik und Politik der Moderne (Fink, 2010), Präsens....Mehr
 
BiografieMatteo Pasquinelli (PhD, London) is a writer, curator and academic researcher. He wrote the book Animal Spirits: A Bestiary of the Commons (2008) and lectures frequently at the intersection of Italian operaismo, French philosophy, media theory and life sciences. His texts have been translated in many languages and he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as Springerin, Multitudes, Fibreculture, Theory Culture & Society, Lugar Comun, Rethinking Marxism, Libération, Il manifesto,...Mehr
 
14.12.2013

Ray Brassier

Wandering Abstraction

10:30-11:30Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
 
BiografieRay Brassier (American University Beirut) is author of Nihil Unbound. Enlightenment and Extinction. He is professor of philosophy at the American University in Beirut.Mehr
 
14.12.2013

Josephine Berry Slater

Epistemic Panic and the Problem of Life

13:00-14:00Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
Ausschnitt Taking as its starting point Walter Benjamin's observation that the acceleration of technological development and informational communication is rendering people 'mute', this paper considers the exclusion of embodied experience from late capitalist epistemology. In a biopolitical reading of life's increasing exclusion from thought, the paper focuses on the inability to inscribe experience into a knowledge regime - both governmental, commercial and philosophical - that adopts a mistrusting and... Mehr
 
BiografieJosephine Berry Slater is editor of Mute magazine, and co-director of the Post-Media Lab, Leuphana University, Germany. She teaches part-time at Goldsmiths on the Culture Industry MA and an option course in Biopolitics and Aesthetics. She is also co-author, together with Anthony Iles, of No Room to Move: Radical Art and the Regenerate City.Mehr
 
14.12.2013

Benjamin Noys

Days of Phuture Past: Accelerationism in the Present Moment

14:00-15:00Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
Ausschnitt The claim of accelerationism is to a dynamism that can break the stasis of the present. In classical accelerationism - the work of Nick Land - this dynamism was located in the fettered forces of capitalist deterritorialization, which had been unlocked and realized in a virtual future. In the retooled forms of contemporary accelerationism dynamism is located in the epistemological possibilities of rational inhumanism, Promethean politics of maximal mastery, and sociotechnological hegemony. I... Mehr
 
BiografieBenjamin Noys is Reader in English at the University of Chichester. He is the author of Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction (2000), The Culture of Death (2005), The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Theory (2010), and editor of Communization and Its Discontents (2011). His book Malign Velocities: Accelerationism and Capitalism, is forthcoming with Zero Books in 2014.Mehr
 
14.12.2013

Elisabeth von Samsonow

Electra

15:00-16:00Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
Ausschnitt Electra is embedded within the plane of schizosomatic activities, and it is from there that she draws her oracles. She is a schizosomatic prophet speaking out her own MATRIXIAL body as well the oracle of the body who has split herself off. This makes the whole difference according to the crucial question: in whose name, for whose sake does a philosopher speak, will Electra deliver her oracles, which basically asks the questions: what is it, really, that she has access to? The schizosomatic... Mehr
 
BiografieElisabeth von Samsonow is artist and professor for Philosophical and Historical Anthropology at the Art Academy in Vienna. She is associated professor at the Bauhaus university Weimar and Technical University Maribor. As an artist she is actually exploring what Bernie Krause calls "geophony". She wrote Egon Schiele Sanctus Franciscus Hystericus (2012), Egon Schiele: Ich bin die Vielen (2010) and Anti Elektra. Totemismus und Schizogamie (2007).Mehr
 
14.12.2013

Nick Srnicek

Technology, Capital, Value

17:00-18:00Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
Ausschnitt Recent discussions over post-capitalism have increasingly been framed in terms of technology, logistics, and infrastructure, with critics reproaching what they see as a naive techno-utopianism, and supporters arguing for technology's potential to change the material possibilities of society. This talk will take on the critics' arguments, pointing out where they make valid qualifications of technology's potential. But it will ultimately conclude that the critics demonstrate a lack of... Mehr
 
BiografieNick Srnicek is a Teaching Fellow in Geopolitics and Globalisation at UCL, and PhD graduate in International Relations from LSE. He was co-editor of The Speculative Turn (Re.press, 2011), and he is currently writing Folk Politics (Zero, 2014) with Alex Williams.Mehr
 
14.12.2013

Alex Williams

The Politics of Anticipation

18:00-19:00Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
Ausschnitt There is an ongoing contemporary tendency in both activist left political practice and political theory towards valorising the immediate, the spontaneous, and the voluntaristic. While such emphases are explicable given the historical travails of the party form in the twentieth century, these tendencies have given rise to forms of political thinking and action which are seemingly incapable of installing the changes they wish to effect. This paper will therefore outline, as a countervailing... Mehr
 
BiografieAlex Williams is a PhD student at the University of East London, presently at work on a thesis entitled 'Hegemony and Complexity'. He is also the author, with Nick Srnicek, of the forthcoming Folk Politics.Mehr
 
14.12.2013

Armen Avanessian

'System is not the Enemy; You are' (Concluding Remarks)

19:00-20:00Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 29 10178 Berlin
 
BiografieArmen Avanessian ist Philosoph und Literaturwissenschaftler an der Freien Universität Berlin und derzeit Gastprofessor an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg. 2011 war er Visiting Fellow am German Department at Columbia University und 2012 am German Department der Yale University. 2011 gründete er die Recherche- und Publikationsplatform www.spekulative-poetik.de. Buchpublikationen u.a. Phänomenologie ironischen Geistes. Ethik, Poetik und Politik der Moderne (Fink, 2010), Präsens....Mehr
 

Workshop & Lecture Series 'Speculative Thinking in Literature and Philosophy'

Einleitung Organisation: | Armen Avanessian (FU-Berlin), Melanie Sehgal (EUV Frankfurt/Oder) | Workshop Series  The starting point of the workshop series is the current interest in speculative thought. The workshops aim at putting the concept of speculation in perspective by determining its relation to literature. What does speculative thought mean, what does speculation as such mean? We suspect that speculation is to be defined less by specific objects or contents of thought but to be determined as a procedure. What do speculative procedures in philosophy and literary writing look like? The experimental setup of the workshops seeks to... Mehr
 
13.12.2013

Anne Sauvagnargues

Literature as Experimentation: Gilles Deleuze and Literature

14:00-18:00Europa Universität ViadrinaGroße Scharnnstraße 5915230 Frankfurt/Oder
Ausschnitt Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari describe art as a capturing of forces. From their early works on, Deleuze's book on Proust (1964) or Guattari's texts on writing as a form of therapy for example, literature plays an eminent role in their philosophy. For Deleuze, the artistic effect of literature is not reducible to a purely linguistic dimension, but rather calls for a new semiotic that goes beyond the discursive: a capturing of forces, a new semiotics of the affects, a logic of sensation. Mehr
 
BiografieAnne Sauvagnargues ist Professorin für Philosophie an der Universität Paris Ouest Nanterre und Spezialistin im Bereich der gegenwärtigen Philosophie der Kunst, insbesondere mit Blick auf das Denken Gilles Deleuze und Félix Guattaris. Sie ist Redaktionsmitglied der Zeitschriften Multitudes und Chimères. Zu ihren Publikationen zählen Deleuze. De l'animal à l'art, Paris : PUF, 2004 ; Deleuze und die Kunst, Paris : PUF, 2005 ; Deleuze. L'empirisme transcendental, Paris : PUF 20011. Auf deutsch...Mehr
 
12.12.2013

Anne Sauvagnargues

Literature as Experimentation: Gilles Deleuze and Literature

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari describe art as a capturing of forces. From their early works on, Deleuze's book on Proust (1964) or Guattari's texts on writing as a form of therapy for example, literature plays an eminent role in their philosophy. For Deleuze, the artistic effect of literature is not reducible to a purely linguistic dimension, but rather calls for a new semiotic that goes beyond the discursive: a capturing of forces, a new semiotics of the affects, a logic of sensation. Mehr
 
BiografieAnne Sauvagnargues ist Professorin für Philosophie an der Universität Paris Ouest Nanterre und Spezialistin im Bereich der gegenwärtigen Philosophie der Kunst, insbesondere mit Blick auf das Denken Gilles Deleuze und Félix Guattaris. Sie ist Redaktionsmitglied der Zeitschriften Multitudes und Chimères. Zu ihren Publikationen zählen Deleuze. De l'animal à l'art, Paris : PUF, 2004 ; Deleuze und die Kunst, Paris : PUF, 2005 ; Deleuze. L'empirisme transcendental, Paris : PUF 20011. Auf deutsch...Mehr
 
27.5.2013

Steven Shaviro

Science Fiction and Speculative Philosophy

14:00 - 18:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt to be announced Mehr
 
BiografieSteven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Cinematic Body (1993), Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism (1997), Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (2009), and Post-Cinematic Affect (2010). His work in progress involves studies of speculative realism, of post-continuity styles in contemporary cinema, of music videos, and of...Mehr
 
26.5.2013

Steven Shaviro

Dark Origins

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Chris Beckett's science fiction novel Dark Eden can be described as an exercise in speculative anthropology. On a dark planet, warmed only by geothermal energy, the descendants of a pair of stranded human astronauts must reinvent civilization from scratch, guided only by garbled memories of Earth passed down for generations from the original pair of settlers. The novel recounts a "fall" from a seeming state of nature into a more historical sort of social arrangement, through a series of... Mehr
 
BiografieSteven Shaviro is the DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of The Cinematic Body (1993), Doom Patrols: A Theoretical Fiction About Postmodernism (1997), Connected, Or, What It Means To Live in the Network Society (2003), Without Criteria: Kant, Whitehead, Deleuze, and Aesthetics (2009), and Post-Cinematic Affect (2010). His work in progress involves studies of speculative realism, of post-continuity styles in contemporary cinema, of music videos, and of...Mehr
 
22.5.2013

Howard Caygill

Immanent Critique in Walter Benjamin

14:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt The starting point of the workshop series is the current interest in speculative thought. The workshops aim at putting the concept of speculation in perspective by determining its relation to literature. What does speculative thought mean, what does speculation as such mean? We suspect that speculation is to be defined less by specific objects or contents of thought but to be determined as a procedure. What do speculative procedures in philosophy and literary writing look like? The... Mehr
 
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21.5.2013

Howard Caygill

The Folly of Speculation

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt The Critique of Pure Reason begins by evoking the folly of speculation - the 'peculiar fate' of reason is to drive itself to and beyond the point of madness. My talk will reflect on the implications of this proximity of critique, speculation and psychopathology for speculative philosophy and for the thinking of madness. Mehr
 
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14.4.2013

Peter Osborne

The Postconceptual Condition

A Report on Art
19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Historically, one of the functions of art history has been to provide models of periodization. Classical, romantic, modern, postmodern andcontemporary all have their origins as art-historical concepts, which became generalized to theorize wider cultural processes and thus being transformed, and reflected back upon its art-historical meaning, changing it in turn. Wherein lies the contemporaneity of contemporary art? And what does it have to tell us about our cultural condition more broadly?... Mehr
 
BiografiePeter Osborne is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London, and a long-standing member of the editorial collective of the British journal Radical Philosophy. His books include The Politics of Time: Modernity and Avant-Garde (1995; 2011), Philosophy in Cultural Theory (2000), Conceptual Art (2002), Marx (2005) and El arte más allá de la estética: Ensayos filosóficos sobre el arte...Mehr
 
7.3.2013

Arne De Boever

Finance Fictions

11:00 - 14:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt This workshop will aim to assess the contemporary novel's relation to three buzzwords in late twentieth- and early twenty-first century theory: the state of exception, biopolitics, and speculation. Moving through his books States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel and Narrative Care, literary critic and critical theorist Arne De Boever will return to the contemporary novel once again to investigate the effects of finance capitalism on the human psyche.- registration prior to the workshop... Mehr
 
BiografieArne De Boever teaches American Studies in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts, where he also directs the School's MA Program in Aesthetics and Politics. He has published numerous articles on literature, film, and critical theory and is editor of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy. He also edits the critical theory/philosophy section of the Los Angeles Review of Books. He has written two books--States of Exception in the Contemporary Novel...Mehr
 
6.3.2013

Amanda Beech

Final Machine

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Amanda will speak to her recent video work, Final Machine, 2013; a three channel video installation (45mins). The work continues Beech's examination into the nexus of art, politics and morality and interrogates the realist status of the image and the contract this holds with systems of power. Beech uses Louis Althusser's lecture series 'The Spontaneous Philosophy of the Scientists' (1968), to predicate a politics that is recalcitrant to ideological systems. The work questions how it is... Mehr
 
BiografieAmanda Beech makes artworks, writes and collaborates on curatorial projects. Her research looks to the possibilities of a realist critique in the context of neo-liberal democracy by examining the tenability of a politics in the context of contingency. Her work is a research of art's material and forceful claims both in the architecture of exhibition making and in discrete works, constructing narratives that take in particular biographies, social mythologies, philosophical inquiry and...Mehr
 
6.3.2013

Beyond the Contemporary Condition

Roundtable with Armen Avanessian, Amanda Beech (CalArts), Suhail Malik (Bard College) and Robin MacKay (Goldsmith College)
14-17:00Torstrasse 7010119 Berlin
 
11.5.2012

Iain Hamilton Grant

Origins of Dynamics

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Vortragsreihe Mehr
 
BiografieIain Hamilton Grant ist Professor für Philosophie an der University of the West of England in Bristol.Sein Interesse gilt der Naturphilosophie, zeitgenössischer französischer Philosophie und antiker Philosophie (vor allem dem Platonismus und dem Neoplatonismus). Er ist unter anderem Übersetzer zahlreicher Werke französischer und deutscher Sprache, darunter Jean Baudrillards Symbolic Exchange and Death und Jean-François Lyotards The Libidinal Economy und Autor von Philosophies of Nature After...Mehr
 
10.5.2012

Iain Hamilton Grant

The Universe in the Universe:

System, Motion and Dimension in the Concept
11:00SFB SitzungsraumAltensteinstraße 2-414195 Berlin
Ausschnitt About this Workshop: How does thinking arrive in the world? This paper will draw out aspects of the Selbstsetzung hypothesis attaching to the theory of the concept as initially outlined in German Idealist philosophy, and particularly in Schelling, as part of the career of the Middle Platonist theory of phusike ennoia, or the physical understanding. As such, its primary aim is to resituate the concept in the world while preserving the asymmetry between the latter and the former. -... Mehr
 
BiografieIain Hamilton Grant ist Professor für Philosophie an der University of the West of England in Bristol.Sein Interesse gilt der Naturphilosophie, zeitgenössischer französischer Philosophie und antiker Philosophie (vor allem dem Platonismus und dem Neoplatonismus). Er ist unter anderem Übersetzer zahlreicher Werke französischer und deutscher Sprache, darunter Jean Baudrillards Symbolic Exchange and Death und Jean-François Lyotards The Libidinal Economy und Autor von Philosophies of Nature After...Mehr
 
4.5.2012

Ray Brassier

That Which is Not

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Vortragsreihe Mehr
 
BiografieRay Brassier (American University Beirut) is author of Nihil Unbound. Enlightenment and Extinction. He is professor of philosophy at the American University in Beirut.Mehr
 
4.5.2012

Ray Brassier

Representation and Picturing

11:00SFB SitzungsraumAltensteinstraße 2-414195 Berlin
Ausschnitt About this Workshop: Sellars' scientific realism postulates a limitrophic convergence between the coherence of our representations and the adequacy of our picturings of reality. The distinction is controversial and some Sellarsians argue that Sellars' notion of "picturing" is best abandoned. This talk will argue the contrary. - registration prior to the workshop required via email - Contact: armen.avanessian@gmx.net Mehr
 
BiografieRay Brassier (American University Beirut) is author of Nihil Unbound. Enlightenment and Extinction. He is professor of philosophy at the American University in Beirut.Mehr
 
20.4.2012

Quentin Meillassoux

Iteration, Reiteration, Repetition

A Speculative Analysis of the Meaningless Sign
11:00SFB SitzungsraumAltensteinstraße 2-414195 Berlin
Ausschnitt Quentin Meillassoux is a professor of philosophy at École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He is author of After Finitude. An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency and Le nombre et la sirène'.   About this workshop: This paper provides a critique of post-Kantian philosophy,which is organised around the idea that we only have access to the correlation between thinking and being. Against "correlationism" − that is, the doctrine that mind and world, or representation and reality, cannot be... Mehr
 
BiografieQuentin Meillassoux unterrichtet Philosophie an der École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Er ist Autor von Nach der Endlichkeit. Versuch über die Notwendigkeit der Kontigenz. Mehr
 
19.4.2012

Quentin Meillassoux

Iteration and Repetition. Ontology of the Meaningless Sign

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Vortragsreihe Quentin Meillassoux is a professor of philosophy at École Normale Supérieure, Paris. He is author of After Finitude. An Essay on the Necessity of Contingency and Le nombre et la sirène'.     Mehr
 
BiografieQuentin Meillassoux unterrichtet Philosophie an der École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Er ist Autor von Nach der Endlichkeit. Versuch über die Notwendigkeit der Kontigenz. Mehr
 
12.4.2012

Graham Harman

I am also of the Opinion that Materialism must be destroyed

11:00SFB SitzungsraumAltensteinstraße 2-414195 Berlin
Ausschnitt About this Workshop: The speculative realist movement centered on the critique of what Quentin Meillassoux calls "correlationism"-- the idea that we cannot think of world without human or world without human, but only of their primal interrelation. But as soon as we pass beyond that point of agreement, the various authors of speculative realism have little in common. This lecture argues against the various materialist versions of speculative realism, and in favor of a realism of individual... Mehr
 
BiografieGraham Harman (American University Cairo) is author of various books. He recently published The Quadruple Object. He is also Co-editor of The Speculative Turn. Continental Materialism and Realism. Harman is professor of philosophy at the American University in Cairo.Mehr
 
11.4.2012

Graham Harman

Strange Realism

19:00Haus der Kulturen der WeltJohn-Foster-Dulles-Allee 1010557 Berlin
Ausschnitt Vortragsreihe Mehr
 
BiografieGraham Harman (American University Cairo) is author of various books. He recently published The Quadruple Object. He is also Co-editor of The Speculative Turn. Continental Materialism and Realism. Harman is professor of philosophy at the American University in Cairo.Mehr
 
12.3.2012

Martin Hägglund

The Trace of Time and Death of Life: Bergson, Heidegger, Derrida

11:00SFB SitzungsraumAltensteinstraße 2-414195 Berlin
Ausschnitt About this Workshop: This essay develops Derrida's logic of the trace in relation to the philosophical problem of time and the revival of "life" as a central category in contemporary thinking. Through a critical interrogation of Bergson and Heidegger's conceptions of temporality, I show how the logic of the trace articulates an originary co-implication of the organic and the inorganic, the event and the machine. Refuting any vitalist conception of life—as well as any conception of an... Mehr
 
BiografieMartin Hägglund (Harvard University) is a Junior Fellow der Harvard Society of Fellows. He is author of Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life.Mehr