[Documentation] Localhost: Read/Write/eXecute

Images from RWX at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, ft. talks by Silvio Lorusso, Kirsty Hendry, Marc Garret and Aymeric Mansoux.

The ensuing two-day workshop proposed concepts of 'evil', 'situationist', 'baroque', and 'stupid' filesystems, and asked participants how such filesystems might function.

Full documentation, including audio recordings, transcripts, imagery, and video of the event is available on the Localhost site here.

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

[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


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