Streamed online conversation on crisis tactics between Joan Heemskerk (jodi.org) & Heath Bunting on April 8th:
Joan and Heath will continue where they left off at Varia Rotterdam, when Heath talked about his everyday life tactics that anticipate the collapse of infrastructures, while Joan criticized this as a "boy scout" approach.
(I will be the moderator of the conversation.)
my video of Amy Suo Wu's work/shop/exhibition 'Thunderclap' at PrintRoom, Rotterdam, March 7th 2020:
"Part-shop, part-sewing workshop and part-exhibition, Amy Suo Wu's Thunderclap employs steganography to publicly redistribute the erased work of Chinese anarcho-feminist He-Yin Zhen (1886–1920) through the medium of clothing accessories.
Visitors of Printroom are invited to make their own DIY Chinese anarcho-feminist patches. Thunderclap patches and ribbons will be also available to buy on the evening. The artist will offer free services to sew DIY patches and Thunderclap patches on clothes that visitors bring in from home.
Thunderclap is a steganographic zine that piggybacks on fashion accessories. The ribbons and embroidered patches contain translated English quotes taken from He-Yin’s essays and are nested around the QR code. When passersby scan the code, they can download her original Chinese writing. The work was originally designed to be hidden in plain sight on the streets of Beijing by co-opting shanzhai fashion - the Chinese phenomenon that features nonsense English - together with a QR code, as a covert system to publish sensitive knowledge originally destined to circulate within China.
COVID-19 Resources collectively created by teachers & students of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam:
Manifestos & charters
News articles, blog posts etc.
Software for online collaboration, with a focus on Free/Open Source
Free online archives & libraries
Inspirational films, art, literature
Rotterdam local support resources
Social impact, general articles/essays
prophetic critique written in 1991:
"In systems such as those described by hypermedia project leaders, 'smart' systems will filter information and structure access. These developments in technology and design of information systems raise genealogical, ethical and aesthetic questions regarding relationship of knowledge, power and value and require a series of studies focusing on borders between apparently opposite or similar knowledge configurations. These studies should deconstruct 'invisible' architectonic structures supporting knowledge construction, illuminating unacknowledged choices embedded within existing and planned information systems".
Beverly J. Jones, Cultural Implications of Integrated Media, in: Leonardo, Vol. 24, No. 2, April 1991, p. 158
Friendly reminder about free software. It’s not free as in free beer, nor free as in free speech (urgh), but free as in free toilet: it’s our collective responsibility to keep it clean and working.
"I belong to a crowd that is quite skeptical of the projects of what we might call the “techno-fix,” in part because of their profound immersion in #technocapitalism and their disengagement from communities of practice."
Recent #DonnaHaraway interview
my video of 12 ghosts of Stockholm at NIFFO Galerie/ Recycle Studio, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Dec 3rd,
with Igor Titenko (tenor saxophone, trumpet, Persian flutes, vocals, performance) (Russia), Stefanie Janssen (vocals), Hernán Samá (tenor saxophone), Johanna Monk (wind), Marijn Van de Ven (double bass), Rory van der Woerd (drums), John Giskes (butoh performance)
“12 ghosts of Stockholm” is related to the real events that occurred in Siberia and Europe in the 90s of the last century.
The hero of Radio Vostok-4 is DJ Maxim Samoilov, who was in a radioactive accident at Radio Vostok in the 90s. For three weeks he was on the air to keep himself sane, telling strange stories, and then disappeared.
This episode is about a firefighter who participated in extinguishing the fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. He burned his hands, and to forget the disaster, became a sailor. When his ship dropped anchor in the port of Stockholm, a fireman-sailor heard the legend of the crown of Eric the Mad. He met with 12 ghosts (masters of the 12 Islands of Stockholm) and received a reward from the hands of the shadow of king Eric the Fourteenth.
My essay 'Welcome to the Crapularity - Design as a Problem':
"Both types of design-production, Apple’s and Aputure’s, end up in various crapular economic feedback loops. These feedback loops include GAS [Gear Aquisition Syndrome] consumption, bottom-up globalization such as the multi-storey specialist electronics shopping centers in Shenzhen and Guangzhou that serve African traders who export the goods to their home countries, the global economy of AliExpress consumption, their links to the human/non-human zombie armies of shadow banking, fintechs and crypto currency mining, resulting in whole batteries of mutually interwoven, meta- and super-wicked problems from financial system bubbles to post-democratic politics and environmental collapse.'"
Turns out that the one trillion Dollars which the big tech companies (Apple, Google, Amazon...) hold in their offshore accounts are mostly in bonds. By that, these companies have become shadow banks, keeping alive other 'zombie' companies that otherwise would run of credit/go out of business.
The author compares it to the subprime crisis and sees a similar systemic risk for the world economy, now with the tech giants being the corporations that are "too big to fail".
what a nightmare to install Nextcloud and its dependencies on my Debian Linux server; what a nightmare to deinstall it and end up with broken vhosts because the deinstallation reset file permissions on a home directory. What a nightmare to install syncthing as a replacement and realize that it has no command line interface for key exchange and host configuration...
pictures of #FloppyTotaal - Magnetic Flux festival
...all taken on floppy disk with Sony Mavica cameras,
with organizers Niek Hilkmann, Lidia Pereira & Thomas Walskaar, Adam Frankiewicz (Pionierska Records/Floppy Not New(s)), Sascha Müller, Remute, underbelly shop (Mariëtte Groot) & diverse workshop participants and visitors.
my report of the #synchronicityofparasites symposium at Zinedepo, Motel Spatie, Arnhem, with Marc van Elburg, Anders M. Gullestad, Anna Poletti & Wilfried Hou Je Bek (that was parasitically made part of the #urgentpublishing conference co-organized by our research program):
Launch of Amy Wu's “A Cookbook of Invisible Writing” at Onomatopee Eindhoven -
a practical guide to steganography & non-electronic, DIY privacy tools, and a publication developed as part of our research program at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam.
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