Episodes
Published 12/09/22
The launch party for 'The Philosopher's Tarot' at  Tenderbooks in London on November 23, 2022.  Acid Horizon's first live event extends Mark Fisher's concept of 'acid communism' through prominent figures featured in the work of the podcast.  Support the podcast: Linktree: https://linktr.ee/acidhorizon Acid Horizon on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Merch: http://www.crit-drip.com Preorder 'The Philosopher's Tarot':...
Published 12/09/22
Author, blogger, and photographer Matt Colquhoun joins us (as promised) for a first look at a compilation of last lectures given by Mark Fisher at Goldsmiths in 2016.  The lecture series on postcapitalist desire intends to explore the seemingly unsurpassable milieu of global capitalism and its pervasive affectivity.  Through figures like Marcus, Lukacs, Lyotard, Marx, and Deleuze and Guattari, Fisher explores possibilities for our collective extrication from capital. In the interview, we...
Published 12/02/22
Jason Bahbek Mohaghegh joins us to discuss Omnicide 2, out soon from Urbanomic. From Urbanomic/MIT Press: An infernal catalogue of manic visionaries, inspired by the poetry of the Middle East. In a new work in which conceptual elaboration, storytelling, and poetics are fused in the infernal heat of the desert, the cycle of Omnicide draws to a close with a philosophy of doom, deception, and the game, plunging headlong into the inevitable, the fatal, and the infinite. A series of controlled...
Published 11/18/22
"Is everything today just posting?"  Subscribe to Machinic Unconscious Happy Hour: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcPVN1v6tkHW-43IbqagHbQ *EVENTS* November 23, 2022 Watkins Books (London): "The Philosopher's Tarot" tarot readings with Acid Horizon November 23, 2022 TenderBOOKS (London): "Tarot & Acid Communism"  with Acid Horizon Support the podcast: Linktree: https://linktr.ee/acidhorizon Acid Horizon on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Merch:...
Published 11/16/22
The Acid Horizon crew are joined by friend of the show and history podcaster Jim to discuss the philosophical horrors at the heart of Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", a tale about planetary war, cybernetic takeover, and the cruelty that fills the void where creativity is absent. We begin with an overview of Ellison's life and work, before reading I Have No Mouth through the works of figures such as Foucault, Hegel, Nietzsche, Tiqqun, Aquinas, Deleuze, and many more! The...
Published 11/11/22
To celebrate new Zer0 Classics edition of Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism, Adam and Will spoke to Alex Niven about his new introduction. Alex joins us in reflecting upon the historical context of the book in the midst of New Labour's Thatcherism, the student riots, and the global financial crisis, as well as exploring the key concepts of the book such as Market Stalinism, Depressive Hedonia, and the spectre of the Marxist Supernanny of postcapitalist desire. As Austerity and neoliberalism...
Published 11/05/22
Grant Maxwell is the author of Integration and Difference: Constructing a Mythical Dialectic, A book which confronts the perennial problem of opposition in philosophy with respect to the notions of integration and difference. This is a robust work which covers many figures in Philosophy from Hegel to William James to Isabel Stegners. In this discussion we delve into the sections of the book that specifically concern the relationship between Deleuze and American archetypal psychologist James...
Published 10/25/22
Craig and Adam speak with Chuck LeBlanc, host of the podcast Couch to Couch to discuss themes and concepts from Deleuze and Guattari's "One or Several Wolves?" from 'A Thousand Plateaus'.  This conversation pinpoints concepts useful to rethinking psychology and interrogating the role of therapist. Moreover it asks the question, "In what ways can thinking in terms of 'multiplicity' inspire better thearpeutic practices and personal relationships?" Couch to Couch:...
Published 10/17/22
In this episode of Concepts in Focus, Will lays out a handful of key concepts in the popular works of Michel Foucault. What does Foucault’s genealogy of sovereignty’s passage to discipline tell us about the politics of the body? What is Foucault’s understanding of the function of history? What does it mean when we say power has a hold on life? This episode is a general overview but has commentary that will be of interest to those invested in our turtleneck’d anti-carceral friend. Support the...
Published 10/15/22
The Acid Horizon crew are joined by artist and theorist Ian Alan Paul to discuss his essay “Are Prisons Computers?” in which he argues for a cybernetic and digital understanding of prisons and policing. Part of this digital framework also calls for a re-evaluation of the distinction between discipline and control in Deleuze and Foucault at the same time as it calls for a return to the work of the Prison Information Group, taking prisoner revolts as models for new insurrectionary techniques...
Published 10/02/22
Was Gilles Deleuze a Marxist? Before his death in 1995, Deleuze had intended to write a book entitled The Grandeur of Marx, a work which would have consummated the role of Marx as long time mediator within Deleuze's political writings. In the discussion, we unpack political concepts within Deleuze's corpus, such as "minor politics", "a people to come", and "a new earth" and explore their resonances with Marx's work. Moreover, we follow Thoburn in advancing the perhaps controversial idea that...
Published 09/26/22
Adam performs a reading of the essay "Cybernetic Culture" by CCRU, which can be found in the essay compilation #ACCELERATE published by Urbanomic. Support the podcast: Linktree: https://linktr.ee/acidhorizon Acid Horizon on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Merch: http://www.crit-drip.com Preorder 'The Philosopher's Tarot': https://repeaterbooks.com/product/the-philosophers-tarot/ Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's...
Published 09/21/22
Acid Horizon hosts Cooper and Taylor of Machinic Unconscious Happy Hour to discuss Jean-François Lyotard's Libidinal Economy, the infamous forceful poetic intervention which lambasted the French communism of the 1970s and the legacy of Marxism itself. This deep dive emerges out of Zer0's postcapitalist desire reading group which covers the incomplete final lecture series of Mark Fisher. Lyotard was an important mediator in Fisher's work and a pivotal figure in the accelerationist politics...
Published 09/19/22
In this episode, Craig, Adam, Will, and Noah tackle the concepts in "Of The Refrain" from Deleuze and Guattari's 'A Thousand Plateaus' through a series of quesions: How do refrains (jn the form of ditties, melodies, loops, and other forms of sonic redundancies) serve to stabilize our plenum of social relations? How do they propel us towards action? How can refrains be either revolutionary or reactionary? Moreover, what does a theory of the refrain have to say about how milieus and territories...
Published 09/16/22
The Acid Horizon crew are joined by Ray Brassier to discuss the new edition of Marcuse's 5 Lectures, out on Repeater Books as 'Psychoanalysis, Politics, and Utopia', which he wrote the introduction for. We discuss Marcuse's influence on accelerationism, his historical materialist take on Freudian psychoanalysis, and the function of repression and enjoyment in a capitalist landscape where scarcity appears increasingly artificial in light of technological and cybernetic advances in...
Published 09/11/22
A reading of Gilles Deleuze's famous essay "Letter to a Harsh Critic". Support the podcast: Linktree: https://linktr.ee/acidhorizon Acid Horizon on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Merch: http://www.crit-drip.com Preorder 'The Philosopher's Tarot': https://repeaterbooks.com/product/the-philosophers-tarot/ Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com Destratified (Matt’s...
Published 09/06/22
Justin, an avid Nietzsche reader and friend of the podcast, joins us to discuss the relationship between the philosophy of Nietzsche and his work as an early childhood educator. We discuss arguments presented in "New Directions in the Philosophy of Education: Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Education" pertaining to Nietzsche's concept of the order of rank and his concept of ressentiment. We also take brief inventory of Nietzsche's explicit writings on anti-education and his concept of reading as an...
Published 08/18/22
Acid Horizon hosts Bernard Harcourt, a distinguished critical theorist, legal advocate, and prolific writer and editor. Bernard joins the cast to discuss the legacy of Foucault's work, its emergence within its historical milieu, and the practical implications it offers. Bernard also offers a concise explanation of what is meant by Foucault's genealogical method and how we can best understand the normative aspects implicit in Foucault research. Bernard's links: Critique and Praxis:...
Published 08/13/22
Thomas Nail joins the cast to give us an overview of the work of the ancient philosopher Lucretius, who is known for his generally atheistic ontology and his theory of the clinamen or "the swerve". The discussion covers the interest of 20th century philosophers in Lucretius theories, as well as the related political implications which issued forth.  Thomas is the author of many books that may be of interest to Acid Horizon listeners: Lucretius I-III -...
Published 08/06/22
Today we’re joined by returning champion Will to discuss the links between the work of Theodor Adorno and Fred Moten on questions of value theory, negative dialectics, and domination. In particular, we’re going to be focusing on the violent domination at the heart of the commodity, a violence exemplified in confronting and re-historicizing Marx’s notion of the commodity that speaks—a commodity which in the introductory essay to his book In the Break, Moten explores through the enslaved...
Published 07/22/22
This is breakdown of Bataille's notion of the labyrinth from his 1936 essay "The Labyrinth" found in the Visions of Excess collection. Also, I highlight the connection between Shestov's musings on the labyrinth and those of Bataille. Acid Horizon on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Merch: http://www.crit-drip.com Preorder The Philosopher's Tarot:...
Published 07/20/22
In this episode, Adam takes us through Mark Fisher's concept of Capitalist Realism, and how the concept developed across Fisher's theoretical writings. Adam focuses on how the notion is deployed in his 2009 book Capitalist Realism, and how it is reformulated in his Introduction to the unfinished Acid Communism text. Adam takes us through the aspects of melancholia and depressive psychology in Capitalist Realism, its psychological and social mechanisms, and how the question of the geopolitics...
Published 07/17/22
This video offers an overview of Georges Bataille's concept of sovereignty as he lays it out in The Accursed Share, Volume III. This was released as a video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SlgmI5I-v2A Acid Horizon on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/acidhorizonpodcast Merch: http://www.crit-drip.com Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts: https://tinyurl.com/169wvvhi Happy Hour at Hippel's (Adam’s blog): https://happyhourathippels.wordpress.com Destratified (Matt’s Blog):...
Published 07/12/22
Austin is a member of our A Thousand Plateaus reading group and a friend of the podcast. He is also a doctor who performs hospital autopsies and cancer diagnoses. Together, we revisit our recent reading of the plateau, "How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?". As we explicate various aspects of the concept, Austin offers an account of how his experience in forensic medicine and beyond connects with the text. Austin's opinions and views are his own and do not reflect those of any...
Published 07/04/22