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As I try to seize the moment after reading Stephen's post: ‘The Fate of Public Time: toward a time without qualities’, I cannot separate myself from my recent trip to the U.S., the place where I was born and raised but do not reside.
By both slacking off from the imperative to work and, symmetrically, deliberately abstaining from leisure, slackers embody a fascinating – and for the productivist majority, infuriating – performative paradox. Slackers don’t “just” slack off; they go at it full-tilt. Performing laziness – that is, the studied and ostentatious practice of doing not much – is all-consuming. But is it subversive?
After the launch of n.e.w.s. at ISEA2008 in Singapore I did get attend Lev Manovich's lecture, author of the seminal work, The Language of New Media, (2001) MIT Press, Cambridge Mass, USA, where he pitched his 'cultural analytics' research project, as an ad for data-mining and fancy animations in academia, soon to takeover the world.
* cultural analytics * culture visualization * data-mining * global digital cultures * information aesthetics * user-generated content, Amazon, Asian Art Archive, Autostad, Boyack, China, Cyworld, dataesthetics, Deleuze, Dziga Vertov, Eastern Europe, Flickr, Gapminder, Google books, Hans Rosling, IAC, ISEA 2008, Klavans, Lev Manovich, Marcel Duchamp, Mellon Foundation, MOMA, MySpace, New York Times, Pandora, Singapore, South America, Volkswagen, Walter Benjamin, YouTube
On Tuesday 16 September, n.e.w.s. was presented at Basekamp. Joing us from various places in the world on Skype audio: Aharon from Brighton, Prayas from India, Magda from Brighton, Stephen from Paris, and Mia from London via IM. Scott, Mary, Garrett and I were in Philadelphia. It was great to have everybody online, even in the wee hours of the morning for some.
Recently, n.e.w.s. won the ‘Competition of Ideas’ for authoring a book proposal entitled “Arbitrating Attention”, which would explore new economic and social contexts for art. This 100-page text will be published at the beginning of next year. One of things n.e.w.s. hopes to do in the book is tap the undercurrent of new economic experiments in the way artistic activities can be de-framed yet incorporate survival tactics for sustainability.
* collaboration * feedback * horizon * process, Ade Darmawan/Ruangrupa, Branka Ćurčić/Kuda, Ingrid Commandeur, Inti Guerrero, ISEA 2008, Lee Weng Choy, Mia Jankowicz, Mondriaan Foundation, Mustafa Maluka, Renée Ridgway, Rich Streitmatter-Tran, Sannetje van Haarst, Singapore, Stephen Wright, The Substation, Thomas Berghuis, Tiong Ang, Yuliya Sorokina
The monetization of our social relations is the causality of crowdfunding. Instead of just giving one’s time, or attention – those of us who are online and participating are coerced into contributing. This network, then, becomes the commodity.