The Concept of Acceleration:
The 21st Century Critique of Political Economy
Instructor: Nick Land Module: 2 Date & Time: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23 Sundays, 10:00am - 12:30pm EST

Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2011

The objective of this two-module seminar is philosophical rigorization of the concept of “acceleration” as it is encountered in various species of contemporary thought. It is anticipated that such cultural tendencies will proliferate and intensify, although that is itself a self-reflexive characteristic of the social process which the seminar seeks to abstractly model. The first module provisionally, though not dogmatically, assumes a level of conceptual invariance across different species of accelerationism — broadly coincident with the term ‘acceleration’ itself in its recent and often merely impressionistic philosophical usage. The second module will enter into a more active, technical, and critical mode, as it attempts to work with the concept of acceleration, investigating its capacity for further escalation. Reinforcement, intensification, or acceleration of acceleration, is the inevitable expectation. The entire content of the seminar is presented as a disputable and disputed contemporary controversy. The political temperature of the seminar environment will be dependent upon student demand, but the baseline will be absolute coldness.

Image: Roger Hiorns, Untitled, 2011

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