Nothingness, Emptiness, and Nihilism

An excerpt from In the Delirium of the Simulation §2

  A cutting from Chapter 2 of our latest book. Baudrillard, contrary to popular belief, was an anti-nihilist, not a nihilist. Yet, to defeat nihilism once and for all, he had to go right into the heart of its territory to understand the truth about it. So much time spent battling in those regions had Baudrillard becoming-nihilist.  

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Simulation One

What exactly is a simulation?

As we get closer to the release of our latest book In the Delirium of the Simulation: Baudrillard Revisited, we are able to start disseminating the material, beginning with this longer excerpt from Chapter 2 (A Metabox of Terms), entitled Simulation One. We have received the test prints and the book is now fully in production, ready for release in a few weeks. So what is a simulation? and how can it be delirious?

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In the Delirium of the Simulation: Revisiting Baudrillard (2024)

Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Theory, and Seduction.

We are extremely happy to announce the beginning of the presale period for the fourth book published by Becoming, this time in collaboration with NON: In the Delirium of the Simulation:

If you remember back to Becoming Magazine Issue Zero, the ghost issue that helped Becoming establish just enough presence to begin coalescing and affecting, it featured a section on Mille Plateaux that culminated in an Interview/Questionnaire with Achim Szepanski, a rather infamous theoretician and culture pioneer. Sometimes dubbed the European version of “Underground Resistance”, Szepanski’s myriad projects, labels and imprints (which, for convenience, we tend to roll up into “Force Inc—Mille Plateaux” and “NON”) are perhaps amongst the few music projects in the last thirty years that have tried so hard to practice and perform the kind of anti-fascist art and music that was envisioned by Frankfurt’s, where Szepanski dwells, most beloved ghosts, Walter Benjamin & Theodor Adorno.

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Introduction to Social Dissonance (2022)

Since meeting Mattin at the Mille Plateaux non-ference last November, we have wanted to share his work on Social Dissonance. With the appropriate permissions from him and the publisher, Urbanomic, we are happy to present here, on Becoming, the introduction of the book:

“This book develops and accompanies that ongoing project, developed and reworked over a decade, addressing the relation between the cognitive and aesthetic expectations of the concert situation and the social totality—and social contradictions—of which it is a part, but which it also encapsulates. The book comprises two parts: the first part theoretically traces back the concept of alienation in different ways and develops the concept of ‘social dissonance’. The second part presents and discusses Social Dissonance, an instructional score that explores these conceptual issues in practice.”

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Becoming Absence after Cancer

from nothing and with nothing in mind

Capital Hates Everyone Diogenes

Mike Templeton is the author of recently published book The Chief of Birds (Erratum Press), a memoir reflecting on a life of addiction, incarceration and recovery. In the time that has passed since he published an essay with Becoming almost a year ago about dystopian despair in Ohio (54), Mike has come face-to-face with harsh reality once again, after being diagnosed with Cancer last year. We wanted to express our deepest regards to Mike, as a person and as an author; while the struggle is different this time around, he has written a text that reflects on being back in recovery again. We were touched to hear that he is doing well, and may live to suffer much longer

You can the details about The Chief of Birds here

#care, #depression, #philosophy, #psychology, #logos 


Audiovisual   Schizopolitics  

“I don’t want this film to die forgotten.” — blks.666

“Being” is a short AV work made by @jnckln (video) @blks.666 (audio) that was screened at Whitechapel Gallery last year. As Patrick Mudekereza (Waza) would say, it’s both touching and moving, with a lot of balance to the chaotic and dynamic cuts. Even in the moments of pause, nothing ever stays still — everything is always becoming.

#cinema, #virtual, #non, #corecore, #music

Editor’s Letter for January

An Ode to Affirmations, and an explication of our “eternal return” [êt/re]

Admin Diogenes

As the new year turns on its axis, we take a moment to reflect on the year ahead, including the first announcement of our latest project—a free record label that sees Becoming return to its roots. The letter opens with an honest, poetic reflection, before moving into an explication of our new music project: eternal return. It’s time to check in with ourselves, and to ask some questions about Negativity and Nietzsche. Happy New Year, and may Venus save us all from ourselves. 

#care, #art, #depression, #desire, #future

OCD Genesis

Audiovisual   Schizopolitics  

“Liminal Acid Hazards (Darko Vukić) presents a series of videos existing as standalones and (un)completed wholes that are a synthesis of a repository of moving images, characters and ideas. Narratives, emerging from notions of the symbolic, dissipate and most often lead us to dark and visceral spheres of intimacy, but also coldly and analytically assess general phenomena.” — Marin Berović
#cinema, #virtual, #desire, #technology, #queer, #non, #psychology

Inverted Iconographies

The Weaponisation of the Accusation

Capital Hates Everyone   Schizopolitics

This text was written one morning after finding time to reflect for the first time since moving Germany. Given how busy everything has been since the process of emigrating and releasing two books in the last months, I haven’t had time to properly react to what’s happening, and the uniquely strenuous context of Germany in regard to the topic of Israel and Palestine. I wasn’t sure if I was going to publish this, as the process of writing it was more about taking time for me to properly think through what I have been seeing out of the corner of my eye for the last months. The decision to publish this comes in response to the call from three Jewish speakers at a lecture at Oyoun, the cultural centre that had its funding revoked due to their solidarity with Palestine, for English press to help bring some awareness to the situation in Germany, as it is generally kept under the wraps of German language, making it difficult for people outside of Germany to understand the kinds of contradictions they’re seeing here. It is only for this reason that I believe this text may be helpful to the situation somehow, and support Oyoun’s cause and to show solidarity to the three speakers who, in a way that is indicative of the content of this text, are now experiencing what it is like to be simultaneously the victim of antisemitism while being accused of it.