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  • CHINA AND SINOFUTURISM IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

    2022-09-17

    "I am from the future, you should go to China" says one of the characters in Rian Johnson's film Looper

    Cyberpunk literature and the growing aesthetic waves of futuristic projection embody a growing trend, an almost hyperstitious attempt to follow waves, flows and movements. Hyperstition is the name given to the phenomenon of modeling the real, the construction of possibilities via projections. Created by CCRU - Cybernetic Culture Research Unit - hyperstition deals with a time of anastrophe: when the future arrives in a virulent manner against ordinary temporality.

    The implacable certainty that surrounds contemporary Sinofuturism is that of the upward movement that the red dragon has reigned since the modernizing boom starting in the 1970s and 1980s. What in fact Chinese history exposes is not only one of the oldest histories and most ancient philosophical systems, but a true "spirit of organized contradiction" as Hegel would describe it when trying to elucidate dialectics. Sinofuturism is not only a result of the political upheavals in the troubled 20th century and the Chinese rise after the 19th century, the so-called "century of shame," but is continuity of an ancestry that goes back countless dynasties and extensive empires. If there is one place to name an ancient empire, it is that of the Sun.

    After the COVID-19 pandemic, Yuk Hui dissertated on the increasingly essential character that China would have, especially in incorporating the certain role of temporal axis in this new modernity. From the acceptance of the end of a globalization that happened by unilateral ways, China appears in the geopolitical clash as the "Neo-China" that would rise from the future, as pointed out by the british philosopher Nick Land in his text "Meltdown". The video essay "Sinofuturism" by Lawrence Lek and its admittedly artificial aesthetics (with a robotic narration voice) and the technological and scientific exaltation, as well as the growing proliferation of musicalities and juvenile subcultures in the depths of Shanghai seem to dispute the dimensionality of cyberspace and projections of the future, no longer the giant as the country of the century of backwardness or authoritarian terrors, but the projection of a future where this new economic and social formation presents unprecedented airs.

    This volume of "Das Questões" is dedicated to contemporary studies from various fields such as philosophy, anthropology, politics, and Chinese art, which dialog especially in their interface with the future and the proposal of a futurism from the Sino-Pacific.

    RDQ (Revista das Questões) is a magazine that dialogues with other formats of art, expression and exhibition. The issue accepts texts in different formats (review, essay, article, etc.), as well as does not official a specific language. 

     

    Texts in: Portuguese, English, Mandarin.

    Deadline for submissions: 31st of January

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