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Next week in NY

Next week: APA Studies presents: On Hauntology/ Capitalist Realism - 2 talks by Mark Fisher THE COLLOQUIUM FOR UNPOPULAR CULTURE AND NYU’S ASIAN/ PACIFIC/ AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM present: 2 TALKS BY MARK FISHER What are grey vampires and how do...
Posted in k-punk on April 27, 2011 09:37 PM

Hauntology latest

1: 2: 3: Superb and succinct Position Normal documentary, featuring Woebot, David Moynihan and me. 4: Woebot, David Moynihan and the organisers of the two events mentioned above are just some of the contributors to the new collective hauntology blog...
Posted in k-punk on August 3, 2010 06:36 PM

Postcolonial melancholia and all that

At the risk of looking like I can only write about the World Cup at the moment - there are, I promise, a couple of big posts imminent on this site which will include new thoughts on space and...
Posted in k-punk on July 6, 2010 03:11 PM

Return the gift: Richard Kelly's The Box

CONTAINS SPOILERS I wouldn't say that Ricard Kelly's The Box is a hauntological film, but it shares certain affinities with the way someone like Ghost Box redream the Weird. The Box is based on a short story by Richard Matheson,...
Posted in k-punk on April 14, 2010 06:36 PM

Hauntology at Cafe Oto

The Wire Salon: Revenant Forms: The Meaning of Hauntology A new series of monthly salon-type events, hosted by The Wire magazine at Cafe Oto in East London, and dedicated to the fine art and practice of thinking and talking about...
Posted in k-punk on March 10, 2010 10:38 AM

Do not miss this

WEIRD TALES FOR WINTER Weird Tales for Winter is a hauntological collective experience to be broadcast over 8 days from 25th January 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM. Send a message to exoticpylon[at]gmail.com titled 'subscribe' for further updates, images and all...
Posted in k-punk on January 9, 2010 09:12 PM

Energy flashbacks (and flashforwards)

Image via Gutterbreakz 1. Now a dead battery "I used to go raves when I was younger, I went through that whole explosion in electronic music from 1987 to around 1992-93 when it seemed like there was new genre...
Posted in k-punk on May 28, 2009 10:45 AM

Avant-conservatism

OK, this is the last thing I'm going to post on Sonic Youth - there are so many more interesting things to write about just now. But I must take up some of the issues raised by Zone's reply....
Posted in k-punk on May 10, 2009 06:38 PM

Public intimacy and radiophonic collectivity

A belated thanks to everyone who came to the londonunderlondon event two weeks ago at Gasworks, and of course thanks to Kodwo and the Otolith group for organising it, and to Sukhdev for appearing on the panel. It was...
Posted in k-punk on March 11, 2009 05:00 PM

Hauntology's not dead...

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Posted in k-punk on March 4, 2009 07:15 PM

'a transgeneric mutational agent'

What is most interesting about Wonky thus far is its trans-generic nature, its relative looseness and inclusiveness to a proper diversity of disparate aesthetics: stretching between Rave, Dubstep, G-Funk, Instrumental Hip Hop, Crunk, Pop, UK Garage, IDM/Electronica, Techno… etc....
Posted in k-punk on February 18, 2009 05:37 PM

'Can the world be as sad as it seems?': David Peace and negative theodicy

"Faced with the terrible brutality in these books - and again, this isn't a particularly popular idea at the moment - I strongly think you have to believe in God, that there's something better within us all and something...
Posted in k-punk on December 3, 2008 12:20 PM

Spectres Of Accelerationism

Two more stimulating posts from Splintering Bone Ashes, indicating that the cracking pace that Alex has set shows no signs of letting up. Here are some quick responses... To take the hauntology one first... I think the difference here lies...
Posted in k-punk on October 28, 2008 02:16 PM

"Frankensteinian surgeon of the cities"

Ben with more on acclerationism... He's right to nominate the Lyotard of Libidinal Economy as the principal champion of accelerationist capital. Libidinal Economy might itself be characterised as an acceleration of Deleuze and Guattari. It was Lyotard's diabolical, scandalous book,...
Posted in k-punk on October 23, 2008 12:43 PM

Nihilism without negativity

(Some still forming thoughts on Xenoeonomics and accelerationism...) Splintering Bone Ashes' case for an accelerationist capitalism constitutes something like a left Landianism. Libidinal Economy may be, as Leniency says, "the book of accelerationism", but Lyotard was then openly intoxicated with/...
Posted in k-punk on October 20, 2008 04:55 PM

Whose breath was taken?

Something over half a billion pounds appears to have vanished on consultants, many of them laughably hired as "cost controllers" to be paid millions in bonuses as costs soared. Architects underplayed their bids, since they knew that budgets would...
Posted in k-punk on August 27, 2008 01:22 PM

Ghost Modernism

"I am very lucky to be in the possession of what I at times think of as a 'haunted' camera," Clean Eyes wrote to me, in response to my somewhat cursory observations on photography in the 2012/ hauntology post....
Posted in k-punk on July 15, 2008 11:21 AM

No Future 2012

My presentation from yesterday's astonishingly successful Hauntology event at the Museum of Garden History. Thanks to everyone who attended.... Like The Fall piece below, the presentation is somewhat shorter than I had originally envisaged it, for the same reason. (For...
Posted in k-punk on May 13, 2008 12:02 PM

Savage Messiah now has a website... ... a London labyrinth... ... and anti-2012 vortex... speaking of which, see also this... Not unrelated to the above: Monday 12th May 12:00 - 18:00 - SYMPOSIUM Museum of Garden History HAUNTOLOGY NOW!...
Posted in k-punk on March 3, 2008 10:41 PM

They are rebuilding the city... Yes, always...

"Perhaps you'd fancy a few miles moving through the Hackney-Stratford marshes: a complex transitional ecology of CGI imagery, doomed allotments and virtual arcadias?" So Iain Sinclair is said to have asked Robert Macfarlane before the pair set off on...
Posted in k-punk on January 19, 2008 01:06 PM

Communiques

START MESSAGE FROM SAVAGE MESSIAH SAVAGE MESSIAH*********************************** *********************************$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ NIGHT DRIFT THROUGH KINGS CROSS: ££££££££££££££££££££@HOUSMAN’S BOOKSHOP, CALEDONIAN ROAD, N1.On Saturday 29th of September 7pm ,LAURA OLDFIELD FORD of SAVAGE MESSIAH ZINE . …………. .. ……. .. … . ………………… will...
Posted in k-punk on September 28, 2007 08:17 AM

Suffolk hauntology, again

'Marxist Supernanny' is on its way... but I've a few deadlines and I've also been working on a sound piece that is a sort of follow-up to londonunderlondon, a hauntological remix of the Bawdsey radar oral history, which I'm...
Posted in k-punk on September 6, 2007 09:17 AM

Fire dance with me

Me on The Pop Group (for younger readers: the kind of thing folk had to make do with before pop reached its glorious zenith with Paris Hilton and Backstreet Boys) in Fact. Excellent hauntology piece by Dan at the...
Posted in k-punk on August 29, 2007 08:18 AM

Some hauntological confluences

Suffolk Hauntology (slight return) Some photographs by Bacteria Grrl ... ... of Leeks Hill wood in Woodbridge/ Melton, as featured on Eno's On Land and mentioned in previous dispatches... ... and of some more phantom-fragment boats in the Deben: 'There's...
Posted in k-punk on August 24, 2007 01:28 AM

'a rupturing of this collective amnesia'

'Tom Vague is a fiction...' (Mark Downham, Vague 21: Cyberpunk) ... or Tom Vague had fictionalized himself, casting himself as Willard in a comic strip version of Apocalypse Now set in late Cold War Stoke Newington, (and not entirely...
Posted in k-punk on August 17, 2007 11:06 AM

Oh Timbaland

(being, amongst other things, a belated billet-doux to Future sex/ Love Sounds) If Rihanna is the Queen of Pop, then Timbaland is now restored to his rightful place as King. The fact that Rihanna has finally been displaced from the...
Posted in k-punk on August 9, 2007 03:37 PM

Built to Last

To the splendid opulence of Eltham Palace on Sunday, one of London's hidden jewels recently eulogised by Owen. Like Portmeirion, but in a very different way, the architectural palimpsest of Eltham Palace - 'a 1930s graft onto a 15th...
Posted in k-punk on July 31, 2007 10:55 AM

The long green light of a July afternoon

A profoundly moving moment for me: the private view for the Retro/Future exhibition at Fulham Palace last week, which has recently converted into a very convivial art venue... John Foxx playing treated piano over a recording of Scanshifts reading...
Posted in k-punk on July 10, 2007 12:23 AM

Music is dead...

Long live hauntology!...
Posted in k-punk on June 28, 2007 12:15 PM

Correspondence(s)

Leeks Hill Simon is right: the omission of Eno from the Suffolk hauntology post is really quite an oversight, especially odd since Eno, predictably, came up a number of times in conversations at the Bentwaters event last week. I suppose...
Posted in k-punk on June 17, 2007 05:08 PM

Suffolk hauntology (some provisional notes)

Dunwich is not even the ghost of its dead self; almost all you can say is that consists of the mere letters of the old name. The coast, up and down, for miles has been, for more centuries that...
Posted in k-punk on June 16, 2007 01:48 AM

'Bleak and solemn...'

The temptation to visit the locations where films or television programmes were made is as difficult to resist as it is likely to lead to disappointment. We know perfectly well that the places as they appear on film or television...
Posted in k-punk on April 15, 2007 10:12 PM

Apologies, but, unlike Owen, I can't declare an end to the holidays: I still have visitors. But I'm taking a hauntological/ M R James trip tomorrow. I hope to be able to report back on that on Thursday....
Posted in k-punk on April 10, 2007 11:21 PM

'time for the dead to have a word with the living'

A number of threads that have come up here recently - hauntology, the collapse of the public sphere, the Lehrstucke, Lee Edelman-type Queer theory, the end of music - coalesce in Ultra-red's Public Record project, an internet 'archive of...
Posted in k-punk on April 1, 2007 03:33 AM

Ecclesiastical nihilism

Reader Matthew Jones joins in the discussion of Metal/hauntology/Burial: Two points on Alex's recent thoughts: 1) As he quite rightly points out, sonically Sunn-O are removed from much of metal, but he should also have noted the affect it...
Posted in k-punk on February 28, 2007 01:30 AM

Po-faced versus PoMo

Reader Alex Williams on metal and hauntology: Structurally the real black metal hauntologists/doom-gazers are Sunn0))), their last album (Black one)liberally quoting (but in almost unrecognizable, expanded forms) classic black metal riffs, their live show almost a crystallization of the...
Posted in k-punk on February 25, 2007 11:54 PM

Links and thoughts

1. Ha ha 2. Wolves Evolve takes up and runs with the Robbie thing. (My quoting of Liam Gallagher, naturally, shouldn't be taken as any kind of endorsement of Oasis, perish the thought. But Gallagher has a sledgehammer way with...
Posted in k-punk on February 22, 2007 05:24 PM

2006 rewind

Momus argues that 'if music didn't exactly die in 2006, it certainly felt sidelined, jilted, demoted, decentred, dethroned as the exemplary creative activity, the most vibrant subculture.' That is one reason why Burial has to be the album of...
Posted in k-punk on December 31, 2006 05:18 PM

Hauntology as neurology

“Dickens says, ‘The cold within him froze his old features and stiffened his gait’, and he also suffers from tremors. But for me the most telling symptom is the ghosts,” ......
Posted in k-punk on December 24, 2006 03:59 PM

The vibrations will live on...

George Lochinski writes: Your last post mentions Helen Duncan, and wouldn't you know it, Helen Duncan is also mentioned in The Fall's "Psykick Dancehall No. 2" in a spoken word smample of (probably) MES himself saying: Helen Duncan was...
Posted in k-punk on December 21, 2006 02:54 PM

Hauntology in Dublin

To Dublin, then, where last week the National College of Art and Design held a one-day symposium on hauntology. Highlights for me included Susan MacWilliam, who talked about a series of films and installations devoted to seances, telepathy and...
Posted in k-punk on December 14, 2006 06:48 PM

Hauntology call for papers

Public Domain, Inc. is pleased to announce the call for PERFORATIONS 29. Guest editor for this issue will be Dr. Thomas Mical, Carleton University School of Architecture. As usual with perforations, deadlines are somewhat fluid but please notify Thomas Mical...
Posted in k-punk on December 14, 2006 05:31 PM

Nostalgic modernism

Simon is right to observe that nostalgia was a preoccupation of literary modernism: to his examples of Proust and Nabokov we can add Joyce (Ulysses as an exercise in re-creating Dublin as it was twenty years before). The difference...
Posted in k-punk on October 25, 2006 12:19 AM

Phonograph blues

There are only five dates in Johnson's life that can undeniably be used to assign him to a place in history: Monday, November 23; Thursday, November 26; and Friday, November 27, 1936, he was in San Antonio, Texas, at a...
Posted in k-punk on October 19, 2006 07:17 PM

Hauntological blues

Dub messes big time with such notions of uncorrupted temporality. Wearing a dubble face, neither future nor past, Dub is simultaneously a past and future trace: of music as both memory or futurity, authentic emotion and technological parasitism. Ian...
Posted in k-punk on October 3, 2006 11:56 PM

Reflektions

1. Giving voice to Autobiography Some thoughts on Simon's response to my Scritti post... It's not that I doubt that much of the material for the new album's lyrics comes out of and refers to 'specific misdeeds and actual epiphanies...
Posted in k-punk on July 10, 2006 11:49 PM

'old sunlight from other times and other lives': John Foxx's Tiny Colour Movies

He was in the market crowds, wearing a shabby brown suit. Trying to find me through all the years. My ghost coming home. How do you get home through all the years? No passport, no photo possible. No resemblance...
Posted in k-punk on June 19, 2006 04:10 PM

Correspondence corner

Well, I'm back, but debilitated by illness, so I'll let readers take over for a while.... Chris Baylis writes: 'I was on the London underground last week visiting a friend (slices of bacon swinging from meat-hooks), surrounded by people with...
Posted in k-punk on June 5, 2006 11:05 AM

Currently listening to...

1. The new Scott Walker, which is as good as everyone worth listening to says it is. 2. Brilliant dubstep mix by Paul Autonomic, which establishes that he was absolutely right to correct me for my peremptory dismissal of the...
Posted in k-punk on May 24, 2006 12:18 AM

Manchester/Modernism/Hauntology

Speaking of modernism and Manchester.... on Tuesday night I had the great privilege to interview one of my heroes, Peter Saville. Peter was every bit as articulate, incisive and fascinating as you'd expect. He was also very generous with his...
Posted in k-punk on May 11, 2006 12:31 PM

Memorex for the Krakens: The Fall's Pulp Modernism

PART 1 - part II to follow shortly... Dragnet sleevenotes: 'maybe industrial ghosts are making Spectres redundant' Specter Versus Rector: 'MR James be born be born/ Yog Sothoth rape me lord/ Sludge Hai Choi/Van Greenway/Ar Corman' Mark Sinker: 'Scrawny, gnarled,...
Posted in k-punk on May 8, 2006 11:35 PM

London after the rave

'From the moment that human beings started communicating with electrical and electromagnetic signals, the ether has been a spooky place. Four years after Samuel Morse strung up his first telegraph wire in 1844, two young girls in upstate New...
Posted in k-punk on April 14, 2006 01:42 PM

Nomadalgia: The Junior Boys' modernist MOR

I've lived with the new Junior Boys' album So This is Goodbye for nearly two weeks now... Or rather, it has lived with me and taken me over - its melodies taking up residence in the back of my...
Posted in k-punk on March 4, 2006 03:58 PM

Tails and niches

This, from reader Alex Williams, is well worth throwing into the current discussion of current pop's anti-futurism: 'just a few points that an economist friend of mine and I have been discussing of late re: the demonstrable slowing down of...
Posted in k-punk on February 12, 2006 12:32 AM

Is Pop Undead?

If there is a current coalescence of fascination around hauntology, there is also a mounting anxiety about the death, dearth, end of Pop. A few examples: this atrocious piece on the 'death of black music' (significant only for the...
Posted in k-punk on January 31, 2006 10:44 PM

Fragments of a conversation with Julian House

I met Ghost Box's Julian House at the V and A last week, where, as part of the museum's February Friday Late event, he was part responsible for a display and demonstration by the 'Department of Pscyhological Navigation', a...
Posted in k-punk on January 29, 2006 11:16 PM

Home is where the haunt is: The Shining's hauntology

1. The sound of hauntology Conjecture: hauntology has an intrinsically sonic dimension. The pun – hauntology, ontology - works in spoken French, after all. In terms of sound, hauntology is a question of hearing what is not here, the...
Posted in k-punk on January 23, 2006 08:36 PM

Hauntology Now

'The ghost as a cipher of iteration is particularly suggestive. At the beginning of Specters of Marx, Derrida talks about the way in which the anticipated return of the ghost may be mobilized on behalf of a deconstruction of all...
Posted in k-punk on January 17, 2006 10:45 PM

'It turned every TV into a time machine'

Following from these three posts on the hauntological power of TV, here's Julian House in an email, last year: 'In the same way that Derbyshire's theme was a landmark piece of British electronic music, Bernard Lodges' original titles did...
Posted in k-punk on January 14, 2006 11:10 PM

Left Hyperstition 1: The Fictions of Capital

The phrase, above all others, that haunted this weekend's superb conference at Birkbeck , 'Is a Politics of Truth Still Thinkable?', was one of Lacan's most gnomic and provacative formulations: 'truth has the structure of fiction'. Fiction featured centrally...
Posted in k-punk on November 28, 2005 09:35 PM

Corridors in which time is abolished: notes on Last Year in Marienbad

We find ourselves in an endless loop, let's call it a film. When we come in, it has already started.... Some acousmatic sleeptalk, fitfully legible, is already babbling.... we attribute it, almost certainly mistakenly, to someone that we later...
Posted in k-punk on October 4, 2005 11:08 PM

Unhomesickness

Pleasingly, there's very little about Ghost Box that's dark, but plenty that's unsettling. Off-kilter bucolic, drenched in an over-exposed post-psychedelic sun, Ghost Box recordings are uneasy listening to the letter. If nostalgia famously means ‘homesickness’, then Ghost Box sound...
Posted in k-punk on September 21, 2005 12:55 AM

NO FUTUREBLEED: KNEALE'S HAUNTOLOGY

The Kneale Tapes , BBC Four (Thanx to Michael for the heads up). The most haunting moments in BBC Four's retromentary on Nigel Kneale were reconstructions of his lost television play The Road. Like many of Kneale's fictions, The...
Posted in k-punk on October 18, 2003 01:25 AM

EMERALD PERIL

Emerald Daze further explores the Limehouse hauntology.......
Posted in k-punk on September 30, 2003 08:05 PM

WHERE EAST IS WEST

Sax's "Limehouse" article was the only clue they had, and not a very good one, since he had very carefully avoided naming the places he visited. But to a man intimately familiar with the dock area, the photographs might...
Posted in k-punk on September 29, 2003 10:31 PM