Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007
27 Mar 2011

The Chapmans-Noumena

Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007
Nick Land
March 2011
Edited and with an Introduction by Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay

Level 1, or world-space, is an anthropomorphically scaled, predominantly vision-configured, massively multi-slotted reality system that is obsolescing very rapidly.
Garbage time is running out.
Can what is playing you make it to Level 2?

Fanged Noumena
assembles for the first time the writings of Nick Land, variously described as ���rabid nihilism���, ���accelerationism���, and ���cybergothic���. Wielding machinically-recombined versions of Deleuze and Guattari, Reich and Freud, in the company of fellow ���werewolves��� such as Nietzsche, Bataille, Artaud, Trakl and Cioran, to a cut-up soundtrack of Bladerunner, Terminator and Apocalypse Now, Land plotted a rigorously schizophrenic escape route out of academic philosophy.
���Land���s incisive assessment of the machinic reality of a schizo-capitalism currently in the process of penetrating and colonizing the innermost recesses of human subjectivity exposes the fatally anachronistic character of the metaphysical conception of human agency upon which ���revolutionary��� thought continues to rely. The anachronistic character of left voluntarism is nowhere more apparent than in its resort to a negative theology of perpetually deferred ���hope���, mordantly poring over its own reiterated depredation. Worse still is the complacent sanctimony of those ���critical��� theorists who concede that the prospect of revolutionary transformation is not only unattainable but undesirable (given its dangerously ���totalitarian��� propensities), but who remain content to pursue a career in critique, safely insulated from the risks of political praxis. The challenge of Land���s work cannot be circumvented by construing the moral dismay it (often deliberately) provokes as proof of its erroneous nature, or by exploiting the inadequacies in Land���s positive construction as an excuse to evade the corrosive critical implications of his thought. Nor can it be concluded that this alternative philosophical path cannot be further explored. [�Ķ] Everything in Land���s work that falls outside the parameters of disciplinary knowledge can and will be effectively dismissed by those who police the latter. In Bataille���s incisive formulation, ���the unknown [�Ķ] is not distinguished from nothingness by anything that discourse can announce���. Like his fellows of the ���inferior race���, what we retain of Land���s expeditions are diverse and scattered remnants, here constellated for the first time. These are also tools or weapons; arrows that deserve to be taken up again and sharpened further. The wound needs to be opened up once more, and if this volume infects a new generation, already enlivened by a new wave of thinkers who are partly engaging the re-emerging legacy of Nick Land���s work ��� it will have fulfilled its purpose.��� (Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay)
Land���s work is rife for misunderstanding, but this is essential since it forces us to recalibrate his weapons and to reevaluate our capacities as humans while we renavigate minefields at the outer frontiers of thought (and praxis). All in all, here is Nick Land as the patient zero of speculative thought in the 21st century.
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