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Connection in Visibility

Locative media as an artistic and cultural practice can be seen as a more sophisticated way of addressing this complexity of how the geography and the (wireless) electronic networks interweave. At the very least it heightens the experience of a new hybrid spatial sensibility. But these practices do not contribute self-evidently to countering the paradox of isolation in visibility in public space – I can be very isolated in the singular concentration on my geolocative contraptions. The question r...

“Content Flatrate” and the Social Democracy of the Digital Commons

Recently, the communities of IP critics and P2P filesharers has been hit by a wave of demands for an “alternative compensation system”. June 2004 was a month of European breakthrough for the idea of “content flatrate”, as a solution intended to save filesharing, whilst “compensating” copyright holders who feel that their traditional means of income are slipping out of hand due to technological development. Here I will discuss this new tendency, its premises, weaknesses and its relation to anti-c...

The Social Construction of Blogspace

The situation of mediated contact, or interface, between the individual and the “public,” places the blogger in a position of an intermediary or mediator. For de Certeau, the transmission of communication through a network involves three levels: intermediaries, original sources, and the practices of circulation and transmission. Bloggers map quite well onto de Certeau’s loose schema as mediators - those “who decode and recode fragments of knowledge, link them, transform them by generalization.” ...

Three Proposals for a Real Democracy

The apparent audacity of ideas like the information commons or the guaranteed basic income – their apparent lack of “realism” – merely underscores the crying absence of the political in today’s debates. There’s more at stake here than a catchy tune, or a pill to make you dream. Only an ambition to change the rules of the economy and, ultimately, the existing form of state, can supply the oppositional force that is needed in the early twentieth-first century. Yet the proposals above, inspired in ...

Interview with Marta de Menezes

Interview with Dalila Honorato

Interview with Adam Zaretsky

Interview with Jadwiga Charzyńska

Interview with Delma Rodriguez

Interview with Olga Kisseleva

Interview with Anna Dumitriu

Interview with Luz María Sánchez

Interview with Danielle Siembieda

Interview with Freddy Paul Grunert

Interview with Elif Ayiter

Interview with Roberta Buiani

Interview with Bill Seaman

Interview with Roger Malina

Interview with Christa Sommerer

Interview with Annick Bureaud

Interview with Leonel Moura

Interview with Nina Czegledy

Interview with Stelarc

Interview with Derrick de Kerckhove

Interview with Margarete Jahrmann

Interview with Jaromil