Tag Archives: complexity theory

Metropolis, Media, Mechanosphere

  I. In 2007, a group of some two-hundred entrepreneurs representing technological start-ups descended on Seattle for “a wine and cheese party” organized by Amazon and Madrona Venture Group, an early investor in the tech corporations like the aforementioned digital … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Complexity?

Scrolling through the internet’s back pages, I came across this old Nettime post from 2009 by Florian Cramer urging us to move past the fixation that the art world and activism have with second-order cybernetics, complexity, and the powers held … Continue reading

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Swarm Intermezzo: Meditations on the Ether

  1.        When we perceive the movement of the swarm, what is being witnessed is a certain diagram of action derived from the organizational properties of the distributed network. At this level, we take the shifts and … Continue reading

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The Swarmachine: A Historical Puzzle (Part 1)

The Colors of Revolution As the Cold War came to an end, undoing the critical strategic worldwide gridlock fueled by the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union, globalization took off, accelerating the flows of capital, technology, and … Continue reading

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“The sage speaks of what he sees”: War Games and the New Spirit of Capitalism

Technological Ideologues “At the end of the twentieth century, the long predicted convergence of the media, computing and telecommunications into hypermedia is finally happening,” wrote Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron in 1995. “Once again, capitalism’s relentless drive to diversify and … Continue reading

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