Ruth Catlow and Michael Szpakowski write here as teachers in the Art and Design degrees at Writtle School of Design. They speak passionately about the role of drawing in what it is to be human. There is, they say, "no known human culture that has not made representational and other marks with something, on something, for both fun and survival". They assert the value of drawing studies and advocate a model for education based on peer-learning where teachers and students engage side by side in a process of exchange.
The insights of American anarchist ecologist Murray Bookchin, into environmental crisis, hinge on a social conception of ecology that problematises the role of domination in culture. His ideas become increasingly relevant to those working with digital technologies in the post-industrial information age, as big business daily develops new tools and techniques to exploit our sociality across high-speed networks (digital and physical).
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.
The New Aesthetic is a new art meme, originally defined by James Bridle as a method of collecting materials which point towards an infatuation with the agency of computing. Although it has existed in it's current form since last year, it's sudden emergence has set off plenty of scholars, writers and artists into profuse flusters. But here's the question - can the new aesthetic be more than a meme? More to the point, does it want to be? Is it capable of a direction?
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.
A Multidisciplinary Conference in Cambridge, UK, 12 & 13 May, 2011 Wired recently announced the ‘death’ of the Web, based on the premise that platforms are becoming the primary mode of access to the Internet... Hence, this conference is interested in such questions as, what are the platforms on which network politics takes place and what can we think of as political ‘action’ in this context?...Speakers include: Nick Couldry (Goldsmiths College, University of London), Michael Goddard (University of Salford), Tim Jordan (King’s College, University of London), Dmytri Kleiner (Telekommunisten), Tiziana Terranova (University of Naples, L’Orientale).
Furtherfield is a Not-for-Profit Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales under the Company No.7005205. Registered business address: Ballard Newman, Apex House, Grand Arcade, Tally Ho Corner, London N12 0EH.