Urbanomic is a publisher and arts organization based in the UK. Our aims are: to act as an advocate for philosophical thinking as a creative practice, and for the continuing cultural importance of philosophy; to support research activities addressing crucial issues that do not fall under any one discipline or practice; to present to the public the results of that research, and an insight into the research process itself, through a variety of media; to engender interdisciplinary thinking and production.
Jean Cavaillès: A Necessary Becoming
To mark the publication of a new translation of Jean Cavaillès’s On Logic and the Theory of Science, Robin Mackay is joined by Knox Peden and Matt Hare to provide an introduction to Cavaillès's philosophical project for the uninitiated, and to examine what is at stake in On Logic’s confrontation with Kantianism, logicism, and Husserlian phenomenology.
Among the many subjects covered in this wide-ranging conversation: optimism, extreme protestantism, and Spinozism; Heidegger and Cassirer’s Davos debate; mathematics as a necessary dynamism; the virtues and vices of phenomenology; philosophical style and the ethics of concision; foucault, archaeology, and the historical a priori; life and rational activity; abnegation in life and in thought; Cavaillès’s philosophical legacy and how reading his work ‘fundamentally changes our understanding of 20th-Century French philosophy’.
Music: ‘23’ from Newtables by SND (SNDSE2)
A Serial Killer of Memories
To celebrate the release of Chronosis, Keith Tilford and Reza Negarestani join Robin Mackay to talk about their collaboration and the ideas that fuelled the time-twisting plot of the comic. Creative tension and backchannel bickering, cat monks, Boltzmann brains, cosmic body horror, Bertrand Russell the armchair stoner, the Harold Lloyd theory of time-reversal, psychopaths, AGI monkeys, and The Mortiloquist all make an appearance.
Music: ‘Dionysus’, by Herman Polsus aka Drew Flieder, and ‘Timeshift’ by Eschaton (Omni Music)
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PlaguePod Live (New Variant), Year 2 Day 1
To celebrate a year of lockdown lunacy, in this special anniversary show we invite survivors from the very first PlaguePod to come back and tell us what their COVID highlights have been. Reza Negarestani, Miguel Prado, Shaun Lewin, Amy Ireland, and Xenogothic are among the guests. DJK Huysmans is in the house to provide Hariboid sounds. Plus snack testing, Chaney's Czech-in, and the Inexplicable Scots from Beyond.
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As featured in Urbanomic PlaguePod Live New Variant Day 3
The backing track is (1) Untitled shruti transform by Mark Fell (2)‘Zero F***s’ by Special Request
PlaguePod New Variant Day 3
We’re back in lockdown again. So we’re back on air. Pete Wolfendale discusses online personas and exo-selves, Keith Tilford and Iceland Bob give their all-time top ten list of comics, and there are readings from Fanged Noumena and archive recordings of talks by Ray Brassier and Mark Fisher.
SecondWavePod Day 4: A New Dawn
We’re back in lockdown. So we’re back on air, with some guests, some tunes, some book news, and…some other stuff.
Reza Blades and Kilford, along with Iceland Bob, join us to talk comics and Boltzmann Babies, there are X-Risks with Thomas Moynihan, a reading from Gabriel Catren’s forthcoming ‘Pleromatica’, plus a suspect audio package from Hyperdub’s Steve Goodman aka Kode9, and pro publishing conversation from Lower East Side celebrity and Sequence Press editor-about-town Captain K. Pickard.