Josephine Bosma reviews the controversial but worthwhile exhibition about whistleblowers, Internet rebels and digital vigilantes at HMKV in Dortmund. The show puts together activist art projects, documentation of criminal acts and political activists such as Snowden in one space, and asks what they have in common and how they are different.
Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow interview McKenzie Wark ahead of his keynote speach, Capture All_Play at Transmediale 2015 in Berlin this year. They discuss with him how our everyday lives have been infiltrated by competitive game-like mechanisms, that he described more than a decade ago.
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.
Building on science fiction author Charles Stross's vision of a future of weaponized eBooks, Rob Myers considers how artists can use the strategies of malware to make art that really grabs the attention of the public and the market, and how much it will cost to make.
The exhibition Time and Motion at FACT Liverpool is a collaboration between FACT and the Creative Exchange at the Royal College of Art - an initiative which looks at how arts and humanities researchers can work with industry to effect digital innovation. Rachel Falconer reviews the exhibition in the context of the paradoxical dynamics of cognitive capital and the changing landscape of the labour market.
Richard Stallman, the outspoken promoter for the Free Software movement proposes that we should all leave Facebook and either find or build our own alternatives. Commodify.Us provides a platform for users to regain control over the commercial exploitation of their personal data. Marc Garret discusses the importance of such alternative hacktivist structures for social independence.
Marc Garrett writes about Heath Bunting's Status Project in the age of the Netopticon. Garrett considers the worth and social context of humans as data, submersed in frameworks and protocols, designed by a neo-liberal elite for a generic consumer class. Bunting's work is well placed for observation and practical research into the 'depths' of legal and illegal territories, whilst our contemporary identities are being collected on mass as we ride into the maelstrom of constant surveillance.
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