Dear Annie, Dave, Alan and Paul,
Annie you asked
"I want to slow down, to be attentive, to touch - can that be part
Yes. I think so.
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
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
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.
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.
On 21/04/16 12:01, Annie Abrahams wrote:
My name is Annie Abrahams and I don't know if I am an
I don't like the word and I know that words are not innocent.
I do like Ruth and I know she never is completely wrong.
Why in the first place I should think about it? Modernism,
the Postmodern, the New Aesthetics, Post Internet Art - just
names, almost forgotten names - containers that served to
categorize discussions, postures ... analyses? perspectives?
Is Accelerationisme the most recent one in this row?
What should we discuss ... ?
Accelerate? What is knowledge in this frame, how is it
constructed? Is it a-historical? Is it prospective?
I want to slow down, to be attentive, to touch - can that
be part of Accelerationisme?
(to be continued)
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