Financial Markets, Public Goods Institutions and Social Interfaces

Financial markets are today visible in stripped down forms. Beside (nevertheless) complex market interactions, efforts to restore confidence in the system are giving way to its fundamental restructuring. As the public mood grows more questioning, fault lines appear in relations between individuals and institutions. Public goods organizations seek to reflect and understand the questioning ethos. Corresponding to this, artists, hackers and activists use new processes to understand structures of contemporary global society, through social dimensions, for future public good. Continue reading

Performing Measure: Endurance at the Interface Between Technology and Nature

This essay reflects on a possible relation between technology and nature today in light of a notion of endurance understood as a distinct form of sustainability. It employs the category of performance to theorize measure (the right measure) as aesthetic procedure and form of knowledge that has the potential to make the assumed technology-nature incompatibility productive. Such a concept of measure is grounded in a rethinking of rationality/reason along the lines drawn by Jacques Derrida. Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: the epic tale of copyright in network culture

With the rise of free culture and the reinforcement of intellectual property in the last decade, it is becoming a common practice for artists building upon or sampling existing sources, to check the legal validity of appropriating and merging external material. Using Sergio Leone’s ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I am speculating on the risks of underlying copyright laws that solely reward diligent and respectful legal artistic practices.
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Incompatible PhD workshop

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In the context of transmediale 2012, Digital Aesthetics Research Centre / Centre for Digital Urban Living (Aarhus University) offer a Ph.D. workshop in partnership with
transmediale reSource for transmedial culture and Vilém Flusser Archive.

Time/place: Nov. 16-18, 2012, Aula (1st floor), University of the Arts Berlin / Universität der Künste Berlin, Grunewaldstr. 2-5, 10823 Berlin.

The workshop addresses the theme of the transmediale festival (in/compatible) in a number of ways, primarily addressing incompatible interfaces, incompatible methods, and incompatible markets.

Prior to the workshop, selected participants will upload and comment papers openly on this blog. The outcome of the process will be published in a transmediale thematic publication and presented as part of the programme of the festival in 2012.

The actual workshop is restricted to PhD students. However an evening program at the Vilèm Flusser Archive is open to the public.