excerpts from ‘Platform Nihilism’

By scrolling, swiping, and flipping, we hungry ghosts try to fill the existential emptiness, frantically searching for a determining sign — and failing. When the phone hurts and you cry together, that’s technological sadness.


Public access to a 21st-century version of Dadaism has been blocked. The absence of surrealism hurts. What could our social fantasies look like? Are legal constructs such as creative commons and cooperatives all we can come up with? It seems we’re trapped in smoothness, skimming a surface littered with impressions and notifications.

via Los Angeles Review of Books

re: Counterculture as praxis

my point is not that the counterculture is impossibly authentic, but that it is not an object, not a commodity, and not an attempt to acquire power—it is an organic social practice“.

Yet also hopefully, “Countercultures can prefigure a coming community. They can be rehearsals for a future society.” Further regarding the #subaltern and #worldmaking et al., aka “Even a living room can be a public space.” Or how “Everywhere is discourse…activated spaces“.

Then throw in a little Giorgio Agamben and spontaneous “communal geography“. To wit;

Life happens when you are with other people. So do new openings for your aesthetics and your politics.”

via an excerpt of Ken Chen in n+1.

re: L.A. as the “capital of science fiction.”

Also – “Some of the early LGBT leaders were also active in early sci-fi reading circles, and they used the genre to explore possible futures where they would find acceptance for their sexuality… I’m always interested in how science fiction or speculative fictions refers back to the moment in which it’s created. We tend to think of it as pie-in-the-sky fantasy, but there’s a strong strain of social commentary. A lot of dystopian or apocalyptic writing about Southern California – much of which blurs the line between pop culture and literary culture – seems to grow out of science fictional tropes.


L.A.’s Bonaventure Hotel, photographed by Wayne Thom in 1978. Courtesy of the USC Libraries – Wayne Thom Photography Collection.

Via kcet.org, featuring thoughts from Christopher Hawthorne, William Deverell and David Ulin instigated/edited by Nathan Masters.

re: “possibilities of an architecture without nature”

From David Ruy’s ‘Returning to (Strange) Objects‘ on object vs field , esoteric ‘relationism’, object-oriented ontology and craft.


we may also want to investigate the possibilities of an architecture without nature…While thinking about this object-oriented ontology, it is fascinating to finally consider how the architect is to be understood…A return to the architectural object as a disciplinary priority…A return to the architectural object would move interest back to the thing itself. 

Also Karel Klein’s thoughts on ‘Smudge‘(s)(ing)(etc), and again David Ruy on ‘Weird Realism‘, subterfuge and utopianisms.



In above excerpt from a lecture they discuss “Knot Garden,” a proposal for PS1 Queens, NY; and “Klex,” their ongoing experiments with developing ornamentation through digital modeling.

Siné Mensuel talks with Raoul Vaneigem

From InfoShop News

Siné Mensuel: Is utopianism still on the agenda?

Raoul Vaneigem: Utopianism? From now on, that’s the hell of the past. We
have always been constrained to live in a place that is everywhere but,
in that place, we are nowhere. That’s the reality of our exile. It has
been imposed on us for thousands of years by an economy founded on the
exploitation of man by man.

Via Bruce Sterling (here)