happy new year!
next week class meet 10 Am, not 2pm on Tu 13th. Seven presentations.
Also announcing first workshops in the scope of omeder research project.
Politics of Digital Networks Workshop Marathon! JAN/FEB 2015:
30.1, 11:00 AM, 115 Contra-internet workshop with Zach Blas
Contra-internet describes the emerging artistic militancies and political subversions of neoliberal, networked digital technologies. Recognizing the internet as a premier arena of control today, contra-internet is both a refusal of, or exodus from, the internet and also an attempt to build aesthetico-political alternatives to its infrastructures. Aspects of the contra-internet include the global proliferation of autonomous networks and development of encryption tactics.
Poised against the ever popular term “post-internet,” contra-internet is a conceptual, practical, and experimental framework for uniting explicitly political positions that understand internet technologies as bound to mechanisms that vehemently police and criminalize populations—biometric regulation, drone attacks, and data surveillance, to name but a few.
Inspired by Beatriz Preciado’s Manifesto contrasexual, contra-internet is feminist, queer, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist, addressing how non-normative, minoritarian persons are violently impacted by neoliberal network technologies.
Contra-internet practices involve:

  • An implicit critique of the internet as a neoliberal agent and conduit for labour exploitation, financial violence, and precarity.
  • An intersectional analysis that highlights the internet’s intimate connections to the propagation of ableism, classism, homophobia, sexism, racism, and transphobia.
  • A refusal of the brute quantification and standardization that digital technologies enforce as an interpretative lens for evaluating and understanding life.
  • A radicalization of technics, which is at once the acknowledgement of the impossibility of a totalized technical objectivity and also the generation of different logics and possibilities for technological functionality.
  • A transformation of network-centric subjectivity beyond and against the internet as a rapidly developing zone of work-leisure indistinction, social media monoculture, and the addiction of staying connected.
  • Constituting alternatives to the internet, which is nothing short of utopian.

Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo.
Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the 2014 Museum of Arts and Design Biennial, New York; the 2014 Dakar Bienniale; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Queer/Art/Film LA, Los Angeles; quartier21 / MuseumsQuartier Wien; Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; transmediale, Berlin; and Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool. In 2012 – 13, he was an artist/researcher-in-residence at the b.a.n.g.lab and Performative Nanorobotics Lab, University of California, San Diego. In 2013-14, Blas was a resident at Eyebeam in New York City, The White Building in London, and The Moving Museum in Istanbul.
reading list:
Beatriz Preciado’s Contra-sexual Contract (Sample)
Contra-Internet Aesthetics by Zach is available from Boaz and Max.
Screening Louis Henderson – 30.January.15
Later that evening we’ll host Louis Henderson for a screening his most recent film All That is Solid. The screening will be followed by a a discussion. (Exact time tba)
ALL THAT IS SOLID (2014) HD 15’26”
Produced for the 59th Salon de Montrouge – Paris – with support from Ekimetrics. Featuring music by Joseph Munday and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
This is a film that takes place. In between a hard place, a hard drive, and an imaginary, a soft space – the cloud that holds my data. And in the soft grey matter, Contained within the head.
As technological progress pushes forward in the west, enormous piles of obsolete computers are thrown away and recycled. Pushed out of sight and sent to the coast of West Africa these computers end up in waste grounds such as Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana. On arrival the e-waste is recuperated by young men, who break and burn the plastic casings in order to extract the precious metals contained within. Eventually the metals are sold, melted and reformed into new objects to be sold – it is a strange system of recycling, a kind of reverse neocolonial mining, whereby the African is searching for mineral resources in the materials of Europe. Through showing these heavy processes, the video highlights the importance of dispelling the capitalist myth of the immateriality of new technology to reveal the mineral weight with which the Cloud is grounded to its earthly origins. Trailer:
Tiziana Terranova Workshop (2days!) – 3.- 4.February.15
3.4 11:00-16:00 , 4.3 11:00 – 15:00
This two-day workshop aims at critically exploring the topos of the network as the image of nodes and links remains the invariant topological constant of data visualisation in a disparate number of domains. In particular, the notion of ‘social network’ will be looked at by discussing the development of social network analysis and graph theory through a genealogy of dispositifs of security or control. Alternative ways of thinking about the nature of the social relation diagrammed by graph theory will be explored, as well as the notion of the aesthetic and cultural ‘experience of networking’.
Tiziana Terranova lectures and research the digital media cultures and politics in the Department of Human and Social Sciences, at the University of Naples, ‘L’Orientale’. She is the author of Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age (Pluto Press 2004) and Hypersocial (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). She is a member of the free university network Euronomade and of the Robin Hood Minor Asset Management Cooperative.
For reading list see wiki

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