Week 3 (Jan. 20)

HYPERSTITION, chaos magick and contingency: (writing) the future


Your psychedelic adjacencies.


CHAOS MAGICK – Grant Morrison Pop Magic!, William S. Burroughs – Invisible Generation

Late capitalist techniques (such as those seen last week) operate as PRACTICAL SORCERY

McLuhan: the ELECTRIC / ACOUSTIC age retrieves the OCCULT – superstitious acoustic man

HYPERSTITION (ccru: cybernetic culture research unit)

1. Element of effective culture that makes itself real.

2. Fictional quantity functional as a time-traveling device.

3. Coincidence intensifier.

4. Call to the Old Ones.



Allows for an escape from the bad feedback loops of cyber-capitalism and for other futures to make themselves manifest.

PRIMING the ground for a world to come which has not already been predicted.

Art as ACTIVE INTERVENTION into the world, beyond ANALYSIS.

Generative of POSITIVE instead of NEGATIVE feedback



Ron Suskind: “In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend—but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.”

“The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

GUATEMALA 1955 – the CIA sets up a radio station broadcasting news that massive rebel troops are at the cusp of Guatemala City when only a few dozen exist; dropping of leaflets from planes announcing imminent victory etc.

the HIT PARADE : artificial numbers propelling certain songs rather than others to higher positions on the charts, which in turns influences sales, “makes real” the desirability of the song


a longer-term history, relationship with memory

brands are not perceived, they are idea-constellations, ineffable

can induce preemptive “memories” of products that do not yet exist (the “hype” in hyperstition)

compression of affect into microseconds (brand identity)

anamnesis – spatio-temporal abduction into a lodged memory, which is actualized by the sonic / visual trigger (the brand icon / or sound)

Burroughs Restaurant Story (played back a recording of the inside of a restaurant which had mistreated him, while walking to and fro outside the establishment – the restaurant closed two weeks later, for unspecified reasons.)

Elie Ayache: market trading as WRITING (economics is essentially VOODOO)

the high frequency trader is simultaneously functioning from a perspective of ignorance, not knowing all the contingencies, while at the same time directly participating in the perpetuation of the same system (actualizing it)

AFROFUTURISM – Jungle / drum and bass  – ACCELERATIONISM

GROUP TIME FOR PROJECT 1, to air out questions and concerns

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