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Form + Code, Book Review

Written by Eduardo Navas

This is a snippet from my review of Form + Code.  You can read the entire text on Vodule.


Form and Code in Design, Art and Architecture, as the book’s cover proposes, is a “guide to computational aesthetics.”  As such it lives up to its promise, which one must accept with the understanding that the authors selected projects that are, in their view, representative of larger movements.

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Full Article Available: One million manga pages

Article: Jeremy Douglass, William Huber, Lev Manovich. “Understanding scanlation: how to read one million fan-translated manga pages.” Forthcoming in Image and Narrative, Spring 2011. [pdf 3 MB].

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CTheory: The Arab Spring: The Contradictions of Obama’s Charismatic Liberalism

~Arthur Kroker~
The tripartite character of Obama’s charismatic liberalism — his remixing of the potentially potent themes of salvation, security, and freedom into a compelling vision of global politics — is what both differentiates Obama’s liberalism from received interpretations of liberal theory as well as from conservative estimates of religion and politics.

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by Raquel Herrera

A look at Brian Mackern’s vintage computer, “toothless”, which he sold in a performatic move.

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CONSERVING, DOCUMENTING, ARCHIVINGS meetings of electronic & digital art conversation to be held in Buenos Aires

These events, organized by Taxonomedia, will take place in the Cultural Centre of Spain at Buenos Aires (CCEBA), in the Space of Telefónica Foundation and in the Latin-American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Malba), during the 1, 2, 3 and 6 of September.

Topics previously addressed in the first edition, Conserving electronic art: what to preserve and how to preserve it?, will resurface in the thematic areas that have proved fundamental: digitalization, documentation, storage of art-works/art-pieces, and information access.

The seminar will bring together national or international experts, among others  Timothy Murray (Rose Goldsen Archive, Cornell University, NY), Gabriela Previdello (Archive FILE- electronic language internacional festival, San Pablo), Lluis Roque (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona), Ricardo Dal Farra ( CeiArte, Untref Buenos Aires – Concordia Univerisity, Montreal), Glòria Munilla (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya),Verónica Vitullo (Mediateca FADU, UBA), Proyecto Ludión and Diego Alberti.

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Taxonomedia- Asociación para la conservación digital

Future Exhibitions, No. 2 Available Now

A publication seeking answers to tomorrow’s questions.

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2009 Swedish Travelling Exhibitions launched Future Exhibitions – a publication concerned with searching the world for signs of what is to come. Given the visitor’s experiences, life choices and dreams, what is the probable future of the exhibition as a medium, a voice, experience and contemporary fountain of knowledge? And what future do we who are working in the field hope to see?

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Ricardo Dominguez and the Question of Academic Freedom at UCSD

Ricardo Dominguez addressing his supporters at UC San Diego Library Walk, on April 8, 2010

On March 4, 2010, Ricardo Dominguez and other members of Bang Lab participated in the student protests which took place across University of California campuses. The protests were organized to express students’ and faculty’s disagreement with the ongoing fee hikes, budget cuts, and the apparent privatization of the UC system. Dominguez and his collaborators organized a virtual sit-in on the Office of the President website, which was interpreted by school officials as a “Denial of service attack.”

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_netart latino database_

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este libro ha sido editado para poner en circulación quinientas copias facsimilares (treinta y cinco de ellas numeradas y firmadas por el autor) de la _netart latino database_ de brian mackern, adquirida por el meiac el uno de enero de dos mil ocho por noventa y nueve céntimos de euro.

dirección editorial: nilo casares

textos: laura baigorri, giselle beiguelman, nilo casares, brian mackern, lila pagola y gustavo romano

traducción y revisión de textos: polisemia

imágenes: joaquín torres-garcía (pág 32), rafael marchetti (pág 107), brian mackern y los artistas capturados.

diseño: fündc <>

publica: meiac (museo extremeño e iberoamericano de arte contemporáneo)

imprenta: indugrafic

© consejería de cultura. junta de extremadura
© de los textos, traducciones e imágenes sus autores.
salvo en los casos de lila pagola, con licencia creative commons by sa argentina 2.5, y de nilo casares, cedido al dominio público.

arriba español

this book was published for the purpose of distributing five hundred facsimile copies (thirty five numbered and signed by the author) of the _netart latino database_ by brian mackern, acquired by the meiac on the first of january, two thousand and eight, at the price of ninety-nine cents (euros).

edited by: nilo casares

texts: laura baigorri, giselle beiguelman, nilo casares, brian mackern, lila pagola y gustavo romano

translation and proof reading: polisemia

images: joaquín torres-garcía (p. 32), rafael marchetti (p. 107), brian mackern and the artists reproduced here.

design: fündc <>

published by: meiac (museo extremeño e iberoamericano de arte contemporáneo)

printers: indugrafic

© regional ministry of culture. regional government of extremadura
© of the texts, translations and images, their authors.
except in the cases of lila pagola, with creative commons licence by sa argentina 2.5, and nilo casares, granted to the public domain.

isbn: 978-84-613-4394-2
national book catalogue number: ba-56-2010

copyleft (todos os direitos ao reve’s) nilo casares

life is too short to drink bad wine / la vida es demasiado breve como para beber mal vino / a vida é muito curta para beber vinho mau / la vita è troppo corta per bersi un vino scadente / het leven is te kort om slechte wijn te drinken

beijos em espiral:: besos en espiral:: besades en espiral:: baisers en spirale:: baci a spirale:: spiral kisses :: spiral kyssar:: spiraalzoenen:: pocalunki spiralowe:: muxu kiribilatuak:: kierteisia suukkoja:: spiralni poljupci:: spiralküsse:: spiraal soene

First Monday published the October 2009 (volume 14, number 10) Issue

The following papers are included in this month’s issue:

First Monday
Volume 14, number 10 – 5 October 2009

Everyday life, online: U.S. college students‚ use of the Internet
by Steve Jones, Camille Johnson-Yale, Sarah Millermaier, and Francisco
Seoane Perez

Gaydar: Facebook friendships expose sexual orientation
by Carter Jernigan and Behram F.T. Mistree

Patterns of online behaviour in the United Kingdom and Japan: Insights
based on asynchronous online conversations
by Milen Martchev

Toward global measurement of the information society: A U.S.-China
comparison of national government surveys
by Kate Williams and and Hui Yan

Political video mashups as allegories of citizen empowerment
by Richard L. Edwards and Chuck Tryon

Insidious pedagogy: How course management systems impact teaching
by Lisa M. Lane


Creating Insecurity: art and culture in the age of security edited by Wolfgang Sützl & Geoff Cox

Giorgio Agamben | Konrad Becker | Bureau of Inverse Technology | Geoff Cox | Florian Cramer | glorious ninth | Brian Holmes | carlos katastrofsky | Martin Knahl | Norbert Koppensteiner | Daniela Ingruber | The Institute for Applied Autonomy | Naeem Mohaiemen | Mukul Patel | Luis Silva | Wolfgang Sützl | Tiziana Terranova | McKenzie Wark

‘Today we are facing extreme and most dangerous developments in the thought of security. In the course of a gradual neutralisation of politics and the progressive surrender of traditional tasks of the state, security imposes itself as the basic principle of state activity. What used to be one among several decisive measures of public administration until the first half of the twentieth century, now becomes the sole criterion of political legitimation. The thought of security entails an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become itself terrorist.’

Following the words of Giorgio Agamben (from his 2001 article ‘On Security and Terror’), security has become the basic principle of international politics after 9/11, and the ‘sole criterion of political legitimation’. But security – reducing plural, spontaneous and surprising phenomena to a level of calculability – also seems to operate against a political legitimacy based on possibilities of dissent, and stands in clear opposition to artistic creativity. Being uncalculable by nature, art is often incompatible with the demands of security and consequently viewed as a ‘risk’, leading to the arrest of artists, and a neutralisation of innovative environments for the sake of security.

Yet precisely the position of art outside the calculable seems to bring about a new politicisation of art, and some speak of art as ‘politics by other means’. Has art become the last remaining enclave of a critique of violence? Yet how ‘risky’ can art be?