“A bizarre theme of illness runs through TaskRabbit's own marketing. Its promo videos give us a Taskmaster with an injured knee, requiring Rabbits to the rescue. Meanwhile, the freelancing Rabbits can’t nab full-time employment, too busy getting cancer treatments, in retirement, or supporting ailing hobbies (like careers in electronic music). If rabbits are meant to imply endless reproduction, TaskRabbit reproduces both symptoms and the disease. A neoliberal eternal spring is poisoned from the start.”
Review of Spencer Longo at Smart Objects, “Discover More Time To Do What You Love,” at Rhizome
SAVE THE DATE
NJOYs. Blus. Smokefrees. V2s. All manner of customized vaporizers. This is the moment of the e-cigarette, or more precisely, the Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device (ENDD). Day by day, the broader public is learning (and contesting) what it means to “vape”: how one does it, where one can do it, and what it means to do so. As individuals, industries, and governments stumble towards definitions, Rhizome has commissioned a group of artists and critics to present analyses—historical, political, social, anticipatory—of this technology and the discursive field that is emerging around it.
This is the ENDD, a Forum on the E-Cigarette presented by Rhizome
February 22 @ The New Museum
“Humor always has something to say about the body. The boundaries of the body and what comes out of it (piss, shit, cum) negotiates what’s sayble in public (giggle giggle). Kersels’s work doesn’t need taboo to make us laugh, though he certainly uses his body, often as a stand in for weaker but equally comic affects (awkward, pathetic). If Kersels points at social codes, he points with a limp finger.”
Text & interview “Martin Kersels Suspended” at The Curve
"37 feet," a collaboration with my dearest Rocket Caleshu in the inagural issue of Dillettante, a journal from the participants of Summer Forum for Inquiry + Exchange, available here.
Shiny Shiny: the Flirtation of Technology Workshop
Saturday, 14th of December from 4pm-6pm
Zico House, Beirut
hosted by PS1010*
“Taste the whip, in love not given lightly.”
-Venus in Furs, Velvet Underground
In 2011, Mind Sign Neuromarketing executed a study of iPhone’s effects on the brain. What they found (a flurry of activity in the insular cortex) might be considered an iPhone affect — this region of the brain (if we believe brain science) is also triggered by mothers, lovers, friends — this affect produces feelings of compassion, desire and love. Is it just that we are calling our mom, chatting to freinds and sexting? Or are the phones’ sensuous intensities (vibrations, chimes, light) producing these feelings as well?
Through group discussion and participatory experiences (from Augusto Boal), the workshop will develop an understanding of the affect of communication technologies. In particular, we will ask how this technology produces our emotive ranges in our everyday lives.
We will attempt to think and feel through these determining forces at different scales. What are our instinctual/bodily responses? And how might our subjectivity be conditioned or limited through our flirtation with the digital?
“I am kept in continual expectancy of actions and orders, and that little by little all opposition is replaced by a fusion of my person with yours. … Thus at the mere thought of your boots, without even acknowledging it, I must feel fear. In this way, it will no longer be women’s legs that have an effect on me”
-Deleuze and Guattari (Quoting Jules Cotard), 1000 Plateaus
Gunther Anders, Reflection on the H- Bomb – http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/projects/anders/Anders1956DissentNotesHBombRedOCR.pdf
Interview with Sianne Ngai, Our Aesthetic Categories – http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/43/jasper_ngai.php
*PS1010 is an experiential research collective currently exploring communal feeling as a mode of organizing culture.