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Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 11/01/2014)

Wonderful piece on Nick Land: “His work still poses acutely — in a variety of forms — the challenge of thinking contemporary life on this planet: A planet piloted from the future by something that comes from outside personal or collective human intention, and which we can no longer pretend has anything to do with [...]

Criticism » Time, History and Literature (published 10/01/2014)

Auerbach located in Dante a profound cultural change. Where ‘… the indestructibility of the whole historical and individual man turns against the divine order… and obscures it. The image of man eclipses the image of God. Dante’s work realized the Christian-figural essence of man, and destroyed it in the very process of realizing it.’ Here is another version of ‘reversal and continuation’, an extreme form that knows that the paradoxical realities embedded in religion are secular truths – and vice versa. To speak them threatens to erase everything, or walk you back to the start again for another attempt.

Richard Marshall reviews Auerbach’s Time, History, and Literature.

Criticism » Stewart Home’s po-mo homer (published 29/12/2013)

Stewart Home’s ecstatic absurdity is an assault on modern culture bringing a Homeric pre-Socratic anti-Platonism to the table on the twin-back fun-ride of the funky German materialism started in the 1850s and the materialist-based Marxism a little later.

Richard Marshall on Stewart Home’s Proletarian Post-Modernism.

Criticism » The map is not the territory (published 26/12/2013)

Critics of UE highlight the staunchly white, male and middle class demographic of what Garrett refers throughout as the ‘scene’. While Garrett’s own role as recent PhD researcher documenting it fits squarely in this bracket, the scene itself and the internet activity associated with it is without question bound entirely by one-upmanship and the fetishisation of photographic equipment (which join seamlessly in the ‘hero shot’ now associated with media reports of the groups’ activities e.g. masked solitary poses in sewer outfalls or on the ledge of tall buildings) and climbing kit, the book does little to dispel this.

Andrew Stevens reviews Bradley L. Garrett‘s Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City.

» Le Weekend @ 3:AM (published 02/11/2013)

Friday I’m in Love A curated almost-weekly selection of favourite songs by 3:AM editors, writers and friends. April 8, 2011 – ‘We Are Lost’, Accent (Mick Habeshaw Robinson) August 28, 2010 – ‘Jungle Street’, The Scorpions (Andrew Stevens) June 25, 2010 – ‘I Can’t Let Go’, Evie Sands (Andrew Stevens) January 25, 2010 – ‘Bedsitter’, [...]

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 06/10/2013)

Derrida — the 2002 documentary. * The false memory archive. * The score for John Cage‘s 4’33″. * What is nothing? * All roads lead to Nowhere. * Books and labyrinths. * Lars Iyer interviewed: “the time for literary novels is over”. * Opium and croissants. * The case against the global novel. * Stewart [...]

Interviews » Observations on the long take (published 01/09/2013)

I think capturing the sacred while simultaneously capturing the ugly reality as being flat; and that flatness can still hold things that are sacred – if that makes sense. I feel like in other films, long takes often are about bringing out the beauty in subjects, they romanticize the subject maybe. In Béla Tarr, we might say that the subjects of a lot of these long takes are not worthy of long takes. Sometimes it’s watching someone fall asleep. Or watching it rain.

Maxi Kim interviews Janice Lee on the cinema of Béla Tarr.

Interviews » No one wants to be here (published 07/06/2013)

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Life and thought are two different things. You get thought that tries to add a dimension to life and thought that tries to subtract itself from life. Philosophy is the school of death. But there is another way to think. There is a way to think critically and rationally and through concepts that orients itself outside of that space and has a different objective and which subordinates itself to another goal. Philosophy is continually enriching itself from without, from low theory, but Spinoza was not a philosopher, Nietzsche was not a philosopher, Marx was not a philosopher. This is the ‘canon’ – as if it could have one – of low theory, these are the people who are outside the space of philosophy, who were refused by it or who refused it. Spinoza was a lens grinder, Marx was a revolutionary, they are not philosophers; they do not belong to philosophy, other than via its recuperations.

John Douglas Millar interviews McKenzie Wark.

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 20/04/2013)

Deborah Levy‘s “Migrations to Elsewhere“. * An interview with Stewart Home. * Martin Heidegger talks. * Tributes to WG Sebald. * An extract from Sebald‘s A Place in My Country. * On fragments. * John Cage on a TV game show, 1960. * Notes on Werner Herzog. * E.M. Cioran. * Cabinet: a magazine without [...]

Criticism » Attention (published 19/04/2013)

After the opening epoch we confront a ‘dense matrix of overlapping and interacting actors and forces – the infrastructure of network protocols, hardware and standards, activist groups, hackers, lawyers, demography – with feedback loops , arms races, struggle over resources, and reinventions all going into making spam.’ This epoch is about developing threads of the concept of community, entwining the capture of attention with making money, collective organization and the law. Spammers of this epoch ended up badly. They tended to be shallow and damaged people. In this time spam feigned respectability and in the end failed.

Richard Marshall reviews Finn Bruton’s ‘Spam: A Shadow History Of The Internet.