#Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader

Accelerate The Accelerationist Reader Accelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest disrupt critique or d tourne it but to accele

  • Title: #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader
  • Author: Robin Mackay Armen Avanessian
  • ISBN: 9780957529557
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • #Accelerate: The Accelerationist Reader

    Accelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, critique, or d tourne it, but to accelerate and exacerbate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies.The term was coined to designate a certain nihilistic alignment of theory with the excess andAccelerationism is the name of a contemporary political heresy the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, critique, or d tourne it, but to accelerate and exacerbate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies.The term was coined to designate a certain nihilistic alignment of theory with the excess and abandon of capitalist culture, and the associated performative aesthetic of texts that seek to become immanent to the very process of alienation Developing at the dawn of contemporary neoliberal consensus, the uneasy status of this impulse, between subversion and acquiescence, between theoretical purchase and aesthetic enjoyment, constitutes the core problematic of accelerationism.Since the 2013 publication of Williams s and Srnicek s Accelerate Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics, the term has been adopted to name a set of new theoretical enterprises that aim to conceptualise non capitalist futures outside of traditional marxist critiques and regressive, decelerative or restorative solutions ACCELERATE presents a genealogy of accelerationism, tracking the impulse through 90s UK darkside cyberculture and the theory fictions of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, Iain Grant, and anonymous units like CCRU and SWITCH, across the cultural underground of the 80s rave, acid house, Terminator and Bladerunner and back to its sources in delirious post 68 ferment, in texts whose searing nihilistic jouissance would later be disavowed by their authors and the marxist and academic establishment alike.On either side of this largely unexplored central sequence, the book includes texts by Marx that call attention to his own Prometheanism and key works from recent years document the recent extraordinary emergence of new accelerationisms steeled against the onslaughts of neoliberal capitalist realism, and retooled for the twenty first century.At the forefront of the energetic contemporary debate around this disputed, problematic term, ACCELERATE activates a historical conversation about futurality, technology, politics, enjoyment and Kapital This is a legacy shot through with contradictions, yet urgently galvanized today by the poverty of reasonable contemporary political alternatives.

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    1. Taneli Viitahuhta

      Old texts on capitalist mode of production and modernisation (Marx, Veblen, Deleuze&Guattari, Lyotard, Ballard) refurbished for political effect and new, diverse material piled on top of that - and it's all to be thought of as a commentary on "#Accelerate, manifesto for an accelerationist politics" (2013) by Williams and Srnicek, reprinted in the book. For sure, this is a mixed bag. Classics aside, of the new texts written for this publication, Negri provides interesting insights on the orig [...]

    2. Tara Brabazon

      Everything is right about this book. Even the format is radical. It's a bit smaller than the usual monograph - but thicker. There is a physical feeling that we are reading a trashy 1970s airport novel.But this book is the furthest point from a trashy 1970s airport novel you can imagine.It is a reader. That means, after a powerful introduction by the editors, that extracts from key theorists of acceleration are presented. These move from Marx to Reed. While these writers are disparate, this book [...]

    3. Wendy Liu

      This took me ages to finish (some of the texts are really dense in a way that isn't always justified, tbh) but I am so board with the Manifesto that I'm giving it 5 stars anyway. Read this! Or at least just read the Manifesto.

    4. Alex

      While a couple of the pieces included in this reader felt deliberately impenetrable to a greater or lesser extent, there were a number of more interesting and accessible reads, particularly in the latter sections of more recent writing. The overall curation of the selections was rather thoughtful as well, and the chronological ordering of the sections successfully lent appropriate color towards the end, in my reading.

    5. KanellosCORE

      #ACCELERATE# presents itself as a genealogy (in the Foucauldian-Nietzschean sense) of an "accelerationist" current that is only now beginning to consciously recognise itself as such, but what it actually is is a rather cynical attempt to fabricate a philosophical respectability for a rather weak and shaky set of ideas through selective misappropriation of texts. The excerpt from Anti-Oedipus, for example, is a best a rather tenuous support for what later appears as accelerationism proper, and is [...]

    6. Alex Delogu

      A fascinating and wide-ranging selection of essays on accelerationism. A wonderful introduction to the subject, while not remaining introductory per se.

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