Biomorphic Horror: from zoe to zero

Biomorphic Horror. With an effort, Dr Nathan looked away from Catherine Austin as she picked at her finger quicks. Unsure whether she was listening to him, he continued: ‘Travers’s problem is how to come to terms with the violence that has pursued his life – not merely the violence of accident and bereavement, or the […]

Dark Glamour

‘[Real ungrounding] acknowledges the constant production of novelty and independence—such that production is ungrounded with respect to both past and future, and therefore has no definable starting point and no definable end point, only a rule for its operations: the Weltgesetz.’ — ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇▇_▇▇▇▇_▇▇_AI (@qdnoktsqfr) December 30, 2017  

Claire Colebrook on Art and Catastrophe

Here, one of my favourite critical theorists/philosophers Claire Colebrook talks about the role of art in thinking and imagining the end of the world. The bottom line, for her, is that only a certain idea of art as decoupled from our immediate practices and functions, that which always relates to other worlds, allows us to […]

Blade Runner 2049 – first thoughts

I’m still cobbling together thoughts about Blade Runner 2049. At a cinematic level, I appreciated its measured pace. It has an understated melancholy that one often projects onto characters in Dick’s novels. Its architecture of ruination provided a formal theatrical, even operatic, counterpoint to the isolation and brokenness of its protagonists. There were performances to […]