[NetBehaviour] technological sorcery | Technology is Not Neutral

John Hopkins chazhop at gmail.com
Sat Sep 17 01:49:08 CEST 2016

On 16/Sep/16 11:42, Johannes Birringer wrote:
> dear all oh, are the techno-sorcerers at it again in Linz?  the alchemists of
> our time? thanks for sharing this review with us, I was not aware (of the
> writer) but glancing at the review i see the critique spelled out in the
> last segment --

But Ars has never been far off from the line of Society of Spectacle -- even in 
the days of the Open-X venue that gave expression to the nascent human networks 
that were growing around the early net-art/activist scene in the 90s -- there 
was much spectacle and techno-babble from Babylon.

The gender question is also an old one for Ars (and no less problematic these 
days than is has always been. disappointing that 'the more things change, the 
more they remain the same' ...

But there were some instances for some good hard dancing to some good musik; and 
of course, the chance for some f2f encounters with folks, which is the only 
interesting thing to draw me to these kinds of events to begin with. Looking at 
'new media' stuff, well, not too different than shopping...

As for watching the sky, I would deeply protest part of the critical invocation 
to stop watching the night sky -- I would suggest that there needs to be far 
more watching of the sky [http://tinyurl.com/j86o5my] -- and perhaps the same 
time, watching the earth as well. Much to learn from those processes.

Dr. John Hopkins, BSc, MFA, PhD
levitating on bentonite
twitter: @neoscenes

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