[NetBehaviour] [Nictoglobe] Two new essays

ajaco c/o bid ajaco at xs4all.nl
Mon Nov 15 21:55:22 CET 2010

November 15, 2010
The Essence Of Neoliberalism
Pierre Bourdieu (†2001)
(Former) Professor at the Collège de France

As the dominant discourse would have it, the economic world is a pure and
perfect order, implacably unrolling the logic of its predictable
consequences, and prompt to repress all violations by the sanctions that
it inflicts, either automatically or — more unusually — through the
intermediary of its armed extensions, the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
and the policies they impose: reducing labour costs, reducing public
expenditures and making work more flexible. Is the dominant discourse
right? What if, in reality, this economic order were no more than the
implementation of a utopia — the utopia of neoliberalism — thus converted
into a political problem? One that, with the aid of the economic theory
that it proclaims, succeeds in conceiving of itself as the scientific
description of reality? [...]



November 6, 2010
The Machine in the Ghost / Static Trapped in Mouths (2010)
Essay by Curt Cloninger

Image: Giotto Raising of Lazarus (1305)

This essay applies Mikhail Bakhtin's language theory of "the utterance" to
the machinic event of "the glitch" in order to illuminate contemporary
glitch art practices, and to suggest fruitful ways in which they might
proceed. I understand "the glitch" to be an affective event generated by a
media machine (computer, projector, game console, LCD screen, etc.)
running in real-time, an event which creates an artifact that colors and
modulates any "signal" or "content" being sent via that machine. In 1962,
John Glenn famously defined "glitch" as "a spike or change in voltage in
an electrical current."1 "Glitch" has since come to demarcate a set of
audio/visual artistic practices which capture, exploit, and produce glitch




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