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Accelerating Capitalism from Then till Now. Accelerationsim and its Sources


Lecture by Stephen Zepke

Coorganized with V2 Institute for Unstable Media, 20h00 20 April 2015

Abstract: Accelerationism claims Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari and Camatte as predecessors for its own position regarding Capitalism, but what are we to make of these claims? In the first two cases Accelerationism claims early positions of philosophers whose later work repudiates (in Lyotard's case) or complicates (in Deleuze and Guattari's) their earlier claims, and in the other case seems to fly in the face of Camatte's actual claims. This problematic relationship to predecessors would seem to be symptomatic of Accelerationism's difficulty with capitalism, which it needs to fund the promethean acceleration of technology it sees as liberatory, while at the same time offering a kind of social democratic "critique" of capitalist processes. What, if anything, might accelerating Capitalism actually mean?