Alexander Bard, Jan Söderqvist: The Futurica Trilogy (2012)

30 December 2012, dusan

“In the late 1990’s, Swedish social theorists Alexander Bard and Jan Söderqvist started working on a radical new theory, since referred to as The Netocracy Hypothesis. At this early stage Bard & Söderqvist foresaw that the control of the internet would be the subject of the main power struggle for the next century; an outright war between a brand new rising elite (the netocrats) and an established but rapidly declining elite (the bourgeoisie). They made predictions against the tide in the early years of the new millennium (and cleverly foresaw both the dot com crash and September 11), and have since then been proven right in virtually every aspect and even in the most minute of details. Not only did Bard & Söderqvist foresee revolutionary innovations such as Google, Facebook, Al-Qaida and Wikileaks, they also went deeper and looked beyond where any other observer has been or managed to go, into the very power struggle of the on-going revolution. Now, for the first time, all three of Bard & Söderqvist’s groundbreaking works have been collected and released as one compact set, under the title The Futurica Trilogy. The first book is The Netocrats (explaining how the internet creates a new global upper class which fights and destroys the old stuggling power structure); the second book is The Global Empire (dealing with the worldview of the netocrats and how it radically differs from any previous ideology in history); and the third book is The Body Machines (discussing how the idea of what it means to be human in an interactive world radically differs from any previous concept of human existence).”

Originally published in Swedish in 3 volumes: Nätokraterna (2000), Det globala imperiet (2002), and Kroppsmaskinerna (2009).
Translated by Neil Smith
Publisher Stockholm Text, 2012
ISBN 9789187173035
740 pages

video interview with the authors (2008)



Gilles Deleuze: Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation (1981–) [EN, ES, PT, HU]

22 September 2012, dusan

Gilles Deleuze was one of the most influential and revolutionary philosophers of the twentieth century. Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation is his long-awaited work on Bacon, widely regarded as one of the most radical painters of the twentieth century. The book presents a deep engagement with Bacon’s work and the nature of art. Deleuze analyzes the distinctive innovations that came to mark Bacon’s style: the isolation of the figure, the violation deformations of the flesh, the complex use of color, the method of chance, and the use of the triptych form. Along the way, Deleuze introduces a number of his own famous concepts, such as the ‘body without organs’ and the ‘diagram,’ and contrasts his own approach to painting with that of both the phenomenological and the art historical traditions. Deleuze links Bacon’s work to Cezanne’s notion of a ‘logic’ of sensation, which reaches its summit in color and the ‘coloring sensation.’ Investigating this logic, Deleuze explores Bacon’s crucial relation to past painters such as Velasquez, Cezanne, and Soutine, as well as Bacon’s rejection of expressionism and abstract painting. Long awaited in translation, Francis Bacon is destined to become a classic philosophical reflection on the nature of painting.

First published as Francis Bacon: Logique de la Sensation, Editions de la Difference, Editions du Seuil, France, 1981
Translated by Daniel W. Smith
Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group, London/New York, 2003
ISBN 0826466478, 9780826466471
228 pages

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Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation (English, trans. Daniel W. Smith, 2003)
Francis Bacon: Lógica de la sensación (Spanish, trans. Ernesto Hernández B. Revista “Sé cauto”, 1984)
Francis Bacon: Lógica Da Sensacão (Portuguese, trans. Silvio Ferraz and Annita Costa Malufe)
Francis Bacon: Az érzet logikája (Hungarian, undated, unpaginated, added on 2013-9-26)

Brian Massumi (ed.): A Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari (2002)

26 July 2012, dusan

A Shock to Thought brings together essays that explore Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophy of expression in a number of contemporary contexts. It will be of interest to all those in philosophy, cultural studies and art theory. The volume also contains an interview with Guattari which clearly restates the ‘aesthetic paradigm’ that organizes both his and Deleuze’s work.

With contributions by Melissa McMahon, Steven Shaviro, Stephen Zagala, Gary Genosko, Alan Bourassa, Michael Hardt, Catherine Dale, Paul Brains, Jose Gil, Mani Haghighi, Thomas Lamarre, Aden Evens, Andrew Murphie, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger

Publisher Routledge, 2002
ISBN 041523803X, 9780415238038
256 pages

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