I think Haraway is a good historical example. Their Cyborg Manifesto was written against sclerotic essentialist-/eco- feminism and amidst the decline of left politics in the US during the Reagan era. They take the Cold War figure of the cyborg and re-purpose it to critique all of this. There are strong parallels to Srnicek & Williams' current argument that "folk politics" is insufficient to bring about political change.
I don't think that Accelerationist aesthetics are even slightly resolved yet, and that's a good thing. In "Accelerationist Art" I mention some examples and possibilities, particularly art that tries to exit the confines of Contemporary Art's simulacrum of freedom. Maybe we can come up with something here. :-) In general, Accelerationist aesthetics would presumably be about increasing the capabilities of our reason in/via art, which I think would require increasing the capabilities of our perception. One view of this would be something like Cultural Analytics, the ability to deal in millions of images or other cultural/perceptible phenomena at a time. But then there's the singular power of myth and icons/iconography to guide and organise our thought and perception. Which brings us back to the quarantine zone in which we can look at Hyperstition...
I think that a) and c) are good positions to combine. If they lead to b), that's great. If not, hopefully understanding why not will lead to positive action in other ways.
On Thu, 21 Apr 2016, at 06:25 AM, dave miller wrote:
I don't understand what accelerationism is yet, as I need to read a lot more - and a few times - and let it sink in. I find it hard to understand, to be honest.
I'm interested though in the connection with Donna Haraway's Cyborg Manifesto
And I'd like to know more about the accelerationist aesthetic, what it is, and why.
I'd like to know the general view from people on this list - as we are all new media/ net art/ media techy types , who have been experimenting with art, networked technology and politics for ages, is this something we should
a) take very seriously
c) be sceptical of?
d) be scared of?
e) wish that we'd thought of