Christoph Cox, Jenny Jaskey, Suhail Malik (eds.): Realism Materialism Art (2015)

16 June 2017, dusan

Realism Materialism Art (RMA) introduces a diverse selection of new realist and materialist philosophies and examines their ramifications on the arts. Encompassing neo-materialist theories, object-oriented ontologies, and neo-rationalist philosophies, RMA serves as a primer on ‘speculative realism,’ considering its conceptual innovations as spurs to artistic thinking and practice and beyond. Despite their differences, these philosophical positions propose that thought can and does think outside itself, and that reality can be known without its being shaped by and for human comprehension. Today’s realisms and materialisms explicitly challenge many of the dominant assumptions of cultural practice and theoretical inquiry, opening up new domains of research and artistic inquiry.”

Contributions by Armen Avanessian, Elie Ayache, Amanda Beech, Ray Brassier, Mikko Canini, Diana Coole, Christoph Cox, Manuel DeLanda, Diedrich Diederichsen, Tristan Garcia, Iain Hamilton Grant, Elizabeth Grosz, Boris Groys, Graham Harman, Terry Horgan, Jenny Jaskey, Katerina Kolozova, James Ladyman, François Laruelle, Nathan Lee, Suhail Malik, Quentin Meillassoux, Reza Negarestani, John Ó Maoilearca, Trevor Paglen, Luciana Parisi, Matthew Poole, Matjaž Potrč, João Ribas, Matthew Ritchie, Alicia Ritson, Susan Schuppli, Steven Shaviro, Nick Srnicek, Achim Szepanski, Eugene Thacker, McKenzie Wark, Andy Weir.

Publisher Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY, and Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2015
ISBN 9783956791260, 3956791266
403 pages

Reviews: Ilse van Rijn (Open, 2015), Hatty Nestor (Review31, n.d.).


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Katerina Kolozova, Eileen A. Joy (eds.): After the “Speculative Turn”: Realism, Philosophy, and Feminism (2016)

8 June 2017, dusan

“Recent forms of realism in continental philosophy that are habitually subsumed under the category of “speculative realism,” a denomination referring to rather heterogeneous strands of philosophy, bringing together object-oriented ontology (OOO), non-standard philosophy (or non-philosophy), the speculative realist ideas of Quentin Meillassoux and Marxism, have provided grounds for the much needed critique of culturalism in gender theory, and the authority with which post-structuralism has dominated feminist theory for decades. This publication aims to bring forth some of the feminist debates prompted by the so-called “speculative turn,” while demonstrating that there has never been a niche of “speculative realist feminism.”

Whereas most of the contributions featured in this collection provide a theoretical approach invoking the necessity of foregrounding new forms of realism for a “feminism beyond gender as culture,” some of the essays tackle OOO only to invite a feminist critical challenge to its paradigm, while others refer to some extent to non-philosophy or the new materialisms but are not reducible to either of the two. We have invited essays from intellectual milieus outside the Anglo-Saxon academic center, bringing together authors from Serbia, Slovenia, France, Ireland, the UK, and Canada, aiming to promote feminist internationalism (rather than a “generous act of cultural inclusion”).”

Contributors: Patricia Ticineto Clough, Katherine Behar, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Jelisaveta Blagojević, Joan Copjec, Marina Gržinić, Eileen A. Joy, Katerina Kolozova, Frenchy Lunning, Nina Power, Anne-Françoise Schmid.

Publisher Punctum Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2016
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International license
ISBN 9780998237534, 0998237531
197 pages

Review: Stanimir Panayotov (Minnesota Rev, 2017).



Václav Janoščík (ed.): Objekt (2015) [Czech]

28 May 2016, dusan

“The book presents some of the key texts associated with speculative realism and new materialism. As such it is the first translation of these currents into Czech.”

With texts by Václav Janoščík, Timothy Morton, Steven Shaviro, Graham Harman, Levi Bryant, Nick Srnicek, Sean Cubitt, Jussi Parikka, Lev Manovich, Kateřina Cepáková, Constant Dullaart, Dita Malečková, and Jiří Maha.

Translated by Václav Janoščík and Zdeněk Havlíček
Publisher Kvalitář, Prague, 2015
Creative Commons BY-NC-ND License
ISBN 9788026086390
215 pages
via editor

Reviews: Tereza Stejskalová (Sešit, 2016, CZ), Peter Megyeši, (cont.) (Profil, 2017, SK).