Fiction Machines III (Online Event)

The third Fiction Machines event, organised by The Centre for Media Research at Bath Spa University, will take place this Thursday, July 1st, between 6 and 9 pm. The event is free and you can book your place here.

I will be presenting a proposal for a posthumous novel by Philip K. Dick written by an Artificial Intelligence.

Other speakers at the event will be Ami Clarke, Tony D. Sampson, Maud Craigie, Andy Weir, Distributed Cognition Cooperative (Anna Engelhardt, Sasha Shestakova), Richard Carter, Mikey Georgeson, Ada Hao, Harry Meadows and Charlie Tweed.

BC Time-Slip Cannibal Metaphysics Talk (Pt.2)

This talk was given at Space Studios, Hackney in May 2019 as part of the Morphologies of Invisible Agents exhibition organised by SMRU (Social Morphologies Research Group).

In it I draw out correlations between Philip K. Dick’s VALIS revelations; the significance of the Ichthys symbol; temporal rupture and paranormal communication; insatiable hunger; the rites of the Hamatsa; and inter-species cannibal kinship.

This is the second half of a talk I originally gave during the BC Time-Slip residency at Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver in August 2016.

The Disintegrating Chronotope of Philip K. Dick (Redux)

I am reposting this transcription of a lecture I gave to MA Fine Art students at Chelsea College of Art and Design in Winter 2008. It will give some context to a forthcoming series of blog posts related to the BC Time-Slip project and to a program of lectures I will be giving for Fine Art and Psychology students at the University of Worcester in the forthcoming academic year. The first of these – ‘Beware the Boa Constructor! Freud, Modern Art and the Riddle of Interpretation’ – is in the pipeline.


 

The Disintegrating Chronotope of Philip K. Dick (1928 – 1982)

Part One

Introduction

‘Artists are replicants who have found the secret of their obsolescence’ – Brian Massumi ‘The Simulacrum According to Deleuze and Guattari’ (1987)

The term replicant here is a reference to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), the name he gave to the androids in his film version of Philip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (1968). The plot of Dick’s novel revolves around a number of highly ‘evolved’ robots who are seeking to have the date of their in-built obsolescence postponed indefinitely. It is the blade runner’s job to hunt down and prematurely terminate the rebellious androids. Although Blade Runner lacks much of the narrative content and philosophical themes of Dick’s original novel, the film brought Dick the mainstream attention he had sought throughout his 25 years of science fiction writing. Sadly, in characteristically tragi-cosmic fashion, he did not live long enough to enjoy his new found fame.

The broader context for this lecture are the themes of historical and temporal consciousness we have been exploring in relation to the shift from modern to postmodern thought, aesthetics and cultural theory, and in particular the ‘materialist’ conception of history addressed by Benjamin in the ‘Theses on the Philosophy of History’ and throughout Illuminations.

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Jasun Horsley Conversation #3

My third conversation with Jasun Horsley has been uploaded here. In it we discuss getting published, naming the beast, occult bureaucracy, constructed realities, reality break downs, Surrealism, authority figures, Philip K. Dick, critical art, Prisoner of Infinity, Vice of Kings, paranoid critical writing, pareidolia, sexual satanic conspiracy, Braziers Park, the Quakers, mental hospitals, history of therapeutic mental health care, Foucault, Marxist paranoia, the Cultural Marxism meme, Frankfurt School conspiracy theory and the Peterson/Zizek debate.

The Occult Conspiracy of the Unconscious: Discussion with Jasun Horsley

I recently had a most enjoyable conversation with Jasun Horsley, author of Seen and Not Seen: Confessions of a Movie Autist and Vice of Kings: How Socialism, Occultism, and the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse, on his podcast The Liminalist.

In part one we discuss our travels in Mexico, the Narco-Satanicos cult, tabloid press, sensationalism, The Believers, Maximón, Ah Pook, Baron Samedi, Jesus Malverde, Nagualism, Seen and Not Seen, I Spit on Your Grave, video nasties, sexual repression, Georges Bataille, trauma, transgression, psychoanalysis, false screen memories, deviant cultural imprints and mothers.

In part two we discuss secrecy, shame, Philip K. Dick, uncanny zones of literary encounter, Jonathan Lethem, Erik Davis, sleepers in the matrix, Undead Uprising, academic politics, Foucault, Bataille, Neo-Gnostic conspiracy, Anti-Christian Marxism, accelerated coincidence, affinity, George Hodel, The Black Dahlia, Man Ray, Surrealist S&M, crime, Fred Vermorel’s Dead Fashion Girl, Frankfurt School, Cultural Marxism, Room 237, Fabian Society, Walter Benjamin and cannabis.