Predictive Coding and Brassier’s Freedom

I’m currently revisiting earlier work on Brassier’s (20b13a) short text on improvisation with a view to using the Predictive Coding (PC) account of cognition and agency as framework for understanding the role of improvisation and similar performance in our cognitive economy. The key take home that paper, I think, is its picture of a not-necessarily-human […]

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) […]