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EVENT: Interaces and metropolises 8th encounter between French and Swiss urban planners, Lausanne, 8 July2011

CTheory Live: The Aesthetics of Digital Longing — April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011    2:00PM  Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Pacific Centre for Technology and Culture (TEF 170), 2300 MacKenzie Avenue

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Book Review: Immersion Into Noise by Joseph Nechvatal

Reviewed by Yuting Zou

Published in 2011

University of Michigan Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office in conjunction with Open Humanities Press

“Chance has its reason” – Petronius

Immersion Into Noise is an informative and alluring book that inspires readers to step into self-exploration, and to engage in an ongoing investigation of the connected self.

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CTHeory: New video series: Visions of the Posthuman Future

Dear CTheory Readers,

We are pleased to announce the relaunching of the PACTAC website ( and with it an innovative video series of talks titled, Visions for the Posthuman Future.  This is part of a CTheory research initiative focused on new media: Digital Inflections.

New videos include: “Synthetic Emotions”, “Werewolves, Magnetic Fields and Fingerprints of a Technological Imaginary”, “Technology and Politics in Tunisia and Iran:
Deep Packet Surveillance”, “Technologies of Conveyance”, “Androids: A Remarkable Approximation to the Organic”, “Acting in an Uncertain World: Thinking Technologically?”

kind regards,

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, editors


Dear CTheory Readers,

We are pleased to announce two upcoming lectures to be streamed through CTheory Live on Wednesday, March 16th. The first presentation by Barbara
Rauch, titled “Synthetic Emotions” is at 2:00 PM PST (March 16th). As director of the e_Motion Laboratory at OCADU, Professor Rauch is a leading
researcher exploring the boundaries of natural and digital environments. Her presentation on ?Synthetic Emotions? investigates the future of
artificial emotions and virtual affect in a posthuman culture increasingly shaped by the power of technology. Here, 3D scans are used to capture the
once and future evolution of life in the posthuman future.

The second lecture is by Ted Hiebert, titled “Werewolves, Magnetic Fields and Fingerprints of a Technological Imaginary” at 3:00 PM PST (March
16th). A visual artist, curator and theorist, Professor Hiebert will expand on Barthes? notion of technology as an extension of theatre in the
context of relational art. Using three art projects as ways of visualizing technology, his perspective breaks with the discourse of authenticity,
proposing instead a way of seeing technology that relates the question of technology to social and ideological (and sometimes delirious) relationships.

CTheory Live may be viewed at:

This is part of a new CTheory research initiative focused on new media:
Digital Inflections.

Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

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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First Monday published the February 2011 (volume 16, number 2) issue

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

First Monday
Volume 16, number 2 – 7 February 2011

The more people I meet, the more I like my dog: A study of pet-oriented
social networks on the Web
by Jennifer Golbeck

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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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Uncovering the insect logic that informs contemporary media technologies and the network society

Uncovering the insect logic that informs contemporary media technologies and the network society
By Jussi Parikka
University of Minnesota Press | 320 pages | 2010
ISBN 978-0-8166-6740-6 | paperback | $25.00
ISBN 978-0-8166-6739-0 | hardcover  | $75.00
Posthumanities Series, volume 11

Insect Media analyzes how insect forms of social organization—swarms, hives, webs, and distributed intelligence—have been used to structure modern media technologies and the network society. Through close engagement with the pioneering work of insect ethologists, posthumanist philosophers, media theorists, and contemporary filmmakers and artists, Jussi Parikka provides a radical new perspective on the interconnection of biology and technology.

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New Networked Book Chapter: “Re-Locating” by Yasmine Abbas

Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) presents:   “Re-Locating: Situational, Experienceable and Relational Design to Soothe the Stress of Travel”   by Yasmine Abbas

ABSTRACT: Stress is an undesirable offshoot of any kind of travel, forced or voluntary. To soothe the stress of travel, today’s mobile individuals — neo-nomads — engage in tactics of re:location, the practice of re-assembling a familiar and cushioned personal space, an image of home. The spaces and objects we design with mobility in mind should focus on bringing comfort to these mobile individuals. We learn however that in today’s consumerist, “liquid” and hypermobile world, linkages between PIGS — People, Information, Goods and Spaces — matter more than PIGS themselves. The territories of neo-nomads relate to linkages and are dynamic as a result.

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