RRP: $40 (AUD)
Format: Paperback 156x234mm
Pub. Date: 2016-12
Traditionally aesthetics has been associated with phenomenal experience, human apprehension and an appreciation of beauty—the domains in which human cognition is rendered finite. What is an aesthetics that might occur ‘after finitude’?
Introduction - Baylee Brits, Prudence Gibson, Amy Ireland - 7
1 Xenochronic Dispatches from the Domain of the Phonoegregore - Marc Couroux - 23
2 Art Theory/Fiction as Hyper Fly - Prudence Gibson - 39
3 Art, Philosophy, and Non-standard Aesthetics - Thomas Sutherland - 53
4 The Nuclear Sonic: Listening to Millennial Matter - Lendl Barcelos - 71
5 Geology Without Geologists - Douglas Kahn - 89
6 Folding the Soundscape :: An ad hoc Account of Synthesis - Adam Hulbert -99
7 Transfinite Fiction and the case of Jorge Luis Borges - Baylee Brits - 111
8 Picture that Cyclone - Stephen Muecke -127
9 Enter the Black Box: Aesthetic Speculations in the General Economy of Being - Laura Lotti - 139
10 The Murmur of Nothing: Mallarmé and Mathematics - Christian R. Gelder - 157
11 Accelerationism, Prometheanism and Mythotechnesis - Simon O’Sullivan - 171
12 Pink Data: Tiamaterialism and the Female Gnosis of Desire - Tessa Laird - 191
13 The Emergence of Hyperstition - Chris Shambaugh (and Maudlin Cortex) - 203
‘The Krakatoan Chimera’ - Chaim Horowitz - 204
14 Noise: An Ontolog y of the Avant-garde - Amy Ireland - 217
After After Finitude: An Afterword - Justin Clemens - 229
It’s about time that recent challenges to the philosophical dogma of human finitude made their impact felt on the theory and practice of art and aesthetics, beyond ministering to gallery press-releases’ endless hunger for fresh jargon. Bringing together writers, artists, and philosophers who respond to this multifaceted challenge with varying alloys of delirious enthusiasm and theoretical sobriety, Aesthetics After Finitude is a kaleidoscopic survey of the present and virtual futures of aesthetic thought.
– Robin Mackay, Editor, Collapse
Aesthetics After Finitude belongs to a major and long overdue aesthetics re-evaluation suitable for an algorithmic age. Having had to come to terms with the unknowability of the world, as well as its existence without us and its complete indifference to us—both philosophically and scientifically—it’s time to welcome the reality of ‘an aesthetics without the subject’. This is a collective inquiry into art’s role within the new meaningless nonhuman order, exposing us to an otherworldly aesthetics that has something to say about this world.
– Eleni Ikoniadou, Author of The Rhythmic Event
Philosophy is shaking in its boots as the dissolving intensities of speculative aesthetics writ large assemble in this volume, its escape vectors delivering inscrutabilities fatally impermeable to rational machinations. These occult interventions deliver you to the molten core of an ecology festering with unintelligibilities, aporias, and perennially elusive forces whose shadowy immanence warps unremittingly.
– Karen Eliot
Today we are living—and dying—in and as the Phantom of the After. This book is a Necronomicon for its summoning.
– Justin Clemens, Author of Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy