MachineMachine /stream - search for culture https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Crapularity Aesthetics | Making & Breaking]]> https://makingandbreaking.org/article/crapularity-aesthetics/

In 2011, a loose group of “grumpy futurists” wrote up an extensive list of “Alternatives to the Singularity” in a collaborative Google Document. “The Singularity”, in popular culture and para-religious belief, refers to the point where machine intelligence leaves humans behind.

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Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:01:08 -0800 https://makingandbreaking.org/article/crapularity-aesthetics/
<![CDATA[Digital Bibliography]]> http://glotta.ntua.gr/IS-Social/DigitalBiblio.html

AN EVALUATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY: DIGITAL CULTURE, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, THE INTERNET, THE WEB By David Abrahamson Northwestern University Prefatory Note: What follows is a discursive compilation of more that four-hundred-and-fifty items, most of fairly recent authorship, united by a common -- though ve

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Tue, 29 Jan 2019 10:38:21 -0800 http://glotta.ntua.gr/IS-Social/DigitalBiblio.html
<![CDATA[AI & Culture: Buildings, Cities (and Infrastructures, and Beyond…)]]> https://medium.com/@maximolly/ai-culture-buildings-cities-and-infrastructures-and-beyond-8b91ce0e916f

We’ve long heard a lot about smart: smart homes, smart cities, smart grids, and more. It’s blowing up even more, with a lot of talk about AI these days. It’s all over pop culture, whether in tv, film, books, sci-fi, music, games, and internet memes.

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Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:09:46 -0700 https://medium.com/@maximolly/ai-culture-buildings-cities-and-infrastructures-and-beyond-8b91ce0e916f
<![CDATA[Compression Aesthetics: Glitch From the Avant-Garde to Kanye West – InVisible Culture]]> https://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/compression-aesthetics-glitch-from-the-avant-garde-to-kanye-west/

Carolyn L. Kane In a world that esteems technological efficiency, immediacy, and control, the advent of technical noise, glitch, and failure—no matter how colorful or disturbingly beautiful—are avoided at great costs.

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Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:47 -0700 https://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/compression-aesthetics-glitch-from-the-avant-garde-to-kanye-west/
<![CDATA[Naked]]> https://vimeo.com/12251595

A surgeon and his assistant wheel a bed with a panda on it into the operating room of a large hospital in Sweden. This is not a flesh-and-blood panda, however, but a mechanical toy. With great concentration, the surgeon starts to operate, painstakingly removing layer after layer of the furry covering followed by the soft filling. While the surgeon searches for the plastic core in the operational innards, the panda doggedly resists its deconstruction. The noises it emits sound more animal than machine-made, reinforcing the absurd nature of this clash between a living being and a machine. The film's calm, serious, observational style invites us to consider a number of current cultural issues. What is the difference between man and the technology he designs? To what extent are our flesh-and-blood bodies becoming technological bodies? And if, at some point in the future, we all have a technological body, will the operations of the future be like this one, on this pitiably whimpering panda? These are questions artist Tove Kjellmark also addresses in her other work./IDFACast: Tove KjellmarkTags: naked, skinned, art, sculture, toy, toys, panda, operation, another nature and idfa

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Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:22:02 -0700 https://vimeo.com/12251595
<![CDATA[*slaps roof of late 20th century pop culture* this bad boy can fit so many fucking references to found my cognitive dissonances on]]> https://twitter.com/therourke/statuses/1025863592581705728 ]]> Sat, 04 Aug 2018 14:58:34 -0700 https://twitter.com/therourke/statuses/1025863592581705728 <![CDATA[In Portuguese, ‘atropelar’ is the act of running over something or someone - often in an act of silencing that is gendered or racialized; in Brazilian graffiti culture, the term is used to describe the act of running over someone else’s visual intervention by spraying on top of it. #Atropelos is a collaboration with @luizap for @walktalkazores festival, curated by @daniadmiss for the 'Assembling a Moving Island' public art circuit. The project took us to several locations on the island of São Miguel, pasting up posters that highlight or question some of the complex colonial narratives associated with Azores (between Portugal and Brasil). We ran over our own interventions with each iteration, a sequence which will be continued by 20+ invited artists through 2018 at <a href="http://www.atropelos.com" rel="external">http://www.atropelos.com</a>, in collaboration with @Arebyte gallery London.]]> https://www.instagram.com/p/BkqA7FSBNew/ ]]> Sat, 30 Jun 2018 10:02:36 -0700 https://www.instagram.com/p/BkqA7FSBNew/ <![CDATA[Podcast 13: Imaginary Futures, Media Theory and the Cold War Origins of the Internet. An Interview with Richard Barbrook - Exploding Appendix]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/471922

Ideas and Culture with Guts

http://www.explodingappendix.com/2018/04/17/podcast-13-imaginary-futures-media-theory-cold-war-origins-internet-interview-richard-barbrook/

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Tue, 17 Apr 2018 02:55:49 -0700 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/471922
<![CDATA[Why Feminists Need to Seize the Memes of Production | Novara Media]]> http://novaramedia.com/2018/04/07/why-feminists-need-to-seize-the-memes-of-production/

Culture matters. Mainstream culture reflects and shapes the dominant ideas and behaviours of our society.

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:25:24 -0700 http://novaramedia.com/2018/04/07/why-feminists-need-to-seize-the-memes-of-production/
<![CDATA[Glitch Feminism: An Interview With Legacy Russell]]> http://www.berfrois.com/2018/02/glitch-feminism-an-interview-with-legacy-russell/

Legacy Russell is a writer, artist and cultural producer. Her first book Glitch Feminism is forthcoming from Verso. A version of this interview first appeared in the chapter “Distracted to Attention: On Digital Reading” in The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online (OR Books, 2017).

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Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:03:11 -0700 http://www.berfrois.com/2018/02/glitch-feminism-an-interview-with-legacy-russell/
<![CDATA[The World of Wakanda - Open Source with Christopher Lydon]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/463320

The World of Wakanda

Black Panther, the movie, is heading toward $1-billion at the box office on just its third weekend. Already it seems that commercial success is likely not what Black Panther will be remembered for. It is a grand coming-together of African-American cultural production. The story in it is a mix of myth and magic in the made-up African nation of Wakanda.  It’s a technologically advanced society in a land that was never got colonized; and it holds the world’s only big deposits of an all-powerful mineral element, vibranium. 

Wakanda is an immense showcase of black agency and so is the movie Black Panther, in all the arts: writers and actors working off fact and fantasy, imagination and history and tough-minded politics, too. In the stunned aftermath, not least of the marvels about this movie is realizing that Black Panther, the character—and a lot of his immense fan base—is built on the culture of comic books that lots of us have never read. So this hour’s inventory of Black Panther first impressions begins with those drawings going back even before the Marvel Comics series began in the 1960s.  

John Jennings leads the way. Prolific in comic books and illustrated novels—like Octavia Butler’s Kindred, for example—Jennings grew up drawing in Mississippi. He’s Professor of Media Studies now at the University of California, Riverside. He’s dedicated his new anthology, Black Comix Returns, “to all the little black boys and girls who never have to know what it’s like NOT to see yourself as a hero, as subject, as vital to the society you live in.”

Ytasha Womack joins us from Chicago. She is a dancer, filmmaker, and futurist, who describes herself as a “champion of humanity and imagination.” She also wrote the book on Afrofuturism—the cultural aesthetic which links T’Challa, King of Wakanda, to the great jazz eccentric from Alabama, Sun Ra.

Harvey Young is our resident theater critic as well as the new dean of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University.  He’s written a lot about black performance, most notably in his Chicago oral history, Black Theater is Black Life.  

Brooke Obie is a a full-time writer and novelist who’s seen Black Panther five times so far. In her review of the movie for the black cinema site Shadow & Act—she puts forward a strong defense of “Eric Killmonger and the lost children of Wakanda.”

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò grew up in the north suburbs of Cincinnati as the child of Nigerian immigrants He’s now a PhD candidate at UCLA and will soon be an assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown. His family history makes him still wary of the warrior class represented by Killmonger in the film. 

Evan Narcisse, the lead writer for Marvel’s “Rise of the Black Panther” series, was born in Brooklyn of Haitian parents. He grew up with the legend of Toussaint Louverture, who led a slave rebellion against French colonists and finally beat Napoleon’s Army to liberate Haiti—the only time ex-slaves defeated a great power for their freedom, for which Haitians paid a terrible price. That too is part of what Evan Narcisse brings to his work on Black Panther.

Douglas Wolk of Austin, Texax is our unofficial “dean of American comic book critics.” He has made it his life’s mission to read “all of the Marvels” and will soon write about them. This week, he gave us the short form on what they all mean.

 

http://radioopensource.org/the-world-of-wakanda/

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Fri, 02 Mar 2018 05:21:22 -0800 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/463320
<![CDATA[The Google Arts & Culture App and the Rise of the “Coded Gaze”]]> https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-google-arts-and-culture-app-and-the-rise-of-the-coded-gaze-doppelganger/amp?__twitter_impression=true

A few days ago, I came across an old post on the Web site Bored Panda called “10+ Times People Accidentally Found Their Doppelgängers in Museums and Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes.” The post consisted of around thirty photos of people posing with portraits whose subjects looked eerily like them.

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Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:21 -0800 https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-google-arts-and-culture-app-and-the-rise-of-the-coded-gaze-doppelganger/amp?__twitter_impression=true
<![CDATA[Why We Need to Challenge the Culture of Monogamy - VICE]]> https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/bm4353/why-we-need-to-challenge-the-culture-of-monogamy

As someone who identifies as poly, I've often experienced negativity from those who don't think outside of how their relationships function. At times, this judgment has come from those close to me.

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:31:03 -0800 https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/bm4353/why-we-need-to-challenge-the-culture-of-monogamy
<![CDATA[Resisting Reduction Manifesto: against the Singularity, for a "culture of flourishing" / Boing Boing]]> https://boingboing.net/2017/10/31/an-unknowable-world.html

Joi Ito's Resisting Reduction manifesto rejects the idea of reducing the world to a series of computable relationships that will eventually be overtaken by our ability to manipulate them with computers ("the Singularity") and instead to view the world as full of irreducible complexities and "to d

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:30:54 -0800 https://boingboing.net/2017/10/31/an-unknowable-world.html
<![CDATA[Why We Need to Challenge the Culture of Monogamy - VICE]]> https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/bm4353/why-we-need-to-challenge-the-culture-of-monogamy

As someone who identifies as poly, I've often experienced negativity from those who don't think outside of how their relationships function. At times, this judgment has come from those close to me.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:03 -0800 https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/bm4353/why-we-need-to-challenge-the-culture-of-monogamy
<![CDATA[Resisting Reduction Manifesto: against the Singularity, for a "culture of flourishing" / Boing Boing]]> https://boingboing.net/2017/10/31/an-unknowable-world.html

Joi Ito's Resisting Reduction manifesto rejects the idea of reducing the world to a series of computable relationships that will eventually be overtaken by our ability to manipulate them with computers ("the Singularity") and instead to view the world as full of irreducible complexities and "to d

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:50:54 -0800 https://boingboing.net/2017/10/31/an-unknowable-world.html
<![CDATA[Digital Selves]]> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLiKtPUCCTk

David Berry/ Legacy Russell/ Laurence Scott

How does our ubiquitous digital culture affect our sense of self? Is the self distorted, or do we now possess an invigorating digital selfdom? Should we revise our philosophical conceptions of the self in the light of social media? Our panel of writers, artists, and political theorists explore what happens to memory, emotion, and thought in the age of Google.

SPEAKERS

David Berry, Professor of Digital Humanities and Co-director of the Sussex Digital Humanities Lab, University of Sussex

Legacy Russell, writer, artist, and founding theorist of Glitch Feminism

Laurence Scott, Senior Lecturer English and Creative Writing, Arcadia University; author of Four-Dimensional Human

CHAIR

Shahidha Bari, Fellow, The Forum; Senior Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London

**Watch Legacy Russell's presentation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4bnvzwQy1E&t=5s**

More info: www.philosophy-forum.org

Recorded 17 October 2017 at the LSE

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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:22:05 -0700 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLiKtPUCCTk
<![CDATA[Episode 431: Takeshi Murata and Robert Beatty | Bad at Sports]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/433031

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This week: San Francisco checks in with a great interview. Bad at Sports contributors Brian Andrews and Patricia Maloney sat down with artist Takeshi Murata and sound designer Robert Beatty on November 9, 2013, at Ratio 3, in San Francisco, to discuss Murata’s most recent digitally animated video, OM Rider(2013). OM Rider follows two animated creatures: a wizened old man that Andrews describes as “half the Curious George Man in the Yellow Suit, half like the butler from Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and a hipster wolf, which rides a moped through a barren landscape and performs other aimless tasks. The video begins with the creature playing a synthesizer that gives the video its title. Om Rider contains Murata’s characteristic absurd humor and aesthetic, which mixes highly attuned lighting and composition with more retro modeling and minimalist, almost antiseptic spaces.

Takeshi Murata was born in 1974 in Chicago. In 1997, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied film, video, and animation. He currently lives and works in Saugerties, New York. Murata has exhibited at the New Museum, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Sikemma Jenkins & Co., New York; Gladstone Gallery, New York; and Salon 94, New York. Murata’s work is featured in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; and The Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

FYI, AP will post an excerpted text version of this interview on Dec. 3, and the link for that conversation should be:

http://www.artpractical.com/column/interview-with-takeshi-murata/

And here is a related review Brian wrote for his previous show: http://www.artpractical.com/review/get_your_ass_to_mars_andrews/

About Latest Posts ChristopherOperations Manager at Bad at SportsChristopher Hudgens is the Operations Manager for BaS and works in various other capacities for other organizations in the Chicago Art & Culture scene. Most recently as Business Operations Manager for the Bridge Art Fair and currently an advocate for all things art & technology.

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http://badatsports.com/2013/episode-431-takeshi-murata-and-robert-beatty/

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Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:13:24 -0700 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/433031
<![CDATA[Paolo Pedercini: Stranger Playthings: Remaking a VR Counterculture]]> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwJwr2zpwQc

In his talk, Paolo makes a case of the origins of VR culture or rather counterculture. Notably by comparing two traditions of VR: the one concerned about extending cinema and simulating reality and the more psychedelic and visionary one that dominate the earliest research in the 90s and sci-fi.The latter has mostly disappeared and has been demonized in the mid-90, which is a great loss. Paolo will make sure this is brought back for indie developers to inspire from.

Paolo Pedercini | http://molleindustria.org/ Molleindustria | Italy Paolo Pedercini is a game developer, artist and educator. He teaches digital media production and experimental game design at the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2003 he works under the project name “Molleindustria” producing provocative games addressing issues of social and environmental justice (McDonald's videogame, Oiligarchy, Phone Story), religion (Faith Fighter) and labor and alienation (Every Day the Same Dream, Unmanned).

A MAZE. http://a-maze.net A MAZE. / Berlin http://amaze-berlin.de

Twitter http://twitter.com/amazefest Facebook http://facebook.com/amaze.festival

Video recording by SAE http://sae.edu Video editing by Nomi http://www.thenomi.com

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Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:29:30 -0700 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwJwr2zpwQc
<![CDATA[Dialectic of Dark Enlightenments: The Alt-Right’s Place in the Culture Industry - Los Angeles Review of Books]]> https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/dialectic-of-dark-enlightenments-the-alt-rights-place-in-the-culture-industry/

IN Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right (Zero Books, 2017), Angela Nagle does two remarkable things.

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Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:31 -0700 https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/dialectic-of-dark-enlightenments-the-alt-rights-place-in-the-culture-industry/