Dark Trajectories: Politics of the Outside

Dark Trajectories: Politics of the Outside
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

Presented by Cleopatra’s
With special guest lecture by Reza Negarestani on “The Labour of the Inhuman (Augmented Rationality and its Cognitive Technologies)”

On the occasion of the release of Dark Trajectories: Politics of the Outside by [NAME] Publications, Cleopatra’s would like to invite you to celebrate the launch with the editor and a special lecture by contributor Reza Negarestani. Dark Trajectories is a volume of recent philosophy that examines the politics of the realist turn in philosophy through the perspectives of some of its most exciting practitioners and critics. Lecture begins at 6:30pm, followed by a brief Q&A and reception. The volume will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP with DARK TRAJECTORIES in the subject field. Please note: this event will be held in conjunction with Cleopatra’s Library at the ICI in Tribeca, not Cleopatra’s primary space in Greenpoint.

About the book:
Dark Trajectories: Politics of the Outside. Edited by Joshua Johnson. [NAME] Publications.

Faced with multiple crises—including omnipresent economic meltdown, looming ecological disaster, voracious techno-capitalism, and an anemic left—the critical focus of the last thirty years of philosophy has often seemed inadequate at confronting and explaining the real material concerns that undergird these issues. Dark Trajectories is a compilation of texts that examines the impact of a new realism on contemporary political issues. Philosophical discussions have increasingly turned away from postmodern and critical theory and towards a reconsideration of the real beyond an anthropocentric horizon. This opening to the outside entails new perspectives and implications for any philosopher attempting to think a politics beyond the human. The authors here present work that engages these issues from a variety of perspectives, including accelerationist, constructivist, critical, feminist, and more. With contributions by Levi Bryant, Gean Moreno, Reza Negarestani, Benjamin Noys, Nick Srnicek, Christian Thorne, Alex Williams, and Ben Woodard.

September 24, 2013

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013



Cleopatra’s is composed of Bridget Donahue, Bridget Finn, Colleen Grennan, and Erin Somerville. Cleopatra’s works collaboratively with artists and cultural producers to create projects that forge new networks and dialogues between individuals, art practices, and institutions. These projects are realized in their flagship noncommercial storefront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From 2011–12 the collective also operated a satellite art space in Berlin. Further investigations also occur in the form of off-site public programs, events, and in-print publications, encompassing various fields and locales. The aim of Cleopatra’s is to present work and advance ideas informed by both individual and collective perspectives, and to disseminate them among a broad and diverse audience. Cleopatra’s started collaborating on projects in June 2008 and has produced over 90 projects to date.

Reza Negarestani

Reza Negarestani is an Iranian philosopher and writer whose philosophical works have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Collapse, Angelaki, Ctheory, Identities, and The Speculative Turn. Rated by Artforum International as as one of the best books of 2009, his post-genre theory-fiction book Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials reached international acclaim. The book, along with his other texts have been the focus of seminars and classes at The New School, Columbia University, and Duke University. Most recently, Negarestani co-edited with Robin Mackay an extensive volume on philosophy and culinary arts entitled Culinary Materialism.

Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson’s work examines the relations between humans and common objects. He takes inspiration from productivist theories of design, object oriented philosophy, science fiction, and mutant sounds. His objects and installations often twist the inorganic products of capitalist culture, questioning the subject/object dichotomy. In 2011 he was a resident artist at the Fiskar’s Artist in Residence program in Fiskars, Finland. He has exhibited works at Columbia College Chicago, the Convent of St. Cecilia in Brooklyn, and Riviera Gallery. He received an MFA from Hunter College in 2011 and his BFA from Western Michigan University in 2005 with a double major in Painting and Philosophy.

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