Designing the Apocalypse: On the Limits of Cartography

Accommodating and repurposing the apocalypse? I’m not sure what a “post-critical, post-cartographic engagement” might look like in this context but I certainly support the move towards performative praxis and making the attempt to adapt to the coming changes. Of course the question will be ‘who will do the designing, and in who’s best interest will it be designed?’

Unlimited Dream Company ('Despairing at last, I decided to die' -J.G. Ballard)

I was thinking of forwarding a comment to Adam Robbert’s post at knowledge-ecology.com (Earth’s Aesthetics: Knowledge and Media Ecologies) about his concept of mapping ecology when for some reasons my mind wandered off into Guattari. Nonetheless, I find Robbert’s concept of mapping ecology reminiscent of Guattari’s cartography, though some obvious lines are drawn in Robbert’s that make his initial work considerably way above Guattari’s emphasis on decomposing oedipal desire which, though radical in its gesture, is still dependent on a residual humanistic framing as we will try to illustrate.

Well, this has been a part of the project I’m pursuing, to make sense of the anthropocene about accommodating the apocalypse as a properly post-human standpoint. Accommodation would need designing an anthropocenic apocalypse whose conceptualizations were already implied in pre-anthropocenic models (pre- in terms of before the awareness of what Morton describes as hyperobjects, or the awareness of our enormous influence…

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One response to “Designing the Apocalypse: On the Limits of Cartography

  1. ” I certainly support the move towards performative praxis and making the attempt to adapt to the coming changes. Of course the question will be ‘who will do the designing, and in who’s best interest will it be designed?”
    indeed, that’s where the rubber does or does not hit the road, and I hold cannot in practice-able terms be decided/settled in general/principle/beforehand, back to the rough ground and into the idiosyncratic frays at hand!

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