[-empyre-] stepping out of the frame to play around

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Sun Jul 22 03:39:21 EST 2012

dear all

what an interesting and thought-provoking follow up, on the technicity of the aesthetic protocoling
and gridding of affect, if I understand Sean correctly:


Played out on the grid of a now universal and
increasingly immutable formal platform, play becomes play-on-a-grid, and
affect affect-on-a-grid, and these are not the same as older, or
culturally different modes of affect or play


And probably worse, in the techno-thriller imagination (which i don't really want to engage),
is the spreading of programmable and automated scanning and locating of the affected.

(I was reading a review of Daniel Suarez's new novel, "Kill Decision,"  and it appears in this
scenario we are no longer just seeing people as users and products (of their commodified
affects) but mostly as "targets"). This, i take it, is the militarized version of what Sean was
hinting at:   searched-engineering, scanning to be sought, identified, and executed. Responsibility
and decision making off-loaded to machining architectures (as the architect Lars Spuybroek, in the
more innocent non-militarized building contexts,  called the new interface designs).

with regards
Johannes Birringer

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