UF24 04 03 13 SPECULATIVE AESTHETICS ROUNDTABLE

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 office@urbanomic.com 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

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UF27 14 05 14 #ACCELERATE LAUNCH
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UF24 04 03 13 SPECULATIVE AESTHETICS ROUNDTABLE
Research roundtable addressing open questions regarding the relation between aesthetics and new forms of philosophical realism

UF23 24 02 13 FINAL MACHINE
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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.

UF19  11 07 12  SIMULATION, EXERCISE, OPERATIONS

UF18  19 05 12  EXTRACTION AND ITS COMPLICATIONS

UF17  06 05 12  THE COUP DE DÉS, OR THE MATERIALIST DIVINIZATION OF THE HYPOTHESIS

UF15  18 01 11  NON-PHILOSOPHY, NON-PHOTOGRAPHY

UF13  01 11 10  SPECULATIVE SOLUTION

UF14  19 01 11  THE MEDIUM OF CONTINGENCY

UF12  03 09 10  LATE AT TATE: THE REAL THING

UF11  21 05 10  HYDROPLUTONIC KERNOW

UF10  13-21 03 10  SECRETS OF CREATION

UF9  06 02 10  GEO/PHILOSOPHY

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UF5  21 03 09  RECORDED WHILE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED  

UF4  31 012 09  EARTH MOVES  

UF3  07 09 08  NATURE MORTE  

UF2  19 07 08  UNDER PRESSURE  

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