October 25th, 2013
Introduction to the new print edition of Datacide – now available for EUR 5.00 including postage to anywhere in the world. Please send via paypal to datacide (at) c8.com, or order via the Praxis online store. Subscriptions cost EUR 12.00 for 3 issues. Still available are issues 10-12. These can be included in a subscription. A re-print of issue 9 will be published in November, and other print projects are in the works (see more details below).
In the next week or so we will publish audio and video from the two Datacide 13 launch events in Berlin and London. After that we’ll gradually make the content of Datacide 13 available on this site.
This issue of Datacide is released on 12 October 2013, one year after the publication of Datacide 12. Our new strategy is to publish Datacide yearly. That gives the editors and writers time to focus on new publication projects directly connected to the critiques and interventionist counter-cultural strategies articulated in Datacide. [Read more →]
October 24th, 2013
and the “extended Film Script” by Richard Barbrook and Fabian Tompsett is now available from the Praxis Shop!
October 22nd, 2013
The precursor to datacide is the magazine titled Alien Underground, which appeared with two issues in 1994/95. In the first issue of Alien Underground, there is a manifesto-like text signed “praxis nov. 1994” titled “Nothing Essential Happens in the Absence of Noise”. It describes “Techno” as a subversive agent that shook up cultural production, whether corporate or independent. “The industry then got the fear (…) because the principle of its organisation > the top to bottom one way transmission > got short circuited, & there was no transmitter or receiver, only a mixer & rooms full of people + noise. (…) a zone populated by savages seeking forbidden pleasures in a wasteland (…) uncontrollable and incomprehensible for teacher, cops, parents, the industry & media.” The backlash was not long to follow: “Formula were created & market research employed, documentaries were made, and laws drafted. It all needed to be brought back into the world of the spectacle, made safe for mass consumption; faces appeared, and like in a demonstration of power, talentless DJ’s were made superstars.” What we saw as raw and subversive was “streamlined for mass-brainwashing & pacification” in the form of “Nazi-Trance and Audio-Valium”. Still there was optimism: “But techno is always mutating, (…) always moving into different directions, & the time is now that transformations are under way that will lead to new places, eruptions, excess… In a situation where most of the supposedly underground parties are playing the same shit as everywhere else, where sponsorship deals + big money have moved in, a new resistance is emerging slowly>>>”.
This was also the moment when TechNET appeared. [Read more →]
October 22nd, 2013
Subject: BB7: The case of VOINA – artist anarchist nationalist group from Russia
Recipient: GALLERY X, BOOKSHOP XX, CULTURAL INSTITUTION XXX
Date: 06.04.2012 13:47
I am Mr. Oleg Vorotnikov (Vor), the head of the file department of VOINA here in Moscow, Russia. In my department I happened to discover a sum of (11,000,000;00 EUR – Eleven million Euros) in an account that belongs to me personally. The money has been received for Co-Curating Berlin Biennale 7 (please see more information on this issue and a public statement here on BB7 website).
It is therefore upon this discovery that I have now decided to make this business proposal to you and release this money. [Read more →]
October 22nd, 2013
INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN ACTIVITIES (sic) and its “Gentrification Program”
Eight hundred kilometers upstream from Kinshasa, on the river Congo, the Institute for Human Activities mobilizes the modalities of art production and launches a five-year Gentrification Program. The opening seminar of this program takes place in a specially created bamboo settlement in Congo and investigates the gap in criticality that arises in the transfer from the zone of artistic production to the zone of reception. At the same time, it is the kick-off of the actual process of gentrification. http://www.berlinbiennale.de/blog/en/projects/a-gentrification-program-by-institute-for-human-activities-23006
The proposition for the “Gentrification Program” features this imagery:
Any thinking and feeling person would be insulted by such imagery. Another “provocative artwork”? [Read more →]