Leper Creativity - Cyclonopedia Symposium
Edited by Edward Keller, Nicola Masciandaro, Eugene Thacker
Contributors Alisa Andrasek, Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Zach Blas, Benjamin H. Bratton, Melanie Doherty, Alexander R. Galloway, Edward Keller, Robin Mackay, Dan Mellamphy, Nicola Masciandaro, Kate Marshall, Lionel Maunz, Reza Negarestani, Anthony Sciscione, Öykü Tekten, Eugene Thacker, McKenzie Wark, Ben Woodard
Essays, articles, artworks, and documents taken from and inspired by the symposium on Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, which took place in March 2011 at The New School. Hailed by novelists, philosophers, artists, cinematographers, and designers, Cyclonopedia is a key work in the emerging domains of speculative realism and theory-fiction. The text has attracted a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary audience, provoking vital debate around the relationship between philosophy, geopolitics, geophysics, and art. At once a work of speculative theology, a political samizdat, and a philosophic grimoire, Cyclonopedia is a Deleuzo-Lovecraftian middle-eastern Odyssey populated by archeologists, jihadis, oil smugglers, Delta Force officers, heresiarchs, and the corpses of ancient gods. Playing out the book’s own theory of creativity – “a confusion in which no straight line can be traced or drawn between creator and created – original inauthenticity” – this multidimensional collection both faithfully interprets the text and realizes it as a loving, perforated host of fresh heresies. The volume includes an incisive contribution from the author explicating a key figure of the novel: the cyclone.