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Stewing. “people’s Pornography” By Katrien Jacobs

Katrien Jacobs, associate professor of cultural and religious studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, opens her latest volume on regional sex cultures, People’s Pornography: Sex and Surveillance on the Chinese Internet, with the striking if simple proposition that the pursuit of sexual pleasure is tied up with struggles for civil liberties.... READ MORE...

Art & Networked Culture. Tallin And The New Media Art

The Culture Capital of Europe 2011 is Tallinn in Estonia and the biggest art exhibition during this year has been the exhibition Gateways: Art and Networked Culture at KUMU Art Museum. For the occasion the German curator Sabine Himmelsbach has collected some of the most interesting New Media Art artists from Europe asEva e Franco Mattes, Aram Bartholl, Thomson & Craighead, Sašo Sedlaček, Julius Popp, Christina Kubisch, Les Liens Invisibles to mention some of the 27 participators.... READ MORE...

Notes on Digital Icons And Death. Iran Vs Iran

The image of Neda's death appears compulsively in our brain. The eye, cannibal and hungry partner, looks at death through the satellite decongesting awareness that had to be deactivated like it happened to the building in our surroundings. CNN kept broadcasting the images of Neda's face. The big cathode eye feels the smell of blood, knows its bulimic, vampirized adepts, and uses them until the burning red becomes invisible and the moment of death becomes dream. Like in the chocking game, a ritual for wealthy American teenagers, in which they choke each others until they faint and gasp for few seconds, convulsing, and then wake up again, laughing with their friends without understanding where, or why or when it happened... READ MORE...

Ethical Economy. The New Redistribution Of Value

Ethical consumerism, fair trade, socially responsible investments and corporate social responsibility are all phenomena on the rise. At the same time there are also virtual and local currencies and peer-2-peer rating systems that make the creation and redistribution of value in globalized social communities that share a set of common values, more real.... READ MORE...

Transmediale: thematic call for works

The 2012 edition of transmediale takes place in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 31 January – 5 February 2012 exploring the theme of in/compatible. tm.12 postulates that incompatible beings drive the logic of contemporary cultural production. We understand in/compatible beings as aesthetic things and processes that do not necessarily connect on the terms we are used to. The festival wants to raise the question of what happens when such incompatible beings are brought to the fore rather than hidden away in the dark underbelly of digital culture?... READ MORE...

Car culture Media of Mobility

From 18 June, 2011 to 8 January, 2012 the ZKM | Media Museum will present artistic reflections on both material and immaterial mobility: Each has its origins in Baden: the invention of physical mobility by Carl Benz in Mannheim, in 1886, as well Heinrich Hertz's discovery of electromagnetic waves as the foundation for worldwide radiocommunication in Karlsruhe in the same year... READ MORE...

Notes On Time And The Net. Morphogenesis Of An Ongoing Relationship

This article is going to introduce a series of interventions around some of the major philosophical issues that need to be rethinked by the diffusion of Internet and the digital society. The goal is not to address these issues from a systematic point of view, but rather to re-interpret them in relation to generally accepted networking practices and to digital methods and tools through which they arise.... READ MORE...

Fidel Garcia’s Work. Art As A Complex System

Fidel Garcia (at that time he was still known with his Micro X nickname, by the name of the homonym precinct of the Alamar quarter where he still lives now) has paid me a visit to talk about his work. At that time he was an ISA student (Instituto Superior de Arte, maybe the best school of art in all Latin America) and made part of Tania Bruguera's Catedra Arte de Conducta, the educational project the Cuban artist carried on for almost a decade, by bringing artists, philosophers, activists and curators to Cuba in order to educate and raise a new generation of artists, grown up in the shade of the international panorama of our time.... READ MORE...

Seaquence. Audiovisual Online Micro-cultures

Seaquence is an on-line project developed by Ryan Alexander, Gabriel Dunne and Daniel Massey during an art residency at Gray Area Foundation For The Arts (GAFFTA), San Francisco, a non-profit organization dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture.... READ MORE...

Dyndy.net: The Future Of Money. For A New Democratic Economy

Last fall in Amsterdam took place the second Economies of the Commons Economies of the Commons - Paying the cost of making things free - conference. In the panels they discussed the political economy of open content and its consequences for the cultural sector and analyzed critically the economies taking place in the digital commons..... READ MORE...

Def India And Chanderiyaan. Digital Empowerment & Local Communities

Def India, which stands for Digital Empowerment Foundation India, is a nonprofit organization, founded in 2002, working for the education and use of information technology and digital communications in India mainly, but also in other parts of Asia. Def India develops digital platforms for the masses, especially in deprived and poor areas with the aim of designing technological solutions that meet the needs of the population and allow the inclusion of different social groups and ethno-linguistic and religious minorities.... READ MORE...

The art of hacking

The art of Hacking focuses on the artistic side of hacking. The artists in this exhibition highlight the imperfections of our surroundings and daily lives. The projects subvert, improve on or circumnavigate ëofficialí systems and practices and offer alternatives. Superficially, hacking is often associated with spreading online viruses and other digital attacks. Officially these criminal activities are not really known as hacking, but as ëcrackingí. The real practice of hacking is done based on far more positive and artistic motives. Itís a state of mind and there are elaborate ethical codes within the hacker community.... READ MORE...

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