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FurtherList No.23 April 2nd 2021

01/04/2021
Marc Garrett

A list of recommendations, reflecting the dynamic culture we are part of, straddling the fields of art, technology and social change.

Events, Exhibitions, Open Calls, Festivals and Conferences

Auriea Harvey, Year Zero | Bitforms Gallery | March 6–April 24, 2021, | Harvey’s first solo exhibition presenting a diverse mixed-media practice of sculpture, video games, drawing, and mixed reality works steeped in character creation and mythology. A new body of work nested within the legacy of Harvey’s solo and collaborative career. Working online from the beginning of net art’s history, the artist expertly combines her experience in video game and software development with a three-dimensional practice. Year Zero is a continuation of this coalescence, presenting early sketchbooks, webcam broadcasts, and multiplayer games alongside Harvey’s latest sculptural installations and drawing – https://bit.ly/3cHXZFv 

Trans Aesthetics: McKenzie Wark & Shola von Reinhold in conversation with Susan Stryker | April 8 2021 | Price: free – Anyone on or off Facebook | Please join host Susan Stryker, Barbara Lee Distinguished Chair in Women’s Leadership, for a conversation between media theorist McKenzie Wark of the New School for Social Research (The Hacker Manifesto; Reverse Cowgirl) and novelist Shola von Reinhold (LOTE), about Black and femme trans cultural production and world-making. Co-hosted by the Mellon-funded We Are the Voices public arts and humanities series and the Mills College Trans Studies Speakers Series – https://bit.ly/3lU7DHP

Raw Hope of Humanity Rising – Public Dialogues for 2021 | April 14 2021, 6-7:30 pm | Event by Third Space Network, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The third upcoming panel in the series is The Internet as a Medium for Activism & Social Change, exploring the Internet as a platform for political action through social media collaboration, virtual community, alternative journalism, and digital forms of artistic media. The panellists include: Jeff Gates, DC artist and writer, founder of the Chamomile Tea Party; Makia Green, Core Organizer, DC Black Lives Matter; Randall Packer, Artist & Creative Director, Third Space Network. Moderated by Monica O. Montgomery of MuseumHue – https://bit.ly/2NYXkWy

Anthropology Lecture: Arturo Escobar – Against Terricide | Free  · Online event | April 14, 2021, | This talk discusses transition design, broadly speaking, as a praxis for re-weaving the web of life on the basis of pluriversality and relationality, from the perspective of current Latin American theoretico-political debates and struggles. Presented by the Anthropology Department at The New School for Social Research. Cosponsored by Critical Perspectives on Democratic Anti Colonialism – https://bit.ly/3lRq7bY

Social Codes | Curated by Casey Reas | March 24 onwards | An exhibition of software art, also called generative art. All of the work consists of code written by artists to create visual experiences. Some works in the exhibition relate to the visual histories of drawing, painting, animation, and video, but all of it is native digital art, in that each artwork is a performance of code choreographed by the artist. Artists have been working with code since the 1960s, and within that time frame, code has evolved from languages written by engineers to run on room-sized computers to artist-created coding languages running inside a web browser. In 2021, artists are writing code in many languages and environments. Each programming language is like a different material to work with – https://bit.ly/2NYTnRI

Open Call: Resident, Art Tech Nature Culture List | The CreaTures project | Deadline for submissions is April 22, 2021. A curatorial & creative residency for an individual with a creative spirit and a passion for community-building to take the lead in nurturing the Art Tech Nature Culture – a global community of practice for creative practitioners across disciplines (from art, architecture and design to community organising and digital development) who care about social and ecological transformation. The selected applicant will nurture ATNC network as it expands beyond a discussion list, into a series of ongoing initiatives that distribute leadership and foster co-creation. Anywhere on Earth Time. Details available here in standard and large format (for people with a visual impairment) – https://bit.ly/3cC1RYq

Call for Applications: Anthropocene Campus Venice 2021 | Water Politics in the Age of the Anthropocene | Deadline: April 25, 2021 | Venice, Italy, October 11-16 2021 | Join a one-week educational event around the theme of Water Politics in the Age of the Anthropocene, organized by Ca’ Foscari University, the Center for the Humanities and Social Change and the Max Planck Partner Group The Water City in the framework of the Anthropocene Curriculum, a long-term collaborative project initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin). Over the span of a full week, this forum will provide a space for co-learning, interdisciplinary collaborations, and comparative studies, bringing together environmental scientists, artists, historians of science and technology, geologists, environmental humanities scholars, archaeologists, and architects – https://bit.ly/3uhdJoP

Call for Contributors | A New AI Lexicon: Responses and Challenges to the Critical AI discourse | AI Now Institute | Critical thinking in AI has moved beyond examining specific features and biases of discrete AI models and technical components to recognize the critical importance of the racial, political, gendered and institutional legacies that shape real-world AI systems as well as the material contexts and communities that are most vulnerable to the harms and failures of AI systems. National and transnational, political, economic and racial contexts of production and deployment are integral to the questions of how such AI will operate, and for whose benefit – https://bit.ly/3cwMS23

Symposium: Between Techno-Euphoria and Regimes of Surveillance | Free  · Online event | May 1–3 2021 | Berlin, Zentrum für Netzkunst | Calculating Control: (Net)Art and Cybernetics / (Netz)Kunst und Kybernetik Symposium: Between Techno-Euphoria and Regimes of Surveillance. The location and architecture of Haus der Statistik demonstrates the two-sided nature of the science of cybernetics: On the one hand, the potential of a new organizational model, and on the other, the risks associated with its use as a powerful instrument for surveillance and control – https://bit.ly/3sFrOfa

Critical AI Manifestation in Gent | KIOSK in Gent hosts a Critical AI Manifestation May 8, 2021, | The United Intelligence Lab considers AI to be the most transformative technology of our time that shapes the way we interact, create and think. With C.AI.M we want to study and exploit AI, unmasking its impact. UIL is an ever-growing group of people cooperating on the Critical AI Manifesto exploring the impact of machine learning on culture and society. UIL members are from all walks of life. Whether AI-dominion is something you secretly yearn for or desperately hope to escape from, one thing is for certain, the old vantage points on AI will for nobody suffice anymore. Join us in writing C.AI.M. Anyone is welcome, except if you are an AI – https://bit.ly/31nzbfb

Roger Robinson: Cities Imaginaries Lecture 2021 | The Actuality of Gentrification | May 20 2021 | Writer and T.S. Eliot Prize winner Roger Robinson will deliver this year’s Cities Imaginaries lecture at UCL Urban Laboratory | This event is free | The danger with gentrification is that it breaks up long-held communities and bonds and histories without acknowledging and valuing them. Brixton has resisted gentrification before and it will again but a lot of energy and resources are being placed into the process of its gentrification, far more than the resources that were available to support it’s long time inhabitants – https://bit.ly/31yM4Ds

Call For Papers: In the limits of what is possible: art, science and technology | Artnodes | We are now receiving original work for our 28th issue (July 2021). Deadline for submissions: April 20 2021. When we talk about the intersections between art, science, technology and society (ACTS) we are referring to a set of practices that tend to challenge disciplinary boundaries, entering hybrid territories between the possible and the impossible, the real and the imaginary. Sometimes multidisciplinary, sometimes interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary, and often directly a-disciplinary in an indefinite territory in which what is at stake is the eternal composition of knowledge, of what is yet to be delimited, limited or disciplined in a tremendously fertile magma – https://bit.ly/2Pt3i2m

Books, Papers & Publications

Vera Molnar. Pas Froid aux Yeux | By Francesca Franco | Catalog of the monographic exhibition at the Espace de l’Art Concret from January 30 to May 31, 2021, and then at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes from October 9, 2021, to January 9, 2022, this book presents the work of the artist, Vera Molnar. This exhibition is the first collaboration between two French cultural institutions which have in common a true speciality in the field of abstract art after 1945 and concrete art in particular. A prolific artist still active at the dawn of her 97th birthday, Vera Molnar places her practice between concrete art, constructed art and conceptual art. She is also considered a pioneer of computer drawing, having contributed to the digital art movement since the 1960s – https://bit.ly/2PqnRMZ

Hyperemployment – Post-work, Online Labour and Automation | !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Felix Stalder, Silvio Lorusso, Luciana Parisi, Domenico Quaranta | Co-published by NERO and Aksioma | 24/7. Algorithmic sovereignty. Anxiety. Artificial intelligence. Automation. Crowdfunding. Data extraction. Entreprecariat. Exploitation. Free labour. Free time. Gig working. Human-in-the-loop. Logistics. Machine vision. Man-machine complexity. Micro-labour. No future. Outsourcing. Peripheral work. Platform economy. Post-capitalism. Post-work. Procrastination. Quantification. Self-improvement. Social media fatigue. Time management. Unemployment –  https://bit.ly/3wf8ms4

A Stubborn Fury: How Writing Works in Elitist Britain | Novel by Gary Hall | Two-fifths of Britain’s leading people were educated privately: that’s five times the amount as in the population as a whole, with almost a quarter graduating from Oxford or Cambridge. Eight private schools send more pupils to Oxbridge than the remaining 2894 state schools combined, making modern Britain one of the most unequal places in Europe. In A Stubborn Fury, Gary Hall offers a powerful and provocative look at the consequences of this inequality for English culture in particular. Focusing on the literary novel and the memoir, he investigates, in terms that are as insightful as they are irreverent, why so much writing in England is uncritically realist, humanist and anti-intellectual – https://bit.ly/3u7AR94

Vegetal Entanglements: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture | Edited by Giovanni Aloi | Download Issue 53 – Spring 2021 | The contributions gathered in the third volume of ‘Vegetal Entanglements’—a tryptic entirely dedicated to plants in art and culture—focus on the inextricable, actual, and metaphorical links that bind plants, ecosystems, and humans. In this issue, the interconnectedness that characterizes plant lives is explored through a variety of media and approaches designed to foreground vegetal alterity. What role does anthropomorphism play in human-plant relations? How can we approach plant alterity in ways that bypass objectification? How can plants help us build fairer and more sustainable futures? These are only some of the many questions addressed in this issue – https://bit.ly/3djnko9

Punk & Post-Punk (Journal): Volume 10 issue 1 | Editors Russ Bestley, Pete Dale, Matthew Worley, Mike Dines | A peer-reviewed journal for academics, artists, journalists and the wider cultural industries. Placing punk and its progeny at the heart of interdisciplinary investigation, it is the first forum of its kind to explore this rich and influential topic in both historical and critical theoretical terms. Punk & Post-Punk is a Scopus-indexed journal for academics, artists, journalists and the wider cultural industries – https://bit.ly/2QV6jZZ

Autotheory as Feminist Practice in Art, Writing, and Criticism | By Lauren Fournier || Autotheory—the commingling of theory and philosophy with autobiography—as a mode of critical artistic practice indebted to feminist writing and activism. Fournier provides a long-awaited account of autotheory, situating it as a mode of contemporary, post-1960s artistic practice that is indebted to feminist writing, art, and activism. Investigating a series of works by writers and artists including Chris Kraus and Adrian Piper, she considers the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of autotheory. Fournier argues that the autotheoretical turn signals the tenuousness of illusory separations between art and life, theory and practice, work and the self—divisions long blurred by feminist artists and scholars | MIT publishing – https://bit.ly/3wnin6D

Art and Care, Reflections on the To Mind Is To Care Exhibition | Free PDF Download at V2.nl | Authors: Dora Vrhoci & Florian Weigl | Editor: Michel van Dartel | Design: Jelle Koper | Photography: Fenna de Jong | Art and Care: Reflections on the To Mind Is To Care Exhibition reflects on the curatorial research that has been undertaken by Dora Vrhoci and Florian Weigl in the run-up, but especially during the To Mind Is To Care exhibition and peripheral programming. An exhibition Florian Weigl curated with a strong focus on ‘Caring for’. To Mind Is To Care is an ‘interdisciplinary study of care’ defined as everything we do to maintain and restore our world so that we can live in it to the best of our ability – https://bit.ly/2PtTEMX

Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data | Edited by Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D’Ignazio and Kristin Veel | Scholars from a range of disciplines interrogate terms relevant to critical studies of big data, from abuse and aggregate to visualization and vulnerability. This groundbreaking work offers an interdisciplinary perspective on big data and the archives they accrue, interrogating key terms. Scholars from a range of disciplines analyze concepts relevant to critical studies of big data, arranged glossary style—from abuse and aggregate to visualization and vulnerability. They not only challenge conventional usage of such familiar terms as prediction and objectivity but also introduce such unfamiliar ones as overfitting and copynorm | MIT Publishing – https://bit.ly/2O6SZ3s

Articles, Interviews, Blogs, Presentations, videos

Buen Vivir. Interview with Penny Travlou on collaborative practices in emerging networks | Framed by her long-standing research on collaborative practices, geographer and ethnographer Penny Travlou introduces two projects she has been involved lately: Platohedro, a space, a platform and community based in Medellín, Colombia, and the Feminist Autonomous Research Center in Athens (FAC). Platohedro refers to the indigenous concepts of Buen Vivir and Buen Conocer and works and adapting them to the contemporary living conditions in urban societies, while FAC puts an emphasis on community-based autonomous knowledge production. Both are concerned with forms of thinking and working together that allow for creating alternatives to extractivist, colonial, racist and anti-feminist modes of (knowledge)production – https://bit.ly/2PKMML5

Indigenous rituals and music | We Make Money Not Art | Sébastien Robert is an artist and researcher whose practise presents a rare combination of visual and sound art, technology, science and ethnographic research. A few years ago, he embarked on a research project called You’re no Bird of Paradise which studies indigenous music and rituals in danger of disappearing. Based on a collaborative and experimental approach, Robert’s projects attempt to translate sounds and rituals into tangible works of art that directly echo the traditions of the communities he meets – https://bit.ly/3sEcVcV

Herbert Marcuse and the Student Revolts of 1968: An Unpublished Lecture | By Herbert Marcuse | Jacobin Mag | In May 1968, the neo-Marxist philosopher Herbert Marcuse visited Paris and Berlin at the height of the student movements that were making news around the world. The text presented here is the transcript of a two-hour talk about those events that Marcuse delivered on May 23, 1968, shortly after his return to the United States, while the outcome of the May movement in France was still very much in doubt. It offers unique insights into the way a thinker often credited with providing the European student movements of 1968 with much of their ideological energy viewed them as they unfolded – https://bit.ly/3wh6QWi

Taxi Studio Visit: Marcel·lí Antúnez | Art matters Blog | In the context of  Ars Electronica 2020 we visited Marcel·lí Antúnez’s studio, today we retrieve the interview. The artist – whose work can be understood mainly in terms of performativity – began his artistic career with the internationally renowned group ” La Fura dels Baus “, with whom he worked for 10 years. In the 90s his interest in the study of technological complexity materialized for the first time with a robot called Joan l’home de Carn created in collaboration with the physicist, musician and programmer Sergi Jordà. Since then, Antúnez’s artistic production has delved into the idea of utopia in relation to a holistic ideal provided by technology, rethinking the barriers that are no longer so solid that separate the body from the machine – https://bit.ly/31kTLNl

On the Paris Commune: Part 1 | Stathis Kouvelakis | 29 March 2021 | The first instalment of a new text by Stathis Kouvelakis on the development, events and legacy of the Paris Commune, published in three parts across the week. Any perspective on the past tells us at least as much about the subject doing the looking, and the historical moment in which their perspective is situated, as about the object they are looking at. Editing a collection of Marx and Engels’s texts on the Paris Commune of 1871 is a quite different prospect today to what it would have been in decades past, separated from us by a deep historical rift even if they are not ever so remote in purely chronological terms. Half a century ago, upon the 1971 centenary of the Commune, it would have been almost self-evident that delving into these texts was a useful endeavour – https://bit.ly/3fuHX3e

Re-enchanting Our Art, Cultures and Everyday Lives | By Stephen Pritchard | A transcript of Pritchard’s talk, called ‘Cultural Democracy, Community Development and the Old/New Normal’ presented at the Imagine Belfast Festival on 28 March 2021. It’s about re-enchanting our art, cultures and everyday lives. Sheelagh Colcough, David Boyd, Conor Shields and Pritchard had a great conversation after the talk which could have gone on a lot longer. The talk will be published by Imagine Belfast soon – https://bit.ly/3wpmqPM

Is the Music Over at Mills College? | By Geeta Dayal | new York Times | A hotbed of experimental sound for nearly a century, this school in Oakland, Calif., is preparing to close its doors. Now that program and the electronics-focused Center for Contemporary Music, together with the most distinguished havens for experimental work in America over the past century, are facing possible closure. On March 17 the college, founded in 1852, announced that ongoing financial problems, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, would mean the end of its history as a degree-granting institution made up of an undergraduate women’s college and several coeducational graduate programs – https://nyti.ms/39wzF7h

Bill Gates Can’t Save the Planet | Grace Blakeley | Can Bill Gates save the world from capitalism? Gates’s new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, lays out his plan for achieving net-zero. With all the fanfare around the book’s release — his face was splashed on the cover of multiple magazines this week — this plan is depressingly familiar. Climate change, Gates and many economists argue is an example of a market failure. Markets have failed to adequately “price” carbon emissions, meaning we produce too much of them. If governments could only assign the correct price to these emissions, the market failure would be corrected and the planet would be saved – https://bit.ly/3u92X3J

Fairphone suggests Qualcomm is the biggest barrier to long-term Android support | Ron Amadeo | Qualcomm ended support for the phone after Android 6, but Fairphone is still going. The most interesting part of this news is a video from Fairphone detailing the update process the company went through, which offers more transparency than we normally get from a smartphone manufacturer. To hear Fairphone tell the story of Android updates, the biggest barrier to longer-term support is—surprise!—Qualcomm – https://bit.ly/3ss8XnL

Smashing the Patriarchy: Exposing Culture | Lilith Magazine | We’ve started an awesome collaboration with the amazing Wiam. At Lilith, we love the way she’s breaking taboos. Whether it is about sexuality, relationships or rap music. For Lilith, she will be making a series of videos on smashing the patriarchy. In this first episode, she is discussing the taboo that is shame culture. The past few weeks there has been a lot of online talk about exposers exposing young girls and queer folks for behaviour that is perfectly healthy. Wiam opens up about her own experience with being exposed and gives you the lesson of lessons on what helped her break the cycle – https://bit.ly/3wbR7I6

Image from: Installation shot. Auriea Harvey, Year Zero, exhibition at Bitforms Gallery. March 6 – April 24, 2021.

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Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Marc co-leads on artistic and curatorial vision for Furtherfield and is the director of Furtherfield research and publishing. As an artist, curator and researcher Marc brings 25 years of experience from the intersection of arts and technology to emerging practices in art, decentralised technologies and the inequalities of race and class. He is currently completing a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London.

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Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Marc co-leads on artistic and curatorial vision for Furtherfield and is the director of Furtherfield research and publishing. As an artist, curator and researcher Marc brings 25 years of experience from the intersection of arts and technology to emerging practices in art, decentralised technologies and the inequalities of race and class. He is currently completing a PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. Share: Twitter Instagram Facebook