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...

my video of Shoko Nagamachi's prepared piano performance yesterday night at Poortgebouw Rotterdam:

pictures of - 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 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 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.

fcr boosted

I wrote a report of the interesting @rra + @fcr conversation on federated and that took place during the conference (Arnhem).

Shell script for collating/imposing a one-sheet mini zine layout from a 8-pages PDF document, using the Open Source command line tool pdfjam:



pdfjam --angle '180' --outfile /dev/stdout -- $input_pdf 1,8,7,6 | pdfjam --nup '4x2' --landscape --frame 'false' --outfile $output_pdf -- /dev/stdin - $input_pdf 2-5

Making Matters: symposium on Critical Making, May 9+10, Netherlands

- will relate Critical Making to artistic research and (post)critical theory, through a series of conversations and workshops.

May 9th-10th at West Den Haag/Onze Ambassade, Den Haag.
Tickets here:

new publication: "What Is Autonomy?"

- an overview written mostly, but not only, for students (including those in Autonomous Practices Wdka), meant to cover as many meanings of 'autonomy' as possible within a brief essay: political autonomy, aesthetic autonomy, and autonomous systems...

my video of Das Synthetische Mischgewebe (Guido Hübner) & Roel Meelkop performing at Vrooom #70, Rotterdam, Netherlands, April 5th 2019

(personal nostalgia trip since I've known Das Synthetische Mischgewebe from the Berlin underground music scene since ca. 1983 via Graf Haufen; shot with an early 1980s Fujinon E6X14AM TV zoom lens.)

Living Beings

my video of 'Seed to seed ~Gill Baldwin with Upominki and others', at Upominki, Rotterdam, April 5th 2019

with Gill Baldwin, Weronika Zielinska-Klein, work by Minji Choi and Seokyung Kim + cameos by Clara + various non-human actors.

Photo album of
'The Network We (de)Served - Special Issue #08'

at , 5 April 2019

Contributors: Simon Browne, Tancredi Di Giovanni, Paloma García, Rita Graça, Artemis Gryllaki, Pedro Sá Couto, Biyi Wen, Bohye Woo, @rra Manetta Berends, Lídia Pereira, André Castro, Aymeric Mansoux, Michael Murtaugh, Steve Rushton, Leslie Robbins.

"The Beach Bum" is a high-precision exorcism of the romanticist artist-genius, since it radically strips the figure of (a) substance and (b) aura, boiling it down to the (equally precise) title of the film.

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