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[Cursor] Resistance Training, w. Karen Gregory, Rumi Josephs, Simone C Niquille

Cursor: Resistance Training

Cursor is a forthcoming publishing platform and corresponding Android and iOS fitness-tracking app that will critically explore the political and economic relationships between physical exercise tracking, data-production, and labour.

The Cursor team of Kirsty Hendry, Dave Young, and Jake Watts invite you to join them for a night of screenings, readings, and discussion. Resistance Training brings together works by artist Rumi Josephs and designer Simone C Niquille, who have both been commissioned to contribute to the Cursor app. These works will be accompanied by a talk by Dr. Karen Gregory who lectures in Digital Sociology at the University of Edinburgh.

Resistance Training will explore how shifts in digital technology are shaping the social mechanisms that produce our conceptions of ‘wellness' and ‘health’. We’re interested in the persistence with which social norms structure technological practices, asking how these technologies condition the body’s interaction with ideas of ‘work’ and ‘leisure’.

Booking

Thursday 17th March 2016, 6pm.
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

Tickets via Eventbrite.

Reposition Matrix at Artist Run Data Centre

Following the work-in-process check in at Servus in late November, progress continues on a hypertext document that describes the circumstances leading to the death of Anwar Al-Awlaki - the first US citizen knowingly targeted by the US government in a drone strike.

The document will draw on information released in the mass media, on social media, and in gray media - the administrative documents, embassy cables, memos, and powerpoint presentations released by the US government under FOIA requests, official releases, or leaked via unofficial channels such as wikileaks, cryptome, etc.

Updates to follow.

Localhost: RWX, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop 29-31 Oct

RWX (Read/Write/eXecute) is a three-day worksession and public talks programme that explores the politics of artistic tool use through the context of the 'filesystem' – the part of an operating system that allows a user to read and write to digital memory.

As we increasingly outsource our data storage to "the cloud" and manage it with the multitude of apps on our smart devices, the traditional experience of the filesystem – with its associated workplace metaphors of files and folders – is being outmoded. At RWX, we will speculate on how this evolving experience of the filesystem mediates the existing frameworks and aesthetics of digital tool use, and collaboratively develop a series of responses that imagine how it could influence artistic production in the future.

With guests Marc Garret, Kirsty Hendry, Silvio Lorusso and Aymeric Mansoux.

RWX is funded by Creative Scotland's Lottery Fund, with support from New Media Scotland, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, and Furtherfield.

More information available at http://l-o-c-a-l-h-o-s-t.com

[Localhost] ANTI-TECH: A Screening of Lutz Dammbeck's Das Netz

Over a decade on, Lutz Dammbeck's documentary DAS NETZ (2003) still stands as a unique inquiry into the conflicting agendas that characterised the early development of the internet.

Part-travelogue, part-conspiracy thriller, the film reveals a prismatic tale that explores the core anxieties of the post-war information society, weaving together Cold War-era CIA psycho-warfare experiments, cybernetics, tech-utopianism, the 1960s counterculture and the unabomber.

The screening will be followed by an open discussion about radical perspectives on anti-technology, the internet, and the control society.

With thanks to Lutz Dammbeck, Goethe Institut Glasgow, and New Media Scotland.
About Lutz Dammbeck

Lutz Dammbeck

Born in 1948, Lutz Dammbeck was first a student at the College for Graphic Design and Typography in Leipzig before turning his attention to the realization of experimental films in the mid-1970s. However, his films ultimately violated the canon of socialist cultural bureaucracy to such an extent that he left the GDR in 1986. He is now professor of new media in Dresden and also works in Hamburg.
Event Time/Date/Location

Booking

Event runs from 18.00-21.00, Thursday 24th September at Evolution House, 78 Westport, Edinburgh. Book here.