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History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future | Technology | The Guardian
Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis? By In its first issue of 2010, the scientific journal Nature looked forward to a dazzling decade of progress.
big  data  history  information  knowledge  mathematics  maths  meaning  module  prediction  science  theory  stream 
4 weeks ago by therourke
A Theory-Fiction Reading List – The Wasted World
What even is theory-fiction? In short, it is the intersection of theory and fiction, and also the “dissolution of the opposition itself” (Fisher 1999, p 156).
fiction  reading  list  syllabus  theory  theory-fiction 
5 weeks ago by therourke
Appropriating the Alien: A Critique of Xenofeminism | Mute
The Xenofeminist Manifesto claims, among many things, rationalism and technology as core to a renewed futurist feminist project. However, given the provenance of its moniker and its 'pro-enlightenment' position, Annie Goh asks, WTF exactly is XF?
additivism  additivist  alien  control  digital  media  feminism  identity  intersectional  intersectionality  politics  power  reading  test  test2  theory  xenofeminism  stream 
august 2019 by therourke
0AZ: Alien Rhythms
There was only one thing that I didn't like. In the very back of the garage, near the canisters, I could see something silvery. That hadn't been there before.
additivism  alien  alieness  evolution  gender  posthumanism  theory  trans  weird  xeno  stream 
april 2019 by therourke
Natural’s Not in It — Real Life
If the 20th century promised better living through chemistry, the 21st century has promised better living through digital technology.
additivism  biology  essentialism  evolution  futurism  life  nature  theory  stream 
march 2019 by therourke
A Theory-Fiction Reading List:
resource  syllab  syllabi  syllabus  theory  fiction 
january 2019 by therourke
The Neologismcene | Literature, the Humanities, & the World
This particular terminological game is just about up, I think, and it's no surprise that Anthropos has won again. I don't think we'll be using any word but Anthropocene to describe the ecological present anytime soon. More's the pity, perhaps—but the Anthropocene is here to stay.
additivism  anthropocene  capitalocene  chthulucene  climate  change  cthulhucene  language  reading  theory  stream 
may 2018 by therourke
Epochal Aesthetics: Affectual Infrastructures of the Anthropocene - e-flux Architecture - e-flux
The Anthropocene renders visible new architectures of time and matter, both sedimenting existing genealogies of global-world-space and radically reorganizing an imagination of the scope and material duration of what the human is in and through time.
additivism  aesthetics  anthropocene  apocalypse  chthulucene  e-flux  environment  human  infrastructure  politics  posthumanism  reading  theory  stream 
april 2017 by therourke
The Revolution Will Be Weird and Eerie - VICE
The simplest way to distinguish between the "weird" and the "eerie", the late Mark Fisher writes, is to think about the difference between presence and absence. Weirdness is produced by the presence of "that which does not belong". It shouldn't, or couldn't, exist – and yet there it is.
additivism  eerie  future  futures  mark  fisher  reading  theory  weird  stream 
march 2017 by therourke
Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers? | Education | The Guardian
Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate
additivism  colonisation  decolonialisation  education  enlightenment  history  humanism  insta  philosophy  reading  theory  stream 
march 2017 by therourke
Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene | Aeon Ideas
Human-level intelligence is familiar in biological hardware – you’re using it now. Science and technology seem to be converging, from several directions, on the possibility of similar intelligence in non-biological systems.
additivism  ai  alan  turing  anthropocene  evolution  human  intelligence  machine  machines  machinocene  mind  philosophy  reading  stechnology  technology  theory  stream 
october 2016 by therourke
KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a., “Filth” (2016) I am filthy [Je suis sale]—writes Lautréamont—I am riddled with lice. Hogs, when they look at me, vomit. My skin is encrusted with the scabs and scales of leprosy, and covered with yellowish pus.
body  crap  dirt  filth  posthumanism  the  thing  theory  stream 
september 2016 by therourke
Gif Horse — Real Life
An adorable black kitten is sitting on a bookshelf, eyes fixed on an insect. It sits, paws perfectly aligned. Then, out of nowhere, it pounces — leaping off the shelf and into the air, wild and frantic.
animated  gifs  digital  media  film  gifbites  images  ontheimage  perception  repetition  teaching  theory  walter  j  ong  stream 
september 2016 by therourke
Laboria Cuboniks in Conversation «DIS Magazine
Laboria Cuboniks is currently a group of 6 women working together online to redefine a feminism adequate to the twenty-first century. They collectively wrote Xenofeminsim: A Politics for Alienation in 2014.
additivism  feminism  interview  laboria  cuboniks  manifesto  posthumanism  reading  theory  xenofeminism  stream 
september 2016 by therourke / 500 words
From her classic Cyborg Manifesto, first published three decades ago, to her latest arguments about the “Chthulucene,” multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway is one of our most daring thinkers.
additivism  anthropocene  capitalocene  chthulcene  donna  haraway  kin  reading  theory  trouble  stream  from twitter_favs
september 2016 by therourke
The Nomadic Humanities - Los Angeles Review of Books
Kyrgyz nomads, 2011 “Act so that there is no use in a center. A wide action is not a width. A preparation is given to the ones preparing. They do not eat who mention silver and sweet.
additivism  critical  posthumanism  feminism  humanism  humanities  nomadism  reading  rosi  braidotti  theory  stream 
august 2016 by therourke
"She wore a USB cord instead of a necklace": whatever happened to Cyberfeminism?
The movement was young, energetic, educated, and art school-heavy. Above all it was “positive”: both cyber-positive and sex-positive. Sometime in the late 1990s, I met someone else called Joanna Walsh. The fact that this is also my name drew me to study her closely.
additivism  cyberfeminism  feminism  history  internet  reading  teaching  theory  web  stream  from twitter_favs
may 2016 by therourke
Berlin Biennale | Geopolitics of Hibernation
Perhaps fantasies of hibernation persist. As temperatures rise, we will live in our air-conditioned bunkers with our cell phones and lattes. In the twentieth century, Stalin’s state policy of “socialism in one country” proved to be a monstrous impossibility.
additivism  anthropocene  art  earth  economics  environment  geopolitics  mckenzie  wark  politics  reasing  resources  theory  war  stream 
may 2016 by therourke
More than Human: From the Politics of Plastics to Shifting our Species Into the Unknown | ART21 Magazine
The things we create define us, as a culture and as a species. Yet, so often, as we hurtle into the future, our creations seem to take on a life of their own.
additivism  change  critical  posthumanism  evolution  human  humanism  philosophy  press  progress  reading  renewal  silicon  valley  technology  theory  what  willa  koerner  stream  from twitter_favs
april 2016 by therourke
Paul Virilio: The Propaganda of a Growing Disaster | dark ecologies
For Paul Virilio the last remaining defense against the crumbling world economy is to abandon the ship, lift our heads to the sky and join in the exurbanist future of the Ultracity.
disaster  paul  virilio  theory  stream 
march 2016 by therourke
Hacking capitalism with capped returns
This post is an exploration of the idea of capped returns which we’ve been talking about and experimenting with in some of our Enspiral businesses for the past few years.
additivism  capitalism  economics  growth  market  money  progress  steady  state  theory  value  stream 
march 2016 by therourke
Closing the Loop – The New Inquiry
“The black female’s body needs less to be rescued from the masculine “gaze” than to be sprung from a historic script surrounding her with signification while at the same time, and not paradoxically, it erases her completely.
additivism  black  feminism  body  gaze  identity  images  internet  onthimage  perception  selfies  teaching  the  theory  stream 
march 2016 by therourke
Writing The Future From Science Fiction - OMNI Reboot
Sometimes this failure of prediction is even science fiction's explicit subject. In Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series, for instance, a brilliant mathematician devises a method of calculating historical probabilities.
additivism  consciousness  discognition  future  panpsychism  philosophy  posthumanism  reading  sci-fi  steven  shaviro  theory  stream 
february 2016 by therourke
Frieze Magazine | Archive | Loop the Loop
If an annual award for the ‘hottest digital image format online’ existed, this year’s winner would be the Graphics Interchange Format or gif: an eight-bit, 256-colour bitmap picture file that can composite a series of stills into an infinitely loopable, silent moving image.
animated  gifs  digital  digital-art  folk-web  frieze  gif  history  loops  theory  stream 
january 2016 by therourke
Human Nature – The New Inquiry
SINCE its rise in the 1970s, mainstream environmentalism has been viewed by many as a “new social movement.
additivism  books  capitalism  ecology  human  nature  reading  theory  stream 
january 2016 by therourke
From the days of the Acheulean hand-axe on, humans have always had a symbiotic relationship with technology. How far will that relationship go? One haunting vision of the future is provided by the Borg — one of the main villains of the Star Trek universe.
accelerationism  additivism  assimilation  augmentation  borg  cyborg  cyborgisation  evolution  fiction  future  posthumanism  sci-fi  star  trek  technology  theory  transhuman  transhumanism  stream 
january 2016 by therourke
The Dialogical Avatar: a presentation with Donna Haraway&&& Journal
as the central speaker and facilitator. Aside from the Cyborg Manifesto, it constitutes one of Haraway’s most extended engagements with science fiction, and with a specific work of science fiction cinema in particular, as a central topic.
additivism  anthropocene  avatar  donna  haraway  ecology  fiction  human  materiality  nature  posthumanism  power  race  reading  revolution  sci-fi  science  theory  whiteness  stream 
january 2016 by therourke
The Essence of Peopling
Sarah Perry is a contributing editor of Ribbonfarm. Nouns for human beings – “people” or “person” – conjure in the mind a snapshot of the surface appearance of humans. Using nouns like “people” subtly encourages thinking about people as frozen in time, doing nothing in particular.
earth  ethics  humans  nature  people  peopling  philosophy  posthumanism  theory  stream 
january 2016 by therourke
Open Humanities Press– Twilight of the Anthropocene Idols
Following on from Theory and the Disappearing Future, Cohen, Colebrook and Miller turn their attention to the eco-critical and environmental humanities’ newest and most fashionable of concepts, the Anthropocene.
additivism  anthropocene  posthumanism  reading  theory  stream 
january 2016 by therourke
The Anthropocene and a Critical Theory of Machines | Heathwood Press
The significance of the idea of the Anthropocene epoch is centrally about the understanding of human intervention into and extraction from nature, and one that can be signalled in the geological record.
additivism  anthropocene  critical  theory  environment  geology  machines  nature  reading  reference  technology  time  stream 
november 2015 by therourke
In Defense of Grand Narratives | Jacobin
Postmodernists oppose “grand narratives,” and perhaps the “grandest” of all “narratives” was authored by Karl Marx, that of the proletariat taking power and creating a society in which all individuals can develop their talents to their fullest.
additivism  grand  narrative  narratives  philosophy  reading  reference  theory  stream 
november 2015 by therourke
A Feminist Approach to the Anthropocene: Earth Stalked by Man
To take seriously the concept of the Anthropocene—the idea that we have entered a new epoch defined by humans’ impact on Earth’s ecosystems—requires engagement with global history.
additivism  anthropocene  extinction  feminism  life  man  nature  reading  theory  stream 
november 2015 by therourke
Anarcho-Transhumanist AMA : DebateAnarchism
Hi folks and welcome to the anarcho-transhumanist AMA. The term "anarcho-transhumanism" is a relatively recently one, barely mentioned in the 80s, publicly adopted in the early oughts and only really popularized in the last half decade.
additivism  anarchism  anarcho-transhumanist  augmentation  disability  human  posthumanism  prosthesis  technology  theory  transhumanism  stream 
october 2015 by therourke
On Hito Steyerl | Public Seminar
Next in our tour of new-classic works of media theory, after Jodi Dean and Tiziana Terranova, I turn to Hito Steyerl, and her collected writings The Wretched of the Screen (e-flux and Sternberg Press, 2012).
hito  steyerl  teaching  the  poor  image  theory  stream 
october 2015 by therourke
Select All: Toward a Xenofeminist Future | Topical Cream
“Xenofeminism is an affirmative creature on the offensive, fiercely insisting on the possibility of large-scale social change for all of our alien kin.” Laboria Cuboniks knows; they know that the Internet is dead as we once knew it.
cyberfeminism  feminism  posthumanism  theory  xenofeminism  stream 
august 2015 by therourke
Fillip / Speed Trials: A Conversation about Accelerationist Politics (Mohammad Salemy, Nick Srnicek, and Alex Williams)
Speed Trials: A Conversation about Accelerationist PoliticsMohammad Salemy, Nick Srnicek, and Alex Williams Mohammad Salemy – As a curator, I have been investigating the synthesis of mass computation and mass telecommunication, or what I have called telecomputation,1 and its role in both the t
acceleration  accelerationism  theory  stream 
august 2015 by therourke
The Anthropocene Debate: Why is Such a Useful Concept Starting to Fall Apart?
The term ‘Anthropocene’ has entered the climate change debate, and the question is whether it should stay there. It neatly encapsulates the idea that the Holocene—a scientific term referring to the present era—is no longer an adequate description.
anthropocene  environment  theory  stream 
july 2015 by therourke
#DECELERATE MANIFESTO for a Decelerationist anti-politics - Philosophical Percolations
Decelerationism leans gingerly towards a future that is basically more of the same, a mod­ern­ity that's going to generate itself no matter what we blog. 1. At the beginning of the second decade of the Twenty-First Century, global civilization goes on much the same as before.
accelerate  additivism  deccelerate  decelerate  future  manifesto  theory  stream 
june 2015 by therourke
What is Additivism? (part I of II) | speculative materialism
The student of nonlinear dynamics immediately thinks of additivism as a conservative concept. In a linear system, the total effect of the combined action of two or more operations is merely the additive superposition of the effects of each operation individually.
additivism  speculation  theory  stream 
june 2015 by therourke
After Accelerationism: The Xenofeminist Manifesto - &&& Journal&&& Journal
It has arrived! The Laboria Cuboniks collective have just released their highly-anticipated manifesto, Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation, via their Twitter account.
accelerationism  additivism  feminism  manifesto  theory  xenofeminism  stream 
june 2015 by therourke
Speculation, Acceleration, and the In-Between - &&& Journal&&& Journal
Thanks everyone for being here tonight and also thanks to Suhail, Christopher, and Jenny for extending an invitation for me to be a respondent at this book launch.
acceleration  accelerationism  art  capitalism  globalisation  money  politics  post-capitalism  theory  stream 
may 2015 by therourke
Deconstruction and Excision in Philosophical Transhumanism
I distinguish the ethics of transhumanism from a related metaphysical position which I refer to as “speculative posthumanism.” Speculative posthumanism holds that posthumans might be radically non-human and thus unintelligible in human terms.
david  roden  deconstruction  excision  future  human  humanism  philosophy  posthumanism  reference  technology  theory  stream 
december 2014 by therourke
The Triumphant Rise of the Shitpic - The Awl
In the first chapter of his book, After Photography, digital photography theorist Fred Ritchin explains the central selling point of digital over analog: Digital is based on an architecture of infinitely repeatable abstractions in which the original and its copy are the same; analog ages and rots,
image  images  photography  poor  shitpics  teaching  theory  stream 
december 2014 by therourke
Proxy Politics: Signal and Noise | e-flux
A while ago I met an extremely interesting software developer who was working on smartphone camera technology. Photography is traditionally thought to represent what is out there by means of technology, ideally via an indexical link.
digital  images  eflux  hito  steyerl  noise  reference  representation  theory  stream 
december 2014 by therourke
Bruce Willis, Irigaray, and the Aesthetics of Space Travel | Mute
'Or for instance, if you were crushed to death by hundreds of boxes of chocolate....
bataille  bruce  willis  gifs  junk  language  philosophy  reference  theory  stream 
december 2014 by therourke
Extrapolation, not Acceleration | Public Seminar
W. H. Auden, New Year Letter, 1941 It would appear that in the twenty-first century, we should probably relinquish a faith in a force external to capital, even if generated by it, that could negate it and raise it up into another form.
accelerationism  evolution  exaptation  extrapolation  theory  stream 
october 2014 by therourke
Frieze Magazine | Archive | Borrowed Energy
This article is for frieze subscribers only. To access this article, the entire archive, and receive 8 issues of frieze a year, take a subscription from only £29. Subscription options.
anthropomorphism  evolution  frieze  future  human  humanism  interview  posthumanism  reference  rosi  braidotti  theory  stream 
october 2014 by therourke
My response to Claire Bishop’s article “Digital Divide”
This is my response to Claire Bishop‘s essay “Digital Divide“, published in Artforum in September 2012 (also posted in the comments section of the article):

Reading this article was a pleasure, and a pain. Some of the points made here are really good, and I also felt a lot of empathy for many of the examples raised, such as the use of obsolete or dead media, or the “archival impulse”, which have been the polar stars of my curatorial and critical work so far.

The problem is that Bishop fails in formulating the main question, that is: contemporary art should respond to the digital age – why it doesn’t? In my opinion, this question should be reformulated this way: “why the mainstream art world, the small niche I belong to and I’m talking to hereby, doesn’t respond to the digital age?”
claire-bishop  post  new-media  media  digital  digital-media  digital-art  art  information  internet  net-art  theory  reference  technology 
september 2012 by therourke
Making the Digital Divide Cheap and Nasty
So ArtForum have launched a special September issue investigating the, lets say broader, relationship between new media, technology and visual art.*

Of worthy mention is the essay Digital Divide by the art world's antagonistic critic of choice Claire Bishop, a writer whom a little under 8 years ago, deservedly poured critical scorn over the happy-go-lucky, merry-go-round creative malaise that was Bourriaud's Relational Aesthetics and all of the proponents involved. Since then Bishop's critical eye has focused on the acute political antagonistic relationships, within the dominant paradigms of participatory art and the concomitant authenticity of the social.

In Digital Divide, Bishop asks a different question, and its delivered even more bluntly than usual. Why has the mainstream art world, for the most part, refrained from directly responding to the 'endlessly disposable, rapidly mutable ephemera of the virtual age and its impact on our consumption of relationships, images and communication.' This is not to say the practices of mainstream artists do not rely on digital media (in almost all cases, it now cannot function without it), but why hasn't the shifting sands of digital culture been made explicit? In Bishop's words;

"[H]ow many really confront the question of what it means to think, see, and filter affect through the digital? How many thematize this, or reflect deeply on how we experience, and are altered by, the digitization of our existence?"
claire-bishop  technology  data  digital  digital-art  digital-media  net-art  art  internet  information  post  philosophy  theory  furtherafield  critique  reference  art-theory  contemporary-art  digitisation  digital-divide 
september 2012 by therourke
A Matter of Feeling (exploring interzone materials between “inert” and “alive”)
The cosmos is composed of many different species of stardust and despite our advanced, secular knowledge we imagine these primordial substances give rise to a universe, fashioned in our own image. Meta.Morf is a reflection on a new kind of image, which is evolving in a diverse set of arts practices at the start of the twenty-first century. Intriguingly, its portrait of our universe is far more autonomous and sensitive than the one that has historically relied on human reason for instruction. All matter squirms. This is the fundamental reality that underpins our cosmic fabric.
technology  science  biology  cosmos  machinemachine  digital  philosophy  theory  materiality  reference  research  matter  autonomy  things  networks  reality  venter  craig-venter  the-thing  vitality  physics  life  post  latour  bruno-latour  actants  from instapaper
september 2012 by therourke
Why contemporary art fails to come to grips with digital - A response to Claire Bishop.
This month, Art Forum published a very timely, and beautifully written essay by Claire Bishop entitled, Digital Divide: on contemporary Art and New Media“.

In it, Bishop analyses the contemporary art-world’s reluctance to conceptually engage with the changes which have been wrought by the proliferation of digital technology. She wonders why so few contemporary artists confront “the question of what it means to think, see, and filter affect through the digital, [and] reflect deeply on how we experience, and are altered by, the digitization of our existence?”

However, I would contend that one of the central reasons the contemporary visual art world hasn’t come to grips with digital, is that it explicitly disavows the visual art that has. Bishop’s article is emblematic of this.
claire-bishop  art  digital  digital-art  digital-media  media  new-media  philosophy  ontology  theory  response  reference  post  information  data  aggregation  archive  archives  archivisation  practice  praxis  contemporary-art  internet  net-art  from instapaper
september 2012 by therourke
Did the Universe Begin with a Big Bang or Big Chill?
"It Was More Like Water Freezing into Ice" Says New Theory

The start of the Universe should be modeled not as a Big Bang but more like water freezing into ice, according to a team of theoretical physicists at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University that could our revolutionized our understanding of the nature of the Universe. The key, they propose, is to be found in the cracks and crevices common to all crystals.

"Albert Einstein assumed that space and time were continuous and flowed smoothly, but we now believe that this assumption may not be valid at very small scales," said Project lead researcher James Q. Quach, of the University of Melbourne school of physics. “A new theory, known as quantum graphity, suggests that space may be made up of indivisible building blocks, like tiny atoms. These indivisible blocks can be thought about as similar to pixels that make up an image on a screen. The challenge has been that these building blocks of space are very small, and so impossible to see directly.”
“Think of the early universe as being like a liquid,” Quach added. “Then as the universe cools, it ‘crystallizes’ into the three spatial and one time dimension that we see today. Theorized this way, as the Universe cools, we would expect that cracks should form, similar to the way cracks are formed when water freezes into ice.”

RMIT University research team member Associate Professor Andrew Greentree said some of these defects might be visible. “Light and other particles would bend or reflect off such defects, and therefore in theory we should be able to detect these effects."

These structures should have observable background-independent consequences, including scattering, double imaging, and gravitational lensing-like effects, the scientists wrote in their paper. The team has calculated some of these effects and if their predictions are experimentally verified, the question as to whether space is smooth or constructed out of tiny indivisible parts will be solved once and for all.
science  big-bang  physics  ice  fire  inflation  reality  theory  research  universe  post 
august 2012 by therourke
Absolutely-Too-Much : Simon Critchley on Contemporary Art
Contemporary art is an easy thing to hate. All the meaningless hype, the identikit openings in cities that blur into one long, banal, Beck’s beer fuelled anxiety dream from which there is no escape. The seemingly endless proliferation of biennials—the biennialization or banalization of the world. One begins to think that everything aspires to resemble the opening of a Frieze art fair and every culture wants its own cheeky Damien or spunky Tracey. Glamour, celebrity, business, and radiant superficiality blend together to give each location the patina of globality with just a frisson of local color. People talk excitedly of what’s hot and what’s selling for millions. Capricious and seemingly tyrannical übercurators wander around quickly with their assistants talking on cell phones. The sharp eyes of eager young gallerists track them like prey, waiting for the moment to pounce. Everyone is either on the make or wants to be on the make. Contemporary art has become a high-end, global culture mall, which requires very little previous literacy and where the routine flatness of the gossip allows you to get up to speed very quickly. People with the right connections or serious amounts of money or sheer stubborn persistence or who are prepared to do anything can quickly gain access to what has the appearance of a cultural experience. God, it’s awful isn’t it? And I haven’t even mentioned how this art system is fed by the seemingly endless proliferation of art schools, M.F.A. programs, and the progressive inflation of graduate degrees, where Ph.D.s in fine art are scattered like confetti.
philosophy  art  human  politics  perception  culture  simon-critchley  criticism  post  academia  theory 
august 2012 by therourke
Superhuman: The artist, the scholar and the zealot
The frontier of science is a wild and lawless place. Like all badlands, it attracts visionaries, charlatans and the dispossessed. Far from the jurisdiction of law enforcers, isolated communities cluster together and thrive in quiet obscurity. No group however, is quite so strange as the bio-hackers. So, pack your wagon and keep your revolver close as we venture into transhumanist territory and meet a few of the locals.

Superhuman, an exhibition currently at the Wellcome Collection, seems like a good place to start. The show, themed around human enhancement, features dozens of examples of humanity attempting to repair or replace function lost through illness or injury. This approach has traditionally been the focus of medicine and the biological sciences.

However, there have always been small groups of people who sought to go beyond this paradigm. The instinct to add and augment can be seen throughout history, particularly when it comes to aesthetics. Jewellery, make-up and clothing are very familiar examples of this instinct to artificially change one’s image.

Less common are procedures that integrate an enhancement more directly with the body. We recognise tattoos and piercings as fairly normal and many believe bionic devices to be a natural extension of these ancient practices. Now, with technology offering real potential to move beyond aesthetic enhancements towards ones that give us new or improved abilities, there are some that believe a tranche new of functional implants and modifications are on the way. Does it, however, follow that merely because we have the technology, we should use it?
human  posthumanism  transhumanism  reality  perception  technology  digital  media  wellcome-trust  london  exhibition  science  theory  post  politics  social  people 
august 2012 by therourke
The Walled City: Cannot one dream of a ‘computer hypothesis’?
This essay is in many ways a companion piece to Gary Hall’s ‘Pirate Radical Philosophy’ in RP 173 (May/June 2012). Consider it a prequel, or something akin to a video game’s expansion pack, extending and elaborating on the original’s materials. It is a story of the spatial history of escape routes, secret countries, renegade zones and lines of flight and circulation, and so it begins with an other-worldly, fairytale conceit: our scientist narrator, Gustave Affuelpin, has created a ‘contractive beam’, a matter-reduction ray.1

In a single August night in 1975, he silently excavates several million cubic metres of earth below the space demarcated for the construction of the Centre Beaubourg. The architects are pleased to save on the budget set aside for digging the foundation, and a concrete slab is laid to ‘divide the two cultural universes’. While the Beaubourg’s massive Meccano set comes together above, eighty storeys of bare concrete slabs, empty stairwells and the most minimal infrastructure for ‘the circulation systems for people and fluids’ are installed below. It is the anti-museum, the anti-‘cultural centre’: one beaubourg among others rather than the Centre Beaubourg, an underground building that can’t be admired, a brutalist blank of empty rooms meant for creation rather than representation, a factory rather than a vitrine. The creator provides only space, illumination twenty-four hours a day, and ‘an excessive amount of chalk’. Everything else is up to the participants. Installation art, scavenged furniture, enormous paintings, motorcycle rallies, electro-acoustic workshops, gift economies, sexual licence and many interminable political meetings ensue.2
Radical-Philosophy  piracy  computers  technology  philosophy  gary-hall  post  autonomy  politics  closure  utopia  benjamin  TAZ  space  online  digital  internet  theory  Walter-Benjamin  from instapaper
august 2012 by therourke
Philip K. Dick and the Living Image
The image infects, burrows, pupates, and emerges like a butterfly from its host.

In The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Philip K. Dick wrote about a non-understandable space entity that did much the same thing to cybernetic spaceman Palmer Eldritch. The plot revolves around Eldritch’s return from deep space and the introduction of a translocating drug called Chew-Z into the general populace. When taken, Chew-Z seems to dislocate the user in time and space, often allowing her or him to live the life of fictional, marketed characters. A central debate early in the novel is about the nature of those translocations–does the user hallucinate living in a Dream House with the Barbie-esque, or is there a literal change going on, an ontological shift that is achieved for a mere few minutes?
image  parasite  parsitism  ooo  pkd  philip-k-dick  philosophy  theory  art  machine  post  dreams  palmer-eldritch  kipple  ontology  from instapaper
august 2012 by therourke
Digital Curation Resource Guide
Digital curation involves selection and appraisal by creators and archivists; evolving provision of intellectual access; redundant storage; data transformations; and, for some materials, a commitment to long-term preservation. Digital curation is stewardship that provides for the reproducibility and re-use of authentic digital data and other digital assets. Development of trustworthy and durable digital repositories; principles of sound metadata creation and capture; use of open standards for file formats and data encoding; and the promotion of information management literacy are all essential to the longevity of digital resources and the success of curation efforts.
digital  curation  reference  research  theory  digital-media  internet  web  online  post  from twitter_favs
august 2012 by therourke
Foucault - Remarks on Marx
Interview with Michel Foucault originally published in Italian, then in French in 1994
pdf  scribd  foucault  marx  karl-mark  michel-foucault  politics  economy  capital  machine  culture  history  theory  humans  society  post  from twitter_favs
august 2012 by therourke
For Future Friends of Walter
But beyond the name and the famous melancholy face, it is not easy — it has never been easy — to sketch the contours of Benjamin’s work and thought, or for that matter his life and personality. There are various reasons for this, not least the sheer scope and diversity of his writing. Among many other things, Benjamin wrote metaphysical treatises, literary-critical monographs, philosophical dialogues, media-theoretical essays, book reviews, travel pieces, drug memoirs, whimsical feuilletons, diaries and aphorisms, modernist miniatures, radio plays for children, reflections on law, technology, theology and the philosophy of history, analyses of authors, artists, schools and epochs. His intense, precise, enlightening intellectual engagement grasped miniscule events and tiny details — a motto on a stained-glass window, 17 types of Ibizan fig — while at the same time, in the same movement, retaining a sense for history’s longitudinal waves and metaphysics’ worlds behind the world. Although he often lamented his own indolence, as both a writer and a person Benjamin was mobile, endlessly inquisitive and engaging, and exceptionally productive. Looking back on his friend’s capacity for churning experience into thought, the philosopher Theodor Adorno saw something depersonalizing, almost inhuman, in this prodigious apparatus of absorption and reflection: “Despite extreme individuation [...] Benjamin seems empirically hardly to have been a person at all, rather an arena of movement in which content forced its way, through him, into language.”
benjamin  walter-benjamin  theory  history  future  books  literature  technology  aura  truth  machine  modernism 
august 2012 by therourke
Ian Bogost on understanding what it's like to be a thing
Ian Bogost begins his recent book Alien Phenomenology by noting the speculative fascination with the stubborn old rumor of flying saucer remains hidden away at Roswell Army Airfield. But his real point is that we are immersed in the alien already. In fact, almost every thing is alien to us, except us: We have no idea what it’s like to be a tree, a bat, a coffee mug, a skyscraper. And unlike human-imagined aliens, they exist. “The alien isn’t in the Roswell military morgue, or in the galactic far reaches,” Bogost writes. “It’s everywhere.”
OOO  objects  things  thing  the-thing  ian-bogost  bogost  philosophy  perception  interview  alien-phenomenology  phenomenology  detritus  crap  kipple  machine  videogames  theory  reference 
august 2012 by therourke
The Arrow of Time (Debategraph)
The debate about the nature of time and its passage is a long and venerable one. The issues addressed by pre-Socratic philosophers such as Heraclitus and Parmenides about whether time 'flows' or not prefigure present day philosophical arguments. In his talk to the Blackheath Philosophy Forum Huw Price chose as his starting point the views of cosmologist Sir Arthur Eddington - a prominent figure in the first half of the 20th century, but little known today. What made Eddington's view of time interesting is that he was prepared to part company with most physicists - who conceive time as it is revealed in the laws of physics - and give credence to our subjective perceptions about time, particularly our perception that time passes (or 'goes on' in his terms).
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may 2012 by therourke
Roar so wildly: Spam, technology and language
This is the raw text output of a chat session with a bot I modified to act as an interlocutor. I use our conversation, which revolves around the history of spam, particularly algorithmic filtering, litspam, and the theories of Wiener and Turing, as a way of putting forward the outlines of new, machine-driven forms of language for which spam was the testing ground.
networks  narrative  machines  algorithms  algorithm  history  chat  language  turing  alan-turing  machinemachine  theory  hito-steyerl  communication  bots  internet  data  information  technology  spam  from delicious
february 2012 by therourke
The Necessity of Errors by John Roberts | LibraryThing
Starting to read 'The Necessity of Errors' by John Roberts today... would be pleased
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january 2012 by therourke
The Era of Networked Science
The Internet may well have its downsides, but it also has the potential to make us collectively smarter, according to open-science advocate Michael Nielsen. In Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science, Nielsen argues that networked digital tools, such as discussion boards and online marketplaces, can make it easier for scientists to pool their data, share methodologies, and find far-flung collaborators. Even non-scientists are participating in large-scale citizen science projects. In Nielsen’s view, however, public policy has yet to catch up to technology. The digital environment will amplify our collective intelligence, but only if there are incentives for people to share. Editorial assistant Lindsey Gilbert asks Nielsen about what science looks like now, the changing role of academia, and whether collective intelligence might also transform politics.
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january 2012 by therourke
It’s Only Humanist
To me it tastes like a desire to locate man’s place in a world that he perceives primarily with the aid of machines. The art of the Greeks has been used in the past as a touchstone for artists who measure their own vision against an anthropocentric one. “Greek art had a purely human conception of beauty,” Apollinaire wrote in an essay about a 1912 exhibition of Cubist painting. “It took man as the measure of perfection. The art of the new painters takes the infinite universe as its ideal, and it is to the fourth dimension alone that we owe this new measure of perfection […].” The modernists never determined what the “fourth dimension” was, besides a plane of activity beyond human perception. Today the internet—and the spatial and perceptual relations it has engendered—make a familiar substitute for it. “Greek new media shit” puts representations of the visible and the invisible in the same frame.
rhizome  humanism  art  posthumanism  criticism  human  perception  modernism  machinemachine  anthropomorphism  beauty  nature  technology  theory  from delicious
january 2012 by therourke
“Seriality for All”: The Role of Protocols and Standards in Critical Theory
For many years, philosophers have been casting doubt on the common identification with meaning and signification as the primary human response mechanisms to the world. If we wish to understand anything about how our complex technical society is made up, we must pay attention to the underlying structures that surround us, from industry norms to building regulations, software icons and internet protocols. Yet our ordinary understanding of the world resists this very idea. If we call for another society, with more equality and style, it is not enough to think differently; the very framework of that thinking must be negated and overturned.
geert-lovink  future  protocol  computers  internet  media  networks  critical-theory  theory  reference  machinemachine  data  information  rules  from delicious
september 2011 by therourke
Michel Serres's Milieux
There is a Yiddish expression used in London which always gives me a little jolt of pleasure whenever I hear it. ‘In mitten drinnen’ corresponds to German ‘In mitten darin’, which means ‘in the middle of it’ or ‘in the middle of things’. Actually, in common use, the phrase might be more idiomatically rendered as ‘right in the middle’: though this is a bizarre-enough phrase in itself. If it is really right in the middle, dead centre, as we also sometimes say, then why does the word used to signify this seem to have a list, in etymologically leaning to the right, as so many of our words for straightness do? I have already got myself embroiled in some of the things Michel Serres has had to say about mediations, crossings, middles – and leanings. ‘Everything that you do is “in the midst” says Bruno Latour to Serres at one point in their Conversations (a title which represents a sort of elucidation or converting explication of the book’s rather more exacting French title, Eclaircissements)
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august 2011 by therourke
Kipple and Things: How to Hoard and Why Not To Mean
In kipple, Dick captured the process of entropy, and put it to work to describe the contradictions of mass-production and utility. Saved from the wreckage of the nuclear apocalypse, a host of original items – lawn mowers, woollen sweaters, cups of coffee – are in short supply. Nothing ‘new’ has been made for centuries. The Biltong must produce copies from copies made of copies – each replica seeded with errors will eventually resemble kipple.Objects; things, are mortal; transient. The wrist-watch functions to mark the passing of time, until it finally runs down and becomes a memory of a wrist-watch: a skeleton, an icon, a piece of kipple. The butterfly emerges from its pupae in order to pass on its genes to another generation of caterpillar. Its demise – its kipple-isation – is programmed into its genetic code. An inevitable consequence of the cosmic lottery of biological inheritance. 
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august 2011 by therourke
Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Indicted for Data Theft: Downloading Millions of Academic Articles
For a long time, it was the folks who downloaded music or movies illegally that faced the wrath of government prosecutors. So the unsealing of an indictment today against Aaron Swartz, former Reddit-er and founder of Demand Progress, for the illegal download of some 4 million-odd academic journal articles may sound a bit unusual.<br />
Demand Progress has issued a statement suggesting Swartz's actions were akin to "checking too many books out of the library." But the government clearly disagrees as the charges include wire fraud, computer fraud, and unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer. Schwartz now faces up to 35 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines.
Aaron-Swartz  jstor  academia  pdfs  law  piracy  machinemachine  data  information  theory  library  electronic  archive  digital-media  ebooks  text  from delicious
july 2011 by therourke
In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective | e-flux
In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective by Hito Steyerl (and oldie from )
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july 2011 by therourke
The Neolithic Age is over!
Michel Serres: We are in the middle of an extraordinary human and environmental transformation, without really being aware of it, one that can only perhaps be compared with the Renaissance, the fifth century BC, and even the Neolithic age. For example, if there are no more peasants today, when did peasantry ­begin? In the Neolithic age. We can now say that in the year 2000, the Neolithic age is over. But who announced this in the news­papers? We didn’t read in any paper that “the Neolithic age is over”!<br />
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And we are equipped in our thinking for this change?<br />
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No. What we see are many turning points – physical, environmental, agricul­tural, medical, demographic, etc. All these events are profoundly significant; they touch human life and human behavior, the space around us. In 1800, eight per cent of the population lived in cities, meaning that prior to that, the number was even smaller. Today, 50 to 70 percent of the population is urban. 
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july 2011 by therourke
Knowledge, not the way you knew it
17.000.000 articles. 91.000 active contributors. 270 languages.<br />
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No matter what words one would choose to describe Wikipedia, numbers cannot speak but the truth: Wikipedia, which was set out as an “experiment” in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, nowadays constitutes the largest free, collaboratively authored encyclopedia in the world.<br />
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There is a more important aspect however, that numbers won’t reveal: Wikipedia stopped being an encyclopedia a long time ago. Rather, it has grown into a socio-cultural phenomenon that changed – and keeps changing- radically the way knowledge is received, produced and disseminated.
knowledge  information  wikipedia  wiki  machinemachine  media  data  access  internet  community  theory  research  encyclopedia  encyclopaedia  perception  culture  history  from delicious
june 2011 by therourke
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