Speed Reading

At Dark Alien Ecologies, Craig Hickman embarks on a multi-part recapitulation of Accelerationism. His decision to frame it as ‘Promethean’ generates plenty of material for discussion, even before leaving the title. With the first installment poised on the brink of the Williams & Srnicek Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics, it is set to provide the most comprehensive overview of the current to date. (See Hickman’s contribution to his own comment thread for a sense of the overall structure.)

One emerging theme — from Hickman’s text and its nimbus — is the irreducible significance of Accelerationism as a symptom, which is to say: as a register of capitalist stimulus. Questions concerning its potential for cultural endurance twist, almost immediately, into estimations of techonomic provocation. The archetypal critique of accelerationism takes the form: Capital has no right to excite us. There is a slippage into highly-charged ethico-aesthetic controversy (as Hickman notes). It should not be enthralling.

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“… capitalism is anything but exciting. It is mundane, boring” says Edmund Berger, in the comments. However inane such a statement might sound, it conveys a complex thesis, of remarkable pertinence, insistence, and significance, and of far greater practical importance than any merely technical objection could be. It will be necessary to say much more about it, at some future point. For now, the most pressing response is a superficially trivial one: How much geo-historical sadness finds itself reflected in such a stance?

ADDED: Craig Hickman’s Accelerationism: The New Prometheans
Part Two: Section One
Part Two: Section Two
Cyberlude
Red Stack Attack!
Automate Architecture

Also:
Accelerationism: Ray Brassier as Promethean Philosopher
no boredom – Arran James on Mark Fisher and Accelerationism beyond Boredom
Accelerationism, Boredom and the Trauma of Futurity
Nick Land and Teleoplexy – The Schizoanalysis of Acceleration
Science Fiction, Technology, and Accelerationist Politics: Final Thoughts on an Williams and Srnicek’s Manifesto

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  2. Hey Nick, not sure if you noticed on the site that Elie Ayache tried to answer your questions on that post I did our your essay. What’s interesting is how dismissive many of your notions the community is. It’s like they don’t see your Pynchon like satire coming through, but instead read it literally without realizing your Lovecraftian sense of humor. That last section where you even bend a little and tell the left flat out that unless they actually discover an appropriate critique its pretty much pie in the sky rhetoric, which is what after all it does seem at the moment. I’m not even sure if they sense your notions of camouflage either. Oh, well, it makes good underpinning for my current work on the quartet which is going good. I’m a dam meticulous s.o.b. when it comes to fiction – almost anal (every word in its place, etc.). I need to get the first book done get it to an agent this year… not getting any younger haha…

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