Snuff Memories: A Panel Discussion
Foreign Objekt presents an upcoming book reading and panel discussion for David Roden's newly published book, Snuff Memories (Schism Press: 2021), on March 7th, 2021, at 9am PST.
Panelists: David Roden, Amanda Beech, Martin Rosenberg, Romina Wainberg, Corey McCall, Simon Sellars
In David Roden’s Snuff Memories, an ancient time-war ripples through a demon-haunted cosmos as its characters systematically expunge their humanity. Their ‘posthuman becoming’ pre-empts any possible ethics or sane politics. Instead, desire is weaponized from a bleak, inhuman future. Bodies replicate and unzip across the novella’s pornographic vignettes, remade in erotic rituals of mutation, death, and pain.
Snuff Memories explores themes common to the discourses of New Realism, Posthumanism, Accelerationism, and Weird fiction: the cultivation of general intellect, the storming of heaven, our complicity with alien intelligences and uncontrollable technologies, the possibility of an ethics of ‘becoming inhuman’ in a world without transcendental norms.
In this seminar five contemporary thinkers and writers--Amanda Beech, Martin Rosenberg, Romina Wainberg, Corey McCall, and Simon Sellars--consider the themes and questions thrown up by the novella in dialogue with its author.
Moderated by: Setareh Taghvaei