Index of Titles Filed Under 'Theory-Fiction'

PublisherUrbanomic2018
Compiled by Philip Sanderson and mixed by DJ Huysmans, a mix made to accompany the Ballardian Breakfast Briefing virtual launch event for Applied Ballardianism.
Headless, an exhilarating murder-mystery by the elusive K. D., probes the sordid secrets and sinister deeds of powerful financiers who use Caribbean firms to conceal their fortunes. The novel begins with workaday author John Barlow agreeing to ghostwrite a novel about secretive tax havens. Barlow assumes the job will be a no-brainer. But then his eccentric employers, Swedish conceptualist artist duo Goldin+Senneby, ask him to investigate Headless Ltd., a shadowy company with possible links to the French philosopher Georges Bataille, known for his obsession with human sacrifice. Barlow travels to Nassau, Bahamas, the glitzy mecca of offshore finance, and begins ...
PublisherFiktion2014
The devil has given Herr F eternal fame in exchange for his eternal soul. But Herr F, knowing that everything living forever is sooner or later screaming forever, is determined to squelch and squander this fame, return to obscurity, and die. Herr F, the take of infamous musician and writer Momus on the Faust legend, is an experimental narrative about bargaining for immortality soaked in abstracted ideas of German-language literature, drawn mostly from English translations of twentieth-century figures like Brecht, Kafka, Rilke, Klee, Fassbinder, and Adorno. Behind the narrative is also, of course, Goethe and his (worked and reworked) Faust.
PublisherUrbanomic2019
In this epic osteogeographical podcast recorded entirely on location, we go back to the future and take a tour around Cornwall with author Thomas Moynihan to discuss his book Spinal Catastrophism. In the last section Shaun Lewin joins us at Plymouth station to talk railway spines. 00:00:00 Introduction 00:06:34 Pencallenick Obelisk 00:12:00 The Creepy Recurrency of a Peculiar Idea 00:14:30 German Idealism and Trauma 00:16:15 Copernicanism, Deep Time, Organic and Inorganic 00:18:55 Unconscious as Indigestion of the Idea 00:20:52 Wakefulness as Retrograde Amnesia 00:22:04 Wrongmindedness, Methodology, and Theory-Fiction 00:23:23 Desiring-Theory and Metaphorology 00:25:50 A Cave, Trevaunance Cove 00:26:44 Into Eternity, the Mines of Falun, Slowtime 00:30:15 Xenocommunication 00:31:54 Depth as Memory, Nicholas Steno 00:34:13 ...
PublisherUrbanomic2016
In this text written for the 2016 UNdocumenta film festival in Gwangju, Anne-Françoise Schmid investigates the relation between film and philosophy, and presents a series of mini film-scripts to explore the method of ‘without’. Accompanied by images from Benoît Maire’s series Cloud Painting
PublisherUrbanomic2018
Drawing on his book Alternate Histories and Nineteenth-Century Literature, Ben Carver examines the figures and functions of evolution, isolation, and entanglement in the imaginary Utopias and Uchronias of speculative fiction, and plots some unsuspected paths between early counterfactual histories and the dark underworlds of contemporary conspiracy theory
PublisherUrbanomic2018
In this extended and enhanced edit of the online Ballardian Breakfast Briefing/Midnight Séance, Simon Sellars, author of Applied Ballardianism, and Urbanomic director Robin Mackay chat about JG Ballard, unreality, writing, synchronicity, theory-fiction and K-Pulp, UFOs, micronations, and being an outsider.
PublisherUrbanomic2019
Kristen Alvanson’s XYZT is a genre-busting collection of tales probing the complex relationship and cultural differences between the US and Iran, threaded along a speculative science fiction thriller plotline. Much of the novel is based on Alvanson’s years living in Iran, but in XYZT she reworks her experiences into myriad different styles, perspectives and genres ranging from the quotidian to the fabulous. In this interview with the author we talk to her about her time in Iran, the unconventional structure of XYZT, and the common threads between the novel and her work as a visual artist.
PublisherUrbanomic2019
Omitted from the first printing of Applied Ballardianism for legal reasons, this foreword by Dr Ricardo Battista sheds some light upon the genesis of this peculiar ‘memoir’ and the fate of its sadly afflicted author.

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