PlaguePod Live Day 9
Talking Ballard and coronatrauma with Simon Sellars and Lee Gamble. 28th March 2020.
PlaguePod Live Day 1
A transnational hang in cyberspace with the coronacru. 20th March 2020.
Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher — Book Launch, ICA London
Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher — DEATH // SENTENCE
Many, many thanks to Gareth and Langdon from DEATH // SENTENCE for inviting me onto their podcast to talk about Mark Fisher and my forthcoming book Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher.
It was a really lovely and humbling way to spend an afternoon and my first opportunity to talk about the circumstances from which this book emerged with two people who’ve already read it. I hugely enjoyed our conversation and I hope you enjoy listening back to it.
Capitalist Realism: 10 Years On — University of Huddersfield
Organised by Sam Gillies, this conference sought to return to Mark Fisher’s first book Capitalist Realism and reflect on its insights and observations ten years on:
The Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) will host a two-day symposium in February to reflect upon cultural products of the last ten years to gain some insight into the contemporary state of capitalist realism. What observations can be made from culture from the 2010’s as it relates to Fisher’s original text? How has capitalist realism been challenged over the last decade? What avenues have emerged to challenge the dominant narrative of culture under capitalism? And where do our current cultural products indicate where we are heading and what are the possibilities for creating change?
On 16th February 2020, I delivered the keynote lecture on desire and the implicit influence of Gilles Deleuze’s critical and clinical thinking on the writings of Mark Fisher.
For more information on the conference and its schedule, visit the conference website here.
This event was recorded. Video will be embedded here as soon as it becomes available.
On k-punk: Egress and the Fisher-Function — CTM Festival, Berlin
Organised and moderated by Terence Sharp, I was invited to take part in one of two panels on the legacy of Mark Fisher held at the 2020 edition of Berlin’s CTM Festival.
Taking place inside the Kunstquartier Bethanien on Thursday 30th January 2020, I was in conversation with Lisa Blanning and Steven Warwick. You can find more information on the CTM website here.
For more information on the second panel, featuring Dane Sutherland and Dhanveer Singh Brar, click here.
This event was recorded. Video will be embedded here as soon as it becomes available.
‘Insufficient Armour’ Book Launch — Spazio Maiocchi, Milan
This video was screened at an event at Spazio Maiocchi during Milan Fashion Week, showcasing The United Standard’s A/W 2020 collection.
You can find more information about the collection and the project via i-D Magazine here.
For k-punk 2020 — Goldsmiths SU, University of London
Thinking with Mark Fisher as a dancefloor, a party to follow the third annual Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture, given by Simon Reynolds, at Goldsmiths, University of London.
‘for k-punk’ Fundraiser — Tasty Bakery, London
A party to raise money for an even bigger party. I DJed at Tasty Bakery in Peckham as part of a fundraiser for the third annual for k-punk night following the Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture at Goldsmiths in January 2020.
Wyrd Signal #23: Hannibal — Podcast
I joined Lucy and Sean of Wyrd Signal to talk about Hannibal Lecter, serial killing and queerness for 3+ hours in August.
It was a brilliant day and I think the fun we had is palpable in our chat. Go support them on Patreon.
A Sad & Lonely Constellation 2019 — Caffè Letterario Macao, Milan
I was beamed into Caffè Letterario Macao in Milan on Friday 3rd Mary 2019 to do a short presentation on AI, communism, dogs and mythology for A Sad & Lonely Constellation: Navigating the Antinomies of Technological Hope, a conference which “attempts to navigate through the thick swarm of hopes surrounding the body of Artificial Intelligence as it accelerates towards us.”
#WYRDPATCHWORKSHOP 04 — Punctum, Prague
On Sunday 24th March 2019, I gave a talk about the relationship between accelerationism and patchwork, reaffirming lines of flight in the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand earlier that month. This was the fourth edition of #WYRDPATCHWORKSHOP, an event organised byDiffractions Collective at Punctum in Prague.
Hyper / stition — ‘Pisalni stroji’ on Radio Študent, Ljubljana
In March 2019, I made an appearance on ‘Pilsani stroji’, a radio show hosted by Marko Bauer and Primož Krašovec on Ljubljana’s Radio Študent. The theme of the episode was “Hyper / stition”.
Unboxing the Machines: An Unboxing Video
Robin at Urbanomic sent me a Toy Model AGI Playset. I decided to make an unboxing video for it to demonstrate how it can help you better understand Reza Negarestani’s highly-anticipated 2018 book Intelligence & Spirit.
Xenogothic Radio #4: The Sounds and Silences of Llansteffan
A dip into the archives: an audio project made for the village of Llansteffan in West Wales back in 2015. It wasn’t made as a radio show but it basically is on. This is an excuse to give it an extra lease of life.
Xenogothic Radio #3: Halloween Mix
We interrupt our usual philosophising to bring you a 90-minute Halloween mix of black metal, noise, jungle and other stuff.
Xenogothic Radio #2: The Breakdown and the Breakthrough
From Xasthur to Kanye West to Albert Ayler to Sister Nancy and back to Phil Elverum.
Episode #2 is about breakdowns and breakthroughs.
Xenogothic Radio #1: Introduction
An introduction to this radio show with a 30-minute mix of jungle to start things off…
Acid Communism: An Introduction to “Egress” — Somerset House, London
On Monday 12th November 2018, I was invited to lead a session of Laura Grace Ford and Dan Taylor’s Acid Communism reading group at Somerset House Studios.
Hermitix #1: The Work of Mark Fisher — Podcast
I spoke to Meta-Nomad about the work of Mark Fisher for the first edition of his podcast, Hermitix, starting with Capitalist Realism and meandering scatterbrained through the rest of Fisher’s published works, with some nods elsewhere in between.
#WYRDPATCHWORKSHOP 01 — Punctum, Prague
I spoke about the aesthetic implications of the weird and the wyrd in relation to patchwork (via Skype) at this event held at Punctum in Prague on Saturday 22nd September 2018. The event was live-streamed on Justin Murphy’s YouTube channel.
For K-Punk: 50 Years — SET Dalston, London
An event organised with lēves to celebrate what would have been Mark Fisher’s 50th birthday. The night was held at SET in Dalston on Saturday 14th July 2018.
Other Life: “The Ethics of Shoplifting From Self-Service Kiosks” — Podcast
Talking patchwork, amongst other things, with Justin Murphy on a livestream on his YouTube channel on Tuesday 3rd July 2018.
For K-Punk: Consciousness Razing — SET Dalston, London
Twelve hours of workshops, performances and DJ sets, organised with lēves and funded by the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths. This event took place at SET in Dalston on Saturday 9th June 2018.
For K-Punk — Tola, London
A night at Tola in Peckham, organised with lēves, following Kodwo Eshun’s inaugural Mark Fisher Memorial Lecture which took place on Friday 19th January 2018, featuring contributions from Mark’s friends, colleagues, students and admirers. I held down the decks for the latter half of the night.
One Second a Day 2017 — YouTube
An old video, revisited in early 2019 as a way of reflecting on what was a tumultuous year, close to the second anniversary of Mark Fisher’s death.
The Fisher-Function: ‘Flatline Constructs’ — Goldsmiths, University of London
A reading group and discussion which took place at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Thursday 1st June 2017.
K’Exchange: ‘Monastic Vampirism’ — Goldsmiths, University of London
Taking Giorgio Agamben’s monasticism (The Highest Poverty, 2013) and Nick Land’s vampirism (The Thirst for Annihilation, 1992) and holding them precariously in orbit of each other amongst a constellation of other mad philosophers, this talk will seek a new madness for our time; a speculative madness; a productive madness.
Recorded at Goldsmiths, University of London, on Thursday 23rd February 2017.
Fragile — National Museum, Cardiff
Back in 2015, I went to this ceramics exhibition at the National Museum in Cardiff called Fragile? The last room of the exhibition was home to Keith Harrison’s installation Mute which consisted of a giant wall of speakers attached to two turntables. Each of the speakers had a ceramic disc attached to its front and the idea was that, over the course of the exhibition, you could watch the deterioration of these ceramics plates through sound.
On the wall behind the turntables there were lots of records you could use to abuse the speakers for yourself. Jazz worked best, apparently. Brass timbres seemed to do a lot of damage. I wanted to find out for myself so, one Sunday during the unusually hot Welsh summer, I decided to cycle over with a record bag and play some of my noisiest records for a hour. I think its the most fun I had all year.
Caribou Vibration Ensemble — ATP Festival, Minehead, UK
Directed by Jason Evans, I shot and edited this film for an improvised “interlude” during the Caribou Vibration Ensemble’s headline set at All Tomorrow’s Parties’ Nightmare Before Christmas festival which took place at Butlins, Minehead, on 11th December 2011.