Experiencing the remnants of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit

I’ve known little about the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit (CCRU) for a while. The CCRU comes up as an aside, usually linked to the Proper Names of Nick Land, Sadie Plant, Matthew Fuller, Kode 9, Kodwo Eshun, and Mark Fisher, who has posted an historical article on the unit. Unfortunately the group website, http://ccru.net, doesn’t respond to requests anymore, and their wikipedia page was just deleted by overzealous editors (how can something like this not be relevant or important if you have wikipedia pages for a number of these same people?) Their work seems to be carried on in the Collapse journal, whose publisher is also releasing an anthology of Land’s writings this year. The importance of sound and music to their work is what I am most interested in at the moment (besides their jubilant merging of theory and fiction); see Fisher’s link for more details. I wish there were more written about the CCRU, but perhaps that is part of why it is so interesting…an organizational form specific to their moment in time that can serve as a reminder of possibility in these times of the closure of philosophy departments.

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