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Robert Yang on Bodies

A ragdoll is an awkward body in flux that we share with the game engine, whose every movement is unknowable and unpredictable and must be negotiated. Even the most realistic motion capture cannot compete with this kind of truth. Our … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Videogame

Today I am at The Midwestern Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference giving a talk. I’m posting it and the slides that accompany it up here on the blog for all to see! When I have time, I am going to make this … Continue reading

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Jean Epstein on discontinuity and continuity

Discontinuity becomes continuity only once it has entered the movie-viewer. It is a purely interior phenomenon. Outside the viewing subject there is no movement, no flux, no light in the mosaics of light and shadow that the screen always displays … Continue reading

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On The Cybertwee Manifesto

“we are fragmented and multifaceted bbs” The Cybertwee Manifesto is a fascinating document. Infinitely more tolerable than every other manifesto you’re attempted to read, it is a call for an understanding of the body as an emotional machine without reducing either … Continue reading

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Now You’re John Hammond: Accelerationism and The Lost World

1. John Hammond in The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Now, after the accident in the Park, Hurricane Clarisse wiped out our facility on Site B. Call is a “act of God”. But; we had to evacuate of course, and the animals … Continue reading

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Rosi Braidotti on the future

TVWhat makes the project of the nomadic programmatic, or utopian? Rosi Braidotti: Let’s call it programmatic; maybe that’s a better term than utopian here. I call to actively embrace this ethic of affirmation. We need to borrow the energy from … Continue reading

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“amending the ways of nature”

In expert epistemology, nature was messy. Technology was the great orderer. “The real calamity in a thunderstorm,” explained William Crookes, commenting on natural unharnessed electricity, “is not that the lightning may kill a man or a cow, or set barns … Continue reading

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On Lyotard and Thebaud’s “Just Gaming”

[I originally wrote this post in February 2014 and never published it for some reason. A lot of it, especially at the beginning, is written for a specific time and moment. Forgive me.] As you may know, I am writing … Continue reading

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On #Misanthropocene

Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr have published a long, strange poem called #Misanthropocene. It’s a baroque attempt to sketch out the edges, limits, interior of the contemporary condition in of the “west.” It feels a lot like a precursor to something … Continue reading

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“Like a sack with an animal trapped inside”: on the quizzle

I just finished Jonathan Fast’s The Secrets of Synchronicity, and while the book on the whole isn’t so great, there’s a section later in the book that has to do with quizzles. “Quizzles? What’s a quizzle?” “It’s a lump of rock,” … Continue reading

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