Consume the Net: The Internationalisation of an Idea (chapter 2, part 1, draft)

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This chapter starts out with a summary of the achievements of Consume.net, London and then traces the development of this idea, how it was spread, picked up, transformed by communities in Germany, Denmark and Austria. The internationalisation of the free network project also saw significant innovations and contributions, developing a richer and more sustainable version of the network commons through groups such as Freifunk.

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Die post-anthropologische Kondition? (Ankündigung)

Immer mehr Bereiche der menschlichen Kultur werden von technologischen Entwicklungen erfasst, die man der Automatisierung zurechnen kann. Die Technowissenschaften haben ein Niveau erreicht, das es ihnen ermöglicht, Natur nicht nur zu erforschen oder zu verstehen, sondern aktiv zu gestalten. Der Salon Technopolitics macht die post-anthropologische Kondition zum Thema, im Rahmen von Vienna Open.

Technopolitics

This is a page for the permanent presentation of Technopolitics content.

[English version to follow soon]

Technopolitics ist der Titel eines ursprünglich gemeinsam von Armin Medosch und Brian Holmes entwickelten Projekts zur Erforschung und Vermittlung von Paradigmenwechseln in Kunst, Technologie und Gesellschaft. Seit 2011 hat sich daraus ein Kreis in Wien gebildet, der sich regelmäßig zu Vortrags- und Diskussionsabenden trifft. Im Zentrum steht die Beschäftigung mit techno-ökonomischen und -politischen Paradigmen, deren Entstehen und Dynamik. Dabei geht es nicht um Paradigmen als Selbstzweck, sondern als Weg, um miteinander verbundene soziale, ökonomische, technische und künstlerische Prozesse untersuchen zu können. Sie finden auf dieser Seite eine Timeline Technopolitics mit assoziierten Links und Medien.

Draft: Farewell to GroundZero

Since 2001 free2air has provided open community network access in east end London, nestled in the Regents Canal borderlands of Bethnal Green and Hackney.

With a move to Berlin, this September marks the decomissioning of the last remaining host node of East End Net - GroundZero.

GroundZero sported a billard cue sized omnidirectional antenna mounted on the chimney post of a home office above a Hackney Road shop outside a busy bus stop.

Network Commons: dawn of an idea (Chapter 1, part 2 - Draft)

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Mad James

Good ideas often pop up at the same time at various points on the Earth, they just seem to be in the air. And so it came that around the year 2000 at different points on the globe wireless free community networks were started: Consume.net in London, New York Wireless, Seattle Wireless and Personal Telco, in Portland Oregon, were among the first wireless community networks based on Wireless LAN, or WLAN. Nobody really can say which one came first. I have been lucky to experience the development of Consume and free2air.org in London from a close encounter. Therefore, in this chapter I will tell the story of those networks.

The Rise of the Network Commons, Chapter 1 (draft)

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The Rise of the Network Commons is the working title of a new book which I am currently writing. It returns to the topos of the wireless commons on which I worked during the early 2000s. In this new version, combining original research from my German book Freie Netze (2004) and new research conducted in the context of the EU funded project Confine, the exciting world of wireless community network projects such as Guifi.net and Freifunk, Berlin, gets interspersed with philosophical reflections on the relationship between technology, art, politics and history. This is the first draft of the first chapter. In the final version, texts may significantly change. Critique and comments are welcome. You can send your opinion either to me in email or ask me for an account to post comments here armin (a) easynet dot co dot uk.

The Broken Mirror - Art after the dreamworld of digital utopia

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Starting from the premise that the financial crisis of 2008 made only visible a deeper, structural crisis of information society, the exhibition Fields was conceived as a survey into possibilities of renewal through art. Art used to be understood as a mirror of society. Then, in the twentieth century, media became the preferred mirror of mass society. At the end of the 20th century, information superseded the media and was supposed to become the perfect mirror - the dreamworld of digital utopia. But this mirror is broken, as virtuality and the real have collapsed into an 'integral reality' (Baudrillard). Reality has lost its shadow, its capacity to dream, its underbelly of radical alternatives. As the world is urgently in need of a new social imaginary, the exhibition Fields is an articulation of that search. Fields is about an epistemic shift from subject-object relations within traditional, hierarchical ontologies towards new, networked, horizontal connections. While this slow, glacial transformation happens anyway with a degree of inevitability, we cannot awaken from the dreamworld of digital utopia soon enough. What can an art after information be like? How can we articulate artistic imaginations of a new society? How can we talk about it, categorise and develop such a vision as a more long term, infrastructural goal?

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