Category Archives: Internet

solstice incomings

Tomorrow I return to New York to visit family and see two lectures, “Uncomputable,” by Taeyoon Choi and Alexander Galloway. I like Galloway’s thoughts about data- // Data comes from the Latin dare, meaning to give. But it’s the form that’s most interesting. First of all, it’s in the neuter plural, so it refers to “things.” Second, data is a […]

unthinking

Tomorrow I’ll be giving a talk at the Human Futures and Intelligent Machines summit at Virginia Tech. Some slides, in progress, below: Check out the program: http://o-culus.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Human-Futures-and-Intelligent-Machines-Agenda1.pdf and a link to the livestream: https://virginiatech.zoom.us/my/tech4humanity Here’s an excerpt from an essay I worked on last summer (currently still in an embryonic stage..) which includes some of the ideas […]

Mrzyk & Moriceau made a music video and it looks really good.

the dirty south < the debased north

Last week I was in Dallas, Texas, where I found this great book: The inscription says Listen! Magick is afoot. Which is better than a hand! Now I am in New York City to talk about bots, phenomenology, and maybe the entire Internet at Theorizing The Web. I am preparing by watching this: Which I recorded […]

everyone alive wants answers

A young-Philip-Seymour-Hoffman-looking guy in a dark t-shirt. A few inches north of his solar plexus a beam of light is refracted into rainbow through the slender quadrilateral of the Ethereum logo — the dark side of the cryptocurrency. He’s leaning over a café counter, shoulders drawn toward his heart, and he takes my order in […]

I want to tell people why they should read Peli Grietzer, but instead of doing that, I’m going to post this image from Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts In High School     which was used to accompany this article. Theories of vibe, Blood and Guts, read and then get off the internet..

the darkness of narrative

On the “theory/data” problem, the notion that more data diminishes the need for theorization. Let’s assume this is true for a second: now, instead of developing hypotheses and testing them à la the scientific method, we simply subject our curiosities to computational operations. Feeding more data into better algorithms equals better living (through science!). This vision […]

digital culture: articles assigned on my syllabus

Putting the finishing touches on my Fall 2017 syllabus. I teach an overview of twentieth century comparative literature, with some forays into art history and media theory. An overarching theme of the course is the impact of technology on art and lit in the twentieth century. Our third and final unit specifically focuses on digital culture. Here are the […]

Vita Obscura: Reclaiming Your Life Through Lies, Surgery and Performance

Here’s a little video I made. It’s a coda to a paper I’m working on titled Vita Obscura: Obfuscating Biopower. In the paper I talk about how obfuscation as an anti-surveillance strategy can be used to resist biopower (Michel Foucault’s formula for how command and control works in modern societies). The video has some imaginative examples of how this could […]