Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Edgar Froese RIP

I've been listening to your music since the early 80s. Loving the early Tangerine Dream, and some of the later TD too. And your solo stuff such as Aqua. Right now I'm listening to Electronic Meditation and I intend to go through them all by tomorrow...

You carried the flame for AMM and all the electronic composers of the age.

You got atonal, improvised, electronic music in the charts. Need I say more?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Björk NYC

Off to NYC in early March for the opening of her show at MOMA. Our Thing will be on sale there. Wow it looks so cozy and cuddly! And breathtaking.

Obviously you should go there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dorothy and William Wordsworth

My colleague John Mulligan has made this very interesting website on interactions between Dorothy Wordsworth and her brother William. His students did a lot of interesting stuff this last term. It's very nice to click on the words and phrases and see so much detailed explication.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Arca 2


You know who doesn't suck? The lovely people who work with Björk right now.

One of them is the extraordinary Alejandro, aka Arca, who has worked with Kanye West and who has the most incredible thing, Xen, which you must hear.

He just sent me a special copy of it!! I'm so honored by that!!

In my humble opinion he is a genius and from our conversations so far I'm convinced he could do my job. Easily.

Transcendental Geology

Thank you whoever or whatever you are!

How's this for an OOO airmail sticker:


"Our minds can be wonderful, but at the same time they can be our very worst enemy. They give us so much trouble. Sometimes I wish the mind were like a set of dentures, which we could take out and leave on our bedside table overnight. At least we would get a break from its tiring and tiresome escapades." --Sögyal Rinpoche


Monday, January 19, 2015

Forgot One Thing

That tune, it starts with a sequence of 9 notes split over 2 and a bit bars. So it's also out of phase: check!

Where Has This Tune Been All My Life?

Suspensions: check. Cimbalom: check. Modulation to the subdominant key so that the main riff appears to emerge out of this beautiful widescreen cloud, as it had been enfolded within it secretly: check. Major key with sadness: check.

Friday, January 16, 2015


An enormousness of it has been bought by me. Including some very fancy stuff in Copenhagen airport, that paradise of consumerism.

I ate so much in Norway! All the salty kinds I could get my hands on!

It was so good to chew some before my lecture. Better than coffee, especially in the evening. Somehow caffeine can slow me down in the evening--I think sometimes that happens with people???

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Do What You Feel

Maybe it's this fresh fjord air or the powerful nice licorice I'm eating.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Jeff VanderMeer

He just got in touch with me and, synchronicity, look what just happened: Hyperobjects showed up in this New Yorker piece about his work. I'm super happy about that obviously.

On Ecological Touching: Knowing (as) Intimacy

Had a bit of a revelation at The Knowing Uv It exhibition here in Bergen. This exhibition was not about getting to the correct understanding or correct representation of the work of the painter in The Showing Uv It. It was in fact an invagination of the materials and themes implicit in the painter's work (one of which was in the show). Sort of an exploded diagram. A context explosion.

Ecological awareness just is this context explosion. Contextualism often (despite its advertising language) stops somewhere: usually at some kind of human/nonhuman boundary. Hence the rituals of exclusion meted out by some new left fora on me and Dipesh Chakrabarty recently. Class, gender, race—but as long as we remain within a human-scale roughly Hegelian frame in which the silent partner of Kantian correlationism (the nonhuman entity) is only visible as a projection of the human. To protect this guilty secret, mentioning bunny rabbits is denigrated as "a hippie thing" (actual words by actual New Left Review contributor).

Another implicit assumption is that art is a bit evil and has to be disarmed in advance, and that supplying its contexts disarms it.


The more context you have, the more text: that's the simple version of the key Derridean insight il n'y a pas d'hors-texte. The more world you have, the more earth (Heidegger). The more understanding, the more standing-under.

And at some point, your context includes nonhuman beings such as bunny rabbits and geological time. And electrons.

So the context explosion forces you into intimacy with all kinds of nonhumans, rather than elevating you above them.

Knowing does not have to be about rising above. Knowing could be like what sand does to a trilobite. Enveloping and touching, for millions of years. A sand-morphic sand-ograph of a trilobite.

My uncle used to get very worried about how a cd player "knew" that it was an oboe playing at 5:23. But the machine doesn't have to "know" like that any more than a diamond needle has to "know" it's an oboe. The needle just rides the groove. The laser rides the sequence of holes. This absolute proximity is called touching and it tends to be put down in Western philosophy.

When knowing touches itself, for instance, it is called meditation and is denigrated as narcissism.

So then I decided to talk about it in Winnipeg. (In early Feb.)