Architecture

Uncanny Valley

This is a story of three theories. The first comes from the world of robotics and computer graphics, as conceptualized b

Pin-Up Magazine

Fall Winter 2015/16

Clog: Rendering

While these architectural visualizations are certainly nothing new, advances in software and hardware have enabled rende

2012

Art and Commerce

art got to know pop so they stream for main

by Arootin Mirzakhani   Since the rise of social media networks, the dimension of one's identity has been evolving throughout its course. Every single person is now able to fully profile themselves. What became very important throughout social media, with…

Art Basel Crowdfunding

Art Basel has launched a project together with Kickstarter for non-commercial art projects, anyone can apply.

Artist at Work

Proximity of Art and Capitalism

The main affirmation of artistic practice must today happen through thinking about the conditions and the status of the

Zero Books

2015

Famous Person: Kim Kardashian [#KimsDataStash | T-Mobile Commercial]

"Kim Kardashian West has an important message for everyone about unused data. Stop letting your carrier take back those unused megs & gigs at the end of each month. You’re missing out on so many amazing things. Like photos of…

High Price

Art Between the Market and Celebrity Culture

»Today, the art world is not dominated by a small group of insiders. According to Graw, the art economy has been transf

Sternberg Press

2010

VIP Art for everybody – is that possible?

"VIP Art Fair was an international art fair held exclusively online. The fair was founded in 2010 by James and Jane Cohan, owners of James Cohan Gallery in New York, and Jonas and Alessandra Almgren, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The inaugural…

Adorno: “Die Zwecklosigkeit des neueren Kunstwerks…”

»Die Zwecklosigkeit des großen neueren Kunstwerks lebt von der Anonymität des Marktes. So vielfach vermittelt sind dessen Forderungen, daß der Künstler von der bestimmten Zumutung, freilich nur in gewissem Maße, dispensiert bleibt, denn seiner Autonomie, als einer bloß geduldeten, war…

WTF Marina Abramovic ?! She's so good, she's performance art in person! Yeah, shure, but look how she's messing around with super commercial artists like Lady Gaga. Honestly what is she up to? True, but isn't it cool how she…

Bernadette Corporation

Bernadette Coorporation is a group, gang, clique, company, political force, artists or not, that made their mission to connect and redefine politics and aesthetics by "radically denying political identities". No one really knows who they are, they do not tell…

Whitney Mallet on Amalia Ulman

When artists critique middle-class capitalism by performing things normal people do normally, it seems to only draw attention to the privilege of the artist. (Even if we don’t have material wealth we, Ulman and I, and probably anyone reading this…

ART & COMMERCE: Ecology Beyond Spectatorship

"The particular formation of art that has come to be known as Contemporary Art came about in the television age as a cultural form that was specifically for spectatorship. However today’s most ubiquitous networked media platforms (like Google or Facebook…

Artists

The difference between “Us” & “Them”

“He Will Not Divide Us” started out as a political art project and participatory performance against the presidency of Donald Trump. Interestingly enough, it stages even more the social difficulties of “Us” becoming a “Unity” while right-wing groups argue with…

Californian Ideology

R they Hippies or Yuppies?

Human worms

Scientists believe that machines will probably be more intelligent than humans sooner or later. That mustn't necessarily be a problem.

Minitel: Computer system by the French Government in the 1970s

Presumably private companies are more successful in pushing the digital revolution. That's also why the most important players are based around L.A. Minitel which was initiated by the French Government could have been an example of the opposite.

San Francisco’s guerrilla protest at Google buses swells into revolt

“The Californian Ideology” by Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron

"At the end of the twentieth century, the long predicted convergence of the media, computing and telecommunications into hypermedia is finally happening. Once again, capitalism’s relentless drive to diversify and intensify the creative powers of human labour is on the…

The Whole Earth Catalogue

The Whole Earth Catalog (WEC) was an American counterculture magazine and product catalog published by Stewart Brand between 1968 and 1972, and occasionally thereafter, until 1998. The magazine featured essays and articles, but was primarily focused on product reviews. The…

The United States of Google

"Internet enterprises promise: We solve the problems of humanity. But would the world really be a better place?"

»Stay hungry, stay foolish«

Steve Jobs is quoting the Whole Earth Catalogue in his speech at the commencement of Stanford University.

Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art and the Internet

by Manuel Rossner   It is logically impossible to get past the term »contemporary art«, since every art production happening right now is, of course, contemporary. Nevertheless, not anything produced right now will join the canon of contemporary art. There…

The difference between “Us” & “Them”

“He Will Not Divide Us” started out as a political art project and participatory performance against the presidency of Donald Trump. Interestingly enough, it stages even more the social difficulties of “Us” becoming a “Unity” while right-wing groups argue with…

Accidental Audience

On Tumblr, users can look at art without even realizing it. Do they democratize the work or merely make it an advertisement for itself?

In his 2013 book After Art David Joselit argues, that today’s image has gained a new form of energy and a co

Princeton University Press

2013

An incomplete Timeline of online Exhibitions and Biennals

Fach & Asendorf Gallery Manifesto

From 2011 to 2014 Fach & Asendorf Gallery used the browser as an online gallery. "The Internet, it is everywhere. It is here, it is there and it is where you actually are. It is so huge that nobody ever…

The You Museum

By using google ads Jeremy Bailey creates 'The You Museum" which follows you on every website you'll go, since you will most likely see him instead of other personal ads. He totally conforms to the commercial distribution of information and…

The Jogging

This blog turns other tumblr-blogs run by artists by reblogging into popular and trending tumblr-posts. The images are not meant to be identified as artworks, actually they do not seem to be created by artists in the first place but rather…

Katja Novitskova

In Katja Novitskova's work the boundaries of the gallery space, the image of it and the virtual are blurred. Her sculptures fit for one viewing angle, the one that will then be published online. Image: Approximation V Chamäleon, 2013, © Foto: Achim…

cermâ gallery

cermâ gallery focuses on contemporary artistic practice and their relationship to digital environments. Tearing down the frontier between digital and real space it offers a variety of ways for invited artists to intervene.

Sensual Objects

Virtual Objects created by Chris Timms with the aim of rendering them in a way that allows an emotional connection.

Digital Art on Screens

"Electric Objects brings the beauty of the Internet into your home.", says EO's website. Their screens shows digital artworks and is supposed to be hung in your living room. Would I like to have this? Removing it from the online…

The Internet Does Not Exist

e-flux Journal

"It is strange to think how, in spite of so many young artists now playing with digital aesthetics, it was actually Warh

Sternberg Press

2015

Andrea Fraser

Andrea Fraser (born 1965) is a New York-based performance artist, mainly known for her work in the area of institutional critique. She is currently a new genres professor of the Art Department faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Why I Hate Post-Internet Art

"I really don’t like “post-internet art.” I don’t like the term and I don’t like the art that’s presented under its banner. Lots of people tell me that they don’t like it, either. Whether people like it, or hate it,…

Post-Internet Art: Im Karneval der Zeichen

"Trecartin blickt voraus in eine Welt, die feste Hierarchien von Geschlechtern, von Mensch und Technik, von Geschmack oder auch Kunst hinter sich gelassen hat. Und je länger man sich dieser Welt aussetzt, desto mehr erkennt man in ihr die eigene.…

Art After Social Media

"On the other hand is the unprecedented rise of artists applying managerial strategies to themselves, artists that conceive their identity as a brand to be developed through Facebook, for instance. This is a world where, arguably, today’s seventeen-year-old creative has…

DISImages

Laughing Alone with Salad by Maja Cule

Andy Warhol’s Digital Art Was Trapped on a Floppy Disk — Until Now

Art Post-Internet Reader

Internet art, new media art, good old-fashioned painting etc. have not ceased to exist and will continue to exist. I think it would be highly problematic to claim that there is a progression from Internet art to post-internet art. Both…

A Letter to Young Internet Artists

Post-­Internet, the art movement. Wikipedia decries that an art movement is a style in the art world with a specific common philosophy or goal, followed by a group of artists during a period of time. Art movements are fed by stuff written…

“Inside the WhiteCube – The Ideology of the Gallery Space”

Fundamental text by Brian O'Doherty from 1976 about the role of the exhibition space for the artwork. White Cubes are like cathedrals of modernism, giving the artworks a quasi-eternal status. Definitely worth reading!

Gender

Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital by Catherine Hakim — Review

There is so much to object to in this book that it is hard to know where to start. Even the title makes me grimace: "No money, no honey" is an expression supposedly used by Jakarta prostitutes and alluded to…

A Public Dialogue between bell hooks & Laverne Cox

hosted by Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender…

I am Cait

I Am Cait is an American television documentary series which chronicles the life of Caitlyn Jenner after her gender transition. The eight-part one-hour documentary series debuted on July 26, 2015, on the E! network. The series focuses on the "new…

Meat Market

Female flesh under capitalism

Modern culture is obsessed with controlling women's bodies. Our societies are saturated with images of unreal, idealise

Zero Books

2011

bell hooks — who’s booty is this?

An open conversation for students with bell hooks, Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer (assistant director of the Cassandra Voss Center, St. Norbert College), Lynnee Denise (Founder & Vision Director, WildSeed Cultural Group), and Stephanie Troutman (assistant professor of Leadership & Educational Studies; Affiliate…

The Trans-Everything CEO

Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.

Global Computation

Critical Atlas of Internet

Through a series of 15 hypotheses, this Critical Atlas of Internet aims to develop 15 conceptual spatialization exercises. The purpose of the atlas is to use spatial analysis as a key to understanding social, political and economic issues on Internet.…

BigchainDB

BigchainDB fills a gap in the decentralization ecosystem: a decentralized database, at scale. It is complementary to decentralized processing platforms like Ethereum, and decentralized file systems like InterPlanetary File System (IPFS).

What is code?

You are an educated, successful person capable of abstract thought. A VP doing an SVP’s job. Your office, appointed with decent furniture and a healthy amount of natural light filtered through vertical blinds, is commensurate with nearly two decades of…

The Stack

On Software and Sovereignty

What has planetary-scale computation done to our geopolitical realities? It takes different forms at different scales

M.I.T. Press

2016

Blockchain

A block chain or blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of transaction records hardened against tampering and revision. It consists of data structure blocks—which hold exclusively data in initial blockchain implementations, and both data and programs…

ascribe

The Berlin based firm helps you to register your artwork on the blockchain giving it a unique ID so that you can claim ownership for it.

The Machine Question

One of the enduring concerns of moral philosophy is deciding who or what is deserving of ethical consideration. Although initially limited to “other men,” the practice of ethics has developed in such a way that it continually challenges its own…

Identity

The Trans-Everything CEO

Futurist, pharma tycoon, satellite entrepreneur, philosopher. Martine Rothblatt, the highest-paid female executive in America, was born male. But that is far from the thing that defines her. Just ask her wife. Then ask the robot version of her wife.

Meet BINA48, the world’s most sensitive robot

Have you ever loved someone so much you wanted to clone them? Well, that’s exactly what Martine Rothblatt did. BINA48 is one of the world’s most sensitive robots. She’s been programmed based on the mannerisms, beliefs and memories of Bina…

Gender Swap

An experiment with "The machine to be Another". Each person wears 3d glasses showing the view of the other. With the same choreography you'll experience how your partner views and feels his body.

K-HOLE: YOUTH MODE

The trend forecasting group K-Hole published a much discussed report in 2013 called "Youth Mode - A Report on Freedom" last year in which they try to capture what has been happening in youth lifestyles in western culture and introduce a…

SO NOW!: On Normcore

"One of my concerns over the last few years is what I see as a certain fear within some domains of left thought—the fear that, because we have repudiated any normative grounds for adjudicating between arrangements of existence, we must…

The Unwilling Avatar

"We must continually reconcile the self we create as a transmittable product with the vulnerable, variable consciousness we inhabit from moment to moment. Despite social media’s scorecards, belonging is also a matter of fleeting, spontaneous empathy, moments of presence in…

Levis being super authentic. #ActingBasic not #Normcore if you would trust.

Nature

Gespräch mit Philippe Descola

Merkur

12/2015

Neoliberalism

Neoliberalism and Acceleration(ism)

by Philipp Hindahl   The idea of acceleration seems to be inherent to capitalism and modernity. In the logic of capitalism we lose time in order to generate surplus value. This has been valid for 19th century commodity exchange, and…

Europe is Kaput. Long live Europe!

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek and former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange discuss Europe’s future. With the recent economic crisis in Greece, unprecedented challenges to centralised European policy, and the lack of consensus on the ongoing refugee…

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis. In the series, Curtis argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity, and instead have "distorted and simplified our view of the…

Inventing the Future

Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

A major new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work Neoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing milli

2015

Körperliche Selbstoptimierungen und das postfeministische Subjekt

von Bettina Wuttig   Der folgende Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit körperlichen Selbstoptimierungen von Frauen*2 , und fragt dabei nach den aktuellen diskursiven Logiken und gesellschaftlichen Rationalitäten, die diese Praxen ermöglichen und befeuern. Zudem wird ein Ausblick gegeben, wie Selbstbestimmung vor…

Understanding Digital Capitalism

»Was würde Karl Marx zu Facebook und Twitter sagen? Was passiert, wenn Menschheitsaufgaben zu Unternehmenszielen werden und das Internet zur Meta-Struktur einer neuartigen, digitalen Ökonomie? Unser Autor Timo Daum erklärt und durchleuchtet diese und andere Fragen in unserer neuen Reihe…

Capitalist Realism

Is there no alternative?

It is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. After 1989, capitalism has successfully present

Zero Books

2009

Insurance.com $35.6 million VacationRentals.com $35 million PrivateJet.com $30.18 million Sex.com for $24 million Internet.com $18 million 360.com $17 million Insure.com $16 million Hotels.com $11 million Fund.com £9.99 million Porn.com $9.5 million Most expensive prices for domain names publicly known.

Imminent Immanent Critiques of Capitalism

Eilif Verney-Elliot is a London-based artist, philosopher and a writer/blogger. In the essay he describes capitalism as a system that tends to become an infinite regime which takes over all aspects of life, all previously existing systems and us, individuals,…

Die Revolution soll sich beeilen – The Revolution Better Hurry

“The Problem with capitalism is that, unlike the sun, it doesn’t have a half life. Five billion years from now the sun will inflate to a red cloud-monster and devour the earth, says physics. Then life and the earth will…

Contra-Internet

"Contra-Internet describes the emerging militancies and subversions of “the Internet.” Comprised of multiple series, Contra-Internet critiques the Internet as a hegemonic descriptor for digital networking and premier arena of political control, as well as documents and speculates upon network alternatives that social movements…

#ACCELERATE MANIFESTO for an Accelerationist Politics

"Accel­er­a­tion­ism pushes towards a future that is more mod­ern, an altern­at­ive mod­ern­ity that neo­lib­er­al­ism is inher­ently unable to generate."

Neoliberal Character

“Permanent evaluation in the workplace causes a loss of autonomy and increasing dependance on constantly changing external norms. This leads to what sociologist Richard Sennett has termed “infantilization among employees.” Grown ups act out emotional outbreaks like children. Small things…

89plus Panel Discussion: Branding

Youtube

Accelerationism

"Today’s form of capitalism is an object that ceaselessly is getting out of hand in ever higher grades of abstraction. How can the hyper dynamic movements that are looming in the finance markets and the technology sector be ascertained? And even…

Lings Cars

"Ling Valentine of LINGsCARS.com topped the votes with the most recommendations, ahead of giants like BCA, AutoQuake, MotorPoint, Warranty Direct, and HPI." - HJ

Der große Reibach HD – Arte Doku

With Margaret Thatcher’s triumph in Britain’s 1979 election and Ronald Reagan’s presidency in 1981 began a “neoliberal revolution”, that has deeply changed capitalim by reducing its social aspects. This era ended with the 2007 real estate crisis that plunged the…

Why A Revolution Is Impossible Nowadays

Why is the neoliberal system so stable? Why is there no resistance, in spite of a constantly growing disparity between rich and poor? For an explanation it is important to understand how power works in a neoliberal system. An article…

Politics

The difference between “Us” & “Them”

“He Will Not Divide Us” started out as a political art project and participatory performance against the presidency of Donald Trump. Interestingly enough, it stages even more the social difficulties of “Us” becoming a “Unity” while right-wing groups argue with…

Social Media

The difference between “Us” & “Them”

“He Will Not Divide Us” started out as a political art project and participatory performance against the presidency of Donald Trump. Interestingly enough, it stages even more the social difficulties of “Us” becoming a “Unity” while right-wing groups argue with…

delinear

Harm van den Dorpel's alternative social media platform delinear. It uses the notions of chaos and decentralized structures instead of the common linear order.

Accidental Audience

On Tumblr, users can look at art without even realizing it. Do they democratize the work or merely make it an advertisement for itself?

Connectedness to Connectivity: José van Dijck’s “Culture of Connectivity”

"Only when the dusk starts to fall does the owl of Minerva spread its wings and fly", Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel famously claimed. Or in plain English: scholarly attention is always a little late on the scene. When it comes to…

Happiness head

by Lauren McCarthy 2009

The Unwilling Avatar

"We must continually reconcile the self we create as a transmittable product with the vulnerable, variable consciousness we inhabit from moment to moment. Despite social media’s scorecards, belonging is also a matter of fleeting, spontaneous empathy, moments of presence in…

Screen capture of when I was trying to unfollow most of my Facebook friends trying to achieve an almost empty Newsfeed. I failed.

The future of Social Media

Dave Eggers "The Circle" sketches up a future vision in which social media is tied as closely to the private as to the professional personality of the ideal citizen and becomes a tool for completely abandoning the idea of the private…

Speculative Realism

Conference on Speculative Realism

at the Center of the Humanities in New York from March 27.

Speculations on anonymous materials

The much-discussed exhibition taking place in the Fredericianium in Kassel in 2014. "Art’s task changes in a world suffused with generated images. It is imperative to reflect on what are often highly psychologically charged worlds of images, the ways they…

#Neuland

“Speculations On Anonymous Materials in the first place stood for the claim that there is a new generation making its move. In late February an extension of the Kassel exhibition has been called off. Rumour in the art world had…

Texte zur Kunst Nr. 29: SPEKULATION

Texte zur Kunst has dedicated a whole issue to Speculation: "Speculation is clearly the buzzword of the moment; in philosophy, art, the art market, literature, and finance. But what does it mean, exactly, to speculate? Speculation grasps for the nonexistent. As…

Rosi Braidotti on Speculative Realism

"There are two or three things that I don’t fully get about the speculative realists. First of all, the treatment of objects as self-organizing entities is not in itself new. Media and science fiction scholars – like Jussi Parikka now,…

Transparency

DICKPICS: John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden

Probably the debate on governmental surveillance didn't really start because the narration was too abstract for the masses. Late night talker John Oliver boils it down by asking Snowden: Does the Government see pictures of my dick? Isn't that post-internet? This…

Black Transparency

"The WikiLeaks collaboration has led Metahaven to investigate a phenomenon which it calls “black transparency,” meaning the involuntary transparency invoked on organizations and nation-states by whistleblowers and hackers. Metahaven’s Black Transparency is a nomadic, re-iterating design project as well as a forthcoming…

Brave New World

The standard by Aldous Huxley when it comes to future of technology and the image of an always present surveillance state.

Liquid democracy

Can we use the internet to make political decisions more direct and transparent? Or will the idea turn out as a dystopian nightmare?

weltnetz.tv — oppositional platform for alternative journalism

A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File

by Hito Steyerl

Crime Has Gone High-Tech, and the Law Can’t Keep Up

An article on the statements of security expert Marc Goodman, who has been fighting crime for more than 20 years, who has "learned the hard way that crime is increasingly going high-tech, leaving law enforcement struggling to keep up.": “A…

BALCONISM

»We are all outside on teh balcony now. Standing on a platform made out of a tweet into corporate versions of public space. We are not stored in a cloud, opaque or translucent to whomever. We publish, we get read.…

Feds Seize Silk Road 2 in Major Dark Web Drug Bust

Affectiva

Affectiva provides technologies for measuring customer emotions to improve products through trying to understand, which means to measure and evaluate reactions and emotions.

Paul Ekman Method

We are the industry leader in micro and subtle expression training tools. Our Ekman-designed and -endorsed trainings, built on 40 years’ published research, improve your ability to ‘read’ others. image: screen capture from the Paul Ekman website

The future of Social Media

Dave Eggers "The Circle" sketches up a future vision in which social media is tied as closely to the private as to the professional personality of the ideal citizen and becomes a tool for completely abandoning the idea of the private…

Universal Basic Income

BGE-Interaktiv

Das bedingungslose Grundeinkommen (BGE) ist eine Initiative, die schon seit einigen Jahren in der Gesellschaft kontrovers diskutiert wird. Durch unser Interesse an dieser Idee entstand dieses Projekt, welches das Ziel hat, einen Querschnitt über die existierenden Ansätze des bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens…

Inventing the Future

Postcapitalism and a World Without Work

A major new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work Neoliberalism isn’t working. Austerity is forcing milli

2015

Virtual Reality

Uncanny Valley

This is a story of three theories. The first comes from the world of robotics and computer graphics, as conceptualized b

Pin-Up Magazine

Fall Winter 2015/16

Clog: Rendering

While these architectural visualizations are certainly nothing new, advances in software and hardware have enabled rende

2012

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