Rainer J. Hanshe
As the digitization of every aspect of existence grows more pervasive and absolute, from the monitoring of thought to the tracking even of genitals, the central nervous system of the human body has been completely rewired. In the mapping of space-time, the species has moved into a state of total possession, of the enslavement of its drives, imagination, and will. Through this virtualization of life, the society of the spectacle has reached a point of unparalleled monstrosity, with the simulacrum usurping reality itself. The species is divided between the digitalists who see the technologization of the human as its natural evolutionary development, and those who stand against them.
At this epochal crux, an enigmatic faction of anonymous figures engages in coordinated global poetic acts of destruction and creation, ludic and radical capers, dismantling machines of control and surveillance. The society of the spectacle is thereby short-circuited, scrambled, cut-up via skirmishes, détournements, and other subversive acts of havoc wreaking, interruption, and sabotage. Can these dice throws overturn all the mediums of control and enslavement? As time grows more and more constricted, suffers chronotic devouring, and the briefer, lesser, and greatest serendipities and transfigurations of human life suffer swift evisceration, the anonymous clowns of revolt seek to resurrect the moments and marvels when great forces open up the boundless and the limitless, creating combustion engines of play so as to generate new hemispheres of possibility.
Written as a burst of epigrammatic sequences, like Molotov cocktails arriving from elsewhere, Dionysos Speed is a series of erupting geysers, comets flashing thru space and dispersing new forces. Akin to a Heraclitean fire machine, this book is an act meant to give birth once again to dissonant desire through the powers of the dice throw, a machine forged to release by way of its ludic freedom the immense forces of the cosmos.
Rainer J. Hanshe
Dionysos Speed (8 April 2024)
Our other Hanshe books include: Closing Melodies, Shattering the Muses, The Abdication, and the translations High Solitude, The Creativity of the Crisis, Paris Spleen, Belgium Stripped Bare, Conversations in the Pyrenees, Innocent, Army of Shadows, My Heart Laid Bare, and Marginalia on Casanova (introduction). As editor and introducer: Fragments, Towards the One & Only Metaphor, Plays with Films.