Speculative Aesthetics (Redactions)
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This series of interventions on the ramifications of Speculative Realism for aesthetics ranges from contemporary art's relation to the aesthetic, to accelerationism and abstraction, logic and design. From varied perspectives of philosophy, art and design, they examine the new technological mediations between the human sensorium and the planetary media network within which it now exists, and consider how the aesthetic enables new modes of knowledge by processing sensory data through symbolic formalisms and technological devices. 'Speculative Aesthetics' anticipates the possibility of a theory and practice no longer invested in the otherworldly promise of the aesthetic, but acknowledging the real force and traction of images in the world today, experimentally employing techniques of modelling, formalisation, and presentation so as to simultaneously engineer new domains of experience and map them through a recon-figured aesthetics that is inseparable from its sociotechnical conditions.
there have always been tedious arguments about what art is, and we should try to keep it interesting. So why not invest in design, and not art? TT: That’s hard, but I’d go harder than that actually. Not only is art used to money-launder, it provides the conditions under which it’s possible for those kinds of subjectivities to exist that want to money-launder. But it’s not the only game on the table, and I think to abandon it somehow says that we’ve lost that game. The reason I say that the
key questions here are: Is Capitalism the only engine of abstraction, or is it merely one driver among many? Is it enough to oppose dangerous abstractions with ideology critique, or is the plane of the abstract itself a battlefield upon which we ought to set in play new abstractions of our own? If our age is one of increasing abstraction from our lived experience, is this something to be overcome—or, alternatively, to be embraced? Firstly I’m going to talk about the political context for this
instinct-components are amphimictically subsumed under an ‘executive manager’ responsible for periodically discharging tension ‘on behalf of the whole organism’; meaning that the phallus, also, becomes a representative of the ego.3 Guided by dream symbolism, Ferenczi reads sexual development in terms of the postulation of a ‘continuous regressive trend toward the reestablishment of the intrauterine situation’—the famous ‘back to the womb’ theory.4 Whereas the reality principle, of course, is
Lecturer in cultural theory at University for the Creative Arts, Epsom. He works primarily on the intersections of rationalism, non-standard logic and mathematics. Tom Trevatt is a London based writer, lecturer, curator and PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University of London. He is an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, The Bartlett and University for the Creative Arts. His research revolves around the intersection of neoliberal politics and economics, the environmental impact of fossil fuels and
lectures is that they end up in a sort of figuration, which risks becoming a standard philosophy itself, because philosophical-scientific method cannot avoid a thinking of the image that is connected to its disavowal of consistency and stability. As such, the circle of decision that Althusser draws, and which for him is not a circle at all, but rather the line of demarcation that arcs, is in fact very stable in its reproduction of specific methodological principles that figure philosophy as the