Cosmology

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Publisheronestar press2005
Monster, monoliths, giant claws. But the steel penetrates those bodies. They just bodies here. The astronaut has no body there. Smile of steel. Collapsible driver. But that signature is a virus. Let us leave it off, leave it…
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PublisherUrbanomic2021
To celebrate the release of Chronosis, Keith Tilford and Reza Negarestani join Robin Mackay to talk about their collaboration and the ideas that fuelled the time-twisting plot of the comic. Creative tension and backchannel bickering, cat monks, Boltzmann brains, cosmic body horror, Bertrand Russell the armchair stoner, the Harold Lloyd theory of time-reversal, psychopaths, AGI monkeys, and The Mortiloquist all make an appearance. Music: ‘Dionysus’, by Herman Polsus aka Drew Flieder, and ‘Timeshift’ by Eschaton.
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PublishersSternberg Presse-flux2017
Today, many of us can remember the disappeared indigenous cosmologies as parts of ourselves, lost to colonialism, industrialization, communist revolutions, and capitalist wars. Many names have been given to ideological or historical grand narratives to soothe the pain of loss, to register those losses and render them searchable, but these memorializing mechanisms still fail to register the pain of losing something much larger that cannot be named—a deep relation to the world, to the cosmos, and to ourselves that gives us strength and sovereignty without need for any other earthly power of right or dominion. What if another kind of ...
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Publisheronestar press2014
Shortly before his death in 2002, Kazakh artist Sergey Maslov started to write a novel titled Astral Nomads, from which I derive the name of the project, since its content was dedicated to the lives of a large number of contemporary Central Asian artists. Given that he had no heirs, these same artists and other friends and colleagues became the keepers of his paintings, notebooks, sketchbooks, and self- published magazines, which they are currently storing in their homes. This mode of preservation, however, does not do justice to the significance of Maslov’s legacy, and these materials require cataloguing, organizing, and ...
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PublisherUrbanomic2016
In a discussion of the epistemological questions that are central to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Milan Cirkovic insists that philosophical thinking is an indispensable part of astrobiology and SETI research.
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Publishere-flux2012
It is hard to avoid the feeling these days that the future is behind us. It’s not so much that time has stopped, but rather that the sense of promise and purpose that once drove historical progress has become impossible to sustain. On the one hand, the faith in modernist, nationalist, or universalist utopias continues to retreat, while on the other, a more immediate crisis of faith has accompanied the widespread sense of diminishing economic prospects felt in so many places. Not to mention the ascension of populist and sectarian orders that now mire many of the popular revolutions of ...
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Publishere-flux2018
Some time around 1882, God was pronounced dead. For certain Russian thinkers of the era, this loss provided a building opportunity: where the place of one god closes, space for another one opens. Unlike most established schools of thought, Russian cosmism does not present a singular vision, a consistent epistemology, or a unified theory. On the contrary: the ideas of its nineteenth- to early-twentieth-century protagonists are often so divergent and contradictory that they appear incoherent, paradoxical, or delirious… Editorial—Russian Cosmism Editors Timeline of Russian Cosmism Anastasia Gacheva, Arseny Zhilyaev, and Anton Vidokle The Stofflichkeit of the Universe: Alexander Bogdanov and the Soviet Avant-Garde Maria Chehonadskih Optimists of ...
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Publishere-flux2018
In Ursula Le Guin’s 1971 novel The Lathe of Heaven, a seemingly unassuming young white male begins effective dreaming. Desperate to stop altering realities by night, George Orr borrows other people’s pharmacy cards (the world is overpopulated, resources heavily rationed) to obtain more than his share of dexedrine and barbiturates. Landing himself in the hands of an oneirologist, he becomes a tool—a proxy to make the doctor’s megalomaniacal utilitarian fantasies real. The doctor suggests, and George dreams. “This was the way he had to go; he had no choice. He had never had any choice. He was only a dreamer”… Editorial Editors Homeland ...
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PublisherBlackwood Gallery2019
Inspired by discussions on radical imagination, Indigenous thought, collective intelligence, and plural ecology, Futurity Island invites participants to develop new habits of thought in this era of environmental crisis. It is a space to speculate on the usefulness of the concept of “sympoiesis” for imaging and working together in radical interdisciplinarity toward desirable futures. In the utopian regime, the moment of future is transformed into a representable topography of space. Future is a place—an island—a defined location that is better than ours. It is characterized both by separation and distanciation. The geography of a utopian island is manipulatable, as well as conceivable at ...
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Publisheronestar press2009
Coal and Star: our super condensed objects. They differentiate through magnitudes of scale and distance, by the logistics of the vocations they produce. The space of the Miner is understood with hands, sweat, by the bodily threat of collapse. The Astronomer’s universe unfolds through abstract mathematical models, observation and analysis from a distance. Miner and Astronomer meet here, in The Field, on the page, the planar division between above and below. They compare notes, weigh material against model, hand against eye, word against deed.
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The Art of the Encylopedia is a 64-page book divided into seven sections, that was presented as a limited edition book in 1988 with poet-writer Ferdinand Schmatz for Edition Artelier, in Graz, at the Galerie Peter Pakesch, Graz. It is a quasi-scientific study, which questions the ability of systems, charts, and maps, to indicate the substance of reality. Atlas is a series of thirty paper collages using highly colorful scientific journals and geography books, as well as abstract forms and graphs, which create a lexicon of the universe, or cosmology, both universal and personal to Zobernig. The third volume in the tripartite ...
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PublisherThinkbelt2019
In the summer of 1975, NASA recruited architects, artists, and urban designers to envision, alongside engineers and physicists, large-scale cities in space. Fred Scharmen revisits the imagery of this older future.

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