Monday, June 10, 2024

Futuromania events - Brighton June 20 evening / Rough Trade West, London June 23 3pm

 Two upcoming Futuromania events

Brighton, Thursday evening 20th June 

Dead Wax Social  - 18 A Bond Street

Hosted by Resident 

Doors open 7pm /  event starts 7.30 pm

In conversation with Fiona Sturges

+ book signing. 

Tickets here 

London, Sunday afternoon 23rd June 

Rough Trade West 

130 Talbot Road, W11

Event starts 3 pm

In conversation with G√ľnseli Yalcinkaya (Dazed)

+ book signing 

Tickets here

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Bring the Noys / Kapital fellow, that Jameson

Benjamin Noys with a review at E-Flux of Fredric Jameson's new book Inventions of  A Present

"Jameson argues that our present and our future are saturated by history and it is this increased historicity that makes the novel, all novels, historical. At the same time, he can also assert that “all fiction approaches science fiction,” due to the fact that all our futures “begin to dissolve into the ever more porous actuality”.  The contemporary novel is both the historical novel and science fiction, as both past and future have saturated the present. The present is a bloated moment, full of the past that cannot be integrated and a future that is not being born...."

The review has some gentle jibes at  the Great Man - like this backhanded compliment 

"We sometimes feel Jameson has read everything"

That does capture the sensation of omniscience that seeps from the prose - the long, winding, (over-)extended sentences...  the concatenation of clauses and parentheticals... allusively laden.... 

Also a dig at thLondon Review of Books style of review (most of Inventions of A Present consists of these), which Noys characterises as a

"peculiar genre in which the book is not so much assessed as re-presented in a gesture which often replaces reading the book. It is a time-saving device presented in the mode of capacious intellectual engagement"

What's striking as you read the review -  mirroring the book itself - is the tangle of temporalities. 

"This diagnosis and sense of impasse is surprisingly Nietzschean. The saturation of the present by historicism echoes Nietzsche’s “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life,” in which the historical overcomes our present. 

The notion that the future is dissolved into the present is also close to Nietzsche’s attempts to invent a future and his increasingly violent proclamations of a leap into the future. Jameson’s tone is more measured and, of course, he is trying to remain within Marxism. To be Marxist, we must explain why we cannot integrate history and why we cannot see the present as a dynamic path to the future. 

"While obviously wrong—not all contemporary novels are historical and not all contemporary novels are science fiction, and how could all of them be both?—his statements are ones we try to puzzle out."

"Puzzle out" indeed

Something is being called for to get "us" out of this "impasse" 


"If the function of the master collapses, then the enigmatic statements become so much nonsense and we wonder why we ever cared. Jameson’s statements teeter in this space"

Saturday, June 8, 2024

"We Are In the Future" (Italian Futurism - a '90s resurrection)

via this Dissensus thread on Roman techno  

itself triggered from this article at Urbanomic about a "dark continuum" of Italian hardtechno 

itself drawing on this Matt Anniss  feature for RBMA from a decade earlier

Sounds Never Seen - love this label name. 

Lory D very much a parallel operator to The Mover + PCP.

And indeed later, towards the end of the '90s, rematerialises up on Acardipane's Adrenachome label

Back to the start of the '90s, to 1991:

Interesting, the shift - within a single year - from "We Are In the Future" to "We Were In the Future" 

Does this show how fleeting these moments are - how quickly the future-rush can give way to technostalgia, a sense that it's already slipped away?


Talking "sonic fiction" and Futuromania in LA (and beyond) - July 17

  I'll be making a guest appearance at the  Sci-Fi Short Story Club , discussing  "The Sound-Sweep"  - one of a couple of acut...