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Acid Horizon is a theory podcast which confronts global crisis and the specter of a world that could be free. One of the many goals of Acid Horizon is to enrich discourses of liberation through a non-sectarian approach to reading theory. In the spirit of thinkers like Deleuze and Guattari, we endeavor to provide a space which values theory as a creative force, not just as the topic of debate. We also connect theory to the pervasive political challenges faced by global citizens. On the podcast, we cover a variety of new, historic, and lesser-known texts of political philosophy. Grab our current syllabus and follow along. Support us on Patreon!
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This week we discuss the first few chapters of Mario Tari's new book There Is No Unhappy Revolution. With figures such as Marx, Deleuze, and Negri hovering in the background, Craig, Adam, Matt, and Will discuss the questions and ideas posed in these early sections.  We discuss how an insurrection can be turned into a revolution, and whether democracy has anything to add to the idea of Communism. This is part of a slightly larger project, as we will be returning to discuss later chapters in a number of further episodes in the future. Other figures mentioned include Ranciere, Nancy, Foucault, Tiqqun, and Hegel.Prologue: https://illwill.com/print/the-communism-of-destitutionContribute to Acid Horizon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comNew Revolts (Matt’s Blog): https://newrevolts.com/​Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com​Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/​Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/​Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
Why is it that the masses desired and worked toward their own servitude in the 1930s? In this episode, Craig, Will, and Adam take a look at an essay in Wilhelm Reich’s Mass Psychology of Fascism, “Ideology as a Material Force.” Here, Reich pushes back against some of his Marxist contemporaries. To Reich, the purely economic explanation of the rise of fascism is insufficient. What are the limitations of the purely economic explanation of the success of reactionary politics? How is it that the fascist political project is able to alter mass psychological structure of the working populace? What can be gained from Reich’s reading of Freud and his notions of the sex-economy and sex politics? How does the family structure replicate and reaffirm the authoritarian state? And how does Reich’s work impact our readings of Herbert Marcuse, Deleuze, and Guattari. Also mentioned: Tiqqun and Lyotard.James Strick's lecture on Reich: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKPvkguGSi8Contribute to Acid Horizon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comNew Revolts (Matt’s Blog): https://newrevolts.com/​Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com​Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/​Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/​Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
In this episode, Craig, Adam, Matt, and Will examine an early writing of Friedrich Engels entitled "Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy". How can we interpret the evidently moralistic language in Engels' work in light of the anti-moralism which characterizes his later writings with Marx, namely within "The German Ideology". In "Outlines", Engels offers a succinct but brilliant rendering of how the division of capital and labor precipitate other kinds of contradictions under the capitalist system.  Also, the cast identifies potentially problematic formulations within the text seem to fall outside Engels' intended methodology.  Other figures mentioned include Spinoza, Hegel, Feuerbach, Stirner, Smith, Ricardo, Malthus, Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari. Radical Reprints: https://radicalreprints.neocities.org/History and Class Consciousness by Georg Lukács:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/2229555618/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1Contribute to Acid Horizon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comNew Revolts (Matt’s Blog): https://newrevolts.com/​Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com​Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/​Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/​Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
In this episode, Craig, Adam, Will, and Matt answer listeners’ questions ranging from Deleuze and Derrida to MacIntyre and Adorno. What are some ways to read philosophy effectively? Where does theory intersect with the novel and how does this encounter affect philosophy? Craig flexes his pedagogical muscles, Adam muses on the double bind of Twitter, Will discusses Dostoyevsky, and Matt shows us his Thomistic side. We’re full of surprises and, hopefully, answers!Contribute to Acid Horizon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comNew Revolts (Matt’s Blog): https://newrevolts.com/​Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com​Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/​Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/​Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
*CW: discussions of psychological trauma, sexual assault, suicide, depression, and anxiety*Welcome to the first episode of the new series ‘Inner Experience’ from Acid Horizon! A show about exploring our consciousness, the weird, the eerie, and the beyond. For this episode, Craig, Will, and Adam are joined by Andy (@cainalikehyena), the Black Metal and Industrial maestro behind Caїna and Ritual Object, to discuss his 'inner experience' of UFOs and of communion with a liminal unknown. As conceptual tools to guide us on our way, we read Carl Jung’s 1959 Text Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies as well as Jacques Vallée’s work on the cybernetics of the UFO phenomenon as a behavioural ‘control system’ in his text Dimensions. We also discuss H.G. Wells, Leibniz, Aleister Crowley, Hegel, Whitley Strieber, and the intersection of the early US Labor Movement and alien contact. Link's to Andy's music:https://cainaband.bandcamp.com/album/take-me-away-from-all-this-death https://apocalypticwitchcraft.bandcamp.com/https://ritualobject.bandcamp.com/Contribute to Acid Horizon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comNew Revolts (Matt’s Blog): https://newrevolts.com/​Revolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.com​Split Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/​Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/​Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
In this episode, we invited friends of the show, Will and Anton, to discuss their upcoming project: an ethnographic, musicological, and philosophical investigation into the aesthetic phenomenon of 'PC Music' and its unique digital use of space, facial framing, and audible intensity in generating concert experiences. Taking artists such as A.G. Cook and SOPHIE as paradigm cases, we discuss how PC Music, otherwise known more generally as 'hyperpop', integrates accelerationist methods to lay bare the practices of subjectification that arise in societies of cybernetic control. We use this to go on and talk about the deconstruction of identity, hauntology, trans studies, and the relation of Queerness to the promise of new futures across a plurality of post-capitalist frontiers.Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comHyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): https://hyperstitionarrays.comRevolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
What does it mean to tremble before something? In this episode, we cover “Whom to Give to” from Jacques Derrida’s The Gift of Death. Why do we commit to one other instead of all others? Our discussion centers around the notions of the ethical, the universal, and the choices we make. This is a unique work of Derrida’s – one informed by a very focused reading of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling. This conversation cuts through Derrida’s reading of the non-communicative, secret-withholding 'knight of faith'. Derrida’s interpretation of the paradox’s presented by Kierkegaard reveals a very unique position on the nature of commitment to another.Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comHyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): https://hyperstitionarrays.comRevolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.comNEW Merch Store in progress: https://www.etsy.com/shop/critdrip 
CONTENT WARNING: MENTAL HEALTH DISCUSSION In this episode, Craig, Will, Matt, and Adam invite friend of the show Rose( @8leggedloser) to discuss the notion of 'impostor syndrome'. Using texts such as Mark Fisher's "Good for Nothing" and Deleuze's "Plato and the Simulacrum" from his Logic of Sense, we consider what it means to feel a failure of identification in relation to how one is recognised in the order of things, what it means to internalise social forces that attempt to confine you within identity categories, and what forces and mechanisms there are that constantly call the self into question and demand it account for its authenticity (and often, do so for the sake of asserting power, and of enforcing essentialisms of race, gender, and class). Thinkers in this discussion include Mark Fisher, Deleuze, Wittgenstein, Plato, Freud, Stirner, Nietzsche, Marx, Hegel, and more!Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comHyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): https://hyperstitionarrays.comRevolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
Why is there something rather than nothing? In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam address Heidegger’s inaugural lecture “What is Metaphysics?”. For Heidegger, the central problem of metaphysics lies at the level of the “is” itself. His pursuit is to establish a fundamental understanding of Being, something he believes has been almost entirely overlooked since the split between Plato and Aristotle. This piece also touches on many central elements in Heidegger’s earlier work, ranging from the ontical nature of the physical sciences to Heidegger’s notion of the relationship between Dasein and nothingness that is “already given”. To Heidegger, the truth of metaphysics dwells upon a “groundless ground”. It is the entrance into that space—that going beyond—that this episode is particularly centered around. Sartre, Hegel, Zen Buddhism, and yes, even Deleuze fold into the discussion as well. So, attune yourself, and join us!Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.comHyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): https://hyperstitionarrays.comRevolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Merch Store: http://www.crit-drip.com
In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam close out the year by taking a look at Deleuze’s “To Have Done with Judgment”. In this work, Deleuze’s crosses paths with Artaud, but Nietzsche, Lawrence, and Kafka are also at his disposal. Those familiar with Deleuze's work will be familiar with some of the machines operating here. How does judgement function? How exactly are we to escape conceptualizing through strict categorization? How does Deleuze’s conception of “combat” inform how he describes the Nietzschean notion of forces? And most importantly, what are some of the alternative epistemological frameworks? Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): happyhourathippels.wordpress.comHyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): hyperstitionarrays.comRevolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Merch Store: teespring.com/stores/crit-drip/c…-s-t-shirts?page=1
In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam are joined by critic, artist, cultural theorist, and assistant curator at Rhizome Aria Dean to discuss her 2017 essay "Notes on Blacceleration." In this episode, the Acid Horizon crew discusses with Aria the paradox of the ontological constitution of the black subject that sits at the very beginning of capitalism. “The black” or “the figure of blackness” acts as the orignary reserve of energy that enables the process of exchange that theorists of accelerationism rely on for their analyses. What is articulated in blaccelerationism is the recognition of a fundamental absence in the first accelerationist discourses, particularly when it comes to the origin of capitalism in the extractive violence of slavery and the colonisation of the African continent. In response to this theoretical blind spot, we discuss with Aria the economy of blackness and its relation to notions of representation, exchange, expenditure, and most importantly, revolutionary collective action considering the George Floyd uprisings in the United States and across the world. Thinkers included in the discussion include Wilderson, Moten, Wynter, Mbembe, Land, Fisher, Deleuze, Bataille, Guattari, Williams, and more. Links to Aria Dean’s work:The text: https://www.e-flux.com/journal/87/169402/notes-on-blacceleration/November: https://novembermag.com/Rhizome: https://rhizome.org/Acid Horizon Links: Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): happyhourathippels.wordpress.comHyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): hyperstitionarrays.comRevolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.comMusic: https://sereptie.bandcamp.comContribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Merch Store: crit-drip.com
In this episode, Craig, Matt, Will, and Adam return to Deleuze’s essay on the society of control. There are some crucial questions to ask: What is the nature of control? How does the control society differ from the society of discipline that Foucault identified in his work prior? Are we living in a control society, or some kind of hybrid? This work is short, but dense. The gang reflects on just how prescient some of Deleuze’s descriptions of these new technologies are. It is all to try to get to one simple, but essential question: What tools of resistance are at a subject’s disposal under a society of control?The text: https://cidadeinseguranca.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/deleuze_control.pdf Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid…on/id1512615438Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): happyhourathippels.wordpress.comHyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): hyperstitionarrays.comRevolting Bodies (Will's Blog): https://revoltingbodies.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Contribute to Acid Horizon: www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastMerch Store: teespring.com/stores/crit-drip/c…-s-t-shirts?page=1
In this episode, Taylor, Cooper, Will, and Craig break into Deleuze's famous text "Proust and Signs".  For most of us, this was the first time we encounter the text. Together we strive to unpack the meaning of Deleuze's phrase "the search for truth is the search for lost time".  We also cover Deleuze's concept of essence and apprenticeship.
Taylor Adkins joins us for another episode to introduce his recent translation of Individuation in Light of Notions of Form and Information Vol. I & II . We carefully comb through introduction, unpacking Simondon's concept of individuation. Also, we discuss Simondon's work in view of Ancient thinkers and the subsequent work of Deleuze and Guattari. Some thinkers in the discussion also include Democritus, Plato, and Hegel.  Relevant linksBuy the text: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/individuation-in-light-of-notions-of-form-andAlternative translation: http://www.parrhesiajournal.org/parrhesia07/parrhesia07_simondon1.pdfSubscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/acid-horizon/id1512615438Chaosophy Street (Taylor’s new podcast): https://soundcloud.com/user-659574533 Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com Hyperstition Arrays (Matt’s Blog): https://hyperstitionarrays.comSplit Infinities (Craig’s Substack): https://splitinfinities.substack.com/Music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Contribute to Acid Horizon:  https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastMerch Store: https://teespring.com/stores/crit-drip/collection/unisex-men-s-t-shirts?page=1
We engage with the existentialism of Benjamin Fondane, an existentialist philosopher who is not widely celebrated in the English speaking world but whose name enjoys renown among Francophones. Craig, Will, Adam, and Taylor look at “Existential Monday and the Sunday of History”, an essay which seeks to define the role of the existential philosopher against those philosophies which he claims erase or obscure ‘the existent’. Other figures in the discussion include Hegel, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Camus, Sartre, Simondon, Deleuze, and Laruelle.
Is metal (heavy, black, death, etc.) radical? is there something about metal that sets it apart from other genres as being potentially revolutionary? More broadly, can there exist an aesthetics capable of instigating a struggle against capital which resists recuperation? David Burke is a PhD candidate and music writer who has contributed to The Quietus and Astral Noize. We also discuss existentialism, revolution, death, Deleuze and Guattari, Hegel, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Zizek, and more.Relevant links“Metal is Radical”: https://hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:32413/[Quarantine Papers] Lines of Flight from Hyperborea: A Commentary on Hunter Hunt-Hendrix’s Transcendental Black Metal: A Vision of Apocalyptic Humanism: https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com/2020/03/29/lines-of-flight-from-hyperborea-a-commentary-on-hunter-hunt-hendrixs-transcendental-black-metal-a-vision-of-apocalyptic-humanism/Hyperstition Arrays: Antagonism, Class, and the Real Movement: https://hyperstitionarrays.com/2020/11/15/antagonism-class-and-the-real-movement/Outro music: https://eenik.bandcamp.com/Intro music: https://sereptie.bandcamp.com/Contribute to Acid Horizon:  https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcastMerch Store: https://teespring.com/stores/crit-drip/collection/unisex-men-s-t-shirts?page=1
“The Oldest Systematic Program of German Idealism” is an esoteric text at the heart of 19th century German philosophy and of no certain authorship. The primary contention is that it was most likely written by either Hölderlin, Hegel, or Schelling during their time together as essentially collage dorm-mates whilst at Tübinger Stift in Germany, although some analyses leave open the possibility of a fourth unknown author. That being said, the text itself was written in Hegel’s handwriting, and speaks with post-revolutionary vigour about the need to overthrow priestly control of the human mind and the heralding of a new dawn of reason; a reason that, despite the austerity imposed upon it by Kantianism, is not afraid of speculation, sensuousness, and poetics, but rather lets its own truth shine through them. This text is a agitation for universal emancipation, a liberatory declaration that holds self-consciousness and enlightenment at its core—the labour of not only becoming-mature, but also towards the hope of humanity’s next childhood. The opinion of the reader of the text here is that the text is a Hegelian one, although not for any reason that benefits Hegel. The text begins with a miscounting of Kant’s practical postulates, counting only two instead of three; and this aligns well with Pinkard’s biological note that of the three within the Stift that Hegel’s Kantianism was the least developed at the time.
What is ‘left accelerationism’? (Are there more than one?) How has capitalism changed and what implications does it hold for emancipatory politics? In this episode, we examine some of the  essential literature of L/acc, giving particular focus to Karl Marx’s “Fragment on Machines” from Grundrisse and Williams and Srnicek’s “Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics”. Figures also included in the discussion are Deleuze and Guattari, Hardt & Negri, Nick Land, Mark Fisher, Tiqqun, and Andrew Culp.
Step through the oddly placed door and enter the world of the weird and the eerie. In this episode, we dive into Mark Fisher’s The Weird and the Eerie with author and photographer Matt Colquhoun (xenogothic.com). Matt is the Author of Egress: On Mourning, Melancholy and Mark Fisher. He has also edited the compilation final lecture series entitled Postcapitalist Desire. All of the titles mentioned are out on Repeater Books. In the episode we mention Freud, Deleuze, Kafka, Lovecraft, Lukacs, David Lynch, and more.Get more content from Matt at xenogothic.com. 
In this episode, we discuss Deleuze's early work Proust and Signs. Joining us is Taylor Adkins and Cooper of the Machine at Unconscious Happy Hour. Follow us on Patreon to get the complete episode today!
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