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Hi hi!

Time for a 'lil . 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 :oh_no_bubble:

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 ( and I'm part of, a lovely space dedicated to everyday technology.

I toot mostly about , , and . Also, I enjoy posting "unacceptable" CW puns.

While writing about the past and the present of computer usership, I amassed a mastodontic year-long thread. That was fun :)

The attached photo is by @joak

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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 :)

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ci si lamenta del 2020 2021 2022 come anni terribili ma anche il 1712 e il 1713 sono stati una paranoia, forse gli utenti più stagionati qui su mastodon se lo ricordano

(testo tratto da L. Muratori, Del Governo della Peste)

First thing that comes to mind are Manovich big data projects on e.g. Instagram, but those i don't like, they feel like a spectacle, like Claes Oldenburg applied to databases...

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Reading Bratton's The Revenge of the Real, I must admit I find at least fascinating his proposal of a positive biopolitics, where not all sensing and testing is reduced to panoptical surveillance. Most media art is indeed fixated on a negative, foucauldian notion of biopolitics. Are there exceptions?

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Hello friends 👋 I want to make a survey for this little zine I'm preparing (and for which you all still could send in contributions).

What is the laziest thing that you ever did in your life?

Slide into my DMs or send me an mail to As you feel comfortable.

This the link to the call for contributions, in case I got you interested

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Just created a new repo with a list of resources from teaching Web Design and Programming - - - > 🌐 🖥️✨ < - - work in progress - - >

In my latest essay I lamented the lack of a true synthesis of the two cultures (humanities and technics) in design. Luckily, there are exceptions. A notable one is Common Knowledge. Read their newsletter to get a sense of the scope and ambition of their practice.

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It's interesting that many people are willing to be critical of apple and google et. al. but they are reluctant to consider the idea that the design of the smart phone might be anything other than an inevitable step in a kind of natural technological evolution.

It's almost as if the conventions of the category "smart phone" have effectively shut down the imagination for any alternative ways of using a computer.

I don't think there has ever been anything so effective at inducing compliance on a global level. And I think, deep down, it bothers a lot of people, not just smart-phone refuseniks but also apple/google fans. But it is so overwhelming and personal in this sense of fait accompli that nobody wants to discuss it because it feels like living in a strange consumerist dictatorship of pseudo-convenience.

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They should do another Indiana Jones film, but have it be about all the struggling PhD candidates who have him as an advisor.

New Essay on Art & Design Education 

It's online "Expectations as Reality", my new essay on art & design education.* I tried to weave together various themes that are particularly close to my heart and to my world, that is, the art and design school: professional "proprioception", the role of the intellectual, self-design, the problem of access to problems, the persistence of the two cultures, the spectacle of self-aggrandizing ethics, and the ethos of compromise. Writing it meant running into a number of contradictions, and my attempt to overcome them was not easy because it meant placing myself outside a certain antagonistic comfort zone. The result is this river of text. Read it, if you have time, and let me know what you think about it, if you feel like.

The text appears on the New Design Congress, which I highly admire for their in-depth work on design politics, ethics and technology. Publishing build bridges. Big thanks to @shibco


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“the art and design school is first and foremost a laboratory for self-design, and only secondarily a context where things are designed.”

a slogan for when they won't compensate preparation time 

WYPIWYG - What You Pay Is What You Get

Wonderful short documentary showing how the International Design Conference in Aspen was organized in the 60s

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Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize
it was your money to start with.
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Cosa fa un computer lento? 

Se la prende con Commodore :unacceptable:

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Hey fedi, can anyone point me towards a good IPv6 introduction.. looking for something starting at high-level but that allows me to dig deeper technically.
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"To overcome the academic *prose* you have first to overcome the academic *pose*."

– C. Wright Mills, 1959

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"The British home secretary has formally approved the extradition of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to the United States, in the latest development in a dangerous and misguided criminal prosecution that has the potential to criminalize national security journalism in the United States.

Previously, a major coalition of civil liberties organizations, including Freedom of the Press Foundation, implored U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to drop the case against Assange in the name of protecting the rights of journalists everywhere. So, too, have the editors of major news outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post.

By continuing to extradite Assange, the Biden DOJ is ignoring the dire warnings of virtually every major civil liberties and human rights organization in the country that the case will do irreparable damage to basic press freedom rights of U.S. reporters."

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