Picks of the week

  • Two new exciting books that I’ve been waiting for to come out are now just around the corner: Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge with Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life on MIT Press; and David M. Berry The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age on Palgrave Macmillan
  • Rebooting the News: a weekly podcast on news and technology with Jay Rosen and Dave Winer
  • Another new exciting book, Cognitive Architecture: From Biopolitics to NooPolitics edited by Deborah Hauptmann and Warren Neidich. Contributors to the publication include amongst others Deborah Hauptmann, Boris Groys, Paolo Virno, Ina Blom, Jordan Crandall, Maurizio Lazzarato, Keller Easterling, Bruce Wexler and Warren Neidich. Cognitive Architecture questions how evolving modalities – from bio-politics to noo-politics – can be mapped upon the city under contemporary conditions of urbanization and globalization.The book rethinks the relations between form and forms of communication, calling for a new logic of representation; it examines the manner in which information, with its non-hierarchical and distributed format is contributing both to the sculpting of brain and production of mind. OBS! Book launch today (Thursday 24th of March 2011) at Almstadtstraße 48-50, Berlin, from 8:30pm – 11:30pm (thanks to Per Platou for pointing this one out)
  • Making WiFi visible: Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen and Einar Sneve Martinussen are based at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design where they have made a film in which they explore the invisible structures of WiFi networks in urban space. It is part of a new exciting research project on social media, design and the city called YOUrban, in which also several of my former colleagues from IMK participate in.

Interview with Liz Filardi

Check out my interview with performance artist Liz Filardi over at Furtherfield.

Liz Filardi is a New York City-based performance artist who often works in public space. She was recently awarded a Turbulence Commission for a networked performance piece called I’m Not Stalking You; I’m Socializing, exploring the anxieties of social networking in three modules. “Status Grabber,” the first module, is a satirical online service that extends the status update phenomenon to participation over the telephone. “Black & White,” the second module, is a Facebook-like website, consisting of two interlinked profiles, that tells the story behind one of the original cases of criminal stalking in America. “Facetbook,” the final module, is a performance piece in which the artist compiles a series of archives of her live Facebook profile to illustrate the tension of online identity– between the façade of a profile and the more telling story of how the profile changes over time.