The Porous Border Between Two Worlds

The early days of the World Wide Web ushered in the era of Cyber Utopianism, a belief that the Web would “boost democratic participation, trigger a renaissance in moribund communities [and] strengthen associational life.” (Morozov, 2011) The act of living a Cyber Utopian life required an existential, Sartrean separation...

Filtered

“Is this disconnect from our bodies the way we should be living? This flesh now feels like it is just another thing I have to take care of, like a plant. I just live in my mind now, but I feel like I’m somehow incomplete, artificial, a kind of...

Tutorial 26 Jan 2022

Tutorial with Jonathan 26 Jan I’ve been sucking in a lot of ideas from everywhere in the hope that I stumble upon the keystone to support the whole complicated edifice I’ve constructed. As it is I’m holding up four walls of a vault and don’t feel like I can...

Laurie Anderson- Norton Lectures

I first heard Laurian Anderson’s album Big Science in about 1983 and have been hooked to her ever since. Her storytelling is very important…...

The Screen Media Reader

The Screen Media Reader edited by Stephen Monteiro (Goodreads) -pg. 1 Screens are in our hand or close by for all manner of everyday activity, shaping and reshaping what we do and how we do it. Over the course of a day we may have more face-to-face encounters with...

Timotheus Vermeulen

Timotheus Vermeulen is a professor of media, culture and society at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the co-founder of the now defunct webzine Notes on Metamodernism and a regular contributor to frieze. His research and teaching are primarily in the disciplines of ‘screen studies’ and ‘critical and...

The System Of Objects

The System of Objects by Jean Baudrillard (Goodreads). This bit really jumped out at me. When Baudrillard wrote this- published in 1968 – he was obviously not aware of how the web would change how people conceptualise themselves and other people. We DO now feel like we are able...

Social Warming

Social Warming by Charles Arthur (Goodreads)...

Cultish

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell (Goodreads)...

Lossy Compression

We are in this feedback loop, we condense our life into a trite tweet or a ‘pretty’ picture while constantly searching for ‘likes’ and ‘friends’ and ‘followers’. If we post about #Red and it gets more interaction than if we post about #Blue, we’ll end up posting more about...

Zeros and Ones

This blew my mind when I first read it in the late 90s. It still blows my mind now....

Dante’s Divine Comedy

A free Yale course, 24 lectures on Dante’s Divine Comedy… I am slowly going through this course. I decided to start watching these lectures because the Divine Comedy came up again in something I read and then I saw a link to this course on Twitter. There are no...

Christmas break

I’m continuing to avoid doing anything for my MA…. which isn’t great… Instead, I’ve been reading (currently ‘Remainder’ by Tom McCarthy) and learning how to darn socks. If you were given cashmere socks for Christmas, you should learn how to darn socks, too, cos those things will have holes...

Translate

I love how this weird, momentary glitch in the live in-camera translation of Google translate shows you two worlds in one image… Yet they have taken on the characteristics of their opposite. The real world appears ordered and the digital world is chaotic…...

Limbo

I’ve had a busy/tricky couple weeks which has included a couple plumbers, a trip to hospital and having to put one of our cats down. On the plus side, it’s also included The Beatles’ ‘Get Back’ – a week before it came out we went to a special premiere...

Reading

This week we have to do a 20 minute talk on something we’ve read that has been inspiring or is helping us with our work. I went to my bookshelf the other day to grab Simulacra and Simulation, as that has been the most interesting book I’ve read/been reading....