Opening a research project designed for the consideration of open questions regarding the relation between aesthetics (broadly construed), and new forms of realism within post-Continental philosophy (influenced by, though not limited to positions identified with 'Speculative Realism').
Participants: Ray Brassier, Mark Fisher, Robin Mackay, Reza Negerastani, Benedict Singleton, Nick Srnicek. James Trafford, Alex Williams, Ben Woodard, Tom Trevatt, Amanda Beech.
As space is limited, attendance is by invitation only. Proceedings of the round table discussion will be transcribed and made available on-site, and will form a part of a future publication. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We think that it is necessary to develop a serious understanding of the ramifications for aesthetics that bypasses the cultural faddishness of OOO, whilst also facing up squarely to arguments that such realism indexes a kind of scientism that may ultimately come undone, because it leaves open no space for aesthetics (or, potentially, politics). Given that much of this emerging strand of realism is concerned with the impugning, and potential displacement, of human experience, we appear to require novel modes of thinking aesthetics that refuse to hypostatize human experience as the master-category through which the world is to be interpreted.
To this end, the speculative dimension regarding aesthetic thought may well involve a productive tension between the levels of phenomenal experience, metaphysical speculation and scientific description, whilst, nonetheless, refusing a return to naive realism, reified subjectivity, or (new) materialisms. For example, in terms of the aesthetic dimension of politics, we take it that hype, hyperstition, SF, cosmism and so on, are as important as the critical-analytical dimension of scientific rationality.
March 4, 2013, 1-5.30pm
Artworkers Guild, London
UF25 26 09 13 PERSPECTIVE, ALIENATION, ESCAPE
Discussion event with Mathematician and Epistemologist Giuseppe Longo and Designer Benedict Singleton.
UF24 04 03 13 SPECULATIVE AESTHETICS ROUNDTABLE
Research roundtable addressing open questions regarding the relation between aesthetics and new forms of philosophical realism
UF22 20 11 12 THE DEGROWTH OF PHILOSOPHY: FOR A GENERIC ECOLOGY
Lecture by François Laruelle
UF21 18 11 12 ABDUCTING THE OUTSIDE: MODERNITY AND THE CULTURE OF ACCELERATION
Lecture by Reza Negarestani
UF20 15 11 12 THE NON-TRIVIAL GOAT AND THE CLIFFS OF THE UNIVERSAL
Performance in New York with Florian Hecker and Reza Negarestani.