SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Manifestly Haraway

Author: Donna Haraway
Title: Manifestly Haraway
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
Stock: ✔

Electrifying, provocative, and controversial when first published thirty years ago, Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto is even more relevant today, when the divisions that she so eloquently challenges—of human and machine but also of gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and location—are increasingly complex. The subsequent Companion Species Manifesto, which further questions the human–nonhuman disjunction, is no less urgently needed in our time of environmental crisis and profound polarization.

Manifestly Haraway brings together these momentous manifestos to expose the continuity and ramifying force of Haraway’s thought, whose significance emerges with engaging immediacy in a sustained conversation between the author and her long-term friend and colleague Cary Wolfe. 

18.00 EUR

What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It?

Author: Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Stephen Squibb, Anton Vidokle (eds.)
Title: e-flux journal. What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It?
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Essays & Non-fiction

With contributions by Paul Chan, Keti Chukhrov, Cluster, Antke Engel, Hu Fang, Brian Kuan Wood, Lee Mackinnon, Chus Martínez, Tavi Meraud, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Elizabeth A. Povinelli and Kim Turcot DiFruscia, Paul B. Preciado, Martha Rosler, Virginia Solomon, Jalal Toufic, Jan Verwoert, Slavoj Žižek

It is often said that we no longer have an addressee for our political demands. But that’s not true. We have each other. What we can no longer get from the state, the party, the union, the boss, we ask for from one another. And we provide. Lacan famously defined love as giving something you don’t have to someone who doesn’t want it. But love is more than a YouTube link or a URL. Love’s joy is not to be found in fulfillment, it is to be found in recognition: even though I can never return what was taken away from you, I may be the only person alive who knows what it is.

12.00 EUR

e-flux journal. Art Without Death: Conversations on Russian Cosmism

Author: Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Kaye Cain-Nielsen, Stephen Squibb, Anton Vidokle (eds.)
Title: e-flux journal. Art Without Death: Conversations on Russian Cosmism
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Theory & Philosophy
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Contributions by Bart De Baere, Franco 'Bifo' Berardi, Boris Groys, Elena Shaposhnikova, Marina Simakova, Hito Steyerl, Anton Vidokle, Brian Kuan Wood, Arseny Zhilyaev, Esther Zonsheim 

According to the nineteenth-century teachings of Nikolai Fedorov—librarian, religious philosopher, and progenitor of Russian cosmism—our ethical obligation to use reason and knowledge to care for the sick extends to curing the dead of their terminal status. The dead must be brought back to life using means of advanced technology—resurrected not as souls in heaven, but in material form, in this world, with all their memories and knowledge. 

his book of interviews and conversations with today’s most compelling living and resurrected artists and thinkers seeks to address the relevance of Russian cosmism and biocosmism in light of its influence on the Russian artistic and political vanguard as well as on today’s art-historical apparatuses, weird materialisms, extinction narratives, and historical and temporal politics. This unprecedented collection of exchanges on cosmism asks how such an encompassing and imaginative, unapologetically humanist and anthropocentric strain of thinking could have been so historically and politically influential, especially when placed alongside the politically inconsequential—but in some sense equally encompassing—apocalypticism of contemporary realist imaginaries.   

18.00 EUR

When Species Meet

AuthorDonna Haraway
Title: When Species Meet
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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In 2006, about 69 million U.S. households had pets, giving homes to around 73.9 million dogs, 90.5 million cats, and 16.6 million birds, and spending more than 38 billion dollars on companion animals. As never before in history, our pets are truly members of the family. But the notion of "companion species"—knotted from human beings, animals and other organisms, landscapes, and technologies—includes much more than "companion animals."

In When Species Meet, Donna Haraway digs into this larger phenomenon to contemplate the interactions of humans with many kinds of critters, especially with those called domestic. At the heart of the book are her experiences in agility training with her dogs Cayenne and Roland, but Haraway’s vision here also encompasses wolves, chickens, cats, baboons, sheep, microorganisms, and whales wearing video cameras.

23.00 EUR

Matter Fictions

Author: Margarida Mendes (ed.)
Title: Matter Fictions
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Exhibition Catalogue, Theory & Philosophy
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Contributions by 0(rphan)d(rift>), Ursula Biemann, Ccru, Kodwo Eshun, N. Katherine Hayles, Francis McKee, Margarida Mendes, Jussi Parikka, Mariana Silva, Jennifer Teets, Jason Waite

Matter Fictions addresses fiction as a mode of producing reality as well as the significance of matter—animal, vegetable, mineral, hybrid—beyond binaries. Recounting a partial history of our relation with matter, the eponymous exhibition at Museu Colecao Berardo (May 4–August 21, 2016) explored how the crossover between cosmological narratives, spatial revolutions of concrete poetry, and hypertextual and territorial fictions might impact our understanding of human agency in a time that calls for action on climate change and technocratic policies. 

The texts are oriented around the four threads that structured the exhibition. The science-fiction approach to the ethics of code and digital space is addressed in the texts by Kodwo Eshun of the Otolith Group, Ccru (Cybernetic culture resource unit), and N. Katherine Hayles, and the excerpt from 0(rphan)d(rift>)’s 1995 novel Cyberpositive. Contemporary psychogeophysics and the material realities of the digital are explored by Jussi Parikka’s text and printed drawings throughout the book based on Joana Escoval’s sculptures on electromagnetic conduction. The hybridity of contemporary bodies and rituals is contextualized by Margarida Mendes’s essay on agribusiness and GMOs. And the critique of technocratic and extractionist environmental policies is represented by Jason Waite’s text on Fukushima and artist statements by Ursula Biemann and Mariana Silva. The contributions from Jennifer Teets and Francis McKee straddle all four threads—Teets’s through a reflection on the ongoing series at Museu Berardo, The World in Which We Occur, which she organizes with Mendes, and McKee’s through a newly commissioned work of fiction

19.00 EUR

How to Frame

Author: Barbara Gronau, Matthias von Hartz, Carolin Hochleichter (eds.)
Title: How to Frame: On the Treshold of Performing and Visual Arts
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Art theory
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With contributions by Claire Bishop, Ellen Blumenstein, Gabriele Brandstetter, Corpus-Network, Franz Anton Cramer, Boris Charmatz, Tim Etchells, Christian Falsnaes, Barbara Gronau, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Matthias von Hartz, Carolin Hochleichter, William Kentridge, Ragnar Kjartansson, La Ribot, Hans-Thies Lehmann, Rabih Mroué, Jörn Schafaff, Shelley Senter, Stefan Troebst, Katleen Van Langendonck, Catherine Wood, Adela Yawitz

16.00 EUR

Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet

Author: (eds.) Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, Nils Bubandt
Title: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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As human-induced environmental change threatens multispecies livability, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet puts forward a bold proposal: entangled histories, situated narratives, and thick descriptions offer urgent 'arts of living'. Included are essays by scholars in anthropology, ecology, science studies, art, literature, and bioinformatics who posit critical and creative tools for collaborative survival in a more-than-human Anthropocene. The essays are organized around two key figures that also serve as the publication’s two openings: Ghosts, or landscapes haunted by the violences of modernity; and Monsters, or interspecies and intraspecies sociality.

Contributors: Karen Barad, Kate Brown, Carla Freccero, Peter Funch, Scott F. Gilbert, Deborah M. Gordon,  Donna J. Haraway, Andreas Hejnol, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marianne Elisabeth Lien, Andrew Mathews,  Margaret McFall-Ngai, Ingrid M. Parker, Mary Louise Pratt, Anne Pringle, Deborah Bird Rose, Dorion Sagan, Lesley Stern,  Jens-Christian Svenning.

25.00 EUR

Object-Oriented Feminism

Author: Katherine Behar (ed.)
Title: Object- Oriented Feminism
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
Stock: ✔

 The essays in Object-Oriented Feminism explore OOF: a feminist intervention into recent philosophical discourses—like speculative realism, object-oriented ontology (OOO), and new materialism—that take objects, things, stuff, and matter as primary. Object-oriented feminism approaches all objects from the inside-out position of being an object too, with all of its accompanying political and ethical potentials. 

This volume places OOF thought in a long history of ongoing feminist work in multiple disciplines. In particular, object-oriented feminism foregrounds three significant aspects of feminist thinking in the philosophy of things: politics, engaging with histories of treating certain humans (women, people of color, and the poor) as objects; erotics, employing humor to foment unseemly entanglements between things; and ethics, refusing to make grand philosophical truth claims, instead staking a modest ethical position that arrives at being “in the right” by being “wrong.” 

26.00 EUR

In a Qu*a*re Time and Space

Author: Tim Stüttgen
Title: In a Qu*a*re Time and Space: Post-Slavery Temporalities, Blaxploitation, and Sun Ra’s Afrofuturism between Intersectionality and Heterogeneity
Publisher: b_books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy

In this book Tim Stüttgen considers the paradigm of (post-)slavery as an important epistemological break within predominantely white Gender and Queer Studies, as well as within critical Film and Cultural Studies. Departing from what E. Patrick Johnson has proposed as a specifically intersectional »quAre«, instead of an »unmarked white queer perspective«, this book contrasts Deleuze’s cinema theory with Frantz Fanon, queer theories of color, the history of the African diaspora and utopian quAre futurisms to establish notions of a black locality, mobility and temporality in what Stüttgen calls the first emancipatory black cinema: Blaxploitation. (...) Following the analysis of a specifically black movement-image, the book engages in a comprehensive intersectional reading of John Coney’s legendary 1974 Sun Ra film Space is the Place, crystallizing the concept of a »black time-image« that interconnects formal aesthetic concepts to afro-futurist queer utopias.

18.00 EUR

Alkibijadas / Alcibiades

Author: Plato, transl. by Vilius Bartninkas, commentary by Vytautas Ališauskas
Title: Alkibijadas
Publisher: Jonas ir Jokūbas
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
Stock: ✔

10.00 EUR

Against the Anthropocene

Author: T. J. Demos
Title: Against the Anthropocene. Visual Culture and Environment Today
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Addressing the current upswing of attention in the sciences, arts, and humanities to the new proposal that we are in a human-driven epoch called the Anthropocene, this book critically surveys that thesis and points to its limitations. It analyzes contemporary visual culture—popular science websites, remote sensing and SatNav imagery, eco-activist mobilizations, and experimental artistic projects—to consider how the term proposes more than merely a description of objective geological periodization. This book argues that the Anthropocene terminology works ideologically in support of a neoliberal financialization of nature, anthropocentric political economy, and endorsement of geoengineering as the preferred—but likely disastrous—method of approaching climate change. To democratize decisions about the world’s near future, we urgently need to subject the Anthropocene thesis to critical scrutiny and develop creative alternatives in the present.

18.00 EUR

No Speed Limit.Three Essays on Accelerationism

Author: Steven Shaviro
Title: No Speed Limit. Three Essys on Accelerationism
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Accelerationism is the bastard offspring of a furtive liaison between Marxism and science fiction. Its basic premise is that the only way out is the way through: to get beyond capitalism, we need to push its technologies to the point where they explode. This may be dubious as a political strategy, but it works as a powerful artistic program.

Other authors have debated the pros and cons of accelerationist politics; No Speed Limit makes the case for an accelerationist aesthetics. Our present moment is illuminated, both for good and for ill, in the cracked mirror of science-fictional futurity.

9.00 EUR

When The World Becomes Flesh

Author: Paolo Virno
Title: When The World Becomes Flesh. Language and Human Nature
Publisher: Semiotext(e)
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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When the Word Becomes Flesh provides a compelling contribution to the understanding of language and its relation to human nature and social relationships. Adopting Aristotle’s definition of the human being as a linguistic and political animal, Paolo Virno frames the act of speech as a foundational philosophical issue—an act that in its purely performative essence ultimately determines our ability to pass from the state of possibility to one of actuality: that is, from the power to act to action itself. As the ultimate public act, speech reveals itself to be an intrinsically political practice mediating between biological invariants and changing historical determinations. In his most complete reflection on the topic to date, Virno shows how language directly expresses the conditions of possibility for our experience, from both a transcendental and a biological point of view.

17.00 EUR

Philosophy and Non- Philosophy

Author: Francois Laruelle
Title: Philosophy and Non Philosophy
Publisher: Univocal
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Non-philosophy is not the negation of philosophy. It is the suspension of philosophy’s claim to think the real (Principle of Sufficient Philosophy), and it is the invention of new usages of thought and language that disrupt the rational narrative of the real, which is precisely what every philosophy is. Non-philosophy should rather be understood a la the non-Euclidean, namely, as a generalization of the philosophical beyond its traditional limitation by the unitary or Heraclitean postulate. From then on, an infinite number of philosophical decisions that are no longer mutually exclusive will correspond with any real phenomenon.

22.00 EUR

After the "Speculative Turn": Realism, Philosophy, and Feminism

Author:  Katerina Kolozova, Eileen A. Joy (ed.)
Title: After the "Speculative Turn": Realism, Philosophy, and Feminism
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
Stock: ✔

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.

Contributions by Katerina Kolozova, Nina Power, Katherine Bewar, Anne-Francoise Schmid, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Joan Copjec, Jelisaveta Blagojević, Marina Gržinić, Frenchy Lunning, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Michael O’Rourk.

17.00 EUR

Public Space? Lost and Found

Author: Gediminas Urbonas,  Ann Lui and Lucas Freeman (eds.)
Title: Public Space? Lost and Found
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Architecture
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Limited edition (100 copies)

atelier d'architecture autogeree * Dennis Adams * Bik Van Der Pol * Adrian Blackwell, Ina Blom * Christoph Brunner with Gerald Raunig * Nestor Garcia Canclini * Colby Chamberlain * Beatriz Colomina * Teddy Cruz with Fonna Forman * Jodi Dean * Juan Herreros * Brian Holmes * Andres Jaque * Caroline Jones * Coryn Kempster with Julia Jamrozik * Gyorgy Kepes * Rikke Luther * Matthew Mazzotta * Metahaven * Timothy Morton * Antoni Muntadas * Otto Piene* Marjetica Potrč * Nader Tehrani * Troy Therrien * Gedminas and Nomeda Urbonas * Angela Vettese * Mariel Villere * Mark Wigley * Krzysztof Wodiczko * Ana María León * T. J. Demos * Doris Sommer and Catherine D'Ignazio

40.00 EUR

Decolonizing Nature

Author: T. J. Demos
Title: Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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While ecology has received little systematic attention within art history, its visibility and significance has grown in relation to the threats of climate change and environmental destruction. By engaging artists’ widespread aesthetic and political engagement with environmental conditions and processes around the globe—and looking at cutting-edge theoretical, political, and cultural developments in the Global South and North—Decolonizing Nature offers a significant, original contribution to the intersecting fields of art history, ecology, visual culture, geography, and environmental politics. Art historian T. J. Demos, author of Return to the Postcolony: Specters of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (2013), considers the creative proposals of artists and activists for ways of life that bring together ecological sustainability, climate justice, and radical democracy, at a time when such creative proposals are urgently needed.

22.00 EUR

Machinic Eros: Writings on Japan

Author:  Felix Guattari
Title: Machinic Eros: Writings on Japan
Publisher: Univocal
Subject: Essays & Non-Fiction
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The French philosopher Felix Guattari frequently visited Japan during the 1980s and organized exchanges between French and Japanese artists and intellectuals. His immersion into the machinic eros of Japanese culture put him into contact with media theorists such as Tetsuo Kogawa and activists within the mini-FM community (Radio Home Run), documentary filmmakers (Mitsuo Sato), photographers (Keiichi Tahara), novelists (Kobo Abe), internationally recognized architects (Shin Takamatsu), and dancers (Min Tanaka). From pachinko parlors to high-rise highways, alongside corporate suits and among alt-culture comrades, Guattari put himself into the thick of Japanese becomings during a period in which the bubble economy continued to mutate. This collection of essays, interviews, and longer meditations shows a radical thinker exploring the architectural environment of Japan’s machinic eros.

22.00 EUR

Public Sphere by Performance

Author: Bojana Cvejic, Sna Vujanovic
Title: Public Sphere by Performance
Publisher: b_books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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"There are few questions as politically pressing as that of the public - who it is, what it desires, and perhaps more crucially, who wants to destroy it in the name of neoliberal privatisation and the order imposed by the state’s own image of a ‘public’ mobilised against its own people. By addressing the question of the public through the prism of performance, Bojana Cvejić and Ana Vujanović acutely outline the past, present and future of the ‘public’ in an era when all of its supports—the welfare state, a strong image of democracy, collective movements—have been marginalised or destroyed." Nina Power, senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University, London.

16.00 EUR

On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects

Author: Gilbert Simondon
Title: On the Mode of Existence of Technical Objects
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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There is much we can learn from our technical objects, and while it has been said that humans have an alienating rapport with technical objects, Simondon takes up the task of a true thinker who sees the potential for humanity to uncover life-affirming modes of technical objects whereby we can discover potentiality for novel, healthful, and dis-alienating rapports with them.

For Simondon, by way of studying its genesis, one must grant to the technical object the same ontological status as that of the aesthetic object or even a living being. This work thus opens up exciting new entry points into studying the human’s rapport with its continually changing technical reality. This first complete English-language translation of Gilbert Simondon’s groundbreaking and influential work finally presents to Anglophone readers one of the pinnacle works of France’s most unique thinker of technics.

30.00 EUR

Improper Life

Author: Timothy C. Cambell
Title: Improper Life. Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Has biopolitics actually become thanatopolitics, a field of study obsessed with death? Is there something about the nature of biopolitical thought today that makes it impossible to deploy affirmatively? If this is true, what can life-minded thinkers put forward as the merits of biopolitical reflection? These questions drive Improper Life, Timothy C. Campbell’s dexterous inquiry-as-intervention.

Campbell argues that a "crypto-thanatopolitics" can be teased out of Heidegger’s critique of technology and that some of the leading scholars of biopolitics—including Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, and Peter Sloterdijk—have been substantively influenced by Heidegger’s thought, particularly his reading of proper and improper writing. In fact, Campbell shows how all of these philosophers have pointed toward a tragic, thanatopolitical destination as somehow an inevitable result of technology.

20.00 EUR

Samprotavimas apie metodą / Discourse on the Method

Author: Rene Descartes, transl. by Gvidonas Aloizas Bartkus, introduction by Laurynas Peluritis
Title: Samprotavimas apie metodą
Publisher: Jonas ir Jokūbas
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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10.00 EUR

Charmidas / Charmides

Author: Plato, transl. by Alius Jaskelevičius
Title: Charmidas
Publisher: Jonas ir Jokūbas
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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10.00 EUR

Humanity's End

Author: Nicholas Agar
Title: Humanity's End
Publisher: MIT Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Proposals to make us smarter than the greatest geniuses or to add thousands of years to our life spans seem fit only for the spam folder or trash can. And yet this is what contemporary advocates of radical enhancement offer in all seriousness. They present a variety of technologies and therapies that will expand our capacities far beyond what is currently possible for human beings. In Humanity’s End, Nicholas Agar argues against radical enhancement, describing its destructive consequences. 

Agar examines the proposals of four prominent radical enhancers: Ray Kurzweil, who argues that technology will enable our escape from human biology; Aubrey de Grey, who calls for anti-aging therapies that will achieve 'longevity escape velocity' Nick Bostrom, who defends the morality and rationality of enhancement; and James Hughes, who envisions a harmonious democracy of the enhanced and the unenhanced.

23.00 EUR

The Nonhuman Turn

Author: Richard Grusin (ed.)
Title: The Nonhuman Turn
Publisher: Minnesota UP
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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The nonhuman turn in twenty-first-century studies can be traced to multiple intellectual and theoretical developments from the last decades of the twentieth century: actor-network theory, affect theory, animal studies, assemblage theory, cognitive sciences, new materialism, new media theory, speculative realism, and systems theory. Such varied analytical and theoretical formations obviously diverge and disagree in many of their assumptions, objects, and methodologies. However, they all take up aspects of the nonhuman as critical to the future of twenty-first-century studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Unlike the posthuman turn, the nonhuman turn does not make a claim about teleology or progress in which we begin with the human and see a transformation from the human to the posthuman. Rather, the nonhuman turn insists (paraphrasing Bruno Latour) that we have never been human,”that the human has always coevolved, coexisted, or collaborated with the nonhuman—and that the human is identified precisely by this indistinction from the nonhuman.

22.00 EUR

Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds

Author: Maayan Amir, Ruti Sela (eds.)
Title: Extraterritorialities in Occupied Worlds
Publisher: Punctum Books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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The concept of extraterritoriality designates certain relationships between space, law, and representation. This collection of essays explores contemporary manifestations of extraterritoriality and the diverse ways in which the concept has been put to use in various disciplines. Some of the essays were written especially for this volume; others are brought here together for the first time. The inquiry into extraterritoriality found in these essays is not confined to the established boundaries of political, conceptual, and representational territories or fields of knowledge; rather, it is an invitation to navigate the margins of the legal–juridical and the political, but also the edges of forms of representation and poetics.

23.00 EUR

Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene

Author: Katherine Gibson, Deborah Bird Rose, Ruth Fincher (eds.)
Title: Manifesto for Living in the Anthropocene
Publisher: Punctum Books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Starting from the recognition that there is no 'one size fits all' response to climate change, we are concerned to develop an ethics of place that appreciates the specificity and richness of loss and potentiality. While connection to earth others might be an overarching goal, it will be to certain ecologies, species, atmospheres and materialities that we actually connect. We could see ourselves as part of country, accepting the responsibility not forgotten by Indigenous people all over the world, of “singing” country into health. This might mean cultivating the capacity for deep listening to each other, to the land, to other species and thereby learning to be affected and transformed by the body-world we are part of; seeing the body as a center of animation but not the ground of a separate self; renouncing the narcissistic defense of omnipotence and an equally narcissistic descent into despair.

17.00 EUR

Object Oriented Environs

Author: Jeffrey Jerome CohenJulian Yates (ed.) 
Title: Object Oriented Environs
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Theory & Philosophy
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Contributions by Lizz Angello, Sallie Anglin, Keith M. Botelho, Patricia A. Cahill, Jeffrey Cohen, Drew Daniel, Christine Hoffmann, Neal Klomp, Julia Lupton, Vin Nardizzi, Tara Pedersen, Tripthi Pillai, Karen Raber, Pauline Reid, Emily Rendek, Lindsey Row-Heyveld, Debapriya Sarkar, Rob Wakeman, Jennifer Waldron, Luke Wilson, and Julian Yates.

Object Oriented Environs is the lively archive of a critical confluence between the environmental turn so vigorous within early modern studies, and thing theory (object oriented ontology, vibrant materialism, the new materialism and speculative realism). The book unfolds a conversation that attempts to move beyond anthropocentrism and examine nonhumans at every scale, their relations to each other, and the ethics of human enmeshment within an agentic material world. The diverse essays, reflections, images and ephemera collected here offer a laboratory for probing the mystery and potential autonomy of objects, in their alliances and in performance.

19.00 EUR

The Number and the Siren

Author: Quentin Meillassoux
Title: The Number and the Siren: A Decipherment of Mallarme's Coup de Des
Publisher: Urbanomic / Sequence Press
Subject: Theory & Philosophy

A meticulous literary study, a detective story a la Edgar Allan Poe, a treasure-hunt worthy of an adventure novel—such is the register in which can be deciphered the hidden secrets of a poem like no other. Quentin Meillassoux, author of After Finitude, continues his philosophical interrogation of the concepts of chance, contingency, infinity and eternity through a concentrated study of Mallarme's poem Un Coup de Des, patiently deciphering its enigmatic meaning on the basis of a dazzlingly simple and lucid insight with regard to Mallarme's ‘unique Number’.

15.00 EUR

Collapse Volume VII

Author: Reza Negarestani, Robin Mackay (eds.)
Title: Culinary Materialism
Publisher: Urbanomic
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Periodicals & Reprints
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Cookery has never been so high on the agenda of Western popular culture. And yet the endlessly-multiplying TV shows, the obsessive interest in the provenance of ingredients, and the celebration of ‘radical’ experiments in gastronomy, tell us little about the nature of the culinary. Is it possible to maintain that cookery has a philosophical pertinence without merely appending philosophy to our burgeoning gastroculture? 

Drawing on resources ranging from anthropology to chemistry, from hermetic alchemy to contemporary mathematics, Collapse VII: Culinary Materialism undertakes a trans-modal experiment in culinary thinking. A wide range of contributors including philosophers, chefs, artists, historians, and synaesthetes examine the cultural, industrial, physiological, alchemical and even cosmic dimensions of cookery, and propose new models of culinary thought for the future.

Contributions by Iain Hamilton Grant, John Gerrard, Michael A. Morris, FIELDCLUB, Rick Doljphin, Manabrata Guha, Carol Goodden, Gordon Matta-Clark, AO&, John Cochran, Richard Wrangham, Vanina Leschziner, Andrew Dakin, Sean A. Day, Jeremy Millar, Dan Mellamphy, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Eugene Thacker, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Dorothee Legrand, Gabriel Catren, Fernando Zalamea.

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17.00 EUR

Collapse Volume VI

Author: Robin Mackay (ed.)
Title: Geo/Philosophy
Publisher: Urbanomic
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Periodicals & Reprints
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Real and imaginary geographies and cartographies have played a dual role in philosophy, serving both as governing metaphor and as ultimate grounding for philosophical thought; but urgent contemporary concerns introduce new problems for geophilosophy: planetary political, technological, military, and financial mutations have scrambled territorial formations, and scientific predictions now present us with the apocalyptic scenario of a planet without human thought.

Collapse VI brings together philosophers, theorists, eco-critics, leading scientific experts in climate change, and artists whose work interrogates the link between philosophical thought, geography and cartography, in order to create a portrait of the present state of ‘planetary thought’.

Contributions by Charles Avery, Angela Detanico, Rafael Lain, Stephen Emmott, Renee Green, Gilles Grelet, Manabrata Guha, Owen Hatherley, Nicola Masciandaro, Timothy Morton, Greg Mclnerny, Reza Nagerastani, Drew Purves, F.W.J. Schelling, Eyal Weizman, Rich WIlliams.

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17.00 EUR

Collapse Volume IV

Author: Robin Mackay (ed.)
Title: Concept Horror
Publisher: Urbanomic
Subject: Theory & Philosophy, Periodicals & Reprints.
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Collapse IV features a series of investigations by philosophers, writers and artists into Concept Horror. Contributors address the existential, aesthetic, theological and political dimensions of horror, interrogate its peculiar affinity with philosophical thought, and uncover the horrors that may lie in wait for those who pursue rational thought beyond the bounds of the reasonable.

Contributions by Kristen Alvanson, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Iain Hamilton Grant, Graham Harman, Michel Houellebecq, Oleg Kulik, Thomas Ligotti, Quentin Meillassoux, China Mieville, Reza Negarastani, Benjamin Noys, Steven Shearer, George Sieg, Eugene Thacker, Keith Tilford, Todosch, James Trafford.

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