020 :: 10 In The Wind

A brief note over here to prove I’m alive.

Had some health problems recently but nothing major. The last few months in between waking up, commuting, working, commuting and sleeping, I’ve been toying with another visual essay that will be in a similar style to Colonising the Clouds.

It’s called ‘Seeing Through The Debris’ and will be on The Breakaway Civilisation, Conspiracies and how to parse them. I posted some WIP on tumblr at the weekend. Teh full thing should be out fairly soon. But in the mean time an except is embedded below:

P.S I might start blogging a bit more in short bursts here. No one reads blogs anymore anyway.

017 :: Colonising the Clouds + Other stuff I forgot to post about in 2014

:: Colonising the Clouds ::

Last summer i posted a visual essay on Medium of Slides and Notes from a presentation given at Theorising the Web #TTW14 NYC April 2014 with updated/expanded comments. I really like the possibility that beautiful html storytelling can/could afford – A few people however have said that they couldn’t get on with all the ‘scrolley’ but ah well. Maybe i’ll sort it out and post it to tumblr or something.

The piece was later put on a reading list for a university of new south wales MA course (which was something i never thought would happen) and i have subsequently had the opportunity to read quite a few thoughtful and critical response to it.

You can read the abstract/submission for this talk previously posted on this blog here. I have also embedded a video of the full panel and the Q&A from #TTW14 at the bottom of the medium post if you prefer.

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 :: (DIS)ASSEMBLING #STACKTIVISM – A SALON :: 

In october i was part of a salon during frieze week at the Goethe-Institute presented in conjunction with the whitebuilding called (DIS)ASSEMBLING #STACKTIVISM – A SALON alongsideKari Altmann (Artist in Residence at The White Building)Paul Raven (University of Sheffield)Julieta Aranda (E-Flux)

There was a reading list issued beforehand. So the discussion was quite sprawling and far reaching. I had a great time.

Video of the evening below (sorry cant figure out how to center it)

:: Thought Menu ::

TTM #11 happened in mid-september after a long hiatus do to all four of us being super busy. We have big plans for 2015 though.

:: Other Stuff :: 

Other news for 2014 i was made a fellow at the RSA in 2014 and also a researcher on ‘corporate meta-intelligences’ at the institute-of-atemporal-studies which was nice

I moved house

Started a DIY record + publishing label with some punks from margate

Started a slow burn audio project that i hope to come to fruition soon in 2015

Started a new job

:: Whats next? :: 

Need to hit 10000 words of a writing project I’ve been asked to work on by end of april. If un successful expect it to be strip mined for essays here and there

Berlin later this month (jan 15) for transmediale.de to run a workshop on Mobilising Infrastructure Space

Beyond that: i’m hoping to make it to Manchester for @futureeverything – specifically the haunted machines conference (details TBA)

Have a half written piece based on a talk i gave in 2014 about compression, the loudness war & instagram filters

016 :: Nuclear war.. It’s Not Very Nice That

photoPhoto Courtesy of Kieran McCann

It’s Not Very Nice That

From 21 Feb – 27 Apr 2014 the Light House Gallery in Glasgow had an exhibition of current politically engaged graphic design and politics. The #Stacktivism logo was included which was nice of them – the logo was a collaboration between myself and my friend Andrew Brown

“With new ways of being political along with new media
 and modes of production at their disposal, contemporary designers navigate a space of increasing social unrest which has seen the eruption of civil insurrection in the UK, the revolutionary fervour of the Arab Spring and the furore following the Wikileaks revelations. The exhibition will examine the resurgence of political practice among designers since the mid 2000s and will consider their motifs and motivations, exploring the potential problems and possibilities of this diverse set of experiments.”

The noted internet utopian and my friend Micheal Oswell (Graphic Designer) gave a talk on the opening night. I thought it was good :  You can watch it here :: http://new.livestream.com/accounts/7238669/events/2778543/videos/42918142

Read a review of the exhibition by Grafik.

Nuclear Poker

Hexayurt & SCIM creator Vinay Gupta just released a card game called Nuclear Poker in collaboration with Ian Willey. This edition is limited via game crafter as it was a fund-raising effort to build a mini quad dome for this years EMF camp.

“Nuclear Poker is a fun game about the end of the world. Don’t worry, it usually happens only every three or four hands. The rules are a bit easier than Gin Rummy. A hand takes about ten minutes, sometimes less.”

The SCIM graphics (that were also designed in collaboration with Andrew Brown) Were included in the fancy Defcon3 edition of the game: (its in the middle at the bottom of the spread)

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You can buy it here

010 : next weekend 20/21 april 2013 – things happening

Sunday 21st – New Luddism :: Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working: Digital Culture, Digital Work, Digital Insurrection.

Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working is a series of talks, workshops, texts and online contributions from key voices – artists, activists, technologists and writers – examining how digital technology is changing our political selves.

i will be speaking on the first sunday evening of the #ILIW13 event at a talk on ‘New Luddism’.

The details of the talk can be found below ::

Who benefits from and is in charge of new technology? What could a life with less rather than more technological innovation be like?

Taking ideas of traditional Luddism as a point for departure, Dougald Hine, Dave King (Luddites200) and Jay Springett will join Huw Lemmey to discuss the possibilities for engaging with new technologies and what our relationships to these technologies have become now that it is increasingly difficult to truly “switch off”.

Dougald Hine  is a writer and social thinker who has been responsible for creating a series of organisations, including the School of Everything, the civic ideas agency Spacemakers, and the Dark Mountain Project,  a cultural forum for investigating the converging crises of climate change, resource scarcity and economic instability.

Luddites200 is an ad hoc group of admirers of the Luddites, radical historians and activists on issues connected to technology.   The group is developing a neo-Luddite politics of technology for the 21st century.  Dave King is a former scientist who has been writing and campaigning on the politics of genetics and reproductive technologies since 1990.

Jay Springett – Jay Springett is a Musician, Photographer, Philosopher, and Luddite. He is concerned primarily with humans, technology, infrastructure, and the unseen intersection points of how these things keep us alive. He specializes in small one-man projects that other people can get involved with. Jay is a member of EdgeRyders (a distributed thinktank incubated by the Council of Europe), co-designer of the visual language of SCIM (Simple Critical Infrastrcuture Maps) –resiliencemaps.org and is a contributer to the Hexayurt Project an open hardware disaster relief shelter. He also co-curates The Thought Menu: a nomadic talks series, and is passionate about DIY culture.

Huw Lemmey is an artist and writer whose work focuses on digital political culture and post-internet art. He is involved in running the Limazulu project space and has co-ordinated the Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working project with Auto Italia.

@dougald / @luddites200 / @thejaymo / @spitzenprodukte

You can get tickets from the eventbrite page here

Saturday 20th – The Thought Menu #5 :: On Making

Yup, we are doing another thought menu!

We have partnered with the great Makerhood.com for Thought Menu #5 and will be putting on an hour of classic thought menu at their event Making Uncovered.

Making Uncovered is an exciting festival of making, art and craft. It’s free to attend, and everyone is welcome – drop in at any time. We have a great collection of speakers for the evening, and really hope you can make it down!

speakers include :: Kelly Angood , Anish Mohammed, Raphael Hefti & Tom Grimsey

Full details can be found at the Making Uncovered site here or you can sign up to the Thought Menu News Letter for details about the event and get info on future events.

You can book your free ticket here.

Exciting times!

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