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Common Cyborg (2019) Jillian Weise. A wonderful text investigating the cyborg-experience from a personal point of view.

I went looking for a word to name the Donna Haraways of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, a word inclusive of cyberfeminists and transhumanists, a word that captures the theft of cyborg identity, and mocks the thieves a bit. I call them tryborgs. They have tried to be cyborgs, but they are stuck on the attempt, like a record skipping, forever trying to borg, and forever consigned to their regular un-tech bodies. They are fake cyborgs.

tryborg concerns: The Anthropocene, Texting, Networking

cyborg concerns: Can I afford my leg? Will a stalker, a doctor or the law kill me?

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Esitys-magazine archives have been made accessible online! The archive includes all of the issues from the 10 year publishing period. The archive is available on Reality Research Centers site. Previous people interested in the publications could only gain access to them trough the Eskus offices/library.

Sara Salem reviews Colonial Lives of Property (2018) Brenna Bhandar. Her review is titled Property as Futurism (2019). The text wanders a bit but feels important. She’s calling for a different political imaginary of property.

The colonial drive to appropriate indigenous land—often in the process exterminating indigenous peoples—did not only have specific social, political and economic effects, but also produced legal understandings of land, property and citizenship.

I found myself nodding a lot while reading
Nodding as a Non-Performative (2019) Sara Ahmed. Non-performative is a very interesting concept. It indicates relationships in which words are said because of what they do not do.

Nods seem to surround complaints. We learn from our surroundings. A nod is when you move your head up and down, often several times, to show an agreement, approval or a greeting. […] The movement of a head up and down seems to be telling the one who is giving the complaint that their complaint is not only being received but is being received well. What we are left with is often how we can understand something: if you feel encouraged perhaps that is what nodding is doing: nodding as encouraging.

I introduced the term “non-performative” as a kind of counter-claim: I was trying to counter a claim that institutional speech acts are performatives that I could hear in how statements of commitments were being used by organizations: as if saying “we are diverse” or we are “committed to diversity” is sufficient to bring something about. Diversity itself might function as a nod, a yes, yes, that does not require much movement at all. If a nod can operate in the realm of the non-performative, then bodies can be in on the act, that is, bodies too can appear to act. A nod can be made in order not to bring something into effect.

It is important to think more about how a hearing can be a stoppage or part of a longer history of stoppages. Nodding seems often to be what you receive (or how you are received) in the early stages of a complaint process.

[…] when a nod is performed well, it does not even appear as a performance; you know that others, those who are not where you are, doing what you are doing, not witnessing what is happening behind closed doors, might be convinced.

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Sarah Cook: “Can’t log out” | Media Art Worlds conference (2018). A thorough presentation of the history of conceptual-to-internet-to-media-art. Side note: I shot and edited the video.

Tidal Club Helsinki “is a weekly open and freeform workshop, where we practise live coding programs together”. Heard from a good source that the spirit of the event is supportive and the community is welcoming.

Visited Pêdra Costas de_colon_isation parte III: the bum bum cream at the Museum of Impossible Forms last week. Costas was a good dancer and presented their work with confidencecraftiness. For me the performance made it clear that Abrahamic Folk have an obsession with discovering inner truths.

Updated these pages. Added new (old) entries to the portfolio section and new categories for the blog: Art writing (for critiques and analysis) and True story (for creative writing).

Bought a Dewalt DCD796D2-QW hammerdrill kit in preparation of a Union for Rural Culture and Education “Booth-Workshop” project in Pyhäjoki (in two weeks).

Cultural Significance of Cyberpunk (2019) Cuck Philosophy. A good overview with some new references. Got me thinking about crafts as an enclave (like cyberspace was) from were we can criticize capitalism from because crafts remains unpenetrated by it (because you can only hire or force skilled labor to produce things, but you cannot posses skills without transforming into a craftsperson #☭). Hackers are ultimately differentiated and valued for their craftiness.

[…] science fiction started to take the place of cultural theory. The genre itself was a breakdown of categories. […] human-nature with out the concept of wholeness […] breakdown of nature and humanity […] “Argument for pleasure in the confusion of boundaries and for responsibility in their construction.” -Haraway […] When there are no boundaries the cyborg takes pleasure in the construction of new ones […] cyberpunk today is not so much alive as it is undead.

I have to write this down to remember: There is an empty room, when we put a chair inside we loose our ability to see the emptiness. It’s not a room with a chair and emptiness, it becomes a room with a chair. For Derrida this is a case study of how binaries embed hierarchies in our perception (empty=bad/full=good). The emptiness of the room is still present but it’s subjugated by the presence of the chair. I think I hear this example in an episode of Philosophize This! #119 Derrida and Words (2018) Stephen West (Spotify link).

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I’m giving up on samplers. During the past two months I’ve traded both my favorite samplers for analogue sound devices. I think this reflects a change in my understanding of sound. There are no samples, there is only sound (and sometimes sound refers to sound or invokes itself). Sounds cannot be “played back”, they can only be performed. Recordings and amplification of recordings, play with our perception of distance (scale) from the source, it is spacial (not temporal).

Newsfeeds are filling up with stories of people whose low performance in schools or work is eventually revealed to be a result of a rare form of learning disability. These stories seldom approach performance concerns from a structural (infrastructural) angle: We have build and operate in biased designs, which benefit able-bodied besserwissers. Dyslexia is natures gift to people combating top down design.

Past: Fear of failing at work. Present: Fear of failing a work. #☭

Every moment of a relationship, which is not couples council – Is the relationship.