Queer desires in Tech


Transcript for #unit festival, 08.05.2015 

Welcome to our little private space in a public sphere that is open to everybody. It is an art to organize such thing. And we queers are so good at that, transgressing the border of the public and private and disturbing so many perceived binaries. We create our safe zones – safety, for which so often queer people need to fight. To safely indulge in pleasures, out for cruising, go to sex parties and darkrooms and lately chat on grindr. The Internet does amazing things to the worldwide community. Queer seems a very good fit to the Internet.

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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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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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Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever


One of my currently favorite artists is exhibiting at PS1; the show is on until September so I very much hope I am going to be able to be in New York.
Since I don’t find the time at the moment to write a longer piece on him, I thought I gather some voices about his work.


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