The new is terrifying. Not because it is this way and not another way, but because it is new.

– Vilem Flusser

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: http://queeringtechnology.net

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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