Of course it is much better to see Bruce Sterling perform but luckyly Morgan Currie published a full transcription of his speech from the symposium in Amsterdam last weekend. I was blown away ….
Bruce Sterling on Gothic high tech and favela chic
The next decade we’re entering into the teens. It’s a decade inhabited by digital natives, rather than digital revolutionaries, though this is something that has already happened. It’s already behind us, after 1989,when we switched from analogue to digital, from actual to virtual, from scientific to user-centric, local to global, multinationals to financial moguls.
Most of my life has been spent talking about this change. This next decade is in the hands of people who don’t care about that. They don’t know what a typewriter ribbons was. They don’t remember older ways of doing things abolished by these revolutions. Digital natives are growing up in a depression, when banks make people poor, and healthcare makes people sick. Digital natives never have to be told to digitize anything. The hardware is all around. Their immediate response is to grab for a mobile or a laptop.
The driving forces of the digital revolution continue and intensify, but there is no previous order left to rebel against. We don’t get a digital new world order. Digital culture is too fluid and inherently destabilizing, there are too many small pieces to join, and it’s always in beta form. The digital is a tool, but not a tool that interest groups can use to advance their own interests. We don’t get prosperity or governance from it. It’s not a force for good or ill but a phenomenon like electrification, the railroad, or other transformative infrastructures. Railroad natives were bored to death by people who explained railroads as if they were impressive. They’re just there once they’re there.
…. read on !!!!
Blog Archive for Month: December 2009
(my favorite dutch word of the year, found in Amsterdam last weekend. Bruce Sterlings talk was uitstekend! He scared the hell out of the museums people … )
And another group show on almost the same date as Liverpool with First Person Shooter. Thx to Damiano Colacito (great works!) for the invitation! Would love to join!
18.12.2009 – 23.01.2010
vernissage 18.12.09 7:00 pm
Museolaboratorio ex manifattura tabacchi
Vico Lupinato 1, 65013
Città Sant’Angelo (PE), Italy
Tel. +39 (0)85 960555
Direttore Enzo De Leonibus
please find below the full exhibition info provided by the
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First Person Shooter will be part of the upcoming game art show “Space Invaders”at FACT Liverpool UK.
Exploring the blurred boundaries between video-game space and real space
FACT launches a season of gaming with Space Invaders, a group exhibition that brings art and gaming cultures together. From retro text-based role-playing games, to the detailed city maps found in the latest Grand Theft Auto, Space Invaders draws on these sources of artistic inspiration and explores the increasingly blurred boundaries between video-game spaces and real spaces.
Friday 18 December 2009 – Sunday 21 February 2010
FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool
Blast Theory, Aram Bartholl, Bill Viola, Cao Fei, Ludic Society, Riley Harmon, Jeremy Bailey, Ubermorgen.com, Julian Oliver, Yuichiro Katsumoto, Anita Fontaine and Michael Pelletier, Mark Essen, …
Upcoming saturday I’ll present my work at this symposium. If you happend to be in Amsterdam drop by chek it out …
A symposium about quality in an age of visual overload
While museums are developing strategies to digitalise their collections, online cultural production is growing steadily, with hundreds of thousands of new images posted each day. A lot of potentially interesting work is being produced online, which never reaches the physical world. The distribution of this high quality work is increasingly decentralised, leaving museums, foundations and professional magazines at a loss on how to redefine their role as gatekeepers. On the other hand, the time spent daily behind the computer on internet networking is pushing the demand for a physical experience of our fleeting culture. Designers, artists, mediators and policy makers need to redefine their position, because new technologies define to a large extent today’s possibilities and means of presentation and archiving. The search is for new quality criteria, new frames of references, and alternative methods for enabling connections between the virtual and the physical space of today’s culture.
Venue: Paradiso, Weteringschans 6, Amsterdam
Entrance: €25, €10 (students)
Pre-sale : AUB Ticketshop Amsterdam, Ticket Service Nederland
Program Saturday December 19th 2009
10.00 Doors open
10.25 Mieke Gerritzen: Welcome
10.30 Bruce Sterling: Envisioning tomorrow’s digital culture
11.15 Julia Noordegraaf: Performing archival material online
11.35 Sarah Cook: Curatorial strategies for online artistic production
11.50 Coffee break
12.05 Rick Poynor: Design criticism in the blogosphere
12.35 Sophie Krier: me you and everyone we know is a curator
12.45 Metahaven: Visual identity in the age of digital standards
13.00 Lunch break
14.00 Andrew Keen: Digital Vertigo: selecting talent in the age of social media
14.45 Aram Bartholl: Online visual culture in physical space
15.00 Dagan Cohen (Upload Cinema): Bringing web films to the big screen
15.15 Willem Velthoven (Mediamatic): Please try a new search to see less results
15.30 Coffee break
15.45 Henk Oosterling: Introduction
16.00 Debate on the changing position of policy makers and institutions with representatives
of Dutch funds and museums
Moderator: Koert van Mensvoort (artist/scientist)
Visual Interventions: Sander van der Pavert (LuckyTV)
Organization: Graphic Design Museum
Concept: Sophie Krier, Mieke Gerritzen
I am pleased to publish the documentation of my latest work which premiered last week during a one night event at Serge’s studio. ‘primitive projections’ ONE NIGHT, Studio BKVB, Berlin, November 2009.
Dimensions: 35 x 100 x 280 cm
Materials: chipboard 10mm, corrugated board 2mm , transparent paper, ETC Source Four zoom 25-50° 750W, tripod, dimmer
Full project documentation on datenform.de
Thanks to Serge Onnen for organizing the event!
Thanks to all who showd up!
It was a great night!
Niklas is getting serious request for his super nice inventions, haha … Niklas, I want one too!
(Thx to Dirk for pointing out the beautiful ornaments we have on our studio building. Yes, that’s original early 20th century. Found on Gerichtstr. Berlin, Wedding)