Archive for December, 2013

Failure Modes of the Modern Rational Utopia, Smári McCarthy

31 December 2013

Realism, Finitude, & Violence with Robin Mackay

31 December 2013

Epistemic Diversity: The Advantages of Collaborative Practice, Alison Wylie

30 December 2013

Adventures in Algorithmic Cultures, Nicolas Nova

28 December 2013

Nicolas Nova, Professor at Geneva University of Arts and Design and founder of the Near Future Laboratory

Market Knowledge with Karin Knorr Cetina

27 December 2013

Accelerationism Symposium Berlin- videos

26 December 2013


26 December 2013

Strange Objects Contra Parametricism, Graham Harman

25 December 2013

Strange Objects Contra Parametricism, Graham Harman

Graham Harman proposes to engage architecture as a useful irritant. He situates object-oriented philosophy in opposition to most trends in Western philosophy, specifying the tradition of undermining objects as combinations of more fundamental elements, and the complimentary tradition of “overmining” objects as constructions of consciousness, language, power or networks. He discusses antecedents for object-oriented philosophy in Aristotle, Kant, Whitehead and the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger. Harman criticizes Patrik Schumacher by observing that claiming everything is continuously differentiated fields doesn’t eliminate the problem of discrete objects. Harman notes that Schumacher’s definition of architecture as a system of communication seems to contradict the obvious function of architecture to create enclosures, barriers and obstacles to communication.
here is an critique of Harman’s 3rd Table that might be of interest to Latourians:

The Logics of Expulsion: Permanent Crisis, Land Grabbing and Surveillance, Saskia Sassen

25 December 2013

Complete broadcast:
The creation of a surveillance state is also a form of expulsion, according to Sassen, as citizens are expelled from their civil rights. However, the surveillance system is extremely ineffective when it comes to the persecution of terrorists. Recently, a secret department of the NSA has been disclosed with 4.000 employees who are to surveil other NSA personel. The main profiteer from this absurd system is the surveillance industry. The US is not yet a fascist state, says Sassen, but there is a number of “predatory formations” which might be put together to a “turnkey state”.

Barbara Bolt on Martin Heidegger

24 December 2013