In the following interview Nick Land responds to some questions about the mechanisms of Hyperstition in the context of apocalypse. I wonder if you could elaborate on what exactly is concealed … what will be revealed by apocalypse? It is only because people use words without numerizing them, that they remain open as conduits for something else. To dissolve the screen that hides such things and by hiding them, enables them to continue , is to fuse with the source of the signal and liquidate the world. For theists, the former. For transcendental naturalists such as hyperstitional cyberneticists , the latter. Hyperstition is a key word in the lexicon of my thesis … I was wondering if you could break the term down into language that normal academics such as my supervisor! Hyperstition is the backbone or channel into which everything apocalyptic flows, but what exactly is it? Could you define it?
A filmmaker and a professor talk art and philosophy at the limits of the thinkable
Indeed, the genre remains difficult to define further. As Michael Cisco has put it:. What strikes the observer is precisely the spontaneity with which so many different writers, pursuing such obviously disparate literary styles, should vaguely intersect in this way. Instead of a set of general aims, we have a great proliferation of correspondences on a more intimate level, like a sprawling coincidence of idiosyncratic choices.
Hyperstition, a term coined by the Ccru Cybernetic Culture Research Unit is a useful tactical intervention within a cybernetic, capitalist system that suppresses contingency and futurity in the name of pursuing more efficiently predatory maneuvers. His xenopraxis burroughs into uncharted perceptual aporias, transliminal zones in which objects become processes, surfaces yield to sediment, and extended duration pressures conventions beyond intended function. He tweets as xenopraxis. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Share this: Twitter Facebook.
The passage from the Asclepius concerning the creation of gods is the perfect example. The priests of Egypt made statues that became real gods to them gods of the earth. In Hermeticism, humans can do this by virtue of nous, the mind they share with the godhead. Less dramatically, hyperstitions are memes. These are ideas that stick, for whatever reason. They start off as kind of nuts—but with time they come to seem self-evident. Hyperstitions are not necessarily intended as such.