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“For Baudrillard, the crux of theory thus consists, on the one hand, in providing an immanent statement or an immanent description/analysis of a system that follows its inner logic, including a constant integration of the Other, to the bitter end, thus adding nothing to the system qua theory and, on the other hand, reversing it and thus showing that the system is not possible without this Other, which the system also attempts to make impossible.”
“On the other hand, it would be a perfect crime to invent a flawless world and draw from it without leaving a trace. However, we leave traces everywhere - viruses, gaps, germs and catastrophes - signs of imperfection that are the signature of man in the age of the artificial world.”
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In the outset, the book Where does a Body begin? Biology's function in contemporary capitalism, explores the ever-more-intimate relationship between Academic and Corporate Institutions through a recollection of Meltdown Your Books (M.Y.B) first eyeopening experience of studying Biology at a University that was entangled with a Pharmaceutical Corporation, where students are reared in collaboration with the demands created by financial and speculative markets. From this point, the text heads towards a criticism of empirical materialist tendencies within Biology as they pertain to contemporary capitalism. Our faith in the empirical scientific method may need reassessing in light of how the context of contemporary capitalism informs the direction and the practices of science. To be more concise: in contemporary capitalism, everything is optimised towards the demands of financial and speculative markets, and this influence has set sciences on a new trajectory, one that has, ironically, more to do with commodifying the body than understanding or caring for it.
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Affects & Dreams: a manual for Becoming, the first book authored by niko mas, is a relatively quick dive into the waters of Becoming; a schizo-guide to our publishing practice (why, how, and for what cause do we publish/transmit). We tell the story of a radio show that bridged our project Crossdressing Diogenes with our latest project, Becoming. In telling the story of how we arrived here at all, we have a chance to index all of the fields and domains that Becoming has entered into so far, and begins to maniacally draw lines through many subjects.
“music must be able to become something radically "unmusical", to cast off the Image-of-itself that it, like and as philosophy, has become; we must once again pursue a non-music fit for a non-sociology; or better, we must approach a quantum musical social ontology. This book is our first attempt to write towards a theory of a Musica Universalis of the social, the noise (harmony) of the social sphere(s).”
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It’s difficult to introduce this book, as it is not only an elaborate response to a burning question of the moment, but it is a vivid introduction into the work of Émilie Carrière, one of the most thought-provoking and impressive young authors of the last century — originally subtitled The Work of Art in the Age of Automated Reproduction, this text hits home as hard as Benjamin’s essay one hundred years ago. It is a a declaration of the conditions of the moment, and an introduction into how they will solve the problem.
A deep exploration into the future of art, and what A.I reveals to us about the direction art is going. The book contextualises art and philosophy within an evolutionary timescale, and uses biology as an entry point into tackling difficult questions about art and intelligence. If you ever wondered how someone might handle a combination of Plato and Deleuze without ever losing form, this is really worth your time.
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It wouldn’t feel very Becoming if we had just picked a topic and gone with it, and it was important to us to practice the work flow of producing a magazine together. While it was thematically loose, bundles of threads started to form, as if a yet-indistinct theme had started coagulating amongst the chaos. This magazine will take its own course, as we grant more and more editorial and creative freedom to those who choose to participate.
If anyone was around in 2021 when we released the prototype of Becoming Magazine, one will see a clear connection, but it is also abundantly clear that a lot has changed, we have become better organizers and designers since then. We still believe that this is still in its embryonic stages as a magazine, but as grows, more of you join in and slowly something more mature is forming.
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“Becoming-” magazine is a temporal magazine project that doesn’t intend to do anything besides grow, slowly, over time, in, not random, but entirely unexpected, or natural ways. It is unclear, as we feel is necessary today, whether there is any permanency to either the name, the magazine, the content, the design, or the attitude. It is a transient magazine that seeks to learn something through “doing”, and to reconsider “being”.
Are we living within some kind of turning point in our understanding? This is a phrase which we have been commonly hearing for decades. Yet, perhaps we are no more in a turning point than ever before, what is and has changed however, is our understanding of the present, or of the ‘point’ itself. It is not that we are at a turning point, rather we have begun to understand that all points are turning.