Stefan Lutschinger reviews Die GstettenSaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl. A film by Johannes Grenzfurthner. Set in the post-apocalyptic aftermath of the “Google Wars” – an armed global conflict between the last two remaining superpowers China and Google - which has turned what remained of the Alps into a Gstetten.
With sculptures that sell themselves on eBay and cryptocurrencies for owning GIF images, art is already in the era of smart contracts. It's time to use the same technology to solve the crisis of art cirticism. Are you ready for the Accelerationist future of critique on the blockchain?
Marc Garrett writes about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and looks at science and technological determinism, and humanity’s bond with digital media and social networks. It includes human-machine relations, cyborgs, theories in cyber-culture, classical and SF literature and contemporary art practices across the fields of media art, hacktivism, activism, feminism and cyberpunk.
Nathan Jones reviews the exhibition ‘The Negligent Eye’ on digital printmaking at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. He examines its paradoxical concerns as printmakers question printmaking practice alongside other artists engaged in digital production.
In this essay Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett set out to show how the collaborative networked practices of the DIWO (Do It With Others) series of Email Art and co-curation projects (since 2007) underpinned the development of a series of projects, exhibitions and interventions that formed Furtherfield's Media Art Ecologies programme (since 2009) to explore what form an ecological art might take in the network age.
Raquel Rennó writes about the Festival Cultura Digital, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - between the 2nd and the 4th of December 2011. It gathered 6 thousand people in about 20 open discussions, 20 workshops and 52 international and national projects, bringing together political institutions, artists, companies, activists and intellectuals in a hybrid format. The main goal was to change and broaden the limits of digital practices and connect to other people and networks from other cities, states and countries.
Based on an interview with the Critical Glitch Artware Category organizers and contenders of http://www.demoparty.us/: jonCates, James Connolly, Eric Oja Pellegrino, Jon.Satrom, Nick Briz, Jake Elliott, Mark Beasley, Tamas kemenczy and Melissa Barron.
Furtherfield recently received a hard copy of The Telekommunist Manifesto in the post, written by Dmytri Kleiner. After reading the Manifesto it was obvious that it was pushing the debate further regarding networked, commons-based and collaborative endevours. Marc Garrett interviews Dmytri about the Manifesto, its concepts and other projects created by the Telekommunist Collective.
Come to our UK hub warm-up meeting at Furtherfield to propose books/manuals projects, to encourage others to propose book/manual projects and also to invite publishers, or people interested in publishing. The afternoon is convened by Larisa Blazic, Mick Fuzz and Rachel Baker.
Abandon Normal Devices presents Watch the Skies! at the iconic Jodrell Bank observatory. Expect a weekend of science fiction masterpeices, audio-visual gymnastics, a world premiere live soundtrack by...
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