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Planetary Dysphoria

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Abstract:

Planetary dysphoria is the term coined by the author to capture the geopsychoanalytic state of the world at its most depressed and unruhig, awaiting the triumphant revenge of acid, oil and dust. The article considers practices giving expression to this emergent planetary aesthetic, informed by a newfound sensitivity to the real and imagined processes of the earth's destruction and the end of life as we know it. No single or simple politics corresponds to its various expressions; the author draws on examples ranging from W G Sebald's poem Nach der Natur to Lars von Trier's film Melancholia, and from Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia to Ray Brassier's Nihil Unbound.

Keywords: Eugene Thacker; Naturphilosophie; Peter Sloterdijk; Reza Negarestani; geotrauma; melancholia; nihilism; planetary dysphoria; psychoanalysis; thymos

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2013.752197

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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