Die imaginäre Zukunft oder: wie Versionen der Zukunft aus der Vergangenheit die Gegenwart bestimmen.


Eine Rezension des Buches “Imaginary Futures” von Richard Barbrook.

Als sich die USA in der Ära des Kalten Krieges auf eine Spirale des Wettrüstens mit der Sowjetunion einließen, tobte zugleich auch ein ideologischer Kampf. Die Führungsschichten beider Seiten versuchten, indem sie den Anspruch auf die Zukunft erhoben, auch die Gegenwart zu dominieren. Die Sowjetunion hatte dabei den Vorteil, das von einer Befreiungs-Utopie geprägte Geschichtsbild des Marxismus auf ihrer Seite zu haben.

Update! Systems Upgrade trouble

Dear users of this site. A major systems upgrade was necessary for security reasons. We have upgraded from Drupal 5.2 to 5.3. At first all went well but then actions of the sysadmin from hell (me) triggered a chain of events which ended almost disastrously. However, the site has been restored (almost) to full functionality. The images work again, yet there are issues with thumbnail images (I think youcan all see the error messages). Update to the update: As far as I can see all images are displayed again. We are now using imagemagick as toolkit.

Practice-led Outcome


Even though I was accepted onto the PhD programme with a Scholarship, in the Scottish practice-led PhD system it is usual for researchers in their first year to be classed as MPhil students with a transfer to PhD after one year. For this transfer to take place students have to make a presentation of their work, give a brief talk and write a paper of around 10,000 words. Next week I will present some of my practical work in a public setting, the details of which I’ve listed below. After this I will be concentrating on my transfer paper for which I have been given a six-month extension.

easy mapping


easy mapping - So the trick to map easily is:
I take pictures with my Canon Powershot A630, and get the gps information from my telephone.
I match them with gpscorrelate-gui (I have to get the proper commandline yet…). The most important part is calculating the difference between your camera and your gps, so you can align them perfectly. For doing so, a nice trick is to start the mapping taking a picture of the gps driver.

Working Backwards Through a Methodology


It is almost one year since I started my practice-led PhD, and in that time my eight-page proposal has reduced to five hundred words and grew again like an unwieldy hedge that needs constantly maintained by clipping. This first year has also been spent avoiding the issue of how, as a practicing artist, I can fit my non-verbal language and ways of researching into a recognised framework, where my hypothesis or questions are still not clear.

Subjects and Questions


For my Master of Fine Arts degree I started looking at the cross-over of interior and exterior landscapes. My initial investigations were done in quite a basic way, where I concerned myself with the sanitised representations of ‘man-made’ nature contained in domestic interior and exterior decoration, taking the separation of space provided by architecture for granted. The time-span that predominately interested me was from the 1750’s through to the Victorian age.

Tha Clickster and The Beige New World


We are not in London for the Frieze Art Fair as Rhizom suggests, we simply live here toiling away at the coal face of the culture industry. Our screens are colourful and our thoughts are dark. Therefore we would not dream of writing off the manipulated electronics of the Beige programming ensemble or the kinetic graphic work of the group Paper Rad as interesting but merely stylish nostalgia

equalize information - re-using materials on the internet


- It seems now the thing could be, instead of actively write an
interpretation of reality,simply gather and equalize (filtering,
mapping,indexing, spamming) the other speeches.

But usually when working with the Internet I fail to think that I am
seeing an analysis of the WHOLE speech universe. I forget the equalizing.

[equalize information - re-using materials on the internet]


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