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Barnbrook Blog - Bowie and 'The Next Day' cover art

Barnbrook Blog - Bowie and 'The Next Day' cover art | Hauntology | Scoop.it

' ...  we all know that ... no matter how much we try, we cannot break free from the past. When you are creative, it manifests itself in every way – it seeps out in every new mark you make (particularly in the case of an artist like Bowie).' - Jonathan Barnbrook

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Hauntology
All things hauntological, atemporal and future past nostalgic in music, media, art and ideas
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Uncanny Others: Hauntology, Ethnography, Media | Carrie Clanton

'This thesis presents my study of “ghosthunting”—the practice of attempting to capture ghosts, primarily using cameras and audio recorders—as a metaphorical device for the use of audio-visual media within anthropology. I conducted fieldwork with ghosthunters, paying particular attention to their attendant audio-visual media practices and outputs, in order to redress the reluctance of anthropology to a) evaluate audio and visual media as mechanisms for producing anthropological critique—although some anthropologists have taken pains to do that with writing—and b) to understand the particular "haunted" history of audio-visual media as being related to critical anthropological concerns such as representation, time, and the other. 


The history of the use of audio-visual media within ghosthunting follows a similar trajectory to that of anthropology, and the resultant methodologies and outputs of both disciplines function in ways that are less inclined towards discursive “speaking with others” than they are towards attempting to produce demystified representations of others. Neither practice has, in contemporary times, acknowledged the historical connection of audio-visual media to the supernatural, nor its capacity to deal with the uncanny as a critical provocation. 


My study of ghosthunters shows that despite attempts to reify ghosts via photography, audio, and film, those media are themselves devices that maintain the uncanny as an ethical injunction towards the other—whether as ghosts or as the cultural “other” of anthropological critique. An acknowledgement of the “haunted” origins and capacities of media allows for ethical engagements with anthropological others, ultimately suggesting critical media methodologies for anthropology that, while informed by anthropology’s “crisis of representation,” radically differ from written ethnography. Viewing the relationship of media and anthropology through the lens of Derrida’s hauntology is a useful framework for thinking about media methodologies that can stand as critique.' - Carrie Clanton

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Hauntology Parish Newsletter - Spring 2017 | Simon Reynolds

Hauntology Parish Newsletter - Spring 2017 | Simon Reynolds | Hauntology | Scoop.it
Lots of activity in the parish this spring! There's a new release from Patterned Air Recordings ; the latest album from Keith Seatman
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Past Futures: Nostalgia in the Age of Escapism

'An online collection of old home movies begs the question: can you be nostalgic for other people's memories? This video explores that question, among others'

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Keith Seatman | all hold hands and off we go (album excerpts)

Released April 2017  - CD and Digital download via Bandcamp | https://keithseatman.bandcamp.com/
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Is There No Alternative?: The Life and Work of Mark Fisher | Michael Grasso

Is There No Alternative?: The Life and Work of Mark Fisher | Michael Grasso | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'The passion Fisher exhibited in every sentence of his prose, the care and concern for his students, who deserved a better deal than they’d gotten, and his own desire to get his own life out from under the weight of neoliberal expectation—these emotions are all familiar to me. As someone who left behind a lucrative career in for-profit corporate education for a materially poorer life in museums (and in freelance internet writing), the price (in dollars, pounds, euros) of opting out of the “natural order” is high. But the cost that many of us pay in mental health by staying enmeshed in the system—well, it can be much, much higher.' - Michael Grasso
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Undead Places. Diasporas & the empty spaces of capitalism | Arquitectura Entrelineas

Undead Places. Diasporas & the empty spaces of capitalism | Arquitectura Entrelineas | Hauntology | Scoop.it

From 2014 - 'The identity of these decadent spaces is thus subjected to the ghostly remembrance of a past that tends to be idealized, leading us to Jacques Derrida and his concept of Hauntology, presented in his book Specters of Marx, where he acutely proposed the Specter as a key concept to tackle many of the political, economical and cultural dilemmas that remain unsolved after the culmination of the neoliberal globalization. The paradoxical status of the specter, which is neither being nor non-being, portrays an ontological interzone beyond the abilities of the Imaginary and the Symbolic to describe the Real, and thus requires its own logic, a distinctive methodology for its deciphering. Haunthology emerges thereby as the science that deals with the particularities of the Specter, namely, the entity that cannot be fully present and therefore ontologised in customary ways: it has no being in itself but marks a relation to what is no longer and not yet. Open to all sort of metaphorical interpretations, the specter vaguely resonates with the uncanny and phantasmatic figures that inhabit Freud’s notion of the unconscious: its haunting non-presence may tacitly illustrate both silent traumatic events (banned from memory and its representational regime) and the possibility of latent, potentially emancipatory developments. The ghost is essentially problematic, for it exists in an ontological limbo where the trauma is non-living, but resists death and disappearance.' - Arquitectura Entrelineas

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001 Witches, by Daniel John Williams

The first of six single track EPs that take a Hauntological journey through the recorded ephemera of American culture. 
 
With age these cultural artefacts are robbed of context and successive generations are left with only Signifers. 

Meanings are haunted by things half seen and never fully understood.
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The Electric Pentacle, by The Electric Pentacle

The Electric Pentacle, by The Electric Pentacle | Hauntology | Scoop.it
The Electric Pentacle by The Electric Pentacle, released 10 January 2017

1. Bird Of Parallax
2. Kinotek
3. Green Hundred Road
4. Shortwave Seance
5. Music Borrowed From The Library
6. Move The Body
7. Ritual For Summoning Polymer Plastics
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Mark Fisher’s K-punk blogs were required reading for a generation | Simon Reynolds | The Guardian

Mark Fisher’s K-punk blogs were required reading for a generation | Simon Reynolds | The Guardian | Hauntology | Scoop.it
The activist writer, who has died aged 48, bridged aesthetics and politics and had struggled with depression
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Against the “Slow Cancellation of the Future”: RIP Mark Fisher | Blind Field

Against the “Slow Cancellation of the Future”: RIP Mark Fisher | Blind Field | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'We were saddened to hear yesterday’s news of Mark Fisher’s unexpected death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  Fisher’s work on the notion of “capitalist realism” and interventions to the political imaginary of neoliberalism were critical to our intellectual formation as a collective.' - Blind Field
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Biosphere's "Departed Glories" Is a Brilliant Homage to the Hazy Eastern Europe of Memory | Heathen Harvest

Biosphere's "Departed Glories" Is a Brilliant Homage to the Hazy Eastern Europe of Memory | Heathen Harvest | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'There are inevitable comparisons to be drawn between Departed Glories and the “hauntology” typified by Ghost Box Records, though they differ radically in aim and sound. Both pick and choose from certain histories to create a sort of über-country: a fictional space a thousand times more than the tangible places it’s based on. Jenssen’s “Eastern Europe” is an amorphous concept built on tragedy and longing that draws no distinctions between Polish songs or Ukrainian melodies or the Armenian woman gracing the album’s cover.' - Rebecca C. Brooks
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‘The Revenge of Analog’: See It. Feel It. Touch It. (Don’t Click) | Review - N Y Times | Michiko Kakutani

‘The Revenge of Analog’: See It. Feel It. Touch It. (Don’t Click) | Review - N Y Times | Michiko Kakutani | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'In his captivating new book, “The Revenge of Analog,” the reporter David Sax provides an insightful and entertaining account of this phenomenon, creating a powerful counternarrative to the techno-utopian belief that we would live in an ever-improving, all-digital world. Mr. Sax argues that analog isn’t going anywhere, but is experiencing a bracing revival that is not just a case of nostalgia or hipster street cred, but something more complex.' - Michiko Kakutani
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‘Scarred For Life Volume One: The 70s’ | Daniel Marner

‘Scarred For Life Volume One: The 70s’ | Daniel Marner | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'Nostalgia seems to define and dictate our present culture, perhaps as it never has before, in ways undreamt-of as recently as a decade ago. Ever since our ability to record, edit and re-share the visual and sonic textures of our common (and sometimes uncommon) cultural experience became a viable option to those outside the entertainment industry, people (largely, it has to be said, bespectacled introverts with testicles and optional BO) have been doing so.' - Daniel Marner
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What Is Metamodern? blog

What Is Metamodern? blog | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'The generation born into postmodern disaffection/irony and now ready to move on from that seems to scream,“OK, there may be no ‘there’ there, but yet…I’m here!” This is where one might locate the ground of Metamodernism, which, as we see it, seeks to resolve and/or engage the conflicts between Tradition, Modernism and Postmodernism by emphasizing felt experience.' - Greg Dember and Linda Ceriello
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My Friend Mark | Jeremy Gilbert on Mark Fisher

My Friend Mark | Jeremy Gilbert on Mark Fisher | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'Here are two versions of basically the same tribute to my departed friend Mark Fisher, who took his own life in January. There are two versions, a very long and a quite long one. The first is my own very very long tribute. It is as much as anything about me and my thoughts, obviously – as it is basically a kind of intellectual history of Marks’ own conceptual journey and my personal and political relationship to it. If you have been dying to find out exactly what I thought of the CCRU in the early 2000s, then this is for you. If not then maybe don’t bother. To be fair if you are interested in a very detailed account of Mark’s intellectual and political development then I think , I hope, you will find this genuinely useful.' - Jeremy Gilbert
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A Hauntology of Precarity | WELCOME TO THE ENTREPRECARIAT | Silvio Lorusso

A Hauntology of Precarity | WELCOME TO THE ENTREPRECARIAT | Silvio Lorusso | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'Looking at precarity from the hauntological lens allows us to contemplate a perceived absence and the anxiety it provokes even on subjects with a relatively stable job. In this perspective, precarity becomes the agency of impending failure and poverty. It functions as a malicious prophecy that threaten to become reality. And even if it doesn’t, it is nonetheless able to manipulate people, pushing them to work uninterruptedly, because "who knows what will happen in one year". The hauntological dimension of precarity works also in the opposite direction: the idealized image of baby boomers’ stable, fulfilling life and career renders the contemporary lifestyle bleak, empty, depressing. Both in the future and the past virtuality of precarity, work and life are inseparable.' - Silvio Lorusso
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Nicole Lizée: Techno-Hauntologist - my/maSCENA | Kiersten Van Vliet

Nicole Lizée: Techno-Hauntologist - my/maSCENA | Kiersten Van Vliet | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'Many of the sources she works with are not considered art, not only due to the commerciality of their production, but also their short-lived and often disposable nature. “There’s something about things that were so important to so many people at one point in time and then were quickly forgotten or replaced or put in a landfill.” 

“They’re ghosts. They’re things that once existed. They meant so much to everybody and then they disappeared. And then what? What happens when you find a ghost and you bring it into a work of music?” 

It’s this intersection of the ethereal and the substantial that is the premise of many of Lizée’s compositions. These technological ghosts are imperfect and self-contained spectres flung out of time and space, drawing your attention to both the materiality and singularity of this other world. The re-contextualization of these technologies leads to what Lizée calls “musical hauntology.” Hauntology – a portmanteau of haunting and ontology – is a term coined by French philosopher Jacques Derrida to describe the disjunction caused by the materialization of a spectre from the past in the present moment. In a late-capitalist society, obsolete technology is the perfect phantasmal conduit.' - Kiersten Van Vliet
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Mark his words | Simon Reynolds on Mark Fisher

'Like many of you I'm sure, I have been dipping into the online Markhive - rereading favorite pieces and posts. Below are just a handful - well, a couple of handfuls - really an armful - of Fisher classics. Along with the fully-realised long-form work, there's a few more fragmentary things too - in some ways even more enjoyable and characteristic. Mark was in his element when pitching into the fray - arguing, agreeing (but always building on his interlocutor's point, pushing it further along). Some of his best insights and lines emerged out of the back-and-forth of these fractious spaces - Dissensus threads, the K-punk comments box. Jewels, exuberant with the sheer sport of thought, that are hard to disentangle from the discursive thicket of their moment. But in a way it was in these innumerable brief exchanges and interactions that Mark's mind flexed itself most fruitfully - and merrily.' - Simon Reynolds
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Accelerationism: a timely provocation for the critical sociology of education | Sam Sellar and David R Cole

'Accelerationism is a theoretical movement that seeks to mobilise reason and technological development as a strategy for moving beyond capitalism. The first wave of accelerationism took the effects of capitalism at their most pernicious and suggested that they have not gone far enough. More recent work has complicated this project and explored political, epistemic and aesthetic accelerations. The central push to accelerate, and therefore to manifestly alter time, has consequences in terms of how one understands temporality in education. This article outlines the development of accelerationism and examines whether this theoretical movement can aid critical analysis of the growing presence in education of commercial technology providers, new modes of data analytics, and the application of machine learning algorithms to analyse data. These developments provide a useful example in relation to which a critical question can be asked: is it possible to accelerate technological development in education separate from its capitalist development?' - Sam Sellar and David R Cole
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New Book - Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange | Adam Scovell

New Book - Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange | Adam Scovell | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'I wanted to get some words down about the book now just before it becomes available; it is, after all, the first book to fully attempt to understand what this strange genre of film and television actually is. In October 2015, I was lucky enough to be approached by Auteur Publishing with the offer of a book deal involving an analysis of the genre. The result is 'Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange,' named from a line of Macbeth which I feel surmises the genre beautifully (because of both its oddness and its essential link to various temporal slips and notions of the past). The book is heavily about landscape but also touches upon history, sociology and various other issues besides culture.' - Adam Scovell
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CIDRAL Symposium: Precarity, Spectrality, and Hauntology | Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages | The University of Manchester | 14/3/17

Everyone is welcome to our public events. Masterclasses and Theory Intensives are reserved for staff and postgraduate students in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. No booking is usually required, and when it is, this will be clearly marked on the event information. Please check back as details of our events may change. For more information on our programme of events contact tristan.burke@manchester.ac.uk or follow us on twitter: @cidral_uom
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Mark Fisher, Influential Music Writer and Cultural Theorist, Has Died | Thump News

Mark Fisher, Influential Music Writer and Cultural Theorist, Has Died | Thump News | Hauntology | Scoop.it
I don't normally intervene or comment on material I post on this site - however, without the work and ideas of Mark Fisher I would never have set out on the road that led to my fascination with hauntology and related ideas in contemporary culture. Furthermore, this site would not have existed without his inspirational ideas. This is a very sad loss. RIP Mark. - Sean Albiez
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Paper Dollhouse - Cassettes - MoonDome

Paper Dollhouse - Cassettes - MoonDome | Hauntology | Scoop.it
'Astrud comes from an experimental/folk background and might be familiar to some due to her association with such labels as Folklore Tapes and Night School. Her deep background in folk experimentalism and association with hauntological themes was transferred into her recent four tape releases. Whereas Astrud’s Folklore Tapes release drifted along the forgotten fringes of Devon folklore, this year’s output reminds the solemn corners of East London, which were extensively referenced in Luke J. Murray’s short essay accompanying the Cellophane L: Selected Dreams 2010 - 2013 (Volume 1) release. Yet what remains is the same psychogeographical urge to wander, embrace and reflect the environment - the traces of hidden British topographies that have been so extensively celebrated by Ghost Box, Folklore Tapes, Hacker Farm, Demdike Stare and others. Quite a large number of people involved with these entities have a background in techno/jungle music, hence a pattern of futuristic roots mixing with rediscovered folk treasures.'
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