In this third article on Accelerationism, Jackson further investigates its philosophical roots and looks at skepticism, Enlightenment principles, and the freedom to Exit (inhuman acceleration) versus the freedom to find ones Voice (Ordinary appeal). He asks, whether it's time to reclaim the future with a return to Romantic philosophy in new ways?
Lynn Hershman Leeson interviews Nam June Paik. A historical interview between acknowledged pioneers of video and media arts. First published by Artweek, April 1980 Electronic Art and posted here on Furtherfield to celebrate the upcoming publication of Hershman Leeson's monograph, Civic Radar.
Monochrom founder and filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner, takes his friends Jenny and Eddie across the United States in a countercultural tour de farce exploring his roots in cyberculture. A mind explosion on video.
Louw reviews the book "From estranger to e-stranger: Living in between languages" by Annie Abrahams and finds in it, both a significant history of networked performance art, and a sharp and poetic critique of language and everyday culture in the age of networks.
Robert Jackson journeys into the realms of Accelerationism and Ordinaryism. Accelerationism has achieved potency by merging Enlightenment principles within the guise of complex systems and networked protocols. Ordinaryism proceeds in the same question in its own framework: the question of the everyday within automated systems. We might indeed change the world, but in most cases, it feels like the ordinary changes us.
Daniel Rourke visits the Photographers' Gallery in central London and reviews their latest exhibit One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age by artists Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, on THE WALL. Over an eight week period (18 April - 17 June 2013) they feature a non-stop stream of video captures of what they term as the lost city and its archival ruins. A documentation of a past visual culture of the web and the creativity of its users with new pages changing every 5 minutes. The project provides a glimpse into web publishing when users were in charge of design and narration in contrast to the automated templates of Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.
As founder/director of the Media Archeology Lab in Colorado, Lori Emerson has (since 2009) been surrounding herself with "dead" media technologies in order to help make sense of (and critique) today's much-hyped alive ones. Montgomery Cantsin conducted this interview upon the release of Lori's new book, Reading Writing Interfaces.
Rob Myers takes us on a short historical journey of Glitch as an aesthetic signifier of technological presence that dates back at least to the 1980s. Referencing the Vaught-Kampf machine in Blade Runner (1982), the titular character in Max Headroom (1985). And how the use of Glitch as an artistic aesthetic in itself has accelerated with the democratization of new technologies.
Marc Garrett interviews John Jordan and Gavin Grindon about their collaborative publication, 'A Users Guide to (Demanding) the Impossible'. "This guide is not a road map or instruction manual. It’s a match struck in the dark, a homemade multi-tool to help you carve out your own path through the ruins of the present, warmed by the stories and strategies of those who took Bertolt Brecht’s words to heart: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
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.
Follow in the footsteps of Derek Jarman and gamble on the power of words in a casino of ideas.
Presented by Southbank Centre in partnership with Furtherfield, Power Game is both a game and a live, unrehearsed performance that uses gambling as a lens on the politics of identity and power. Take a seat at the table with artist Liliane Lijn, Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff, author Ali Smith, poet Sabrina Mahfouz, technology guru Vinay Gupta and digital artist Alan Warburton.
Join Neil Jupurrurla Cook, artist and Director of the Warnayaka Art and Aboriginal Cultural Corporation, and Gretta Louw, artist and curator, for a curated tour of Networking the Unseen and then head down to Furtherfield Commons for a Show and Tell about their collaboration and work.
Networking the Unseen is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on the intersection of indigenous cultures and zeitgeist digital practices in art, bringing together concepts and experiences of remoteness and marginalised cultures, with art-making in contemporary society.
Featuring Gretta Louw, Lily Hibberd, Brook Andrew, Curtis Taylor, Jenny Fraser, Sharon Nampijinpa Anderson and the Warnayaka Art Centre.
Join the open discussion about the ideas, potentials, political and social tensions surrounding Accelerationism. A bridge between academic conversations to a wider practice and everyday experience. Hosted on the Netbehaviour email discussion list and Neterarti social media platform.
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