[NetBehaviour] The Situationist Blockchain

Mez Breeze netwurker at gmail.com
Wed Dec 22 01:01:15 UTC 2021


...*head nods in approval*...

On Thu, Dec 16, 2021 at 4:09 PM Eryk Salvaggio via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
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> Wanted to share a new piece of work created for an art & research
> residency, “Excavations: Governance Archeology for the Future of the
> Internet,” created by UCBoulder and King’s College, London:
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> https://excavations.digital/
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> The goal was to research pre-digital forms of governance and imagine
> adapting them to contemporary online governance structures.
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> Our proposal was to study the Situationist International and attempt to
> reconcile the anarchic stance with protocols and ideologies around
> cryptocurrencies. The result is The Situationist Blockchain, or LutteCoin:
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> http://LutteCoin.com
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> From the exhibition website:
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> We propose a decentralized peer-to-peer Situationist blockchain. The
> Situationist International was a French anarchist movement inspired by
> surrealism, Dada, and libertarian Marxism. They proposed that we navigate
> the world through a "mystifying illusion" of spectacles present in
> advertising, films -- even vacations and leisure -- that consolidates
> control in the name of economic productivity. This is true on its face: we
> spend hours of "free" time on social networks, for example, turning that
> leisure into data which is collected and sold by those providing us with
> "leisure." This is, fundamentally, an employee relationship being given
> freely to corporations. UX interfaces and digital interactions extend the
> spectacle, rewarding users with illusions in exchange for distracting them
> from the ways they wish to actually live.
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> Abandoning the spectacle of economic productivity, our “Proof of Non-Work
> Consensus Protocol” turns devices into an otherwise useless object, or
> “brick.” Users, liberated from the spectacle of electronic interfaces,
> pursue other dreams. Meanwhile, the devices mine and create
> cryptocurrencies only to be immediately burned. The devices are essentially
> frozen and interfaces made inaccessible. The CPU power processes at full
> capacity, and cannot be turned off. Eventually, they burn out, and with it,
> so does any currency it has produced. This perfects the process of
> automating human leisure, mining and destroying wealth in an endless parody
> of economics.
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> There is also a write up of the research, included as a white paper for
> the “cryptocurrency” we’re pitching, which explores the relationship we’ve
> identified between financialization, the seductive allure of “liberatory”
> cryptocurrencies, and the spectacle of user interfaces under surveillance
> capitalism:
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> https://static1.squarespace.com/static/615ba1842a6b1371238ebc60/t/6196a151193b52305fabe677/1637261649657/LutteCoin.pdf
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> I welcome any feedback from the NetBehavior community on this project!
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