Days of phuture past: accelerationism in the present moment

Noys, Benjamin (2013) Days of phuture past: accelerationism in the present moment. In: Accelerationism – A Symposium on Tendencies in Capitalism, 14 Dec 2013, Berlin. (Unpublished)

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The claim of accelerationism is to a dynamism that can break the stasis of the present. In classical accelerationism – the work of Nick Land – this dynamism was located in the fettered forces of capitalist deterritorialization, which had been unlocked and realized in a virtual future. In the retooled forms of contemporary accelerationism dynamism is located in the epistemological possibilities of rational inhumanism, Promethean politics of maximal mastery, and sociotechnological hegemony. I dispute that this accelerationism can truly grasp the present moment. Poised between images of past encrypted dynamisms and future realized dynamisms the present moment is missing. This occlusion detaches claims of epistemic acceleration from any referent. Contemporary accelerationism cannot grasp the political and technical compositions of capital, including how the so-called “forces of production” are bound-up with “relations of production” and so “moulded” by capitalism (Panzieri). While true to a certain Marx, the resulting exaltation of a metaphysics of forces (political, economic, aesthetic, and epistemic) is nothing but an exultation without an existent object.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Event Title: Accelerationism – A Symposium on Tendencies in Capitalism
Event Location: Berlin
Event Dates: 14 Dec 2013
Depositing User: Benjamin Noys
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2014 15:57
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 09:50

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