Time for a 'lil #introduction. My name is Silvio, I'm Italian but I live in the Netherlands. In the past I researched artistic "post-digital" publishing, I wrote about the entrepreneurial ideology in relation to precarity, and did a lot of other stuff such as graphic design, web development, installations, net art, zines, weird tools, videoclips… I'm starting to suspect that consistency is not among my core skills
Right now I'm mostly busy documenting and understanding a sense of disillusionment that seems to permeate the design field.
Currently, I'm an assistant professor in design theory and criticism at the Center for Other Worlds in Lisbon (https://otherworlds.pt/) and I'm part of varia.zone, a lovely space dedicated to everyday technology.
While writing about the past and the present of computer usership, I amassed a mastodontic year-long thread. That was fun :) https://post.lurk.org/web/statuses/105695998969010498
The attached photo is by @joak
So, after one year of read-write time about computers I thought of having a Mastodon première of The User Condition, a looong text on computer agency and behavior. Here's the link, enjoy:
Of course I'm profoundly grateful for the help that I received from all of you people here (check acknowledgements at the bottom).
Needless to say, I welcome feedback, criticism, bug/misspells reports and whatever else comes to mind :)
Stanisław Lem: "pkd is the only American science fiction writer that is worth reading" ( https://www.depauw.edu/sfs/backissues/5/lem5art.htm )
pkd: "Stanisław Lem is a communist committee" ( https://culture.pl/en/article/philip-k-dick-stanislaw-lem-is-a-communist-committee )
Adobe just bought Figma - monopoly over design tools all over again
from birdsite: "honey that's not a ~🌱digital garden🌱~ you're just sharecropping on an AWS server farm" - @hellagrapes
AI, arte e bisogno di riconoscimento
La prospettiva soggettivistica moderna non produce solo l'illusione del Soggetto-Artista e i luoghi comuni sul Genio-Artista-Maledetto o sull' Artista-Creativo, ma anche il bisogno di sentirsi riconosciuto come Artista da parte di una comunità.
Ci sono interi modelli di business fondati su questo bisogno illusorio: accademie, corsi online, produttori di device, ecc... C'è un esercito di Andrea Diprè che si alimenta del narcisismo degli artisti.
I've never really got into submitting my research to academic journals, they're super hard to access and read even when you work for an institution that subscribes to them, have very long delays from submission to publication, and are often super expensive to publish open access (££££s)..
That's been fine because google scholar is good at picking up conference papers etc that other citation databases do not.
But I just had the realisation that if google scholar went away (which is entirely possible, based on google's record) then I'd have no record of my work or its citations.. and I'm not sure what to do about that. I've been thinking of uploading all my papers to zenodo, but despite having DOIs, stuff there is practically ignored by other databases (including google scholar!). I'm not sure what to do about this..
Academic publishing and reporting is a total mess, completely compromised by publishing companies like Elsevier, with absolutely *astonishing* profit margins, and heavy investments in fossil fuels..
[help] reference of the ideology of "nodism"
I have the following sentence in a text: "Design, in this sense, reflects a network ideology where each node is equivalent and meaningless in itself, because meaning lies in the edges."
And I would like to back up with a reference this idea of "nodism" which I'm sure I've read somewhere, but I can't recall where. Any suggestion?
Just had a peek into this book that discusses floppy disks as a cultural practice https://www.onomatopee.net/product/floppy-disk-fever/ — excellent stuff
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