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To Live and Think Like Pigs
October 1, 2014 / Speculative Aesthetics Launch
We will be launching Speculative Aesthetics at Tate Britain on Wednesday, November 12, 6.30-9, with a discussion and music to follow. The launch event forms part of a Speculative Tate programme devised by James Trafford and Luke Pendrell, co-editors of the Speculative Aesthetics volume and organisers of the original roundtable discussion.
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September 28, 2014 / Collapse 1 ebook available
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September 22, 2014 / Negarestani Torture Concrete now available
Negarestani's essay is published in conjunction with Jean-Luc Moulène's exhibition, Torture Concrete, September 7 - October 26, 2014 at Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York. The text emerged out of a number of conversations between the writer and artist around the theme of abstraction both as a multi-faceted project in the general domain of thought and as a specific process of artistic experimentation. Negarestani sharply asserts abstraction's origins as the dialectic between form (mathematics) and sensible matter (physics) and its otherwise flat interpretation in art history, and presents us with the redemptive possibilities for its enrichment and diversification through the lens of artistic practice.
Negarestani calls into question the 'self-reflexive history of art' as having embezzled this singular definition of abstraction, so that one can no longer link it to its constitutive gesture or procedural coherence, and locates Moulène's work safely at the outer-edges of this 'impoverished' history. He asserts that for Moulène, 'the task of art is rediscovered not in its ostensible autonomy but in its singular power to rearrange and destabilize the configurational relations between parameters of thought, parameters of imagination and material constraints which parameterize the cognitive edifice.'
Moulène seeks to define new objectives for art and to further revise its task using his own working paradigm of topology and dynamic systems. Within the artist's work - the work of systematization of experimentation and producing tools for thinking - Negarestani finds a reassuring pursuit in practice, that of the unearthing of a buried dialectic, and a worthy response to his problematic: 'We've all heard of abstraction, but no one has ever seen one.'
Both men work in search of a means of emancipation from a tortured position (as writer, artist, human). For Moulène, making a change to the body, a change from within, works alongside the notion of thought making a difference in the world. But in order for thought to do this, as Negarestani suggests, 'first it must make a difference in itself--this is where abstraction finds its true vocation.'
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September 19, 2014 / New Publications  And the rest...
Also forthcoming for 2014-15 are several more in the Redactions series, including the long-awaited Hydroplutonic Kernow, documentation of a 2010's Geotraumatic bus tour of Cornwall, and When Site Lost the Plot, a transdisciplinary investigation into the remains of the concept of site-specificity.
April 2015 sees publication of Suhail Malik's important new work on On The Necessity of Art's Exit From Contemporary Art.
And of course, before that, the long long awaited Collapse 8: Casino Real will finally be published (apologies for the delay but, as you can see, we haven't been shirking...).
Also we have copies of Reza Negarestani's Torture Concrete coming in next week...
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New Publications  To Live and Think Like Pigs
Last, but not least, of our new books, published with Sequence Press and scheduled for November publication, is Gilles Châtelet's magnificent polemic against neoliberalism, To Live and Think Like Pigs.
In this fiery tract, Châtelet combines the incandescent wrath of the betrayed comrade with the acute discrimination of the mathematician-physicist, scrutinizing the pseudoscientific alibis employed to naturalize 'market democracy', and the 'triple alliance' between politics, economics, and cybernetics.
Alain Badiou contributes a preface in which he examines how the 'fulminating abstraction' at work in this book provides a clue to the link between Châtelet's work as a philosopher of science and mathematics and his insistence upon connecting thought to the body and to the question 'What is it to Live?'
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New Publications  Speculative Aesthetics
Redaction is the process of preparing source material for publication, implying both recall, distillation, and a settling of accounts (Redigere - to bring back, reduce down, call in)
Urbanomic's Redactions reprocess live dialogues, rewriting, reconstructing and reassembling archives of past events.
The original participants are invited to revisit, rethink and refine their contributions, which are occasionally supplemented by additional resources to further extend the discussion - a montage of collective research in progress.
This first publication in the series documents and extends the Speculative Aesthetics roundtable, discussing the ramifications of speculative thought for aesthetics, this discussion ranges from contemporary art's relation to the aesthetic, to accelerationism and abstraction, logic and design.
The introduction to the book is available to read on the book details page.
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New Publications  Object-Oriented Philosophy
Our first new publication is Peter Wolfendale's tour de force, Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon's New Clothes.
Both a remarkably clear explication of the tenets of OOP and an acute critique of the movement's ramifications for philosophy today, Object-Oriented Philosophy is a major engagement with one of the most prevalent trends in recent philosophy. Moving beyond the hype, Peter Wolfendale considers its emergence in the light of the intertwined legacies of twentieth-century analytic and Continental traditions.
Ray Brassier contributes a postscript that faces the legacy of Speculative Realism and OOO head-on, conducting a 'Speculative Autopsy' on a movement that was, as Wolfendale states, 'dead on arrival'.
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New Catalogue for 2014-15
We are very excited to announce a number of new Urbanomic publications for 2014-15. Please click on the link above for our new catalogue, which features some great photos from Urbanomic readers of our books in various exotic locations from Bogota to Tokyo, Iceland to Aruba!
More details on each of the new titles to follow... if you can't wait, check out the Publications page.
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September 18, 2014 / New Centre Announces Seminar on #Accelerate
The New Centre for Research & Practice has announced that one of its first web-based seminars will focus on Urbanomic's #Accelerate collection. For more details and to enrol, go to the New Centre website.
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September 12, 2014 / On the Subject of Accelerationism
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September 9, 2014 / Protocols of Abstraction
Sequence Press have just published Reza Negarestani's essay on the work of Jean-Luc Moulène (whose work also features in Collapse VIII). Torture Concrete accompanies the show of Moulène's work at Miguel Abreu Gallery.
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We are about to send out our trade catalogue with new titles for 2014-15. Once again we invite you to recommend bookstores worldwide where you would like to see Urbanomic titles in stock. Please email email@example.com with your suggestions. Thanks!
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September 4, 2014 / Ebooks and Jihad
In response to many requests, we have been preparing all the previous volumes of Collapse into ebook format; they will be published progressively, beginning with Collapse 1: Numerical Materialism later this month.
In rereading Collapse 1 (2006) it occurred to us that the first piece Urbanomic published by Reza Negarestani, The Militarization of Peace: Absence of Terror or Terror of Absence? deserves to be widely reread today, so we have made this article available as a preview epub: Download here.
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+ Speculative Aesthetics Launch
+ Collapse 1 ebook available
+ Negarestani Torture Concrete now available
+ New Publications  And the rest...
+ New Publications  To Live and Think Like Pigs
+ New Publications  Speculative Aesthetics
+ New Publications  Object-Oriented Philosophy
+ New Catalogue for 2014-15
+ New Centre Announces Seminar on #Accelerate
+ On the Subject of Accelerationism