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A Musing on Local Archives (hard drives, etc)

The local archive is a tool against hegemony, but not the digital one. The roots of the digital archive are too enmeshed in the agendas of power itself, from the very structure of digital technology to the hegemony of the QWERTY keyboard. Secondly, the digital archive is too ephemeral on too many levels for it to be effective as anti-hegemonic tool for any longer than a very limited period of time.... READ MORE...

Evan Roth: Flight Mode. Solo exhbition at Aksioma Project Space

Airports are the (non)places where the surveillance apparatus shows off its muscles. Airports are where security systems are first tested and fully employed. Airports are where privacy is immolated on the altars of control. Airports are the physical version of an information network. As such, airports have always fascinated artists, and they are the perfect playground for an artist who also happens to be a graffiti artist, a hacker and an open source coder, an artist such as Evan Roth.... READ MORE...

A book made of video comments. “Kindle’voke Ghost Writers” by Traumawien

On June 26th, the Austrian digital publisher Traumawien in the person of Luc Gross together with Bernhard Bauch, a German media artist and programmer, presented in Vienna their new project: Kindle’voke Ghost Writers. This project has been announced with a pretty creative and original press release written by Luc Gross of Traumawien, explaining the concept and idea behind that.... READ MORE...

“Digital Labor”. The Internet as Playground and Factory

The book asks whether life on the internet is mostly work, or play. We tweet, we tag photos, we link, we review books, we comment on blogs, we remix media, and we upload video to create much of the content that makes up the web. And large corporations profit on our online activity by tracking our interests, affiliations, and habits—and then collecting and selling the data. What is the nature of this interactive ‘labor’ and the new forms of digital sociality that it brings into being?... READ MORE...

“My open source cure”. Salvatore Iaconesi hits the Net at the heart

At this point, Salvatore Iaconesi does not need any introduction. With the launch of its latest web project My open source cure, he broke any balance in the relationship between net culture and mainstream media. Of course, talking about "project" leaves a bit confused, mostly because the causes and motivations are among the most tragic: the story is familiar to many, Salvatore Iaconesi has recently discovered to have a brain cancer.... READ MORE...

Geert Lovink: List Culture And The Art Of Moderation

Geert Lovink is one of the most influential cultures of the net worldwide. He is a critic and a theorist, he has been interested for years in texts and essays about the new media and network culture, and among his most recent projects the creation of the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam is worth to be mentioned. This institute works on critical analysis of the Internet, and its aim is to help actively the development and the divulgation of studies and discussions on network topics, even through the organisation of conferences, and publications whose aim is to stimulate dialogue and online sharing.... READ MORE...