Our (w/ Lee Tzu Tung)
) new ACM magazine article is now published: How to buy/own/mint one milliliter of the #ocean from the South China sea. We've also showcased our #code (poetry) contract. We will work on the project again for the coming exhibition/workshop in South Korea in Aug.
Thank you Lara_Houston
😇 for the invitation.
We're happy to announce that we just started to work on three new interdependent online resources: the Damaged Earth Catalog, the Permacomputing wiki, and the permacomputing workshop series!
Damaged Earth Catalog
A growing online catalog of the different terms in circulation, used by communities of practice, in relation to computing and network infrastructure informed by ecological ethics, degrowth, resilience, repair, and minimalism. Currently developed by @l03s as part of her PhD research.
A new wiki about permacomputing that aims to expose its principles, present and discuss the concepts and jargon required to engage with permacomputing, and maintain a repository of related projects. Currently facilitated by @viznut and @320x200 open for contributors!
Permacomputing in the Arts
A workshop series that will be developed throughout end-2022 and 2023 as an onboarding course for permacomputing practices in art an design. The workshops will be made available as an Open Educational Resource. Developed by @320x200 as part of a postdoc research on the topic.
Hello fellow farmers 🙂
Poetic*hemistry of Soils ⭍ Soil Chromatography Workshop with Special Guest Oliver Jäggi ⭍ Regenerative Energy Communities Open Lab ⭍
Circular Soil Chromatography is a somewhat poetic way of gleaning information about what's going on in the dirt, using an old-school photographic developing process, and requiring a qualitative analysis method akin to reading tea leaves. We have never done this before, so this will be a DIO / LIT (Do it Ourselves / Learn it Together) summer holiday workshop.
Thankfully we'll have Oliver Jäggi joining us, who also works with big fancy chromatography machines in a chemistry lab that manifests big fancy data, and so we'll be thinking about the tensions around different forms of sensing and analysing our environments too, while the soil-as-photographer manifests nice artworks for us to decode.
Bring a tablespoonful of soil that you would like to analyse or that you think would give interesting results!
More info on and directions to the Open Lab can be found here: https://regenerative-energy-communities.org/openlab
XPUB Grad Show
opening Friday evening 24 June @ 18h
WORM (UBIK + S/LASH Gallery)
My essay "Learn to Code vs. Code to Learn: Creative Coding Beyond the Economic Imperative" is now available online > https://silviolorusso.com/publication/learn-to-code-vs-code-to-learn/
The essay was originally published in the book "Graphic Design in the Post-Digital Age", which includes 20+ interviews with amazing designers and creative coders such as @raphael
Avantwhatever.net invites applications for two-month financially-supported server residencies.
We undertake hosting as creative and social practice, helping people to host their own stuff online and to develop shared server practices. We engage with the internet as material reality, from the technology employed to the energy used, and country occupied.
Full details, application process, and contact information available at: https://avantwhatever.net/
The work #Vocable #code is now part of the Electronic Literature collection vol 4. Thank you for the editors Kathi Inman Berens, John T Murray, Lyle Skains, Rui Torres, Mia Zamora - three years production process reviewing 450+ works.
//Building on editorial efforts in the three previous Collections, our five ELC4 editors centered Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in our process. The result: 132 literary works from 42 author nationalities in 31 languages.//
Check out all the other e-lit works. A fantastic repository.
[Recommended resource 💻]
OONI Explorer is an open data resource to monitor internet censorship around the world. Join the community, run tests, and check the research reports.
Explore the tool: https://explorer.ooni.org/
“#Code review in OSS is about improving the code quality and building trust between developers. Adding politics to the code review will hurt both, and eventually roll back the open-source movement in China,” says Han Xiao..
MIT press is relaunching the Software Studies book series and I am very excited to work together with other fabolous co-editors Wendy Chun, Jichen Zhu and @nwf.
Check out the press release: https://mitpress.mit.edu/blog/mit-press-relaunches-software-studies-series and our thoughts on the new series: http://computationalculture.net/software-studies-revisited/.
Feel free to starting sending proposals our way.
Check out the new manifesto here too: https://gitlab.com/siusoon/refresh/
I am speaking at LSBU (UK) on "my love for the legendary net.art generator". Can join online too.
//net.art generator is not just only generating art, but also generating discourses over time. The artwork, created by Cornelia Sollfrank in 1997, is a computer program to collect and recombine images from the internet to create a new collage. Winnie Soon has been involved in updating and maintaining the latest version, 5b, written in PERL program since 2017. In 2022, Cornelia and Winnie released the experimental project entitled nag_Bash to explore human/machine agency in image generation and automation. The talk will focus on Winnie’s love for the legendary net.art generator from the perspective of an artistic coder.
This looks super interesting - 20/5:
The internet is broken! What can we learn from the pioneers of media art to take back the internet? For this new edition of ReCoding we are inspired by Mouchette, one of the online persona’s created by Martine Neddam back in 1996, far before the establishment of social media.
Net-art researcher Annet Dekker will lead the conversation and give us insights into context and ideologies of early net-artists. Then we’ll focus on Mouchette and Martine Neddam’s work to learn more about how storytelling, personas, and web functions are closely intertwined. The evening will close with a conversation with Yehwan Song who is commissioned by CCU to create a new piece inspired on Mouchette. We’ll talk with Yehwan about the ideologies and visions embedded in her work and get a first reaction on her plans to ReCode Mouchette.
On the 23rd of May 18:30-20:00 CET, the cell for digital discomfort (Jara Rocha, Karl Moubarak, and myself) is organising a workshop as part of #LibrePlanet 2022!
A workshop session to map out each of our current conditions of connecting and being together, the physical-political, and technological conditions using a diagrammatic methodology.
The workshop is geared towards installing ourselves into the conference's infrastructural spectralities by sharing, learning from and attuning to each others' conditions for connectivity, online participation and basic computer-mediated mundane day-to-day life. We want to pose this affirmation as an initial trigger: installing is about situating — attuning to our network of (inter)dependencies and attuning to the dependencies with our local and vernacular but also standardized and planetary networks.
We are hiring a postdoc (2 years) on digital activism as part of SHAPE - Shaping Digital Democracy, questioning the normalisation of digital technology and imagining better or more inclusive futures. The person will work closely with me and Christian Ulrik Andersen. More: https://www.au.dk/om/stillinger/job/postdoc-in-digital-activism (get in touch if you are interested)
//Whether corporate or state-controlled, the digitisation of the citizen often gives rise to opposition, critique and search for alternatives beyond a focus on maximising profits or immediate convenience. Digital activism is here understood as software and network-related practices that address mass digitisation itself, including power asymmetries, societal issues and social injustices in a broad sense (rather than the use of digital media as a means for activism or participation in social movements). Eg include when citizens choose non-commercial Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS), encrypted search engines, or self-hosted servers and applications; when they develop new tools and services that draw attention to or circumvent mass digitisation; or simply when they choose to opt out. A distinctive feature of a sustainable democracy is its ability to accommodate such activism that questions the normalisation of digital technology and imagines better or more inclusive futures. //
Received the physical copy 😍 Amazing book texture, delicate binding and superb company as you can see...thrilled to be part of this hand-made artistic book with Cornelia Sollfrank, titled The Computer as Seen at the End of the Human Age, edited by Olle Essvik, published by Rojal. 200 editions. You can order it here: https://rojal.se/
just read Federica Frabetti's review on the book #Coding Literacy by Annette Vee (see: http://computationalculture.net/review-of-annette-vee-coding-literacy/)
I really enjoy reading the book and think about the concept of literacy and what that means - "we should perhaps look at how code can be approached not just in terms of skill acquisition but also in critical and political ways." (Frabetti)
Super interesting event @ Exhibition Research Lab, Liverpool
/*BiblioTech explores the changing role of the library, reading, writing, and publishing in a post-digital age. The title suggests the latin term for library, ‘bibliotheca’, and also alludes to how the library and book culture has become increasingly technologised.
The exhibition asks: What is the library-as-institution in the context of advanced AI language tools, new forms of text and image processing, and the increasing spread of publishing technology into our lives? How might the library evolve within the next phases of digitisation entangled with issues of climate change, mental health, social justice, and automation? And how will print culture respond to these changes too?
This accompanying symposium invites scholars and artists to elaborate on the issues in the exhibition. Across five presentations, attendees will learn about the theories and practices relating the library to ways of knowledge formation; and the situation for publishing, reading and writing in the context of new technologies.
Featuring Joana Chicau, Johanna Drucker, Gary Hall, Mel Jordan, Esther Leslie, Edgar Schmitz, and Emily Segal.
(She/They): art+tech, SOFT(ware) studies/publishing/art/culture, code/aesthetic programming
We are an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.