We (my family and I) did grab what we can and head for the hills. Literally. We now live high up in the hills in an obscure and hard to find place a reasonably safe distance from where other people live about as far from the cradle of Western civilisation one can be (Australia). We are surrounded by a parcel of land that is ours and functions something like a fortress. I guess that means I canít be an accelerationist - even if I wanted to beÖ



On 22 Apr 2016, at 02:57, ruth catlow <ruth.catlow@furtherfield.org> wrote:

Dear Annie, Dave, Alan and Paul,

Annie you asked
"I want to slow down, to be attentive, to touch - can that be part of Accelerationisme?"

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 share.


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.

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 Accelerationist.
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)

On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:37 AM, ruth catlow <ruth.catlow@furtherfield.org> wrote:
My name is Ruth Catlow,
and I am an Accelerationist.

Back in 1996 ....
(to be continued)
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