Der Mensch blickt in den Weltraum und glaubt von “allen Seiten die Augen des Weltalls teleskopisch auf sein Handeln und Denken gerichtet zu sehen”. Dadurch wird auch noch der bescheidenste Mensch vor Stolz “sofort wie ein Schlauch aufgeschwellt”.

Wenn aber die Erkenntnis nicht mehr so unbefangen aus sich herausgeht und sich in der äußeren Natur zurückgespiegelt findet, wenn die Erkenntnis vielmehr sich auf sich selbst zurückwendet, dann kann es geschehen, daß sie sich als einsames Prinzip inmitten einer erkenntnislosen Natur begreift. Erkenntnis wird selbstbezüglich, sie bemerkt ihren eigenartigen Autismus.


Rüdiger Safranski: Nietzsche. Biographie seines Denkens, München  2000, S. 175

On Seduction: A technology of desire

Can computers, software, and new technologies in general be companions in social transformation and help us in bringing about new forms of collectivity? Not in terms of organizing and channeling action, but by incorporating object-orientation and emerging forms of subjectivity. I call this thinking software design instead of designing with software.

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Transmediale 2013 looks into desire

I am going to run a workshop at the 2013s Transmediale, together with Alan Shapiro. The title is Software of the Future, or the model precedes the real. I am going to talk about my current research into technology and desire. One aspect of it will be about seduction as a technology of desire, which may be useful to push reversibility in new technologies.

I put my workshop paper online:

Full revolution (in social media) ahead!

“Rate everything!” This video for the Jotly app, an app which rates everything, demonstrates to us how this positivist and excessive frivolity of collecting user data can be driven on ad absurdum (or, in other words, social media cannot only create a lot of buzz, but also a lot of noise.)

We hover between Web 2.0, the participatory web with features such as rating systems, comments and like functionalities, and web 3.0, the semantically enriched web, which holds new promises for us. The methods of web 2.0 to collect user-data will be slowly outgrown by more sophisticated technologies for sure. Data as such doesn’t say much about the user who participates in a range of activities across a range of networks on- and offline. This is stated also as a conclusion by Mark Granovetters in his network study called The Strength of Weak Ties:
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Lecture Notes from Age/ism: The Future of Software and Queering technology

I participated last week at the Age/ism conference , organized by Elise van Mourik  from the Dirty Art Department at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Elise and her team did a wonderful job with the curatorial work of the program!

I co-lectured a talk about the future of software, together with Alan N. Shapiro.

Silke Briel, aka Franck and Me, made a beautiful animation for us, which visualized the discussed concepts. This was also the first time for me to talk about my project Queering Technology, which is an open and ongoing research and art project. More info can be found here:

Here is the summary of the talk, including notes by Alan and me that weren’t mentioned due to the limited time, but which have been most interesting and inspiring to me. Alan concentrated more on cultural codes, and my focus lay in the description of aesthetics, on how aesthetics of the binary comes to materialize in culture, namely in fashion and commodity culture. So this summary presents more technical aspects.

More info on Alan N. Shapiro’s work can be found at his website. He has published many articles on Computer Science 2.0. And I want to mention that we are looking for brave investors for funding. These ideas are not written down for pure entertainment, we would like to put them into practice. So, yes, we want your money to make the world a better place!

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