Virtual Futures explores the ideas that the future lies in its ability to articulate the consequences of an increasingly synthetic and virtual world. New technologies like cyberspace, the internet, and Chaos theory are often discussed in the context of technology and its potential to liberate or in terms of technophobia. This collection examines both these ideas while also charting a new and controversial route through contemporary discourses on technology; a path that discusses the material evolution and the erotic relation between humans and machines.
Virtual Futures brings together diverse fields such as cyberfeminism, materialist philosophy, postmodern fiction, computing culture and performance art, with essays by Sadie Plant, Stelarc and Manuel de Landa (to name a few). The collection heralds the death of humanism and the ride of posthuman pragmatism. The contested zone of debate throughout these essays is the notion of the posthuman, or the possibility of the cyborg as the free human. Viewed by some writers as a threat to human life and humanism itself, others in the collection describe the posthuman as a critical perspective that anticipates the next step in evolution: the integration or synthesis of humans and machines, organic life and technology.
This view of technology and information is heavily influenced by Anglo American literature, especially cyberpunk, Pynchon and Ballard, as well as the materialist philosophies of Freud, Deleuze, and Haraway, Virtual Futures provides analyses by both established theorists and the most innovative new voices working in conjunction between the arts and contemporary technology.
""Virtual Futures' 'cyberotics' vividly carves out in big, thick 'drink me, eat me, use me' letters, the punk-rot psychosis of the information age. Here the dis-figured/re-figured body, skin, genitals, genders, saliva, tears, automobiles and out of pocket imaginations rub up against the (not-so-innocent) mutilation of postmodernism itself. As the cows go to slaughter, nothing is sacred in this acid-take-all revolution."
-Sue Golding, University of Greenwich
|The Information War Hakim Bey|
|Cyberotics, Theses on the Cyberotics of History: Venus in Microsoft, remix|
|Coming Across the Future|
|Sadie Plant All New Gen VNS Matrix|
|Cyberculture Singularities Telepathy and Illiteracy: Alphabetic Consciousness and the Age of Cyberotics|
|Virtual Environments and the Emergence of Synthetic Reason Manuel De Landa|
|Nick Land Epidermal History and Speed Politics Matteo Mandarini Black Ice PartIain|
|Posthuman Pragmatism Autogedon|
|Stelarc Postscript: Ground Zero|
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Series: Cyberotics, Technology and Post-Human Pragmatism
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 26th February 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.26 x 18.77
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1