Titane (2021)

Julia Ducournau’s Titane repeatedly bruises and shocks the viewer with the reversible relationship between sensuality, intimacy and untrammelled violence; a slippage concretized in the primped high-performance cars on whose streamlined bodies its central character, Alexia (Agathe Rousselle), writhes erotically at the motor show where she works as a dancer. While our digital devices, with their […]

The Death of Posthuman Life: a brief philosophical introduction to Snuff Memories

My first book, Posthuman Life: philosophy at the edge of the human, bequeathed several unresolved philosophical problems, above all the ethical impasse concisely expressed in Amy Ireland’s review of my new book, Snuff Memories: “The posthuman cannot be known before it is produced—so to know it, we must produce it.” Slightly less concisely, the decision […]

Bodiless

(Reblogged from Identities Journal Lockdown series # 30) Can we afford us any longer? Bodies hurt too much. Their pleasures are less trauma than a geologic diarrhoea. It’s shameful a vaulting planetary economy still uses us – like discovering a cache of unused condoms under pristine sand. No wonder we dream disconnection, communism, or apocalypse; […]

Hanover Talk: Biomorphic Horror

Philosophical posthumanisms oppose anthropocentrism – the presumption that reality must be thought about from a human perspective. But what remains of embodiment in post-anthropocentric thought? Should it retain a place for the body or the aesthetic as distinctive ways of encountering reality? If not, how can it adequately describe of our ‘posthuman predicament’ as bodies […]

R M Francis – Hyperplastic Other

This is sweet. Michael Flora of Nada, an imprint for “subversive musics and sound works.” has informed me of this release: Hyperplastic Other by Seattle-based computer musician R.M. Francis. It’s influenced by an eponymous critter discussed in my paper “Dark Posthumanism: the weird template.“, among other places. It’s available as a high-quality download from bandcamp or in a […]