Contemporary philosophy has witnessed a material or materialist turn to things, objects or the nonhuman. Such a philosophical trend brings to bear on what lies beyond human language, consciousness, thinking and perception, a world without humans. The recent trend of speculative realism also arises in such a context. This paper, first of all, positions speculative realism (or “new metaphysics”) in contemporary philosophical debates. Then, I will build up a conceptual trajectory between and through Eugene Thacker’s “horror and philosophy” and “world-with-us,” Morton’s “hyperobjects” and “dark ecology” and Negarestani’s geological and archaeological analysis of decays and archive of diabolic objects and practices. My purpose is to envision a geological-ecological framework which departs from anthropocentric positions and horizons. Then, I will proceed to examine the melancology (or ecology of negativity) of black metal, which goes beyond musical genre and stands as a way of doing philosophy. Such concern will bring to bear on such extreme auditory experiences as hallucinations and amusia to tackle with the possibility of a xenosonics, which addresses the complicated relationship or gap between the auditory phenomena and event, reality, auditory organs, nervous systems and bodily perceptions. Ultimately, this paper argues that human subjects cannot master auditory experiences or what they think they hear; some excess or surplus of sound beyond our auditory-perceptual systems definitely keeps haunting us in the form of the undead and unsettles the boundaries between presence and absence, audible and inaudible, human and nonhuman, and life and death.
|Effective start/end date||2019/08/01 → 2021/07/31|
- black metal
- dark ecology
- speculative realism
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