Robin Mackay

PublisherMeson Press2015
In 1985, the French philosopher Jean-François Lyotard curated a groundbreaking exhibition called Les Immatériaux at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The exhibition showed how telecommunication technologies were beginning to impact every aspect of life. At the same time, it was a material demonstration of what Lyotard called the post-modern condition. This book features a previously unpublished report by Jean-François Lyotard on the conception of Les Immatériaux and its relation to postmodernity. Reviewing the historical significance of the exhibition, his text is accompanied by twelve contemporary meditations. The philosophers, art historians, and artists analyse this important moment in the history of media and theory, and reflect on the new material conditions brought ...
PublisherEBM(T)2015
On February 26, 2015, Robin Mackay travelled to Graz, to speak at the show-johnmccracken/text/) at Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien. In the talk Mackay attempted to draw some brief comparisons between the sound work of Hecker and the analyses of colour proposed by Éric Alliez in his book on modern painting, The Brain-Eye, which he had spent the previous year translating. Apart from extensive works on the rail line which made travel both ways extremely taxing, the most notable thing about the episode was the impressive cathedral-like echo in the grand hall of the Künstlerhaus. Hecker requested a recording ...
Fanged Noumena assembles for the first time the writings of Nick Land, variously described as ‘rabid nihilism’, ‘mad black Deleuzianism’, ‘accelerationism’, and ‘cybergothic’.Wielding weaponized, machinically-recombined versions of Deleuze and Guattari, Reich and Freud, in the company of fellow ‘werewolves’ such as Nietzsche, Bataille, Artaud, Trakl and Cioran, to a cutup soundtrack of Bladerunner, Terminator and Apocalypse Now, Land plotted a rigorously schizophrenic escape route out of academic philosophy, and declared all-out war on the Human Security System. Despite his ‘disappearance’, Land’s output has been a crucial underground influence both on recent Speculative Realist thought, and on artists, writers, musicians and ...
PublisherPunctum Books2012
“Anything can happen for some weird reason; yet also, without any reason, nothing at all can happen.” — Reza Negarestani, Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials Essays, articles, artworks, and documents taken from and inspired by the symposium on Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, which took place on 11 March 2011 at The New School. Hailed by novelists, philosophers, artists, cinematographers, and designers, Cyclonopedia is a key work in the emerging domains of speculative realism and theory-fiction. The text has attracted a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary audience, provoking vital debate around the relationship between philosophy, geopolitics, geophysics, and art. At once a ...
PublisherUrbanomic2019
Robin Mackay is joined by Amy Ireland to talk to Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh about his book Omnicide, lullabies, prisons, nerds, mysticism, assassins, sorcery and hyperstition, practical magic, and more…. Music used in the podcast: ‘Gerye Miayad Mara’ by Homayoun Shajarian Track from ‘Baluchestan Music—The Local Iranian Music’ cassette by unknown artist ‘Beman’ by Aida Shahghasemi
Musk is a fluid that is akin to the human body. Originally obtained from a gland of the musk deer, it was already in use in Ancient Persia. If dosed correctly, the odor it yields is perceived as enticing. An overdose, however, smells repellent. The neuronal reactions to which musk gives rise are similar in human beings and animals. But musk is also a stabilizer for other scents applied to the human skin. Numerous products take advantage of this quality. Due to its expensiveness and in response to animal-rights concerns, the most common form of musk in the cosmetic and ...
PublisherUrbanomic2020
Extracted from PlaguePod Day 9, tales of extreme isolation and madness to sooth you during coronavirus lockdown. Readings from three stories of domestic withdrawal and quarantine by JG Ballard, ‘The Enormous Space’ (1989), ‘Having a Wonderful Time’ (1978), and ‘The Intensive Care Unit’ (1977), plus a passage on breadmaking from Michel Tournier’s ‘Friday, or the Limbo of the Pacific’ (1967) and two extracts from Simon Sellars’s Applied Ballardianism. Read by Robin Mackay, Amy Ireland, and Simon Sellars.
PublisherUrbanomic2020
It’s not over til it’s over! Your favourite car crash of a podcast returns one last time for a sunny Sunday afternoon with a special solar-powered remote broadcast from End of the World Garden, with a UK Garage set from DJK Huysmans, phone-ins from across the globe and finally, a CoronaQuest victory!
PublisherUrbanomic2020
In this live podcast, socially-distanced Urbanomic-adjacent guests from across the planet join us from their respective lockdown cells to share personal and speculative views on the Coronavirus era. With Matt Colquhoun (Xenogothic), Amy Ireland, Nyx Land, Shaun Lewin, Robin Mackay, Mattin, Enrico Monacelli, Thomas Moynihan, Reza Negarestani, Katherine Pickard, Miguel Prado, Laura Tripaldi. CONTENT WARNING: FOUL LANGUAGE, DEGENERATE PHILOSOPHERS, COGNITIVE TURPITUDE, ACCELERATIONISM
PublisherUrbanomic2020
Special emergency apocalypse-fatigue relief edition of PlaguePod featuring music, readings, and call-ins, with a no hardpants policy and a strict ban on any discussion of the spiky boi.
PublisherUrbanomic2020
Live lockdown mix of abstract jungle and other socially-distanced music, readings from Urbanomic publications, phone-ins from around the world, and noise from Urbanomic HQ
PublisherUrbanomic2020
To discuss time and the templexical effects of the global pandemic, we welcome Vince Garton, Anna Greenspan, Amy Ireland, Nick Land, and Ben Woodard. Plus music, noise, and readings.

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