It can be difficult to grasp how it ended up influencing the thinking behind a generation of young revolutionary anarchists and Marxists who incorporated Fedorov's ideas under their own brand of biocosmism before the 1917 Russian Revolution, even giving rise to the origins of the Soviet space program.
This book of interviews and conversations with today's most compelling living and resurrected artists and thinkers seeks to address the relevance of Russian cosmism and biocosmism in light of its influence on the Russian artistic and political vanguard as well as on today's art-historical apparatuses, extinction narratives, weird materialisms, and historical and temporal politics.
Art without Death: Conversations on Russian Cosmism Sternberg Press / e-flux journal #ad - This unprecedented collection of exchanges on cosmism asks how such an encompassing and imaginative, unapologetically humanist and anthropocentric strain of thinking could have been so historically and politically influential, especially when placed alongside the politically inconsequential―but in some sense equally encompassing―apocalypticism of contemporary realist imaginaries.
Contributorsbart de baere, elena shaposhnikova, arseny zhilyaev, marina simakova, Esther ZonsheimPublished in parallel with the eponymous exhibition at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Anton Vidokle, Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Hito Steyerl, Boris Groys, Brian Kuan Wood, Berlin. Series edited by julieta aranda, stephen squibb, Anton VidokleDesign by Jeff Ramsey, Brian Kuan Wood, front cover design by Liam Gillick .
According to the nineteenth-century teachings of Nikolai Fedorov―librarian, religious philosopher, and progenitor of Russian cosmism―our ethical obligation to use reason and knowledge to care for the sick extends to curing the dead of their terminal status.
Russian Cosmism The MIT PressThe MIT Press #ad - Cosmism went the furthest in its visions of transformation, calling for the end of death, the resuscitation of the dead, and free movement in cosmic space. Crucial texts, many available in English for the first time, written before and during the Bolshevik Revolution by the radical biopolitical utopianists of Russian Cosmism.
Cosmism emerged in russia before the october revolution and developed through the 1920s and 1930s; like Marxism and the European avant-garde, Russian Cosmism rejected the contemplative for the transformative, two other movements that shared this intellectual moment, aiming to create not merely new art or philosophy but a new world.
Russian Cosmism The MIT Press #ad - After the revolution, a new generation pursued Fedorov's vision. In the 1930s, stalin quashed Cosmism, jailing or executing many members of the movement. This volume collects crucial texts, many available in English for the first time, by the radical biopolitical utopianists of Russian Cosmism. Cosmism was developed by the russian philosopher nikolai Fedorov in the late nineteenth century; he believed that humans had an ethical obligation not only to care for the sick but to cure death using science and technology; outer space was the territory of both immortal life and infinite resources.
Today, when the philosophical imagination has again become entangled with scientific and technological imagination, the works of the Russian Cosmists seem newly relevant. Contributorsalexander bogdanov, alexander svyatogor, konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Alexander Chizhevsky, Anton Vidokle, Nikolai Fedorov, Boris Groys, Brian Kuan WoodA copublication with e-flux, Valerian Muravyev, New York .
Cosmist ideas inspired visual artists, poets, architects, filmmakers, and composers, theater directors, novelists Tolstoy and Dostoevsky read Fedorov's writings, and influenced Soviet politics and technology.
The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His FollowersOxford University Press #ad - In the first account in English of this fascinating tradition, George M. Used book in Good Condition. Major themes include the indefinite extension of the human life span to establish universal immortality; the restoration of life to the dead; the reconstitution of the human organism to enable future generations to live beyond earth; the regulation of nature to bring all manifestations of blind natural force under rational human control; the transition of our biosphere into a "noosphere, autotrophy, " with a sheath of mental activity surrounding the planet; the effect of cosmic rays and currently unrecognized particles of energy on human history; practical steps toward the reversal and eventual human control over the flow of time; and the virtues of human androgyny, and invisibility.
The russian cosmists is a crucial contribution to scholarship concerning Russian intellectual history, the future of technology, and the history of western esotericism. The nineteenth and early twentieth century saw the emergence of a controversial school of Russian thinkers, led by the philosopher Nikolai Fedorov and united in the conviction that humanity was entering a new stage of evolution in which it must assume a new, active, managerial role in the cosmos.
The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers #ad - Although they were scientists, theologians, and philosophers, the Cosmists addressed topics traditionally confined to occult and esoteric literature. Young offers a dynamic and wide-ranging examination of the lives and ideas of the Russian Cosmists. Suppressed during the soviet period and little noticed in the West, the ideas of the Cosmists have in recent decades been rediscovered and embraced by many Russian intellectuals and are now recognized as essential to a native Russian cultural and intellectual tradition.
What Was I Thinking? Sternberg Press / e-flux journalSternberg Press #ad - To imagine the best possible worlds, their darings, to go into uncharted territory; these worlds are eminently those of the arts as he practices them, their paradoxes, as he delves into their layers, ever admitting their maddening inbuilt inaccessibility. He assumes the challenge stated by Heidegger in What Is Called Thinking? by his own thinking by writing this book.
Jalal toufic is today, and has been for some time, the most original thinker on the planet. What was i thinking? is an initiation into thinking. He has reached in this work an olympian attitude―tuned to his basically Dionysian temperament―that announces the beginning of a detachment, of a remarkable serenity a joy in thinking that Nietzsche had already understood.
What Was I Thinking? Sternberg Press / e-flux journal #ad - He looks into the arts as if they were the privileged site of thinking, even when they inevitably fail, and still confronts his insights/thoughts with texts taken from the traditional religions and mystics of the past. With a mind that is extremely analytical and yet extremely capable of rendering all kinds of knowledge and experiences permeable to each other, Jalal Toufic creates here a 'summa, ' but an open-ended one.
His kind of an endeavor takes a tremendous courage. And a unique freedom: letting his mind go into unpredicted ascertainments, so that his writing 'does not fall apart two days later. Situated somewhere close to the spirit of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and Nietzsche's breakthroughs, we can say that Jalal Toufic is indeed a 'destiny.
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Superhumanity: Design of the Selfe-flux #ad - A wide-ranging and challenging exploration of design and how it engages with the self The field of design has radically expanded. As a practice, design is no longer limited to the world of material objects but rather extends from carefully crafted individual styles and online identities to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, systems, organisms, infrastructures, data, new materials, chemicals, interfaces, networks, and genetic codes.
Superhumanity seeks to explore and challenge our understanding of “design” by engaging with and departing from the concept of the “self. This volume brings together more than fifty essays by leading scientists, philosophers, archaeologists, architects, designers, and anthropologists, artists, historians, originally disseminated online via e-flux Architecture between September 2016 and February 2017 on the invitation of the Third Istanbul Design Biennial.
Superhumanity: Design of the Self #ad - . Wilson, liam young, Brian Kuan Wood, and Arseny Zhilyaev. Scott, sven-olov wallenstein, kali stull, eyal weizman, stephan trüby, Etienne Turpin, Jack Self, Alexander Tarakhovsky, Hito Steyerl, Pelin Tan, Prasad Shetty, Paulo Tavares, Mabel O. Probing the idea that we are and always have been continuously reshaped by the artifacts we shape, to design others?This vital and far-reaching collection of essays and images seeks to explore and reflect on the ways in which both the concept and practice of design are operative well beyond tangible objects, this book asks: Who designed the lives we live today? What are the forms of life we inhabit, and what new forms are currently being designed? Where are the sites, and what are the techniques, expanding into the depths of self and forms of life.
Contributors: zeynep Çelik alexander, franco “bifo” Berardi, Shumon Basar, Lucia Allais, Ina Blom, Daniel Birnbaum, Ruha Benjamin, Benjamin H. Used book in Good Condition.
Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic RegimePolity #ad - This could explain the deadly cocktail of exploding inequalities, massive deregulation, and conversion of the dream of globalization into a nightmare for most people. What holds these three phenomena together is the conviction, shared by some powerful people, that the ecological threat is real and that the only way for them to survive is to abandon any pretense at sharing a common future with the rest of the world.
Hence their flight offshore and their massive investment in climate change denial. The left has been slow to turn its attention to this new situation. Bringing us down to earth is the task of politics today. The present ecological mutation has organized the whole political landscape for the last thirty years.
Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime #ad - Belonging to a territory is the phenomenon most in need of rethinking and careful redescription; learning new ways to inhabit the Earth is our biggest challenge. It is still organized along an axis that goes from investment in local values to the hope of globalization and just at the time when, everywhere, people dissatisfied with the ideal of modernity are turning back to the protection of national or even ethnic borders.
This is why it is urgent to shift sideways and to define politics as what leads toward the Earth and not toward the global or the national. Used book in Good Condition.
Particular Cases Sternberg PressSternberg Press #ad - This collection of essays does not aim to illustrate a prefabricated theory of art, but rather follows the impulses given by artworks themselves. Particular cases is an original exploration of pivotal concerns related to the development of contemporary art―originality and repetition, materiality and production, historical and personal archives, the valuation of artworks, and the language of power.
Featuring essays on pawel althamer, marcel duchamp, thomas schütte, rebecca horn, martin honert, jeff wall, wassily kandinsky, Inga Svala Thorsdottir and Wu Shanzhuan, Francis Alÿs, Yael Bartana, Paul Chan, Mladen Stilinovic, Anri Sala, Olga Chernysheva, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, IRWIN, Piero Manzoni, Andy Warhol Used book in Good Condition.
Particular Cases Sternberg Press #ad - Philosopher and art critic Boris Groys writes about significant works and artists over the last century that have pushed his thinking in new directions. Boris groys Particular Cases. His compelling arguments do not try to replace the singular content or message of an artwork. Instead, his writings are inspired by art as a mind-changing practice―as if contemporary artists, completely secularized, can still produce a kind of conversion within the spectator.
Breathing: Chaos and Poetry Semiotexte / Intervention SeriesSemiotext(e) #ad - In the uprising, he focuses on poetry as an anticipation of the trend toward abstraction that led to the present form of financial capitalism. In breathing, capital, franco "bifo" berardi comes back to the subject that was the core of his 2011 book, The Uprising: the place of poetry in the relations between language, and possibility.
Boris groys Particular Cases. In breathing, he tries to envision poetry as the excess of the field of signification, as the premonition of a possible harmony inscribed in the present chaos. The uprising was a genealogical diagnosis. Breathing is an essay on poetical therapy. The increasingly chaotic rhythm of our respiration, and the sense of suffocation that grows everywhere: an essay on poetical therapy.
Breathing: Chaos and Poetry Semiotexte / Intervention Series #ad - Since the hopeful days of the occupy movement, many things have changed in the respiration of the world, and we have entered a cycle of spasm, despair, and chaos. Breathing is a book about the increasingly chaotic rhythm of our respiration, about the sense of suffocation that grows everywhere. I can't breathe.
These words panted by eric garner before dying, strangled by a police officer on the streets of Staten Island, capture perfectly catching the overall sentiment of our time. How we deal with chaos, as we know that those who fight against chaos will be defeated, because chaos feeds upon war? How do we deal with suffocation? Is there a way out from the corpse of financial capitalism? Used book in Good Condition.
What's Love or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection Got to Do with It? Sternberg Press / e-flux journalSternberg Press #ad - What we can no longer get from the state, the party, the boss, the union, we ask for from one another. And we provide. Lacan famously defined love as giving something you don't have to someone who doesn't want it. We have each other. These writings have now been collected to form this comprehensive volume. Contributorspaul chan, hu fang, keti chukhrov, cluster, fred moten and Stefano Harney, Lee Mackinnon, Antke Engel, Chus Martínez, Brian Kuan Wood, Tavi Meraud, Elizabeth A.
But love is more than a YouTube link or a URL. Boris groys Particular Cases. But that's not true. Love's joy is not to be found in fulfillment, it is to be found in recognition: even though I can never return what was taken away from you, I may be the only person alive who knows what it is. In our present times―post-human, called as witness, post-reality, pre-collapse, put on parole, or maybe pre-internet, need and care and desire and admiration have been cross-examined, pre-fabricated by algorithms―what does love have to do with it? Since 2009, post-it, and made the subject of caring inquiry by e-flux journal authors.
What's Love or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection Got to Do with It? Sternberg Press / e-flux journal #ad - Povinelli and Kim Turcot DiFruscia, Paul B. Preciado, stephen squibb, brian kuan wood, martha rosler, virginia solomon, Jan Verwoert, Kaye Cain-Nielsen, Slavoj ŽižekSeries edited by Julieta Aranda, Jalal Toufic, Anton Vidokle Used book in Good Condition. It is often said that we no longer have an addressee for our political demands.
In the FlowVerso #ad - Boris groys Particular Cases. In this major new work, groys charts the paradoxes produced by this tension, and explores art in the age of the thingless medium, the Internet. This meant an attack on realism, as well as on the traditional preservative mission of the museum. Acclaimed art theorist boris groys argues this led to the development of “direct realism”: an art that would not produce objects, but practices from performance art to relational aesthetics that would not survive.
. Groys claims that if the techniques of mechanical reproduction gave us objects without aura, digital production generates aura without objects, transforming all its materials into vanishing markers of the transitory present. The notion of works of art as sacred objects was decried and subsequently they would be understood merely as things.
In the Flow #ad - The leading art theorist takes on art in the age of the Internet In the early twentieth century, art and its institutions came under critique from a new democratic and egalitarian spirit. Used book in Good Condition. But for more than a century now, every advance in this direction has been quickly followed by new means of preserving art’s distinction.
Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials Anomalyre.press #ad - Tracking provided on most orders. Meanwhile, obscure, as the war on terror escalates, the US is dragged into an asymmetrical engagement with occultures whose principles are ancient, and saturated in oil. At once a horror fiction, cyclonopedia is work of theory-fiction on the Middle East, a political samizdat and a philosophic grimoire, an atlas of demonology, a work of speculative theology, where horror is restlessly heaped upon horror.
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Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials Anomaly #ad - Boris groys Particular Cases. It is as if war itself is feeding upon the warmachines, leveling cities into the desert, seducing the aggressors into the dark heart of oil. The middle east is a sentient entity - it is alive!' concludes renegade Iranian archeologist Dr. Cyclonopedia is a middle-eastern odyssey, delta Force officers, heresiarchs, oil smugglers, populated by archeologists, jihadis, corpses of ancient gods and other puppets.
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