• Recognition, identity politics and surveillance

    The irony of Facebook’s recent recognition of alternative gender types by enabling their selection in one’s profile page (see above), is that it better allows Facebook to profile these users, making more efficient use of their data, thereby reducing costs and offering a better product to third party advertisers. The latter may not go against […]

    0 min read October 9, 2014
  • radical software @ W139

    August 27 I moderated two lecture performances at the Radical Software art symposium at W139 in Amsterdam, by Jelene Vesić and Rachel O’Reilly. (Tonight) September 4 (7 pm) Lee MacKinnon will give a talk about love and technology and romantic literature as media technology from love letters to sophisticated algorithms underlying mobile dating apps such as Tinder […]

    3 min read August 23, 2014
  • de gezichtsloze massa

    Artikel oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd in Cimedart 44#4. Door Paul Bestebreurtje en Daniel de Zeeuw Dat de maatschappij digitaliseert en dat daardoor de mogelijkheid tot surveillance toeneemt, zal bijna niemand willen ontkennen. Het web wordt steeds vaker voorgesteld als een superpanopticon. Edward J. Snowdens onthullingen over de NSA wijzen ook daadwerkelijk in die richting. Waar volledig anoniem zijn […]

    14 min read July 27, 2014
  • endless, nameless

    Oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd in Rekto Verso. Door Geert Lovink en Daniel de Zeeuw De fluïde reeks van vage, half voltooide gedaanteverwisselingen, waarvan elk natuurlijk mensengelaat de voortreffelijke uitdrukking is, mondt uit in het masker. Het masker is duidelijk, het drukt iets zeer bepaalds uit, niet meer en niet minder. Het masker is star; dit bepaalde iets […]

    14 min read July 10, 2014
  • art of masks

    I recently visited Mediamatic Factory in order to preview its “Faceless” exhibition, which included a tour by the curator. Parallel to the exhibition, various interesting events took place, amongst which: a Facial Weaponization Suite and Computer Security workshop, and an evening of lectures by various artists and theorists. Originally published at Institute of Network Cultures Blog We all remember ‘the falling […]

    5 min read June 26, 2014
  • engaged withdrawal

    Whereas in Laclau and Mouffe (2001) what separates every social order from itself is the difference between ‘the political’ and ‘politics’, in Rancière it is the difference between ‘politics’ and ‘police’ (Marchart 2007). Police refers to ‘the organization of bodies as a community and the management of places, powers, and functions’ (1999: 99) from which […]

    16 min read June 9, 2014
  • Anonymous and The Crying of Lot 49

    Originally published in GUTmag.eu I recently reread one of my all-time favorite novels, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966) by Thomas Pynchon. We enter the story as the main character – a girl named Oedipa Maas – receives a phone call that she has been appointed executrix of a recently deceased friend’s estate: a man […]

    9 min read August 27, 2013