Unlike Us: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives

Invitation to join the network (a series of events, reader, workshops, online debates, campaigns etc.) Concept: Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures/HvA, Amsterdam) and Korinna Patelis (Cyprus University of Technology, Lemasol) Thanks to Marc Stumpel, Sabine Niederer, Vito Campanelli, Ned Rossiter, Michael Dieter, Oliver Leistert, Taina Bucher, Gabriella Coleman, Ulises Mejias, Anne Helmond, Lonneke van… Read more Unlike Us: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives

Video Vortex: Florian Cramer “Bokeh is a form of visual fetishism, it is not avant-garde but porn”

Florian Cramer reflects on the new online movie genre of bokeh porn referring to the shallow depth of field cinema aesthetic now seen in “amateur” movies created with DSLR cameras. It comes from “the Japanese word boke (暈け or ボケ), which means “blur” or “haze”, or boke-aji (ボケ味), the “blur quality”.” (Wikipedia) The bokeh is no… Read more Video Vortex: Florian Cramer “Bokeh is a form of visual fetishism, it is not avant-garde but porn”

Transmediale: The Right to Exit or The Right to Escape?

Focus Discussion (Track 2) Participants: Les liens invisible (it), Alessandro Ludovico (it), Paolo Cirio (it), Nathaniel Stern(us), Scott Kildall (us), Jens Best (de). This blogpost focusses on two of the projects presented: Seppukkoo and Face to Facebook and on the overall theme The Right to Exit. Introduction Moderator Daphne Dragona (gr) introduced the focus discussion on The Right to Exit by… Read more Transmediale: The Right to Exit or The Right to Escape?

Funware: Wilfried Hou Je Bek – The programmer as shaman?

This series of reports on the Software Fun (Funware) symposium held on November 27, 2010 at Baltan Laboratories were commissioned by Baltan and MU. At the beginning of his talk Wilfried Hou Je Bek admits he is struggling with the idea of software and fun. He starts his talk with passages from William Burroughs, who was… Read more Funware: Wilfried Hou Je Bek – The programmer as shaman?

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