Upcoming Urbanomic Releases: Land, Negarestani and Laruelle

The fantastic Urbanomic will be releasing more enthralling publications over the next year or so, for me the excitement is deafening, a feverish static is drowing me. 

Nick Land, Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007 

Nick Land's Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007 , a title I've been looking forward to for a temporial eternity, will contain a collection of Lands vital, violent and voraciously nihilisitc writings, charting his early re-enterpretations and cybergothicist contortions of various major thinkers and philosophers such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kant and Bataille - the latter of course being the subject of his vibrant, raw and abrasively powerful work of legend, namely the exhilarating Thirst for Annihilation: Georges Bataille and Virulent Nihilism. I have already ranted before ( here ) about my excitement and expectations for the book however below is perhaps the most appropriate text concerning the forthcoming Fanged Noumena, taken straight from the Urbanomic sites corner concerning Nick Land's Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007:     

"Fanged Noumena brings together the writings of Nick Land for the first time. During the 1990s Land's unique philosophical work, variously described as 'rabid nihilism', 'mad black deleuzianism' and 'cybergothic', developed perhaps the only rigorous and culturally-engaged escape route out of the malaise of 'continental philosophy' - a route which was implacably blocked by the academy. However, Land's work has continued to exert an influence, both through the British 'speculative realist' philosophers who studied with him, and through the many cultural producers - artists, musicians, filmmakers, bloggers - who have been invigorated by his uncompromising and abrasive philosophical vision.

Beginning with Land's early radical rereadings of Heidegger, Nietzsche, Kant and Bataille, the volume then collects together the papers, talks and articles of the mid-90s - for long the subject of rumour and vague legend (including some work which has never previously appeared in print) - in which Land developed his futuristic theory-fiction of cybercapitalism gone amok; and ends with his enigmatic later writings in which Ballardian fictions, poetics, cryptography, anthropology, grammatology and the occult are smeared into unrecognisable hybrids.

Fanged Noumena will allow a perspective on the entire trajectory of this provocative and influential thinker's work, and will introduce his unique voice to a new generation of readers."

Fanged Noumena: Collected Writings 1987-2007
Nick Land
Forthcoming 2010
Introduction by Ray Brassier and Robin Mackay
Paperback 115x175mm, 500pp. Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies
ISBN 978-0-9553087-8-9
Reza Negarestani, The Mortiloquist

Reza Negarestani's second installment of his Blackening Trilogy, The Mortiloquist is due for release in 2011. The first part was the giddying and porocryptic Cyclonopedia : Complicity with Anonymous Materials, a text that I found so fresh and vitalistic it was absurd, I felt 14 again - but that is just the prose. Negarestani's real talent is for generating a cyclonic, frenzied, gyrating symmetry of metaphor and analogies. The sprawling, rotting putrefaction, the coagulating marriages of politics and metaphysics. Endless wormoid, inversions, an infinite writhing existence whereby realities are opposites and vectors swing violently and invert spasmodically across plains of myriad unquantifiables. The Mortiloquist looks to ( on some level ) expand panoramically on his quite effective feeding on the more grotesque aspects of forgotten history and ancient philosophical texts ( perhaps some mechanics will be not dissimilar to facets of his Corpse Bride: Thinking with Nigredo text, published in Collapse IV ) - this will, doubtless, yield a devastating impression but will merely be one of countless apparatus in his philosophical/theoretical/literary armoury. Negarestani's kaleidoscopic mythopoiesisthesizing and contortions of theory-fictions will be taken to stratospheric new realms of horror and enlightenment. Here is the blurb, again, from the Urbanomic site:

"A sequel to Cyclonopedia and the second installment in the Blackening trilogy, The Mortiloquistis a barbaric interpretation of the life and problems of Western philosophy.

Feasting on the theatrical resources of Greek tragedy, Jacobean revenge drama, grand guignol theater, the theater of cruelty, aktionism (especially Herman Nitsch's Fall of Jerusalem and Orgien Mysterien theater) and employing the dialogue-commentary of scholasticism, The Mortiloquist is a cross-breed of play and philosophy. In this textual mongrel, the life of Western philosophy is gutted out by outlanders and barbarically staged.

Taking place in an alternative history of the Greek Empire during a hypothetical siege of Athens, The Mortiloquist begins with a heated debate among three philosophers. Aristotle, Speusippus and Andronosos have refused to flee from the Academy. Oblivious to the commotion in the streets, they are arguing the impact of Speusippus' 'alien causality' on generation and corruption of ideas. As those who represent the philosophical militancy and political ethics of the Greek Empire, the philosophers are put into an ordeal of unspeakable cruelty at the hands of the barbarian invaders. They are forced into freshly gutted out carcasses of three oxen; the animals are then sewn up to trap the philosophers in a way that only their heads protrude.

Composed in the form of an inverse chiaroscuro, the stage consists of a tenebrous foreground and a luminous background. Three animal corpses lie in the foreground, from each carcass a chattering human head has protruded. Each act begins with monotonous De Sadesque depictions of barbarous savageries taking place in the stage background. Set against this chaotic but silent background, conversations between the three philosophers who are trapped in dead animals are audible and appear in the form of scholastic colloquies and theatrical dialogues.

In The Mortiloquist, each scene begins with a generation of a new entity from the putrefying animal carcasses. In line with Henry of Langenstein's unsettling remarks regarding the possibility of a dog being generated from the corpse of an ox or a horse, the oxen carcasses in which the philosophers have been trapped change to canine and fox corpses among other unheard-of creative forms. Ideas and philosophical debates are renewed and shifted according to the germinal power of putrefaction and the possibility of the infinite deformity of forms in decay. The history of philosophy is, barbarically and problematically, revealed to be a differential form of arborescent emptiness which is in the process of blackening its vitalistic twists - a tree of rot whose supernal branches stretch toward the One and whose roots reinvent their own tortuous earth.

A unique blend of horror, Beckettian drama, and classical philosophy as seen from the 'barbarian' outside, The Mortiloquist takes Negarestani's 'theory-fiction' to astonishing new depths."
Reza Negarestani
Forthcoming 2011

Act I (Cruelty, or determination against an indeterminable background)
Scene i: The Fall of Athens
Scene ii: Outlanders in the Academia
Scene iii: A philosophical torture

Act II (Life, or when death jabbers about itself)
Scene i: Corpora viva
Scene ii: Corpora cadavera
Scene iii: Cadavera dicta 

Act III (The Revenge of Socrates: transcendental dirt and thinking dung)
Scene i: A ventriloquist humanism
Scene ii: An animist necrologics
Scene iii: A mimetic Inanimism 

Act IV (To have done with the judgment of dog)
Scene i: On the generation of a fox from a canine corpse
Scene ii: On the corruption of ideal and generation of ideas
Scene iii: On the generative No-One and brooding No-Thing

Act V (The Return of Mezentius)
Scene i: Dubito ergo
Scene ii: Cogito ergo
Scene iii: Vivo ergo

The third release will be a collection of newly translated work from French thinker François Laruelle, unfortunately I am not familiar with Laruelles work, however I have faith in Urbanomic and expect this publication to be as important and powerful as other writers I've had the adventure of reading. Here is the blurb from the Urbanomic Site:

"This volume provides for the first time a collection of English translations of the writings of François Laruelle, one of the most important, but also least well-known, French philosophers working today.

For the past thirty years Laruelle has been setting out a rigorous theory for philosophy that offers a universal and abstract transcendental organon capable of conceiving the various philosophical accounts indifferent to their doctrines.

Laruelle has invented a totally new conceptual framework that transforms not only philosophical practice but even thought itself: In universalizing the theoretical conditions of philosophical theorising through his unique formal inventions, Laruelle develops a new form of thinking: one that initiates a transcendental and non-decisional theory for philosophical decision in a militant and heretical way.

This volume follows Laruelle's ambitious project of constructing this universal but non- systemic theory of philosophical decision. It is unquestionable that the technical rigour and heretical radicality of 'Non-Philosophy' will have a major impact on contemporary philosophy and future theoretical practices."


François Laruelle
Forthcoming 2011
Edited by Tobias Huber and Robin Mackay
Paperback 115x175mm.
Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies

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