About TR Cochran

Tony Robert Cochran (b. 1987) is a nihologist, writer and social critic. A former union organizer, erstwhile Communications Director at Occupy Wall Street, and LGBTQ activist, he maintains deep connections to the praxis and pedagogy of anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-xenophobic and anti-queerphobic strategies. His work examines / engages fine art, general aesthetics, architecture, psychoanalysis, ontology, the (UK and US) prison-industrial complex, LGBTQIA experience(s), gay male pornography, migration/internationalism, the altermodern, post-catastrophic societal arrangements, feminism, the technophobia-technophilia spectrum and machines for making facts.

In 2018, he published, Prison As Power: Being & State Contra Negativity & Notion, a philosophical and ethnographic analysis and critique of incarceration, racism and prison-industrial complex.

In 2020, he finished, and then decided to rewrite, Full Encounters With Infinite Nothingness, a cyber/dystopian queer speculative literary novel that engages with race, politics, oligarchy, personal and social collapse, two-state vector formalism, temporal dynamics and more.

He has engaged with contemporary artists and writers from Paweł Kuczyński, M Lamar, Ruben Pang, Justin Sayre, Wojtek Więckowski, Timothy DuWhite via interview and published article format.

Currently, TR Cochran is very interested in the future building, time, post-traumatic and post-catastrophic narratives, aesthetics and art formations (television, film, music, writing, etc), including, but not limited to: interrogations of ontology, art analysis from Rosalind E. Krauss; the works of Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, James Turrell, Ferreira Gullar; the books of Octavia Butler, Ursula Le Guin, Alaistair Reynolds; independent and film noir; and cats. Ginger cats especially.