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 […]

A Post-Sellarsian Encounter

  Modern philosophical aesthetics has been concerned with the special field of art and artistic expression, but always with a view to its implications for our understanding of sensation, emotion and their relationship to the wider field of conceptual thinking and knowledge.  The wider and the special inquiries intertwine because art is thought to be […]

Promethean and Posthuman Freedom: Brassier on Improvisation and Time

  This is the full text of my presentation at the improvisation panel at The Society of European Philosophy-Forum of European Philosophy joint conference in Dundee, 2015. ************************************************************ 1) Introduction: Improvisation and the Politics of Technology   Ray Brassier’s “Unfree Improvisation/Compulsive Freedom” (written for the 2013 collaboration with Basque noise artist Mattin at Glasgow’s Tramway) […]

Improvising Time: Ray Brassier and all that Jazz

  What follows is a reworking of material in my earlier post on Ray Brassier and Improvisation. It’s part of a longer work in progress exploring whether aesthetic creativity can function as a model for decision-making in a posthuman (or Promethean) world. All comments and criticisms will be gratefully received.   ******************************************************************************************* 1) Introduction: Improvisation and Agency Ray […]