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.
"I advocate a more 'non-relational' approach that does not deny the transformative effects of new media in terms of community, but thinks of it more in terms of hospitality to the other." Marc Garrett interviews Charlie Gere on Digital Culture in the Twenty-first Century with reference to two of his books, Digital Culture (2002) and Community without Community in Digital Culture (2012). Gere is a Professor of Media Theory and History in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University.
The third and last by Rob Myers, of a series of articles reviewing publications by the CACHe project, an archive of pioneering British computer art. Rob's first review was of the V&A's show and book "Digital Pioneers", the second was of Catherine Mason's "A Computer In The Art Room". Where "A Computer In The Art Room" concentrated on the history of art computing in British educational institutions up to 1980, "White Heat Cold Logic" gives voice to the individuals who made art using computers in that period more generally.
Mark Hancock reviews Remixthebook by artist, author Mark Amerika and co-curator and artist Rick Silva, consisting of over 25 contributing international artists, poets, and critical theorists, all of them interdisciplinary in their own practice-based research, who sample from remixthebook and manipulate the selected source material through their own artistic and theoretical filters.
Rob Myers reviews Peter Lunenfeld's new publication 'The Secret War Between Downloading & Uploading: Tales Of The Computer As Culture Machine'. A vivid new conceptualization of threats to and the promise of networked computers as culture machines and presenting a new way of looking at the cultural struggle for control of the Internet, whilst managing to avoid, singularization, fantasy and anthropological despair, and reaching a surprising conclusion.
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.”
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.
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