In Dark Deleuze (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), I argue that Google’s connectivity thesis typifies a popular network culture that contributes to a culture of compulsory happiness, decentralized control, and overexposure. It has been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and German.
I wrote a short post for my press relating the book to monsters and aliens, and posted an extended version on my blog.
French philosopher Gilles Deleuze is known as a thinker of creation, joyous affirmation, and rhizomatic assemblages. In this short book, Andrew Culp polemically argues that this once- radical canon of joy has lost its resistance to the present. Concepts created to defeat capitalism have been recycled into business mantras that joyously affirm “Power is vertical; potential is horizontal!”
In Dark Deleuze, Culp recovers the thinker’s forgotten negativity. He presents them through a series of contraries, each explored in playful prose. He unsettles the prevailing interpretation through an underground network of references to conspiracy, cruelty, the terror of the outside, and the shame of being human. At the end of his search, Culp still charges Deleuze with one fatal error – too busy encouraging us to ‘find reasons to believe in this world,’ Deleuze fails to teach us how to oppose what is intolerable about it. Culp claims that to be a communist today, we must also learn how to hate this world.
I completed it as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in the summer of 2015. The accompanying talk is available here.
The project has received advanced praise by tactical media progenitor Geert Lovink in his e-flux review of the book Ex-Communication and in his opponent speech at Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s dissertation defense.
Links to reviews of the book:
-Religious Theory, Snediker, "A Darker, Grittier Deleuze"
-Ideas, Heffesse, "Un rizoma no nos va a salvar la vida"
-Hickman, "A Short Summary"
-Berger, "A Conspiracy Against the World"
-Stones, "Conspiring Against the World"