The Accelerationist socio-political theory -the idea that either the prevailing system of capitalism, or certain technosocial processes that have historically characterised it, should be expanded, repurposed, or accelerated in order to generate radical social change- seen through extreme countercultural music movements contaminated by this ideology.
LIVING AT NIGHT ISN'T HELPING MY COMPLEXION
“He wrote: Rich and hurried Japanese take the plane, others take the ferry: waiting, immobility, snatches of sleep. Curiously all of that makes me think of a past or future war: night trains, air raids, fallout shelters, small fragments of war enshrined in everyday life. He liked the fragility of those moments suspended in time. Those memories whose only function had been to leave behind nothing but memories.”
Sans Soleil, 1983, Chris Marker
“Living at night isn’t helping my complexion” is an ongoing research on countercultural music movements, in perpetual balance between technophiles enthusiasm and dystopian visions. Still almost entirely overlooked by mainstream media or academias, this movements -historically closer to anarchist devolutionist ideals with marxist economics influences- are more and more driven towards to the Accelerationist philosophy. Accelerationists argue that technology and capitalism, particularly in its most aggressive neoliberal global variety, should be massively sped-up and intensified – either because this is the best way forward for humanity, or because there is no alternative-, destroying it. They believe that people should stop deluding themselves that economic and technological progress can be controlled. They often believe that social and political upheaval has a value in itself. This new countercultural movements often inspired by Mark Fisher's "Realism Capitalism", attempts to press "the process of technological evolution" in part beyond the constrictive horizon of capitalism, for example by repurposing modern technology for socially beneficial and emancipatory ends, like facilitating automation of workforce as liberation for human labor as conceptual base of future National or Transnational constitutions. Members of leftist political movements in Europe and US, like Varoufakis's Diem 25 or Bernie Sanders's Democratic Socialists, are moving forward together in contact with this ideals, rebooting progressivism as opposed equally to neoliberalists and to populist neo-nationalism.
Ultimately, Accelerationists favor the further merging of the digital and the human. For this reason LANIHMC, shoot since 2015
in Milan (the city where I'm based) and part of my ongoing project Post- Internet Era
, is a mix of authorial documentary photography processed with Google’s Deep Dream
, open-source program witch visualize Artificial Neural Networks through psychedelic pareidolia results. All the output/images with Deep Dream are unique and autonomously generated by the program and then merged with the original photos. More pictures, video pills and and deep dreamed images on Instagram following the hashtag #livingatnightisnthelpingmycomplexion and with IG Stories on related issues on @marcocasinoph or on @postinternetera, daily.