@jomc Its a great book! I often find myself referring back to it.

i try to keep self-promotion here minimal but if anyone happened to be interested in *the rise and fall of various social networks* 👀 my book was remaindered recently and it's not hard to find a copy for less than the price of a large coffee eg https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/lurking-how-a-person-became-a-user_joanne-mcneil/20162454/item/51374935/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyLeY3PW4-wIVGajICh175wZsEAQYASABEgK2c_D_BwE#idiq=51374935&edition=21457363

Let this be a moment that radicalizes you.

My main takeaway from everything happening with Twitter: no one is coming to save us but ourselves when it comes to ensuring our wants and needs in the future are met.

Many people relied on it as their primary platform for making connections and growing their livelihoods. As it turns out, that was an illusion, falsely reinforced by the perceived permanence of markets and billions or even trillions of dollars. No matter what we've been made to believe, even that does not guarantee anything's existence in the long-term.

And that is /only/ a social media network -- not something critical to our survival.

The conditioning, particularly in capitalist societies, that ensures everything around us will always continue to be, is a lie. We can't depend on billionaires, markets, or governments to ensure that our wants and needs are met -- that we have the tools we require to flourish in whatever way is important to us as individuals and communities. These things can and will evaporate in an instance when the conditions are right, as we've learned from Twitter -- as other companies hilariously learned when someone paid $8 to wipe billions of market value off their unethical corporation.

This is especially important as we go into a new chapter of our world that is going to be more extreme and volatile than any of us have yet known. It's the strongest possible case for self-sufficiency and self-reliance, where we make and build on our own, without the involvement and concentration of ultra-wealth and ultra-governance, without nonlocal supply chains. If any of those sources are reliable now in one way or another, they most likely will not be in the future, and certainly not without intense dashes of authoritarianism and fascism to enforce how they see fit.

I have no doomerism in my perspective, only optimism and a renewed vigor. This is an opportunity to reorient ourselves. We're stronger together than we are individually reliant. It further reinforces what I've believed for years as a #solarpunk that the best way we can be taken care of is to take care of ourselves. I'll continue fighting for that world, even if it's one I won't be around to see.

If you've migrated away from Twitter and have been learning about the ways we can come together and create something even greater with a federation of our own small communities, our own self-hosted services -- then you're already well on your way. Let's not stop here. There's a lot to be done until we're no longer reliant on people and entities who will not ever have our best interest in mind, and we do not need their permission.

So... let this be a moment that radicalizes you.

Thinking of joining a pixelfed server for sharing photos but can’t make sense of which to join. Is there a gallery view or tool to help make sense of the different (joinable) instances? Or is self hosting the way to go?

Lots of great stuff on Radio MACBA rwm.macba.cat/en/podcast/all

Especially the Objecturiat/Objecthood series from a couple of years back. The feed is a bit of a jumble but it’s worth scrolling through to find them.

Also I really enjoyed the miniseries The Coming Storm on bbc.

Also my wife Adriana Minu and her friend Kevin Leomo have started a nice little podcast interviewing sound practice researchers called Essential Blends :)

Such a buzz to see so many familiar faces here. Really feels like we're shifting it, a tide of change.

"I found a vulnerability affecting seemingly all Google Pixel phones where if you gave me any locked Pixel device"

"The issue allowed an attacker with physical access to bypass the lock screen protections (fingerprint, PIN, etc.)"


I’ve written more about the conceptual origins of Cave of Sounds (now 10 years on!) in my newsletter:

“... music as a playground to explore the possible social relationships between people, free from the consequences of literal reality. We shout, harmonise, clash, resonate, shout, sit quietly, dance, flirt, show off, lead, follow. The whole gamut of interpersonal dynamics is there.

... in this space, creating and hacking technology is a musical act in itself. So what happens if we create the instruments together? Like how we improvise together in a jam, except with the instrument-building bit.”


10 years ago we began collectively hacking new musical instruments to create an unusual ensemble that is exclusively played by its audience.

Next week, Cave of Sounds is opening at Milan’s Museum of Science and Technology where it will exhibit for one year! 🫠


Just published a short manifesto Against Interaction Design here: timmb.com/against-interaction-

"The more my interaction is designed, the more involved the designer becomes with not just what I can do, but how and why I might do it."

Desensitizing to the Endless Soma Bliss of Optimised Art:

"Craft and beauty are important, of course. But they are like the telephone. If there's no one on the other end, it's just an inanimate object."

Latest newsletter -> timmb.com/desensitizing-to-the

"As an artist, what I'm searching for can often be things that we don't yet have the shared concepts to articulate. John Higgs describes this as like being a fisherman in the collective unconscious. You have to let your feelings to guide you. But feelings can lead you astray, particularly once the enthusiasm that ignited a project runs out and it turns into a grind. It's tempting to let go of the fishing rod and throw out a new one."

Excerpt from June's newsletter, which also includes a new audio-visual animation "What seem'd corporal melted as breath into the wind"


Btw, timmb.com/newsletter/ to get these monthly updates in your inbox.

@entreprecariat ah damn - I literally just emailed you to check specifically!

Hello lurkers, I'll be in Rotterdam 8-19 August. Anyone around? Would love to meet up with some fellow ppl working with art/technology and technological critique.

New generative artwork, "a Heaven in a Wild Flower"


The title is from William Blake's Auguries of Innocence:
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage
A Dove house filld with Doves & Pigeons
Shudders Hell thr' all its regions
A dog starvd at his Masters Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State
A Horse misusd upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear
A Skylark wounded in the wing
A Cherubim does cease to sing..."

(too big for the character limit but worth reading the whole way through: poetryfoundation.org/poems/436)

Just put my February newsletter out:

Making the Mandelbrot breathe.

NFT as busking, how it felt to sell my first NFT artwork.

And, thoughts on the significance of introducing scarcity to shape a more intimate relationship with the infinitely abundant variations of generative art.


On Friday I'm inviting people to interact with AI through purely through movement of the body. The sharing of Latent Voyage will conclude my residency at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow.

Book a free slot if you're in town: cca-glasgow.com/programme/late

Not something that makes sense. You just have to feel it


My starting point for 2022 is to be ready to let go of all the ideas and narratives that apparently define my work. I want to remember they are hypotheses, guide-ropes to explore the unknown, a map to build upon rather than a territory to defend. I’m not looking for correctness – just more ways of seeing the world.

Here's why: timmb.com/2022-on-being-ready-

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