Higher seminar with theorist and critic Benjamin Noys

Date and time
March 14, 2016, at 02:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Type of event
Place and route

LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)

We are very happy to invite you to the next higher seminar , with UK based theorist and critic Benjamin Noys. This time the seminar will take the form of an electronic music listening session, as a way of introducing the political theory called accelerationism. It proposes a critical paradigm of capitalism, not by questioning but expanding or accelerating capitalism in order to generate radical social change.

Through collective listening we will explore our integration with the machine and acceleration: from Kraftwerk to Detroit Techno, and beyond into Rave/Hardcore, Jungle/Drum and Bass, and contemporary electronica. Simon Reynolds’s concept of the ‘hardcore continuum’ – a shared commitment of dance music subcultures that negotiates drastic stylistic shifts and significant changes in technology, drugs, and the social/racial discoures – will be treated as a problematic point of orientation for discussion and analysis of the variety of forms and fantasies at work.

We have a limited number of places, so please send an email to Protected address if you want to participate.

The seminar is co-organised by CuratorLab, and will continue on 15 March 10 am - 2.00 pm at the CuratorLab Studio, to which you are also very welcome!

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Education and Research Administration

More information

Benjamin Noys is a Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Chichester, and writes extensively on contemporary theory, the avant-garde, film, and cultural politics. His previous books are Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction (2000), The Culture of Death (2005), and The Persistence of the Negative (2010). He has written on the politics of acceleration for Mute Magazine and Nyx, and presented in London, Lisbon, and Brasilia.

Prior to the seminar Benjamin asks you to engage with the following texts and listening soundtracks:

Benjamin Noys, Dance and Die: Obsolescence and Embedded Aesthetics of Acceleration

The Wire 300: Simon Reynolds on the Hardcore Continuum: Introduction

The Wire 300: Simon Reynolds on the Hardcore Continuum #1: Hardcore Rave (1992)

The Wire 300: Simon Reynolds on the Hardcore Continuum #3: The State Of Drum 'n' Bass (1995)

+ a list of Listening Soundtracks - pick your favourite!

The texts and soundtracks can be downloaded: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ijcjdkbxorqc6is/AADlDWFYT1bl0T82Adz6yna3a?dl=0

And are also distributed by Protected address.

Updated: 1 March 2016