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All the efforts of critical-tech artists to demystify 'the cloud' and counter the narrative that tech is magic... unnecessary.
Turns out data centres in Taiwan require a certain brand of crisps to magically keep them running.
RT @Arlieth
We might think our servers and black boxes run on some weird fucking magic shit but we got nothing on Taiwanese Kuai Kuai (乖乖) reliability engineering rituals.…

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Small update! We start at 20:30!

Tonight in the LURK Echo Chamber , I will prepare your cognitive state of mind with relaxing feels so as to maximize the creation of new neural pathways under the guidance of @cmos4040


20:30-21:15 CEST: many relaxing feels

21:15-??? CEST: Italo hits live from burning hot wax therapy

webchat + webplayer:
OGG/Vorbis stream:

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Tonight: "We hope this email finds you well - a radio drama series"

Join us here at 19:00 CEST

→ An audio adaptation of Pauline
→ Oliveros' Deep Listening
→ Radio voice warm-up
→ Angry voices
→ Annotating exercise
→ Corporate hook'em
→ Guided meditation to get the ball rolling
→ Women of Enron
→ Home-made canned laughter

PS: At 17:00 o'clock on the same day, the Experimental Publishing department of the Piet Zwart Institute will have a presentation of their work this trimester. Join them here

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selves-organised event spamming (on datasets and interfaces) 

Coming Wednesday, March 11, will mark the release of our digital publication Plotting Data: Acts of Collection & Omission. In this light, we organise an evening of discussions at in .

The event will host three rounds of conversations that will introduce various and ways of interfacing them.

Plotting Data was a series of workshops held by Cristina Cochior & Ruben van de Ven in 2019, which explored the biases and tensions within datasets that underlie systems for automated decision making. Discussions, presentations and performances fed into the creation of digital interfaces starting from the particularities of the datasets.

Two tables will be hosted by invited artists Julie Boschat Thorez & Sami Hammana, who will speak on their recent work with image collections in relation to the Mnemosyne Atlas and Nicolas Malevé, who will speak on his practical research into ImageNet, while the third table will give an overview of the publication.

The evening starts at 19.30, is free and in English, more information and registration on the Framer Framed website:

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“None of the people I photographed had any idea their images were being used in this way,” said Greg Peverill-Conti, a Boston-based public relations executive who has more than 700 photos in IBM’s collection, known as a “training dataset.”

Is sending images into a ML pipeline a form of publishing? If so, we might have some personality rights to prevent the publishing.

Welcome to, an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.