Simon Anholt’s party is called the Good Country Party. It is based on a simple premise. Globalisation, the great shaping idea of our time, has so far, Anholt argues, been driven entirely by corporations and technology. Popular politics has failed to create super-national spaces or structures to balance and counter those forces, or find solutions to the problems they create. The Good Country Party will be, he hopes, the first such place.
For the past decade, Kenneth Goldsmith has been teaching a class at the University of Pennsylvania called “Uncreative Writing,” where students are forced to plagiarize, appropriate, and steal texts that they haven’t written and claim them as their own. For a final assignment, he requires them to buy a paper from a paper mill, put their name on it, and defend it as their own—surely the most forbidden act in academia. In the class, students are penalized for originality, sincerity, and creativity.
Kelly Oliver (2004) argues that contemporary debates on multiculturalism and justice have focused on the notion of ‘recognition'. This is evident, for example, in the work of Charles Taylor and Axel Honeth. By exploring what such ‘recognition’ might mean, Oliver questions whether the struggles of marginalised or oppressed peoples, groups or cultures, or, more generally, those who have been ‘othered’ by a dominate culture, are indeed struggles for ‘recognition'.
Few victims of austerity have been so fiercely mourned as libraries. If they are to be revived, a recent report argues, they must look down the High Street to Starbucks. Can that approach change Lucy Mangan’s childhood sanctuary for the better?
The European Prize for Urban Public Space is an initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB). It was established following the exhibition “The Reconquest of Europe”, which was held in the CCCB in 1999, in order to offer testimony to the process of rehabilitation of public spaces that has been occurring in many European cities.
Nomads at last is an experimental online exhibition dedicated to the idea of republication: the content is made up of collages of material that is available online, ranging from articles, images and references to videos and even sounds. It is an agglomeration of relevant online content chosen with care by a like-minded community for this collaborative publication.
Harvard University Press has published HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (June 2014). A new, companion website featuring projects built on the HyperCities idea has also been created.
Footprint is an academic journal published by the Delft School of Design presenting research regarding architecture and the urban.
Digital technology has introduced in the last decades data-driven representational and generative methodologies based on principles such as parametric definition and algorithmic processing. In this context, the 15th Footprint issue examines the development of data-driven techniques such as digital drawing, modelling, and simulation with respect to their relationship to design.
PES:BOG selected three artists in residence to develop an intervention project in LA 48 Cultural Center between August and September 2011, through an open call that selected two local artists (in the city of Bogota) and one national artist (in Colombia). To see a profile of the artists and know their proposals, click on each name:
Carol Sabbadini Duran – Untitled ProposalIvonne Viviana Villamil – Mise en scèneJulian Santana – “Memory by defauls” / Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground / and spectral manifestations.
Many experts say the rise of embedded and wearable computing will bring the next revolution in digital technology. They say the upsides are enhanced health, convenience, productivity, safety, and vastly more useful information for people and organizations. The downsides: challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations, and tech complexity that boggles us.