In this talk, Shintaro Miyazaki discusses the concept of “counter-raving” or “counter-dancing.” He argues that this allows for the practice of liminoid states, which allow us to travel between our present and possible futures (we/us/our here is meant inclusively, but still respecting different opinions).
Counter-raving is many things at the same time, but first and foremost it is a form of raving against the congestions, bottlenecks, and limitations imposed on us by the extractive networks of the techno- and infosphere—especially their algorithmic and computational systems. It resonates with an attempt to keep evolving in liminal states. Counter-raving is a practice in alliance with dance, movement, bodies, things, music, beat, rhythms, affects, and the critical, responsible use of technology. By counter-raving we can hopefully glimpse the gateway—an opportunity to go beyond, below, or besides capitalism. This talk will extend a chapter Miyazaki wrote for the forthcoming anthology "Ultrablack of Music," edited by Achim Szepanski (writer, activist and founder of the label Mille Plateaux, 1993-2004/2010–).
Shintaro Miyazaki is a Senior Researcher at the Critical Media Lab Basel, Academy of Art and Design FHNW in Switzerland. He studied media studies, philosophy, and musicology in Basel and Berlin, where in 2012 he received a PhD in media studies (about the history of digital technologies focusing on algorithms and their rhythms by coining the term algorhythmics).