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Good Data

Moving away from the strong body of critique of pervasive ‘bad data’ practices by both governments and private actors in the globalized digital economy, this book aims to paint an alternative, more optimistic but still pragmatic picture of the datafied future. The authors examine and propose ‘good data’ practices, values and principles from an interdisciplinary, international perspective. From ideas of data sovereignty and justice, to manifestos for change and calls for activism, this collection opens a multifaceted conversation on the kinds of futures we want to see, and presents concrete steps on how we can start realizing good data in ...

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Shadowbook: Writing Through the Digital 2014-2018

What happens to our everyday language in the digital sphere? How does ‘the post-digital condition’ change the world in which we think about ourselves and talk to one another? In Shadowbook: Writing Through the Digital 2014-2018, Miriam Rasch investigates these questions in five experimental essays and one exposition. From the way the smartphone molds the language of desire and friendship to the possibilities of writing a ‘spreadsheet novel’ – Shadowbook is a testimony to post-digital writing by way of writing. It salutes both the beauty of the web and what hides in the shadows. Even in the bright and shiny ...

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A Manual For The Immaterial Worker

The time clock is a device for the material worker. It ticks away, minute by minute, hour by hour over the course of each and every day. In the olden days the work completed was equal to the material proof at the end of eight hours. Today, the immaterial worker does not have the same symbiotic relationship with the time clock. The time clock for the immaterial worker is irrelevant because they work continually. And they work on what is most expected of them: the constant flow of ideas. Their time is not measured in concrete things. It is measured ...

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The Center For Tactical Magic

Whether you choose to regard it as an illusion, a sleight, a spell, or an invocation, this pamphlet is best thought of in terms of magic(k). This may seem confusing at first, especially since “magic” means many things to many people. The Center for Tactical Magic does not exclusively align itself with any one interpretation of “magic”, in part because it is the vast range of interpretations that give magic(k)—both with and without the “K”—power in the world of meaning. Therefore this mini grimoire is likely to exploit many of your preconceptions of magic(k) in an effort to dislodge your ...

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The Body in Time

Sara Jordenö is a NYC based Swedish visual artist and documentary filmmaker. Using film, photography, drawing and experimental poetry, Jordenö aims to work through historical and contemporary narrations around issues of authorship, labor, real and imaginary queer spaces and the habitual acts of everyday life. While being a resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program in 2010-2011 she started working on a series of works about urban life in New York City, titled “Time and Motion Studies”. This in turn prompted her to enter collaborations with people in other fields than contemporary art.

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The Zone: Desire and Disaster in the Contemporary Palestinian Landscape

The Zone explores the intersections between neo-liberal and colonial regimes in the contemporary Palestinian context. By evoking both the phantasmagoria of the dream-worlds and the dystopia of the catastrophe that marks this landscape, the project reveals a situation of surreal absurdity and a growing sense of the uncanny. Navigating a dialectic of dreamworld and catastrophe, desire and disaster, past and present. The incongruence is arresting. The dissonance jarring.

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FAQs

Working Artists and the Greater Economy began as a conversation between a small group of friends, some of whose work had generated noticeable cultural capital, asking each other: why are we always broke, and from which of our multiple jobs are we deriving our income? Why do exhibitors want to work with us, show our work, want us in magazines, to do performances, but won’t financially compensate us for the labor it takes to maintain our cultural capital?

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State of the Union

Hand marked corrections to US state amendments, changing language to support gay marriage.

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Occupy Museums

Occupy Museums approached this booklet as an opportunity to collaboratively reexamine and explore our underlying principles. We developed a list of questions together and gave each member the time and space to answer two or three of their choice autonomously. From the very beginning, with roots deep in Occupy Wall Street’s process and ideals, Occupy Museums has been committed to both group process and the autonomous self-expression of group members. Members of Occupy Museums show an individual voice in this booklet, sometimes agreeing with others and sometimes not, and it is exactly within this dialogue that OM finds its coherence.

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Sustenance: A Play For All Trans [ ] Borders

(The stage lights, like a cell phone searching for a signal, slowly come up and start to flicker.) A fugitive figure moves to the edge of the stage and holds out a bottle of water. After a long pause, ze [“IT,” carved into zer chest] speaks. Fugitive figure [a trans- prefix]: This will be my brief aside before the performance, my trans ( ) critique, before/on/and within the (empty set). On this day only one will be hunted down by the state machinery, that old chthonian apparatus for bearing no name in the desert of the real. It is after all ...

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We are Sorry

Segment from Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Speech on February 13, 2008.

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The Blossoms of Greenpoint [Psychogeology of Northbrooklyn]

Petroleum refining began within the Greenpoint area in 1866. More than 50 refineries had been established along Newtown Creek by 1870. Refinery operations ceased in 1966, and petroleum bulk storage discontinued in 1993 on the ExxonMobilowned properties of the former refinery parcels. British Petroleum began operation of a bulk fuel storage terminal in 1969, which continues to operate today. On September 2, 1978, the U.S. Coast Guard discovered an oil spill entering the Newtown Creek from Meeker Avenue. In 1979, an investigation of the spill beneath the Greenpoint area determined the release to be approximately 52 acres, with the total ...

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