[-empyre-] Forwarded message from Madeleine Casad, Muntadas and forward

Simon Biggs simon at littlepig.org.uk
Fri Sep 23 07:59:31 AEST 2016

Continuing along the line of art seeking to engage and consider the possibility of social change I’d also point to the work of Blast Theory, which has been developing now over a period of two decades. It’s quite amazing how many incredible projects they’ve developed.



Simon Biggs
simon at littlepig.org.uk

> On 23 Sep 2016, at 00:37, Timothy Conway Murray <tcm1 at cornell.edu> wrote:
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> Muntadas 1979: this is great.  Thanks, Simon.
> Our exchange so far has me thinking of some of the idealistic, direct
> interventions of projects brought up last week, efforts that are engaged
> with rewriting the terms of corporate power.
> I¹m reminded especially here of two titles from the list rybn shared a
> while back:  GWEI (Ubermorgen, 2005-8; http://www.gwei.org/index.php ), a
> project I¹ve admired and mulled over for years; and the Robin Hood Asset
> Management Cooperative (Akseli Virtanen & collective, 2013;
> http://robinhoodcoop.org/ ).  The role of algorithmic autonomy and
> automated actions in both of these endeavors is, of course, significant.
> To the extent that they express a desire to change the world, these
> projects promote a kind of idealism ­ but I get hung up on the ways they
> construe management and agency.  Posthumanism comes in lots of flavors.
> Tamiko Thiel¹s message about Christin Lahr¹s MACHT GESCHENKE, DAS CAPITAL
> (http://e-flux.com/timebank/event/christin-lahr-macht-geschenke-das-kapital
> ) comes to mind here as well ­ a project fundamentally about transcoding
> political memory and exploiting tiny gaps in automated bureaucratic
> procedures of financial institutions.
> I also think of online projects that are more traditionally activist (ie
> efforts that play up the idea of collective political and economic agency)
> and focus on debt strikes and crowd-funding of debt relief.
> The Debt Collective https://debtcollective.org  (Strike Debt 2014) and
> Rolling Jubilee (Strike Debt, 2012) https://rollingjubilee.org/ are great
> examples of this.  Thom Feeney¹s attempted Greek bailout fund on Indiegogo
> pops up for me, also (
> https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/greek-bailout-fund ), though it may
> strain our working definitions of net.art.
> Does anyone have thoughts about these works, or others deal with idealism,
> change, and the (post)human  .Š or perhaps we should return to Simon¹s
> initial question of ³whether we shouldn¹t bother²?!
> mik
> Timothy Murray
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