Machine Eden

MILTON FANGLINN: My name is Milton Fanglinn. I don’t teach, no. I work in the antiquities industry as a kind of. . . well let’s say a freelance scholar. I run a small consulting business, first out of New York but now from London, authenticating and researching the provenance of ancient objects in the field. Most of these don’t things have paper- work, or known owners, and are probably never going to be seen by the public. I have worked discreetly for many of the finest museums in the world, none of which would ever want its competitors to know ...

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Seth Price: Social Synthetic

Social Synthetic is the first comprehensive publication on the varied oeuvre of Seth Price (born 1973). How can art explore the self under technological pressure? In Price’s work, this is often expressed in terms of the “skins” of surface, packaging and wrapping: he has made photographic studies of a person’s skin obtained through the technologies Google employs for mapping, vacuum-formed plastic reliefs presenting a body part stranded in plastic and large wall sculptures depicting the negative space between two people engaged in intimate action, greatly enlarged from a tiny internet jpeg. Price’s work offers a fascinating engagement with our technologically ...

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Untitled, Art, Podcast: Artist Books & Editions

This episode features a panel that was broadcast live from San Francisco’s The Battery on November 7, 2018. The panel –hosted by Untitled Art’s curator of Special Projects and Books & Editions, Juana Berrío– invites Robin Wright (co-founder, RITE Editions), Margaret Tedesco (founder, 2nd floor projects), and Vee Moran (co-founder, Owl Cave Books) to join in conversation about books that were created within the context of art. The episode also features a reading of Virginia Woolf by artist and bookmaker Brook Hsu.

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Scratching the Surface: Mark Minkjan

Mark Minkjan is an urban and architectural geographer. He is Editor-in-Chief at Failed Architecture and produces the Failed Architecture Podcast. He is also part of Non-fiction, office for cultural innovation, and has written for numerous publications including VICE, The Guardian and The Architectural Review. In this episode, Mark talks to Jarrett about the origins of Failed Architecture and his goals for the publication, the state of architectural and design criticism, and finding new ways to talk about buildings.

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Concentration

In this anthology, edited by Fiktion’s cofounder Ingo Niermann, nineteen writers and researchers address a fiercely contested commodity in digital society: concentration. Ingeborg Harms, Quinn Latimer, Arthur Jacobs, and Raoul Schrott write about the circumstances under which a text or activity can completely draw us into its spell, Dirk Baecker and Amy Patton about a shifting concentration, Jenna Sutela and Elvia Wilk about one that carries us into the spherical, Charis Conn about concentration violently induced; Nina Bußmann writes about the uncertainty as to whether she is currently concentrating or distracting herself; Sophie Jung, Emily Segal, and Alexander Tarakhovsky make ...

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Markets

Markets abound in media. This volume explores the neoliberal histories of the faith in computation prevalent in markets today, confronts the asymmetries and abstractions that characterize money as a medium of markets, and gathers elements for a politically and historically informed media theory of markets, attuned to contemporary phenomena such as cryptocurrencies and high-frequency trading.

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DATA Browser 06: Executing Practices

This collection brings together artists, curators, programmers, theorists and heavy internet browsers whose practices make critical intervention into the broad concept of execution. It draws attention to their political strategies, asking: who and what is involved with those practices, and for whom or what are these practices performed, and how? From the contestable politics of emoji modifier mechanisms and micro-temporalities of computational processes to genomic exploitation and the curating of digital content, the chapters account for gendered, racialised, spatial, violent, erotic, artistic and other embedded forms of execution. Together they highlight a range of ways in which execution emerges and ...

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Failed Architecture Podcast 08

Albert Speer is one of the most infamous architects in history. During his time working for the Nazi Party he was responsible for designing the Reich Chancellery and the Zeppelinfeld stadium in which the Nuremberg rallies took place, as well as being in charge of Germany’s war production during the Second World War and being slated to plan the massive reconstruction Berlin as Germania. Yet by emphasising his detachment from the general conditions he was able to avoid the death sentence after the war. While his is an extreme example, it offers a compelling jumping off point to explore the wider ...

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New Models Podcast 10: LOOSE CLIMATE CHANGE

Christine Lariviere works at the intersection of climate change and media. In this episode, she helps us render a massive map of the anthropocene (and humanity’s fate therein) while exploring why the word “systems” belies the incomprehensibly vast matrix of networks our changing climate is set to effect. If you make it past the hour mark, stay locked for some hot local foraging tips.

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On the Steady State

It is a regrettable honor to introduce this essay by Herman Daly. The honor comes from the importance of Daly’s thought, which is fundamental. The overused word is apt here: Daly has supplied a new foundation for economic thought and practice. In a civilization describable as global capitalism, few intellectual contributions are—or, rather, ought to be—of more consequence. As Karl Polanyi pointed out long ago, capitalism represents a new kind society in the span 0f human history; for us, the economy a k a the market hosts the society, rather than the other way around. Daly’s work in ecological economics ...

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Urbanomic Document 034: Reengineering Philosophy

Reza Negarestani expands upon the major themes of his new book Intelligence and Spirit in this edited and expanded version of his conversation with Robin Mackay at the launch of the book in New York in November 2018. ——— Robin Mackay: Before I invite Reza to discuss some of the themes and ambitions of Intelligence and Spirit, I’d like to give a short, somewhat personal introduction to the book by relaying my impressions of Intelligence and Spirit as an editor and as a reader. To first give a very broad outline, Intelligence and Spirit is a painstaking interrogation of the notions of intelligence ...

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e-flux #94

Masaccio painted his fresco of the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden (c. 1424–28) just about 600 years before 2030, which is the current cutoff point for humans to curb global temperature rise, or risk quicker extinction. In Masaccio’s rendering, the expelled pair walk together from the green valley crying with open-mouthed agony. Caught in this moment during their walk of shame, their lips, especially Eve’s, surround gaping dark ovals: Where are their teeth?

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Pattern Discrimination

Algorithmic identity politics reinstate old forms of social segregation—in a digital world, identity politics is pattern discrimination. It is by recognizing patterns in input data that Artificial Intelligence algorithms create bias and practice racial exclusions thereby inscribing power relations into media. How can we filter information out of data without reinserting racist, sexist, and classist beliefs?

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Politigram & the Post-left

Contributor Joshua Citarella
What begins as a casual engagement with funny memes can rapidly metastasize. The most common path for this particular group seems to arrive at something called Cyber-nihilism, a blend of Landian techno-pessimism, Primitivist anxiety and Transhumanist detachment. Enough time spent in this space culminates in a type of ideological Stockholm syndrome. Many of these ideas already exist on a continuum tilted towards nihilism; joining a doom cult is not too far a leap.

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Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi

Following his 2014 residency at AAA, New York-based artist Walid Raad developed Section 39_Index XXXVII: Traboulsi. The project stemmed from his research into AAA’s Ha Bik Chuen Archive and consisted of several ‘sculptural spaces’ built by Raad’s fictional collaborator, Suha Traboulsi, who creates reproductions of canonical modern paintings by Arab artists.

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