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Wikileaks.org | Collateral Murder

From The Affective Continuity between Modern War and “Modern Warfare” by Richard Grusin: The front page of today’s New York Times presents an important story about a video decrypted by and posted on Wikileaks.org, as well as shared on YouTube. The Times headline, “Airstrike Video Brings Notice to a Web Site,” focuses on the ongoing competition between mainstream and socially networked digital media. The article takes up the controversial nature of Wikileaks.org, especially in the eyes of the US military and other governmental agencies. For me, the more powerful impact of the video, posted in greater detail on a Wikileaks website called Collateral Murder, is the way in which it reveals, or perhaps more accurately makes us feel, the continuity of the socially mediated collective affect of our ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with that of the multiplayer online shooter games that my son plays with his friends, and which are played by millions of youth across the globe. Continue reading


Apr 7, 14:00
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Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life, and Beyond: From Production to Produsage

Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life, and Beyond: From Production to Produsage by Axel Bruns: We the users turned creators and distributors of content are TIME’s Person of the Year 2006, and AdAge’s advertising agency of the year. We form a new Generation C. We have MySpace, YouTube, and OurMedia; we run social software, and drive the development of Web 2.0. But beyond the hype, what’s really going on?

In this groundbreaking exploration of our developing participatory online culture, Axel Bruns establishes the core principles which drive the rise of collaborative content creation in environments from open source through blogs and the Wikipedia to Second Life. He shows that what’s emerging here is no longer just a new form of content production, but a new process for the continuous creation and extension of knowledge and art by collaborative communities: produsage. Continue reading


Apr 2, 12:12
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“MyBrain.net: The Colonization of Real-Time …” by Geert Lovink

MyBrain.net: The colonization of real-time and other trends in Web 2.0 by Geert Lovink, Eurozine: The neurological turn in recent Web criticism is summed up in the “Google makes us stupid” argument. Yet shouldn’t we be discussing the politics of network architecture instead? Geert Lovink examines the colonization of real-time; comment culture and the rise of extreme opinions; and the emergence of “national webs”.

“[…] There is no evidence that the world is becoming more virtual. The cyber-prophets were wrong here. The virtual is becoming more real. It wants to penetrate and map out our real lives and social relationships. We are no longer encouraged to act out some role, but forced to be “ourselves” (which is no less theatrical or artificial). We constantly login, create profiles in order to present our “selves” on the global market place of employment, friendship and love. We can have multiple passions but only one certified ID. Continue reading


Mar 23, 13:35
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Video Vortex Reader II: Open Call

Video Vortex Reader II :: Call for Contributions — DEADLINE: May 10, 2010.

In response to the increasing potential for video as a significant form of personal media on the Internet, the Video Vortex program examines key issues that are emerging around the independent production and distribution of online video content. With the rise of YouTube and alternative platforms, the moving image on the Internet has become expansively more prominent and popular. As a wide range of technologies is now broadly available, the potential of video as a personal means of expression has reached a totally new dimension. Continue reading


Mar 8, 18:32
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Digital Folklore Reader

Preface: Do you believe in Users? by Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, Digital Folklore Reader:

We are all naive users at some time or other; its nothing to be ashamed of. Though some computer people seem to think it is. — Ted Nelson, Dream Machines, 1974

In an ideal world, we would love to skip this introduction – or at least the most difficult part of it, where we, as authors have to define the term used in the book’s title.

Isn’t it enough to put a unicorn on the cover, throw a bit of Comic Sans over it and announce a chapter on LOLCATS in the table of contents? You would know what we mean.

But sharing our fascination with amateur digital culture is only half of the business at hand. The Grand Plan, to which this book is only a tiny contribution, is to truly reconnect users and computers, users and developers, users and the history of their favorite medium. If this plan works out, perhaps a reasonable relationship between computers and people could be restored. Continue reading


Dec 5, 15:51
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直接当下:网络文化与现实诗学

networked.jpg直接当下:网络文化与现实诗学 by Kazys Varnelis; Chinese Translation by Lily & Honglei:

在整个九十年代,数字计算和网络技术在很大程度上只应用于办公室工作,其文化影响仅限于个别专有领域的爱好者。如果说这十年的新媒体艺术形成了一种非常重要的艺术亚文化,它基本上还是孤立和自我参照的,部分原因是由于艺术家们对黑客文化的迷恋,由于长期以来格林伯格主义者 (Greenbergian) 的艺术审察, 还由于艺术机构将其边缘化. 在电脑离开有限的用户群体, 成为有广泛社会功能之前,瓦克﹒寇司克 (Vuk Cosic),朱迪(Jodi),阿列克谢﹒舒利金 (Alexei Shulgin),和希思﹒班廷 (Heath Bunting) 等艺术家重演了二十世纪初的前卫战略,同时将图形与八十年代黑客文化的程序演示平等化[1].

今天,相比之下,数字技术,是日常生活中的明确无误的存在,并逐渐与地来自主流社会的需要和公约不可分割的. 网络文化是一个广泛的社会文化的转变,就像后现代性,并不限于科技发展或“新媒体” [2]. 正因为数字和网络技术的成熟与当代文化是不可分割的, 我们必须在更宽广的背景下理解其, 事实上, 这甚至比电视产生于后现代的现象更令人瞩目. 今天, 可以说, 所有的艺术都是网络艺术的一种延伸.


Nov 22, 18:35
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Live Stage: Critics Floating in the Virtual Sphere [nl Amsterdam + online]

[Image: Network visualization of the Documenta 12 Magazines project] Critics Floating in the Virtual Sphere: Will Art Criticism Survive the Digital Age? — International Seminar :: December 9, 2009; 2:00 -5:00 pm :: De Balie, Amsterdam and Live webcast.

The digital revolution has profound effects on the status of art criticism. With newspapers and other printed media in decline, the traditional platform for critical reflection on art has shrunk or shifted towards electronic (web-based) media. Continue reading


Nov 20, 13:55
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Live Stage: Versions [nl Amsterdam]

VersionsHarm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, F.A.T.Lab, Martijn Hendriks, JODI, Oliver Laric, NastyNets, Theodore Watson, a.o. :: November 28, 2009 – February 6, 2010 :: Opening: November 27; 5:00 pm :: Netherlands Media Art Institute, Keizersgracht 264, 1016 EV Amsterdam.

The exhibition Versions deals with the ‘comment culture’: commentary as a medium. With the popularity of social networks and blog sites on the internet, such as Flickr, Facebook, Hyves, YouTube, Blogger, etc., commenting on each other has taken on a new dimension. In his publication Zero Comments (2007) the Dutch network theoretician Geert Lovink describes this phenomenon as a nihilistic impulse and an erosion of mainstream media. At the same time it is often said that comments online are like conversations in newsrooms – sloppy and stupid and often wrong – but they are the raw stuff where journalism starts from. Versions shows artists’ practices and an aesthetic related to this comment culture. Continue reading


Nov 11, 18:27
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Fibreculture Issue 14 — Web 2.0

Fibreculture Issue 14 — Web 2.0: Before, during and after the event, editorial by Anna Munster and Andrew Murphie:

web 2.0 is a doing word.

Although Tim O’Reilly famously declared in 2005 that ‘Web 2.0 is not a technology, it is an attitude’, in 2009 it’s clear he’s grammatically incorrect (O’Reilly, 2005). Web 2.0 is not an “is”, or not only this. Web 2.0 is also a verb or, as they taught us in primary school, it’s a doing word. Here’s a list of some web 2.0 things to do: apping, blogging, mapping, mashing, geocaching, tagging, searching, shopping, sharing, socialising and wikkiing. And the list goes on. Yet as the list goes on it becomes apparent that part of what web 2.0 does, while doing all the things on this list and more, is colonise everything in the network. It seems that there is no part of networked thought, activity or life that is not now web 2.0. To draw up another kind of list, a list of ‘things’ that have been done over by web 2.0, we find: Gov 2.0, Identity 2.0, XHTML™ 2.0, Classroom 2.0, publish2 and Porn 2.0…and the list goes on. Continue reading


Oct 18, 16:01
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From Now On This Blog Is Going To Be…

AND Net Art Programme presents From Now On This Blog Is Going To Be… with Oliver Laric, John Michael Boling, Hanne Mugaas, and Guthrie Lonegran :: September 20-27, 2009.

Taking its title from a piece by Michael Bell-Smith – a simple Google search for the phrase – From Now On This Blog Is Going To Be… is a curated selection of artist commissioned blogs to be realised online throughout the festival dates.

The novice blogger often sets out with huge expectations – from the number of readers to the frequency of posts to the quality of content. But the unedited, open nature of the medium means the blog often fails to find a cohesive voice, instead left abandoned in lost hopes and unrealized potential. Continue reading


Sep 22, 10:06
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