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AR IS MEDIA PARTNER FOR RCA ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES 2011/12

AR IS MEDIA PARTNER FOR RCA ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES 2011/12 | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it
Future Frontiers: The Battleground for Ideas in the 21st Century, it focuses on five critical themes that are currently shaping the production of architecture and urbanism.
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“The Father of China’s Great Firewall” Re-defines Internet Sovereignty | 八八吧 :: 88 Bar

“The Father of China’s Great Firewall” Re-defines Internet Sovereignty | 八八吧 :: 88 Bar | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it
Dr.Fang Binxing, an academician of the China Academy of Engineering who was one of the main designers of the infamous firewall confining China’s...
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Art as we know it is finished - Jonathan Jones: - The Guardian on Facebook | Facebook

The economic collapse is hitting the art world in some surreal ways. Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles has just had to postpone a planned exhibition, by the maverick performance and conceptual artist Chris Burden, that involves the use of 100kg of gold bricks. Gagosian purchased these – wow! How much does 100kg of gold bricks even cost? - from a company called Stanford Coins and Bullion. This company is a subsidiary of Stanford Financial Group, that is, it's part of the empire of Texas financier Allen Stanford who is now at the centre of a massive fraud investigation. Now, announces Gagosian, "the gallery's gold has been frozen while the SEC investigates Stanford."

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Hans Ulrich Obrist on His New Art Movement, "Posthastism" | Artinfo

Hans Ulrich Obrist on His New Art Movement, "Posthastism" | Artinfo | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

I'm interested in resisting the homogenization of time: so it's a matter of making it faster and slower. For art, slowness has always been very important. The experience of seeing art slows us down. Actually, we have just founded a movement with Shumon Basar and Joseph Grima last week called posthastism, where we go beyond haste. Joseph Grima was in Malta, and he had this sudden feeling of posthaste. Shumon and I picked up on it and we had a trialogue, which went on for a week on Blackberry messenger. Posthastism. [Reading from a sheet of paper hastily brought in by his research assistant]

As Joseph said: "Periphery is the new epicenter," "post-Fordism is still hastism because it's immaterial hastism, which could lead now's posthastism." One more thing to quote is "delays are revolutions," which was a good exhibition title.

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Alain Badiou - Destruction, Negation, Subtraction - On Pier Paolo Pasolini

Alain Badiou - Destruction, Negation, Subtraction - On Pier Paolo Pasolini | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

The abstract contents of my lecture is a very simple one. I can summarize it in five points:

1. All creations, all novelties, are in some sense the affirmative part of a negation. "Negation", because if something happens as new, it cannot be reduced to the objectivity of the situation where it happens. So, it is certainly like a negative exception to the regular laws of this objectivity. But "affirmation", affirmative part of the negation, because if a creation is reducible to a negation of the common laws of objectivity, it completely depends on them concerning its identity. So the very essence of a novelty implies negation, but must affirm its identity apart of the negativity of negation. That is why I say that a creation or a novelty must be defined paradoxically as an affirmative part of negation.

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Architecture as Political Practice |

Architecture as Political Practice | | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it
Roemer van Toorn in conversation with Markus Miessen RvT The good news is that politics is on everybody lips, the bad news is that politics is about every...

 

Roemer van Toorn in conversation with Markus Miessen

RvT The good news is that politics is on everybody lips, the bad news is that politics is about everything and nothing nowadays. Ten years ago a New York fashion line was born named Theory. Buzzwords of the cultural elite – like the return to the sixties – become the next luxurious Theory Icon project. Facing the crisis of Neoliberalism, Politics has become the next project of intellectual entertainment. Many contemporary artists, curators, philosophers, sociologist, journalists, critics and architects tap into politics, knowing that they can no longer celebrate their work on its own autistic terms. How do you read this current trend of politics as fashion in architecture?

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INTERNET_RISING-a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity.

INTERNET_RISING-a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

INTERNET RISING is a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains... and the gray area contrasts in between - but most of all it is meant to be an inspiring conversation starter; a launchpad for future remixes of collective consciousness. It is also spiced with a bit of humorous satire to give our *overloaded* BIG DATA _information_ dump() brains a little break from the daily race :)

INTERNET RISING is a labor of love comprising a rapid fire mashup stream of live interviews all conducted within the web sphere. The film’s participants include many profound personalities and key internet influencers ranging from professors, corporate academics, futurists, researchers, writers, bloggers, media creators, activists, gamers, educators, scientists, artists, innovators - real humans, all of whom provide amazing insights into how our state of the world is changing and transforming via various forces of economic, social, geographic, political, philosophical development... all centered around technology’s transformative and generative power.


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Human Nature Forecast « NextNature.net

Human Nature Forecast « NextNature.net | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

Human Nature Forecast

 

The video team of TEDxAmsterdam caught me mid-production and forced me to sit on a chair to respond to their upcoming conference theme: Human Nature. We discussed how people are technological by nature, yet how we also need humane technology to remain human, or become even more human than we are today.

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International Summit: Architecture, Politics and Policies for Contemporary City: Projects of New City Ecology | Art & Education

International Summit: Architecture, Politics and Policies for Contemporary City: Projects of New City Ecology | Art & Education | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

P.O.N.C.E. Projects of New City Ecology, an academic initiative of the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, invites students, artists, architects and related professionals to the International Summit: Architecture, Politics and Policies for Contemporary City.

This event will gather the most prestigious and innovative voices in architecture and urbanism, in a series of lectures, panels and discussions. The Summit, will take place during three days, opening on Thursday, December 8th, with keynote speaker Eric Owen Moss, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Eric Owen Moss, director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) since 2003, is coming to Puerto Rico directly from London, where he will be receiving the 2011 Jencks Award, which is given each year to an architect who has made a major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture, by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The full International Summit will take place as follows:

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Post-Planetary Design

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Post-Planetary is a research seminar exploring all aspects of design at a post-planetary scale. Throughout the semester we will screen scifi films, read bright and dark futurologies, scan, debate, and...
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Trust and Complex Technology: The Cyborg’s Modern Bargain » Cyborgology

Trust and Complex Technology: The Cyborg’s Modern Bargain » Cyborgology | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

In this essay, I want to continue the discussion about our relationship with the technology we use. Adapting and extending Anthony Giddens’ Consequences of Modernity, I will argue that an essential part of the cyborganic transformation we experience when we equip Modern, sophisticated technology is deeply tied to trust in expert systems. It is no longer feasible to fully comprehend the inner workings of the innumerable devices that we depend on; rather, we are forced to trust that the institutions that deliver these devices to us have designed, tested, and maintained the devices properly. This bargain—trading certainty for convenience—however, means that the Modern cyborg finds herself ever more deeply integrated into the social circuit. In fact, the cyborg’s connection to technology makes her increasingly socially dependent because the technological facets of her being require expert knowledge from others.

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Cyborgs always see the social in the technological; the “technology is neutral” trope is a laugh line.

 

Nowhere are mutual trust and co-dependency more apparent than with social media. Few of us have any clue how the Internet’s infrastructure delivers our digital representations across the world in an instant. This lack of knowledge means simply that we must trust that platforms such as Facebook or Google are delivering information accurately. As the Turing test has demonstrated, computers can easily fool us into believing we are communicating with someone who is not present or who does not even exist, if the system allows. Moreover, on platforms such as Facebook, we also must trust the system to enforce a norm of honesty. If we cannot trust that other users are honestly representing themselves, we become unsure of how to respond. Honesty and accuracy of information are preconditions to participation. And because, as individuals, we lack the capacity to ensure either, we must place our trust in experts. We users do not understandthe mechanics of Facebook, we simply accept it as reality; that is to say, Facebook is made possible through widespread suspension of disbelief. Thus, use social media is a commitment to pursuit the benefits of participation, despite the risk that we could be fooled or otherwise taken advantage of. Facebook is not merely social because it involves mutual interaction, it is social because trust in society’s expert systems is a precondition to any such interaction.

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Jacques Rancière: From 'Reading Rancière': interview with Rancière

Jacques Rancière: From 'Reading Rancière': interview with Rancière | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

Some recent scholarship has argued that your political position is best described as ‘anarchist’. How do you respond to this?

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Frieze Magazine | Archive | Real Abstractions

Frieze Magazine | Archive | Real Abstractions | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

The application of theory to the modern world

At a recent symposium at the University of East London devoted to dance music and theory, some dissenting journalists declared that they would much rather be ‘buffoon empiricists’ than credulous dupes of theory. This kind of dismissal of theory, by way of ostensibly plain-speaking self-deprecation, is nothing new in British culture. It’s a certain attitude that practically defines itself by its disdain for theoretical abstractions, a disdain which once informed empiricism, the philosophy with which the English-speaking world is most associated. But, precisely because it aimed to reject supposedly unprovable abstractions, the empiricism of philosophers such as George Berkeley and David Hume ended up undermining rather than ratifying the categories of given experience:

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starwalker: The Evolution of Consensus

starwalker: The Evolution of Consensus | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

A working definition of Consensus might begin with “the capacity, facilitated by language and connectivity, to initiate co-participation in the rise and propagation of a pattern – thus an open network of influence”. And it continues into” the set of processes merging collaborative efforts and technological platforms to bring an arising pattern to relevant articulation and decision making. Making use of the resulting synchronization to extend the available contexts of perception”.


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Our Aesthetic Categories: An Interview with Sianne Ngai | CABINET |

Our Aesthetic Categories: An Interview with Sianne Ngai | CABINET | | Revolutionary - Agents | Scoop.it

Aesthetics as a philosophical discipline was an invention of the Enlightenment, and appropriately enough, most of the historical discussion has focused on the beautiful and the sublime. However, as J. L. Austin noted in “A Plea for Excuses,” the classic problems are not always the best site for fieldwork in aesthetics: “If only we could forget for a while about the beautiful and get down instead to the dainty and the dumpy.”

Sianne Ngai, a professor in the English department at Stanford University, has dedicated years of research to such marginal categories within aesthetics. She is the author of a book on minor affects called Ugly Feelings (Harvard University Press, 2005) and several heavily photocopied papers on aesthetics, including “The Cuteness of the Avant-Garde” (2005) and “Merely Interesting” (2008). Her forthcoming book expands her investigation of apparently trivial but culturally ubiquitous aesthetic categories to include the zany. Adam Jasper interviewed Ngai by email.

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Alain Badiou. Destruction, Negation, Subtraction. 2007 1/10

Alain Badiou, Avital Ronnell talking about the process of negation, objectivity, creation, affirmation, subtraction and destruction as we...

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