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Timothy Conway Murray
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:07 am    Post subject: Forwarded message from Madeleine Casad, Muntadas and forwar

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Muntadas 1979: this is great. Thanks, Simon.

Our exchange so far has me thinking of some of the idealistic, direct
interventions of projects brought up last week, efforts that are engaged
with rewriting the terms of corporate power.

Iąm reminded especially here of two titles from the list rybn shared a
while back: GWEI (Ubermorgen, 2005-8; ), a
project Iąve admired and mulled over for years; and the Robin Hood Asset
Management Cooperative (Akseli Virtanen & collective, 2013; ). The role of algorithmic autonomy and
automated actions in both of these endeavors is, of course, significant.
To the extent that they express a desire to change the world, these
projects promote a kind of idealism ­ but I get hung up on the ways they
construe management and agency. Posthumanism comes in lots of flavors.

Tamiko Thieląs message about Christin Lahrąs MACHT GESCHENKE, DAS CAPITAL
) comes to mind here as well ­ a project fundamentally about transcoding
political memory and exploiting tiny gaps in automated bureaucratic
procedures of financial institutions.

I also think of online projects that are more traditionally activist (ie
efforts that play up the idea of collective political and economic agency)
and focus on debt strikes and crowd-funding of debt relief.
The Debt Collective (Strike Debt 2014) and
Rolling Jubilee (Strike Debt, 2012) are great
examples of this. Thom Feeneyąs attempted Greek bailout fund on Indiegogo
pops up for me, also ( ), though it may
strain our working definitions of

Does anyone have thoughts about these works, or others deal with idealism,
change, and the (post)human .Š or perhaps we should return to Simonąs
initial question of łwhether we shouldnąt bother˛?!


Timothy Murray
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
Taylor Family Director, Society for the Humanities
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art
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Cornell University,
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Craig Saper
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:58 pm    Post subject: Forwarded message from Madeleine Casad, Muntadas and forwar

Fantastic (and sublimely sending shivers) — to put these next to each other — from the well-meaning idealism to the "autocannibalistic … surreal click-based economic model” — and this also overlaps with the idea of n(y)et-forms of management and administration. Precursors might include Home’s artists strikes, but without the "algorithmic autonomy” the projects lack the “autocannibalistic” … and that is where these works become interesting IMHO … as Deleuzian models of governmental bureaucracies (beyond the functional/dysfunctional binary). [given the context of this list, I also liked the student debt strike — although not attuned-surreal).
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Simon Biggs
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:01 pm    Post subject: Forwarded message from Madeleine Casad, Muntadas and forwar

Continuing along the line of art seeking to engage and consider the possibility of social change I’d also point to the work of Blast Theory, which has been developing now over a period of two decades. It’s quite amazing how many incredible projects they’ve developed. (



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