Garrett Lynch | 12 Sep 23:45 2014

A network of people who attended an exhibition and contributed to the

I have a new work which is an experiment in networking people and I need
your contribution if you have a minute to spare.

The work is titled, 'A network of people who attended an exhibition and
contributed to the creation of this work', and showing as part of Out of
Office ( please interact and visit
the work online.

To do so:

1. Point your browser to the website:
2. Scroll down to the fourth image (the image for my works details) and
rollover the image.
3. On the reverse, the image explains that you need to send an email to a
specific email address with your name in the subject line and a line or two
about yourself and your interest in art in the body of the email.  Clicking
the image will open a new email in your default email client.
4. That's it - the work will now be activated for you and you will receive
a reply with details.

Thanks in advance.
Garrett Lynch

Chad Scoville | 10 Sep 02:02 2014

Darknets 000

Darknets 000

The horror of thenew surrealism ??? it is a decline to speed, to virtual, to themaniacal representation and
the after-image effect. Patterns amidstendless floating logic: a lyric to modalities perpetuating
sampledregression into low latency. Communication everywhere, everything,all the time. All
encompassing transmission and reception.Multi-threaded, spinning with no implications on cores
insuper-cooled nitrogen bath compute farms. Commodity memory; writes ofno-consequence; the cache
miss and the buffer overflow. Code glyphsraining down from the logos of nanoparticles and cmos transistorgates.
The legacy offorgetting when all too human was the myth. The multi-structurerational loop extraneous
territory. Duplication of data sequences andimage-flurry ??? keyboard recognition ??? no eyes only
ears. Humansstrangling like photons glinting on LCD. The psychotronic injunctionof
inner-dimensionless pathology. Para-valent symbiosis of competingpraxus circumnavigate the cosmos
of ether. The astral graphic cardinter location beholding a backward compatible system flaw.
The decoder failure??? an anti-script of programmatic analysis but a time-stepcorrection to
asynchronicity. What could be more perfect. When themessaging construct overwhelms the processing
capability., and lossis the regime of the image. The new situation of extraneoussimplicities which
encapsulate only the prevalence of loss only underthe duress of data overhaul and transmit ubiquity. The
heuristics ofrepresentation concede any significance of value, communication, orcapability to hold
value. Since the aggregate net of flux construethe field strength of transmitted potentials only the
register ofdiscarded data is an adequate metric for referencing the event. Butthe even the task for
approaching such asymptotic adventures begetsinstant obsolescence since only rates are valid in derivative
 systems. The poverty of equity or deliverable value is tangentiallyslow, peak latency against the
environment of accelerating rates.Like Google, no positions, only fields, variables, ranges,pluralis
 tic locative software structures. Decoding the hiddenarchitecture that binds and surrounds through the
ritual revelationof micro blogs and clock skews.
The poverty ofstimulation, aside from the bit-stream clock sourced arrays sprayingon a per interface
multicast flow, the terrestrial subjects declinetowards a more pertinent zenith. The pinnacle of
recombination ??? asculturally there is no singularity nor polarity nor center norvalence. A replete
blurring of meta-frames ??? only constantlyaccelerating, spinning, thwarting repressive attempts at
dampeningwith higher levels of connectivity sustaining the neutral impulse.The architecture, the
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Jonathan Marshall | 9 Sep 04:22 2014

Announcing a Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Anthropology

Announcing a Special Issue of the Australian Journal of Anthropology Vol 25. No 2

Communication technology and social life:

Ethnography enables a focus on the complex intertwining of society, culture and technology allowing us to
see how technologies are being transformed by existing modes of life, while simultaneously having a
???messy??? influence over those lives, resulting in what are often unexpected consequences. This
special issue discusses the use of mobile phones in Papua New Guinea and along the borders of Haiti and the
Dominican Republic; the mixture of phone and internet usage in Central Australia and among the Tongan
diaspora in Melbourne; the use of internet based video translation practices focused on West Papuan
politics; and the disorder produced by software in work environments in Australia.

Jonathan Paul Marshall and Tanya Notley "Communication technology and social life: Transformation and
continuity, order and disorder", pp.127-37.

Alexandra Crosby and Tanya Notley "Using video and online subtitling to communicate across languages
from West Papua", pp138-54.

Heather A. Horst and Erin B. Taylor "The role of mobile phones in the mediation of border crossings: A study
of Haiti and the Dominican Republic", pp 155-170.

Inge Kral "Shifting perceptions, shifting identities: Communication technologies and the altered
social, cultural and linguistic ecology in a remote indigenous context", 171-189.

Jonathan Paul Marshall "The social (dis)organisation of software: Failure and disorder in information
society", pp190-206.

Makiko Nishitani "Kinship, gender, and communication technologies: Family dramas in the Tongan
diaspora", pp 207-222.

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S. Kritikos | 7 Sep 12:15 2014

On Parthenon marbles and geopolitics


Jonathan Jones  who writes  on art  for the  Guardian has  changed his
position on the  Parthenon marbles and now supports  their return [1].
This is  a welcome development  because he  is yet another  well known
figure in  the art world supporting  the return, and comes  just months
after George Clooney's support [2].

So  far the  efforts for  the  return of  the marbles  have not  proved
successful and I  think that is because the issue  has not been placed
in the right framework.  What the Greek side has failed  to see so far
is that  there are artifacts from  all over the world  in the European
museums very often brought there under questionable circumstances.

The Parthenon marbles  are only a small part of  a larger problem that
has to do with Europe's relationship with the rest of the world, this
is not just  a Greek problem. Realizing the true  scale of the problem
will  lead to  a reconsideration  of  our relationship  with Europe,  a
colonial  relationship that  can be  traced all  the way  back to  the
sacking of  Constantinople in  1204. Placing the  issue in  its proper
global  context means  Greece gets  allies  and help  to exercise  more
pressure for the return of the Parthenon marbles.

This also makes sense because we are  coming to the end of the Western
dominance cycle  which started in  the 15th century, partly  after the
death of  the Yongle Emperor [3].  Asking for the marbles  then should
been seen in the context of a changing geopolitical stance.

S. (Sam) Kritikos -  <at> metacode
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Charles Baldwin | 4 Sep 01:11 2014

unknown format (call for papers)

 I encourage anyone interested to submit. Feel free to send questions.

MATLIT Vol. 2.2 (2014)

Unknown Format

Editors: Sandy Baldwin (West Virginia University) and Dibs Roy (West Virginia University)

Files and directories, characters and pixels. There are others: mp3, docx, RFID. What is the materiality
of these curious and ubiquitous objects? Or rather, of these formats - what is the materiality of formats?
Formats cannot be understood in the Kittlerian terms of a readable trace of withdrawn yet mediating a
priori. To explain a "file" as current differentials in a silicon substrate only demonstrates the
failure of explanation. They may be closer to Michel Foucault's understanding of discourse as
possessing "repeatable materiality" that is "of the order of the institution rather than of
spatio-temporal location" (103). Through its materiality, a "statement circulates, is used,
disappears, allows or prevents the realization of a desire, serves or resists various interests,
 in challenge and struggle, and becomes a theme of appropriation or rivalry" (105). Yet formats are
physical in ways that statements are not. A graphical character on a computer screen is precisely d
 etermined in its appearance - its display is part of its materiality.

Some questions are necessary.

Firstly, what is the intersection of rights and formats? How is the status of files and directories,
characters and pixels, inseparable from questions of agency and interiority? Whether we consider the
Wikileaks or NSA or DMCA, the right to copy and delete formats is precisely formatted.

Secondly, what of the contingency of formats? Pixels are refreshed every few milliseconds. Formats
materialize through flows that are subject to breakdowns and viruses. Formats are dispersions,
scatterings and emissions as much as containers and processes.
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Orsan | 2 Sep 23:48 2014

Fwd: [Squares] Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy in Athens

forwarding the below message:

> From: Mikifus <mikifus@...>
> Date: 2 september 2014 22:23:25 CEST
> To: squares <squares@...>
> Subject: [Squares] Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy in Athens
> Reply-To: squares@...
> Hi,
> A bunch of us from Spain are helping groups in Greece with international communication, and we wanted to
ask for your help...
> Greece is organising their 3rd Festival for Solidarity & Cooperative Economy, that will take place in
Athens from October 10th to 12th. Round 200 groups participate each year: social clinics and pharmacies,
Thessaloniki's 136 Water movement, the worker's recovered factory Vio.Me, time banks, social centres,
communication projects... all the support and solidarity networks that have sprouted with the crisis.
> This year they are going to invite groups and initiatives from around Europe and we are launching a
Crowdfunding campaign to find the funds to pay for the travel costs of those who come (4000??? to cover up to
150??? per person). Lodging will be covered by activists in Athens.
> We are in a process of identifying different initiatives in different countries and sending them the
invitation (one person per collective). All who want to come may come of course, but they are making a
selection of those to fund in order to cover a good variety of topics of discussion and countries.
> So... this is what we would love to ask help from you :)
> 1) Please send the press release to your media contacts and/or post on your site or blog if possible:
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Ned Rossiter | 3 Sep 05:23 2014

Re: Submission reminder - CfP: Philosophers of the World

sorry, but I wonder if we can then revert to circulation and 
containment?  There are 4 uses of production in the paragraph, 5 if we 
count the first sentence of the next paragraph.

On 24/07/2013 7:55 pm, Christian Fuchs wrote:

> CfP: Philosophers of the World Unite! Theorizing Digital Labour and=20
> Virtual Work: Definitions, Forms and Transformations
> Special issue of tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique
> CfP:
> Supported by COST Action IS1202 =E2=80=9CDynamics of Virtual Work=E2=80=9D=
> -Working Group=20
> 3 =E2=80=9CInnovation and the Emergence of New Forms of Value Creation an=
> d New=20
> Economic Activities=E2=80=9C (,=20
> tripleC ( Communication, Capitalism & Critique.=20
> Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society.
> Editors: Marisol Sandoval, Christian Fuchs, Jernej A. Prodnik, Sebastian =
> Sevignani, Thomas Allmer
> In 1845, Karl Marx (1845, 571) formulated in the 11th Feuerbach Thesis:=20
> =E2=80=9CThe philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways=
> ; the=20
> point is to change it=E2=80=9D. Today, interpretation of the world has be=
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sophie toupin | 29 Aug 14:13 2014

CFP Feminism and (Un)Hacking

Dear all,

It would be great to have some of you contribute to this special issue
of the Journal of Peer Production.  All sorts of articles are sought
after (not only academic papers): short essays, conference reports,
portraits, interviews or any other type of contributions you can think
of. The deadline to send an abstract is September 8.



Journal of Peer Production (JoPP)
Call for Papers for Special Issue on Feminism and (Un)Hacking

Editors:  Shaowen Bardzell, Lilly Nguyen, Sophie Toupin

There has been a recent growth in interest in feminist approaches to
practices like hacking, tinkering, geeking and making. What started off
as an interest in furthering representations of women in the technical
fields of computer science and engineering, often along the lines of
liberal feminism, has now grown into social, cultural, and political
analyses of gendered modes of social reproduction, expertise, and work,
among others. Practices of hacking, tinkering, geeking, and making have
been criticized for their overtly masculinist approaches, often anchored
in the Euro-American techno-centers of Silicon Valley and Cambridge that
have created a culture of entrepreneurial heroism and a certain
understanding of technopolitical liberation, or around the German Chaos
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michael gurstein | 28 Aug 12:15 2014

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the Platform Monopolies-Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc.

Version with formatting, links and comments:

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It's All About the
Platform Monopolies-Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc. 

Michael Gurstein 
 <at> michaelgurstein

Amidst all the storm and thunder surrounding the ever-elusive Net
Neutrality (NN) (the FCC call for comments on NN elicited some 1.1
million interventions), the actual point of the exercise at least from
the perspective of those looking for an Internet supportive of an
open, free, just and democratic Internet seems to have gotten rather
lost. Whether "Net Neutrality" is or is not possible from a technical
perspective - pragmatists argue yes, purists argue no; whether NN
is or is not a fundamental necessity for innovation and economic
progress; or whether NN is something that should even be addressed at
all given that it represents for some the creeping hand of control
over the Internet that so many find repugnant-all these issues and
arguments are still raging in the OpEds and online forums from Silicon
Valley to New York to Tokyo and beyond.

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Geert Lovink | 28 Aug 11:25 2014

new email list on the history of webcultures

WebCultures aims to bring together a growing number of researchers in the fields of web and internet
history as well as the many archivists, artists, theorists, ethnographers, social scientists, critics
and practitioners whose work intersects with the history of the web and new media culture. 

Ideally, the list will provide relevant announcements as well as a space for rich discussion and
collaboration, for example around the following topics and questions:

Mapping the field 
What are established and emerging themes in web and internet history? Is it already possible to map a web
historiography, in the sense of an overview of canonical questions, approaches and knowledge? How does
existing work address the range of possible histories of web cultures, producers and users, media and
communication forms, websites and platforms, web aesthetics, standards and protocols, software and
programming languages, groups and institutions?

Where do web and internet history fit in existing media studies and communications programs? What kinds of
digital media history courses are being developed? Should students born in the 1990s learn about Gopher
or the development of RSS - and if so, what are the best ways to interest and motivate them?

Resources and methods
What on- and offline archives related to web and internet history are available, and how else is this
history being preserved? What methods and tools are available for web archiving and for mining existing
web archives? How can knowledge of the specific problems involved in doing web history be pooled?

Relationship to other domains 
How can web history build on existing work in media and communications history? What does it have to offer
research focused on newer objects of study such as social media platforms and the Whatsapp generation of
communication apps? Conversely, how does the appearance of these new objects affect how we view and
research web history? 

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Patrice Riemens | 26 Aug 12:27 2014

Goanet 20 yrs!


Goanet is as old as nettime - and still going strong (if querulous at
times ;-)

Cheers, p+2D!

> August 25th, 2014
> Dear Goanetters,
> Today Goanet passes a remarkable milestone -- it's 20th anniversary!
> Today, we take the internet for granted. We spend so much time on the
> internet hashtagging memorieson Twitter and Instagram, following our
> friends on Facebook, searching Google for everything buying stuff, trading
> emails, and so on. The internet keeps us connected to the rest of the
> world at all times.
> But 20 years ago, the internet as we know it was just getting started, and
> people didn?t really know what to make of it. In those days the internet
> was not as user friendly. But, a small group of managed to fine each other
> on Internet Relay Chat and started a mailing list. The first mailing list
> was really just people sending emails to my inbox prefaced with a *, and
> I'd forward them on to users who signed up.  After a year or so we had our
> first mailing list program do the work for us.  And, here we are today.
> Goanet has remained a volunteer-driven operation. We've had many
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