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Russell Brand: We deserve more from our democratic system

Nettime - 6 November, 2013 - 19:53
Since I am rather 'nyekoultourniye' when it comes to pop music, I had never heard of Russell Brand till Vesna 'Becha' Manojlovic attended me to him. A famous pop star, known by millions, now turned eloquent, hard-hitting critic of 'the system': how long now till the walls of Jericho will crumble? (however, I am a long-term fan of Jeremy 'the proper relationship between a journalist and a politician is that of a dog to a lamppost' Paxman of BBC's Newsnight!) Cheers, p+5D! ............ original to: Russell Brand: we deserve more from our democratic system Following his appearance on Newsnight, the comedian explains why he believes there are alternatives to our current regime I've had an incredible week since I spoke from the heart, some would say via my arse, on Paxman. I've had slaps on the back, fist bumps, cheers and hugs while out and about, cock-eyed offers of political power from well intentioned chance

[Original burning-topic content for Nettime]

Nettime - 5 November, 2013 - 21:03
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The Curious Retreat of Art (open!)

my publications - 4 November, 2013 - 17:03

While the current historical situation demands urgently a redefinition of authorship, the art world offers very little in terms of critique or alternative practice.

Much of the 20th century’s avant-garde art can be read as a revolt against the bourgeois conception of the artist as an exceptional individual who creates art through a mysterious process of introspection into his – mainly his – particularly sensitive soul. The introduction of mass-produced materials into artworks, of randomness, the exploration of the subconscious and, after WWII, the turn towards machinic and algorithmic processes, all served to decentre the process of making art away from the artist’s inner world and his or her complete control. In the 1960s, literary theory caught up and famously declared the death of the authoritative, omniscient author. The matter seemed to have been laid to rest by Foucault’s famous “murmur of indifference:” ‘What matter who’s speaking?’”

All of this has been debated to death and the issues have mostly been settled, but, now that the battles over the conception of authorship and associated constructions of rights and modes of ownership have moved from the field of cultural theory to the centre of society, the art world – in which “contemporary art” plays a minor supporting role – has fallen curiously silent. Not only that, the deeply neoliberal makeover of the last two decades have actually moved it into the opposite direction. Authorship and individuality are being asserted more strongly than ever. This is not due solely to the power of market forces with their predictable need for stars and commodities.

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FYI [presentation video] The Citizen Network - X Party isgrooving

Nettime - 2 November, 2013 - 17:44
We are a group of Spanish activists and citizens involved in a new political initiative called 'Red Ciudadana Partido X' (Citizen Network - X Party). You might have read some of the articles published about us in English-speaking media [1] [2] [3] or some of the references appeared in academic or activist sites [4] [5]. Anyway, you can find more information about this project at our webpage [6]. Many of us have been involved in the M15 Indignados movement in Spain, which has deeply transformed the Spanish political scene. We have spent more than one year developing a 'prototype' of a citizen network that could be able to pose a threat to the duopoly of Spanish main parties. For the last several months we have been building that network, which now includes thousands of people and active nodes in many of the main Spanish cities. Last October 8 we organized a public presentation of the project in Madrid and six other Spanish cities that was attended by around 1000 people and was watched by more than 10 000

Disrupting Business: Art & Activism in Times of FinancialCrisis

Nettime - 2 November, 2013 - 17:12
Disrupting Business: Art & Activism in Times of Financial Crisis Edited by Tatiana Bazzichelli & Geoff Cox Data Browser 05 Publisher: Autonomedia, NY, 2013 Disrupting Business explores some of the interconnections between art, activism and the business concept of disruptive innovation. With a backdrop of the crisis in financial capitalism and austerity cuts in the cultural sphere, the idea is to focus on potential art strategies in relation to a broken economy. In a perverse way, we ask whether this presents new opportunities for cultural producers to achieve more autonomy over their production process. If it is indeed possible, or desirable, what alternative business models emerge? This book is concerned broadly with business as material for reinvention, including critical writing and examples of art/activist projects. Contributors include Saul Albert, Christian Ulrik Andersen, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Heath Bunting, Paolo Cirio, Baruch Gottlieb, Brian Holmes, Geert Lovink, Dmytri Kleiner, Georgios Papadop

Germany may invite Edward Snowden as witness in NSAinquiry

Nettime - 2 November, 2013 - 16:23
I would like to share the the report of The Guardian with you. You will also find the original report here: Germany may invite Edward Snowden as witness in NSA inquiry Green politician meets US whistleblower in Moscow to discuss possibility of helping parliamentary investigation into US spying Edward Snowden may be invited to Germany as a witness against the US National Security Agency. Action is under way in the Bundestag to commission a parliamentary investigation into US intelligence service spying and a German politician met Snowden in Moscow on Thursday to discuss the matter. Hans-Christian Ströbele, the veteran Green party candidate for Berlin's Kreuzberg district, reported that the US whistleblower was prepared in principle to assist a parliamentary inquiry. But Ströbele warned of the legal complications that would come with Snowden leaving Russia, where he has been granted asylum after leaking do

Us(c)hi Reiter interviewed Felix Stalder about the futureof the internet....

Nettime - 31 October, 2013 - 22:30
Dear nettimers, Want to share my interview with Felix Stalder with you Thanx to Aileen Derrieg translating it! Us(c)hi Reiter -, Linz/ Austria ----------------------------------------- UR: With the Snowden affair the Internet as space for surveillance has reached a wider public. This incident and the excitement it caused hasn?t brought about any major withdrawal from the social network Facebook, for example. What impact does this knowledge of control have on the way we culturally act and communicate on the net? FS: As long as there is no real alternative to the ever expanding parts of the Internet, that act as surveillance spaces, the current discussion about the way we should act on the net will remain quite limited. Cryptoparties and such are more symbolic acts. As long as the infrastructure of surveillance is optimised, creating individualised private spheres later will remain a highly complex matter. So

Re: Anthony Townsend: What if the smart cities of thefuture are chock full of bugs?

Nettime - 31 October, 2013 - 20:57
Morning meditations upon seeing that subject line... Or if the Internet of Things *is* the Internet of NSA's Things? At this point anyone who has 'monitored' nettime over the last (almost 20 years!) should realize the pattern: first comes the desire to prevail, then the technology to support that desire spills out of the womb of the military-industrial-academic(-counterculture) complex, then come the Siren (Server) songs of Silicon Valley along with hyperventilating dot-com VC-ism and the huffing of early-adopters, then comes the skeptical reception by European cultural/intellectual circles, then comes the need to 'keep up' by Eurocrats who then proffer cultural funding for creative industries to 'research' it all, then comes a slew of (re-action-ary) art projects about said technologies, several festivals, catalogs, exhibitions and earnest performances, and new 'ground-breaking' academic programs upsetting the old media studies departments by "engaging" the 'new' technologies, then academic jo

Anthony Townsend: What if the smart cities of the futureare chock full of bugs?

Nettime - 31 October, 2013 - 16:00
Original to: (with smart pics) [bwo WaiWai, with thanks.] Anthony Townsend What if the smart cities of the future are chock full of bugs? Calafia Café in Palo Alto is one of the smartest eateries in the world. With Google’s former executive chef Charlie Ayers at the helm, the food here isn’t just for sustenance. This is California — eating is also a path to self-improvement. Each dish is carefully crafted with ingredients that not only keep you slim, but make you smarter and more energized too. A half-dozen venture capitalists pick at their dandelion salads. A sleepy suburb at night, by day Palo Alto becomes the beating heart of Silicon Valley, the monied epicenter of the greatest gathering of scientific and engineering talent in the history of human civilization. To the west, across the street, lies Stanford University. The Googleplex sprawls a few miles to the east. In the surrounding region, some half-million engineers

Misha Glenny: The Snowden leaks have weakened Americancontrol of

Nettime - 29 October, 2013 - 17:48
Original to: Leaks have weakened American control of the web By Misha Glenny, Financial Times, Oct 28, 2013. Edward Snowden’s actions are transforming global communications policy, says Misha Glenny making life awkward for Barack Obama. Before his first summit with Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, the US president stressed he would be raising as a priority the issue of Beijing’s frenetic cyber espionage activities. The day before the meeting, however, the UK’s Guardian newspaper published the first slew of allegations leaked by the former contractor for the US National Security Agency, revealing the breathtaking extent of America’s espionage programme. As the revelations emerge, each more embarrassing than the last, the US stands to lose much more than just face. Control of the internet is slipping from its hands, too. Just months separate the meeting with Mr Xi from a low-key summit in Montevideo, Uruguay. Here, a few days ago,

Re: Chris Hedge: Our Invisible revolution

Nettime - 29 October, 2013 - 08:06
If someone can reach Mr. Hughes, then send this: Those considered far right and those considered far left have never been closer in outlook and their lists of what to overturn. Once it is both ends against the middle, you enter a pre-revolutionary setting. That is what we have now: both ends against the middle; it is only the middle class that is shrinking. It is only the middle of the country that is depopulating. It is only the middle for which the right to be left alone has its historic and substantial meaning. --dan

[drone_roundup] Weekly Roundup

Nettime - 29 October, 2013 - 03:48
At the Center for the Study of the Drone In the span of just over a week, two U.N. Special Rapporteurs, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch all released separate reports on military drone operations. Arthur Holland Michel compiled a one-stop summary<>of the reports to help make sense of how they are similar and how they are different. Julie Carpenter captured the public imagination earlier this month when she released a study that showed that soldiers often develop strong emotional ties with the robots that they operate. In an in-depth interview<>, Dr. Carpenter discusses Pygmalion, humanoids, and explains why we shouldn't worry about the prospect of robot-human love. News In a plenary meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Special Rapporteurs Ben Emmerson and Christof Heyns presented their reports on drones to a host of nations<

Live: Delivery for Mr. Rajab

Nettime - 28 October, 2013 - 23:52
!Mediengruppe Bitnik About | Live Webcam | Live Map | Webcam Archive | Credits Delivery for Mr. Rajab (2013) Tracking a parcel from Julian Assange to Nabeel Rajab RRRRRRRRRADICAL REALTIME A Live Mail Art Piece London. Monday, October 28 2013 «Delivery for Mr. Rajab» is a live mail art piece. A parcel with a hidden camera is sent by post from Julian Assange to Nabeel Rajab. Through a hole in the parcel, the camera documents and live-tweets its journey through the postal system, letting anyone online follow the parcels status in real-time. The images captured by the camera are transferred to this website and the Bitnk Twitter account in realtime. So, as the parcel slowly makes its way to Jaw Prison in Bahrain, anyone online can follow the parcel's status in realtime. The recipient, Nabeel Rajab, is a Bahraini human rights activist, opposition leader and protest leader. He was arrested several times in 2011 and 2012 during the ongoing national uprising in Bahrain. Currently, he is serving a two year p

Chris Hedge: Our Invisible revolution

Nettime - 28 October, 2013 - 14:58
Our Invisible Revolution Posted on Oct 28, 2013 By Chris Hedges “Did you ever ask yourself how it happens that government and capitalism continue to exist in spite of all the evil and trouble they are causing in the world?” the anarchist Alexander Berkman wrote in his essay “The Idea Is the Thing.” “If you did, then your answer must have been that it is because the people support those institutions, and that they support them because they believe in them.” Berkman was right. As long as most citizens believe in the ideas that justify global capitalism, the private and state institutions that serve our corporate masters are unassailable. When these ideas are shattered, the institutions that buttress the ruling class deflate and collapse. The battle of ideas is percolating below the surface. It is a battle the corporate state is steadily losing. An increasing number of Americans are getting it. They know that we have been stripped o

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference

Nettime - 27 October, 2013 - 18:27
Very good question. And why is the NSA bad? I read their budged and I liked it. Am 26.10.2013 20:44, schrieb morlockelloi-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w< at > They dont have to write CVs anymore. A bigger problem are personalised news and oversimplification. Computers and human dignity. We are all unique, arent we? H.

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference

Nettime - 27 October, 2013 - 10:35
Hallo August - I think this is now the core problem -- that constructing 'another' infrastructure (either from scratch or piggy-backing on existing (tottering!) systems) is simply not going to happen. No matter what social entity desires it. Even replacing the (aging) existing one is not possible. I read somewhere that for the US Interstate Highway system to be rebuilt (as it is in desperate need of after much of it exceeding its engineered life already) would have a direct energy cost of the equivalent of all Saudi oil reserves. This emphasizes that any wide-scaled infrastructure depends on the availability of significant (hydrocarbon) energy resources (a fact that, for example completely ignored by the 'hydrogen' economy people!). In a world where the US (or anybody else) was dominant and could gather the necessary energy resources, this was possible (i.e., 1960 USA). But now it is not. There is too much competition for shrinking resources. Even in an optimistic scenario with wide internatio

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 23:44
The real problem is quantifying the consequences, the danger and negative outcomes of the surveillance. Why is surveillance bad? How does it affect one's life in unambiguous terms? What really happens to the victims of surveillance? Do they get less income/benefits in the future? Do they buy more of the shit they don't need? Do they get less influence in the society? How is this quantified beyond generalities? There are examples where mass education worked, which illustrate the hardness of the problem - like smoking, or relationship of microbes to infections. Smoke and you may get serious health problems in 15-20 years. Rather obvious, but it took several decades and billions of dollars of concerted government and non-government efforts to make some impact. Or when Pasteur demonstrated benefits of sterilization, it still took quite some time for everyone to get it, although the incentive was rather obvious. Where is such incentive regarding surveillance? That your folks will be doomed to remai

public indifference

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 22:51
Excuse me but is public indifference considered to be a new phenomenon is that really what it is? Remember Daniel Ellsberg, the Pentagon Papers? Levels of domestic and international surveillance have intensified logarithmically in the post-war period; just imagine what J. Edgar would have done if he could Hoover up data the way the NSA does. The highest echelons of this behemoth of a security apparatus have taken on a life of its own independent of the governmental controls that are supposed to monitor its activities. Quite presciently Norman Mailer wrote about this ages ago in reference to the CIA; he described how the various entities and fronts that it created began to take on their own economic realities far removed from any governmental controls and now, far beyond what Mailer might have imagined, the government officially and openly sub-contracts security and policing to companies effectively working outside the law. All this just increases daily despite shut-downs and economic crises (after all its s

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference is

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 17:30
Let us hope that Daniel Solove is right, that the absence of public outcry is the public saying "I have nothing to hide," and that it is not Dostoevsky's Grand Inquisitor saying "In the end they will lay their freedom at our feet and say to us, 'Make us your slaves, but feed us.'" --dan

Re: John Naughton: Edward Snowden: public indifference isthe real

Nettime - 26 October, 2013 - 07:44
... Interesting article. Thanks for posting. Is there a real reason to be more worried that the government agencies are collecting personal data when equally or more powerful institutions such as Google, Apple, and Facebook (who are lacking almost completely in any publicly democratic structure or input) are the main arbiters of this kind of actuarial surveillance? Not really, I think. Is there a real technical reason to have the kind of private centralized electronic communication spaces on the WWW that have been carved out of the decentralized and public internet by 'industry'. No, not really, I think. But, do we see the 'professional peers' or academics (who previously built the internet up and until the web) stepping up? Not really. What's more is, the people who really need to keep their data or conversations a secret from the US government - I don't know say Angela Merkel, drug dealers, paedophiles, journalists, activists, etc - should learn to use the existing tools to do so. The smart ones do