Public Interfaces: Reader

A collection of key texts has been produced as background reading for the event. It will also be available at the conference.

The Reader opens with the concept of interface (1), introduces the concept of the public (2), encircles the present situation and its alternatives in different ways (multitude, biopolitics, a non-excluding community) (3), moves toward aesthetic practices (4), and ends in urban space (5).





Matthew Fuller: “The Impossibility of Interface”. In idem: Behind the Blip: Essays on the Culture of Software, New York: Autonomedia, 2003, pp. 99-120.

Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Bro Pold, eds.: Interface Criticism: Aesthetics Beyond the Buttons, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2010, pp. 7-10.



Oskar Negt & Alexander Kluge: The Public Sphere and Experience [selections]. In October, Vol. 46, Autumn, 1988, pp. 60-82.

Christopher M. Kelty: “Geeks and Recursive Publics”. In idem: Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software. Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2008, pp. 27-64.


Walter Benjamin: “The Author as Producer”. In New Left Review I/62, July-August 1970, [accessed 10.12.10].

Paolo Virno: “Ten Theses on the Multitude and Post-Fordist Capitalism”. In idem: A Grammar of the Multitude: For an Analysis of Contemporary Forms of Life, Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2004, pp. 95-111.

Gilles Deleuze: “Postscript to the Societies of Control”. In October, Vol. 59, Winter, 1992, pp. 3-7.

Maurizio Lazzarato: “What possibilities presently exist in the public sphere?”. In Atlantica no. 23, [accessed 08.12.10].

Maurizio Lazzarato: “From Biopower to Biopolitics”. In Pli – The Warwick Journal of Philosophy vol. 13, [accessed 08.12.10].

Giorgio Agamben: The Coming Community [selections]. Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 1993, pp. 1-2, 9-11, 47-50, and 85-87.

Jean-Luc Nancy: “Of Being-in-Common”. In Community at Loose Ends, edited by the Miami Theory Collective. Minneapolis & Oxford: University of Minnesota Press, 1991, pp. 1-12.


Edward A. Shanken: “The House That Jack Built: Jack Burnham’s Concept of ‘Software’ as a Metaphor for Art”. In Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Vol. 6, No. 10, November, 1998.


Trebor Scholz: “The Participatory Challenge”. In Joasia Krysa, ed.: Curating Immateriality, New York: Autonomedia, 2006, pp. 195-213.

Alexander R. Galloway & Eugene Thacker: “On Misanthropy”. In Joasia Krysa, ed.: Curating Immateriality, New York: Autonomedia, 2006, pp. 159-175.



McQuire, Scott: “Performing Public Space.” In The Media City: Media, Architecture and Urban Space. Los Angeles & London: Sage, 2008, pp. 130-158.

Koolhaas, Rem: “The Generic City.” In Small, Medium, Large, Extra-Large, edited by Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau, Hans Werleman and Jennifer Sigler. New York: Monacelli, 1998, pp. 1248-1264.

Martin Albrow: “Travelling Beyond Local Cultures: Socioscapes in a global city”. In John Eade, ed.: Living the Global City: Globalization as a local process, London & New York: Routledge, 1997, pp. 37-55.

Leonie Sandercock: “Mongrel Cities: How can we live together?”. In idem: Cosmopolis II: Mongrel Cities of the 21st Century, London & New York: Continuum, 2003, pp. 85-105.

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