[NetBehaviour] My name is [Your Name Here] and I am an Accelerationist

BishopZ xchicago at gmail.com
Sun Apr 24 23:42:53 CEST 2016

My name is Bishop Zareh and I don't know much about the topic, but like
what I have read so far.

I really connected with the 3D Additivist Manifesto and its description of
a Junk Body, the body left behind by technology and obsolescence - the
biological equivalent of Koolhaus' Junk Space - a shopping mall forever
under construction.

Visually, the images associated with these works are the most distinctive
aesthetic to come from theory journals since Glitch. I created a pinboard
for them:

I see a lot of connection to Virilio's work. Even before Dromology, in War
& Cinema Virilio writes about the apparatus of perception control. As we
move from Mass Media to Mass Technology, the same apparatus appears. The
Internet's always-on resilience is also a product of military invention.
Left Accelerationism seems to make a call to action towards creating a
beneficial technology with remnants of the corrupted commercial systems.
Are they attempting a middle path between the extremes of "use the API" and
"get off the grid"?

>From Alan's question:

does accelerationism deal with issues of pollution, extinction, and so
forth? Can one wait for accelerationism? Has one already waited?

My guess is that they also split a middle path between Kurzweil-style
utopian futurism and doomsday dystopia. Saying something like, The future
is set, we are going there anyway, lets just get on with it already. I
could be completely wrong.

Anyway, thanks for the article Rob and discussion Ruth, much needed!

On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 12:48 PM, Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:

> On April 21, 2016 10:27:26 AM PDT, ruth catlow <
> ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org> wrote:
> >
> >This is less about speed (as distinct from Futurism) than it is about
> >rates of change.
> >
> >The technologies that we use are bound up with with advanced
> >capitalism.
> >We watch our political and social infrastructures unable to evolve fast
> >
> >enough to solve the wicked problems - for environment, democracy,
> >justice and a good life- than they create.
> >
> >I think we can take two attitudes
> >
> >1) Save ourselves! Take what we can carry, run for the hills and build
> >the best fortresses we can with people whose values we share.
> >
> >or
> >
> >2) coordinate and collaborate in the higher interests of all living
> >beings - constantly working out who and what these are- and using all
> >means at our disposal.
> >
> >I like the idea of living in the hills.
> >But not under siege, and not in earshot of future generations of
> >bemused, brutalised, alienated people.
> >
> >The dominant model of global coexistence is that of endless economic
> >growth and Neoliberalism (the (increasingly automated) marketization of
> >
> >everything). This  tends to centralize power and resources and renders
> >less effective the usual ways of blocking and resisting; of work-based
> >and traditional-identity based solidarity.
> >
> >Instead Contemporary Accelerationism suggests (I think) that we use in
> >new combinations all the tools, tactics, and knowledges in an attempt
> >to
> >perform a series of judo moves (using the force rather than resisting
> >the force), or to sling-shot our way through the mess we are in.
> Yes definitely 2. :-).  This is wonderful description of the spirit of
> contemporary left accelerationism.
> >As always, there needs to be a way to accommodate the visions and
> >madcap
> >schemes of all sorts- many islands rather than one land mass as Paul
> >said. That's why this discussion here and now.
> Yes absolutely. My first thought on reading some of the MAP was "this has
> the potential to be a bit totalitarian....". Srnicek & Williams very
> thoroughly address how to ensure an open society in their follow-up.
> Reflecting what you wrote above, they do this in part by reference to
> neoliberalism, ironising its negative examples of international movement
> and regional mutaton into positive proposals.
> --
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