An apparently contradictory yet radically urgent collection of texts tracing the genealogy of a controversial current in contemporary philosophy. Accelerate presents a genealogy of accelerationism, tracking the impulse through 90s UK darkside cyberculture and the theory-fictions of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, Iain Grant, and CCRU, across the cultural underground of the 80s rave, acid house, SF cinema and back to its sources in delirious post ferment, in texts whose searing nihilistic jouissance would later be disavowed by their authors and the marxist and academic establishment alike. At the forefront of the energetic contemporary debate around this disputed, problematic term, Accelerate activates a historical conversation about futurality, technology, politics, enjoyment, and capital. Antonio Negri is a philosopher, essay writer, and teacher. A political and social activist in the s and s in Italy, he has taught political science for many years and has written numerous books on political philosophy, including Marx beyond Marx, The Savage Anomaly, Insurgencies, The Porcelain Workshop: For a New Grammar of Politics Semiotext e , and, in collaboration with Michael Hardt, Empire , Multitude , and Commonwealth.
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Armen Avanessian Editor. Ballard Contributor. Ray Brassier Contributor. Samuel Butler Contributor. Jacques Camatte Contributor. Ccru Contributor. Gilles Deleuze Contributor. The term was coined to designate a certain nihilistic alignment of theory with the excess and abandon of capitalist culture, and the associated performative aesthetic of texts that seek to become immanent to the very process of alienation. Developing at the dawn of contemporary neoliberal consensus, the uneasy status of this impulse, between subversion and acquiescence, between theoretical purchase and aesthetic enjoyment, constitutes the core problematic of accelerationism.
Since the publication of Williams's and Srnicek's Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics, the term has been adopted to name a set of new theoretical enterprises that aim to conceptualise non-capitalist futures outside of traditional marxist critiques and regressive, decelerative or restorative solutions.
On either side of this largely unexplored central sequence, the book includes texts by Marx that call attention to his own 'Prometheanism' and key works from recent years document the recent extraordinary emergence of new accelerationisms steeled against the onslaughts of neoliberal capitalist realism, and retooled for the twenty-first century. This is a legacy shot through with contradictions, yet urgently galvanized today by the poverty of 'reasonable' contemporary political alternatives.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader. Aug 28, Taneli Viitahuhta rated it liked it. For sure, this is a mixed bag. Classics aside, of the new texts written for this publication, Negri provides interesting insights on the original manifesto, but he seems way to gentle to really argument with it. Terranova's and Parisi's takes on algorithms and computational design are interesting but short and introductory in spirit.
Singleton finds interesting material in 19th century Russian cosmist Nikolai Fedorov, but seems to be at loss for what to do with it. Brassier's prose is cristal clear, but the author seems a bit too distant for his subjekt to really grab me. Most dissapointing of all, Negarestani does little more than an intellectual sleight-of-hand in his magisterial essay on "The Labor of the Inhuman". Peel the paint and it seems to be a variant of the old "enlightenment for enlightenment's sake" argument, and really quite alarming in it's substance.
Of the older, but not strictly classic texts, 90's cyber culture figure Nick Land and his ilk are historically interesting but read now Land's texts contain so much techno mumbo jumbo that they get too heavy to be digested. Mark Fisher's foaming in the mouth rants against "embourgeoisified state-subsidised grumbling that so often calls itself academic Marxism" might be well placed in the context of those days, but to be written in s - I'm not sure if they hit the mark at all.
My advice for the reader would be to take what you need and don't go for the big picture - there might be none. For somebody trying to map the phenomena accelerationism and speculative realism though the latter seems to be a bit of a taboo by now I do recommend Robin Mackay's and Armen Avanessians "Introduction" - longest text in the book by far, by the way!
Mackay and Avanessian do a good job in their attempt to build up a narrative and don't shy away of the difficult question concerning the core of it all. Nov 26, Tara Brabazon rated it it was amazing. Everything is right about this book. Even the format is radical. It's a bit smaller than the usual monograph - but thicker. There is a physical feeling that we are reading a trashy s airport novel.
But this book is the furthest point from a trashy s airport novel you can imagine. It is a reader. That means, after a powerful introduction by the editors, that extracts from key theorists of acceleration are presented. These move from Marx to Reed. While these writers are disparate, this book Everything is right about this book. While these writers are disparate, this book has a strong sense of a really radical manifesto to get inside neoliberalism and blow it to hell. The final third of the book takes on the consequences to humans and humanity of the deterritorialization of capitalism.
Technology is a trope, motif and object throughout the book. It is an ambivalent force: part of modernity but also dehumanizing. This is a great book to read in one hit, or to carry in bag and read a chapter a day on the train.
It will leave you angry. And it will leave you wanting to get inside the system and do something. View 1 comment. Jul 06, Hermes rated it liked it Shelves: accelerationism , philosophy , politics , economics , marxism , russian-cosmism , science-fiction , rationalism , speculative-realism , posthumanism. Not so much a genealogy as a fabrication of a canon, what many an accelerationist would unabashedly dub a hyperstition, albeit more retroactive.
But what can we say of it? One can find within it interesting texts, particularly those by the post-'68 French philosophers, as well as those sprawling out of the Ccru of '90s Warwick and Fisher's on-point summary.
Yet there seems to be a disconnect between the libidinal-desiring acceleration, which would even entail an acceleration of the worst le p Not so much a genealogy as a fabrication of a canon, what many an accelerationist would unabashedly dub a hyperstition, albeit more retroactive. Yet there seems to be a disconnect between the libidinal-desiring acceleration, which would even entail an acceleration of the worst le pire , politico-economically—and it is this, found in Deleuze—Lyotard—Baudrillard, that Benjamin Noys originally coined as accelerationism , and which also invokes the affirmation of Nietzsche and his fragment on "The Strong of the Future," obviously fed through a Klossowskian lens a lineage—are affirmationism another Noys coinage and accelerationism just French Nietzscheanism?
A tendency, as Patricia Reed notes in the final text, more of reorienting than of accelerating proper. Is there one? Sep 17, Troy S rated it really liked it Shelves: accelerate , theory. A cohesive procession of reflections on the gradual disappearance of nature in the production of the world, and its correlation with the rise of machination in all of life's facets.
Leave it to Urbanomic to cobble together such an impressive and novel collection. Mackay's interests in accelerationism is beyond the typical socio-cultural analysis, and instead focuses on the uncovering of object-oriented ontology provided by the rise of the machine.
For example, instead of including McLuhan, Viril A cohesive procession of reflections on the gradual disappearance of nature in the production of the world, and its correlation with the rise of machination in all of life's facets.
I may imagine that the typical reader is, like me, completely unfamiliar with most of the theorists introduced in the second half of the collection.
But the way that this collection progresses really introduces the later ideas wonderfully. Sep 26, Alice Farmer rated it it was amazing. Key Read. Sep 03, cpn ta rated it it was amazing. Superb volume for anyone interested in some of the more recent theoretical developments of the critique of Capitalism in a non-orthodox fashion.
The different authors that appear in this volume range from classic thinkers from the tradition like Marx and moves along to include more contemporary figures like P. Culminatin Superb volume for anyone interested in some of the more recent theoretical developments of the critique of Capitalism in a non-orthodox fashion.
The theoretical axis that binds all of them is to think about acceleration which is an ever-expanding global interdisciplinary with interests on the new production of arts through technology and the like movement that has grown since the rise of the Speculative Realism movement in the first decade of the s.
Highly recommended, but also highly technical. Do some research before diving in to get a better grip on the themes being discussed. Jun 03, Alys rated it it was ok Shelves: didnt-finish. The excerpt from Anti-Oedipus, for example, is a best a rather tenuous support for what later appears as accelerationism proper, and is in any case, in its implied meaning here, rather at odds with arious ecologically minded statements elsewhere in AO and Mille Plateaux, and particularly with Guattari's later explicitly ecological work.
Less a genealogy, than a self-serving bricolage then, albeit one with some interesting texts as well as some turgid and boring ones. Mar 12, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy. While a couple of the pieces included in this reader felt deliberately impenetrable to a greater or lesser extent, there were a number of more interesting and accessible reads, particularly in the latter sections of more recent writing.
The seminar follows the thematic structure of the book, focusing on concepts that anticipate, formulate, and shape the future of left accelerationist thought. It will examine and respond to the core accelerationist arguments and terminology proposed in the Reader which are becoming increasingly influential on political and theoretical debates. For example, the insufficiency of local politics in light of larger global problems; the failures of the Western left, both Marxist and poststructuralist; challenging the onslaught of neoliberalism; the rejection of the total destruction of capitalism; the proposal for salvaging usable parts of the current geopolitical system in our post capitalist future; and, finally, the embrace of science and technology both as practical but also as conceptual tools for restructuring the humanities and cultural studies. This Fall seminar will also feature conversations with some of the contributors to the volume as well as its skeptics who have partaken in the shaping of the accelerationist discourse. You cannot enroll in this Seminar because it has already been completed. All rights reserved.
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