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{I was invited to teach a seminar at City College’s MFA program in Digital & Interdisciplinary Art Practice. This is the syllabus for the course I came up with.

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:24:15 -0700
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{I was invited to teach a seminar at City College’s MFA program in Digital & Interdisciplinary Art Practice. This is the syllabus for the course I came up with.

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 21:24:15 -0700
<![CDATA[Marie Kondo's Life-Changing Magic and Hoarders - The Atlantic]]>

CHICAGO—It was Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, and Marnie couldn’t help herself. She ran to the shoe display, and, with a swooping bear hug, grabbed up an entire row of gemstone-hued Nikes. Marnie is a self-identified hoarder, and she was here as part of an intervention of sorts.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:40:16 -0700
<![CDATA[list: music video design]]>

Every time I teach at an artschool in Europe I notice that the students are not actively following what is happening in pop music video cultures - there seems to be some kind of taboo. So I had my Merzakademie students make a playlist of recent (post digital) videos generated on edge of pop and internet cultures. I think it is a really good start.

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:18:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Museum in a New York Sanitation Garage | Atlas Obscura]]>

On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City's Sanitation Department in East Harlem is a treasure trove—filled with other people's trash. Most of the building is used as a depot for garbage trucks, but there's a secret museum that takes over an entire floor.

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:04:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Spandrel (biology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]]>

In evolutionary biology, a spandrel is a phenotypic characteristic that is a byproduct of the evolution of some other characteristic, rather than a direct product of adaptive selection.

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:27:28 -0800
<![CDATA[Non-human Democracy: in the Anthropocene, it cannot be all about us]]>

This is part two of a three-part essay. Part one asks why democratic research has all but ignored non-human species, and considers how much we might gain from them in thinking about the problems of human democracy. Welcome to the Anthropocene.

Sat, 09 Jan 2016 08:16:57 -0800
<![CDATA[Burroughs on How to Escape the Society of Control | Te Ipu Pakore: The Broken Vessel]]>

The aim of this project is to build up a language in which certain falsifications inherit in all existing western languages will be made incapable of formulation. The follow-falsifications to be deleted from the proposed language. (“ER” 33) 1. Copula The IS OF IDENTITY. You are an animal.

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:26:28 -0800
<![CDATA[BuzzFeed's founder used to write Marxist theory and it explains BuzzFeed perfectly - Vox]]>

BuzzFeed has achieved an outrageous amount of success in recent years, reaching an estimated 203 million people a month, including 112 million in the US alone, according to Quantcast. There are a lot of reasons for that but a major one is the site's remarkable talent at relating to people.

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:39:16 -0800
<![CDATA[The Anthropocene and a Critical Theory of Machines | Heathwood Press]]>

The significance of the idea of the Anthropocene epoch is centrally about the understanding of human intervention into and extraction from nature, and one that can be signalled in the geological record.

Sat, 28 Nov 2015 04:30:48 -0800
<![CDATA[In Defense of Grand Narratives | Jacobin]]>

Postmodernists oppose “grand narratives,” and perhaps the “grandest” of all “narratives” was authored by Karl Marx, that of the proletariat taking power and creating a society in which all individuals can develop their talents to their fullest.

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:03:53 -0800
<![CDATA[The Block is the Successor to The Book: A Publishing Proposal]]>

In this text, we introduce Txtblock, a decentralized tool for publishing and distribution of digital text in a format called the block—a squarely defined, eternally immutable unit of information. The block is the successor of the book. Cryptographically bound, the block is given a name that is directly derived from its content. In this way it is made tamper-proof and resistant to censorship. We see this proposal as a small contribution to the internet renaissance.

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:45:41 -0800
<![CDATA[What digital trash dumped in games tells us about the players | New Scientist]]>

A strawberry Christmas cake, sexy pants, a pool table, three red jet planes, a hippy bandana, a dog sled, a jetpack, a pair of Adidas trainers, a Tudor throne, a bullet stopped in mid-flight, an iced frappé, an entire shopping mall.

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 06:16:48 -0800
<![CDATA[Collyer Brothers brownstone, 1947 - Photos - Inside the Collyer brothers' brownstone - NY Daily News]]>

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:35:24 -0700
<![CDATA[The Lonely Death of George Bell]]>

They found him in the living room, crumpled up on the mottled carpet. The police did. Sniffing a fetid odor, a neighbor had called 911. The apartment was in north-central Queens, in an unassertive building on 79th Street in Jackson Heights. The apartment belonged to a George Bell. He lived alone.

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:04:48 -0700

My thoughts about destruction, visual effects, software and spectacle have recently been intersecting with ideas of the Gothic.

Sun, 06 Sep 2015 05:18:28 -0700
<![CDATA[The Fantasy Author H.P. Lovecraft at 125: Genius, Cult Icon, Racist - The Atlantic]]>

American history is filled with writers whose genius was underappreciated—or altogether ignored—in their lifetime. Most of Emily Dickinson’s poems weren’t discovered and published until after her death. F. Scott Fitzgerald “died believing himself a failure.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:36:36 -0700
<![CDATA[The Wearable, Projection-Mapped Mask Is a Cyberpunk Masterpiece | The Creators Project]]>

Bill Shannon Wearable Video Mask from william shannon on Vimeo.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:33:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Facebook's Human-Powered Assistant May Just Supercharge AI | WIRED]]>

Face it: Siri sucks. So often, she has no clue what you’re saying. And when she does, there’s a pretty good chance she’ll respond with nothing more than a page filled with Internet links. Part of the problem is that Apple’s talking digital assistant is built on old technology.

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:33:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Anthropocene: On the Substance of a New Idea]]>

In February 2000, Paul J. Crutzen erupted at a scientific conference in Mexico. Five years previously, the Dutch-born atmospheric chemist had been awarded the Nobel Prize for being one of the first to recognize and investigate the dangers to the protective layer around Earth.

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:51:59 -0700