Monthly Archives: May 2014

Traditions of Unknowing

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Sound Hacking: Further Reflections on Noise and Noncommunication

We have become so accustomed to violence through entertainment that transgression itself has become merely another capitalist performance. How then do we elevate art, how can it be a reaction to the Other instead of its medium? How must we … Continue reading

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Jacques Attali: Noise and Power

Eavesdropping, censorship, recording, and surveillance are weapons of power. The technology of listening in on, ordering, transmitting, and recording noise is at the heart of this apparatus. The symbolism of the Frozen Words, of the Tables of the Law, of recorded noise and … Continue reading

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Visionary Materialism: Entheogens, Magic, and the Sciences

Originally posted on Technocommercium:
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke Actually the quote above was the last of Arthur C. Clarke’s famous three laws of “prediction”: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that…

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Excess, Machine, Culture: Three Plateaus on Noise Aesthetics

The following essay was originally intended for publication, but I find it to be a bit too unwieldy, and not fully articulated in the sense of coming-together that I would have hoped. I’m posting it here, however, as a sort … Continue reading

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A Brief Détournement of Anti-Oedipus

It is working everywhere, functioning smoothly at times, at other times it grumbles and grunts. It eats, breathes, gets coded and decoded, straddling the threshold of the physical and the digital but knows the divide is irrelevant. What a mistake … Continue reading

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Smart Cities of the Future: Infosphere, Inforgs, and Technoutopianism

Originally posted on Technocommercium:
Within modern, functionally differentiated society there is no longer any privileged position that could offer a binding representation of society within society. – Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture: A New Framework for Architecture The Smart City…

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