The Accelerationist Reader
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|Format: ||Paperback, 448 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 10 May 2014|
Accelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, or critique it, but to accelerate and exacerbate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies. '#Accelerate' presents a genealogy of accelerationism, tracking it through 90s UK darkside cyberculture and the theory-fictions of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, and CCRU, across the cultural underground of the 80s, and back to its sources in delirious post-68 ferment, in texts whose nihilistic jouissance would later be disavowed by their authors and the marxist and academic establishment alike. At the forefront of the energetic debate around this disputed, problematic term, '#Accelerate' activates a historical conversation about futurality, technology, politics, and capital. This is a legacy shot through with contradictions, yet urgently galvanized today by the poverty of 'reasonable' contemporary political alternatives.
Table of Contents
Robin Mackay and Armen Avanessian, 'Introduction'; Karl Marx, 'Fragment on Machines'; Samuel Butler. 'The Book of the Machines'; Nikolai Fedorov, 'The Common Task'; Thorstein Veblen, 'The Machine Process and theNatural Decay of the Business Enterprise'; Shulamith Firestone, 'The Two Modes of Cultural History'; Jacques Camatte, 'Decline of the Capitalist Mode of Production or Decline of Humanity?'; Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, 'The Civilized Capitalist Machine'; Jean-Francois Lyotard, 'Energumen Capitalism'; Jean-Francois Lyotard, 'Every Political Economyis a Libidinal Economy'; Gilles Lipovetsky, 'Power of Repetition'; J.G. Ballard, 'Fictions of All Kinds'; Jean-Francois Lyotard, 'Desirevolution'; Nick Land, 'Circuitries'; Iain Hamilton Grant, 'LA 2019: Demopathy and Xenogenesis'; Sadie Plant and Nick Land, 'Cyberpositive'; CCRU, 'Cybernetic Culture'; CCRU, 'Swarmachines'; Mark Fisher, 'Terminator vs Avatar'; Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek, '#Accelerate: Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics'; Antoni Negri, 'Reflections on the Manifesto'; Tiziana Terranova, 'Red Stack Attack!'; Luciana Parisi, 'Automated Architecture'; Reza Negarestani, 'The Labor of the Inhuman'; Ray Brassier, 'Prometheanism and its Critics'; Benedict Singleton, 'Maximum Jailbreak'; Nick Land, 'Teleoplexy: Notes on Acceleration'; Patricia Reed, 'Seven Prescriptions for Accelerationism'; Diann Bauer, '4 x Accelerationisms'
'An engaging, eccentric anthology...it's refreshing to encounter a 'left' project for the future that wants to reclaim the idea of technology, industry and planet-scale thinking.'-JJ Charlesworth, ArtReview
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