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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.

[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.

This Thing is Deep in Finite Absolutes at Primary, Nottingham

As part of the Acting Out festival I will be presenting my talk This Thing is Deep in Finite Absolutes at Primary in Nottingham, on May 8th.

Dave Young will present This Thing is Deep in Finite Absolutes – A talk on cybernetics and techno-paranoia via out-of-control machines in Cold War cinema.

At a time when computers were often associated with systems of military command and control, Hollywood cinema both represented existing beliefs and cultivated new fears about the way technology would shape the future of society. Many films represented computers as a threat to human labour, as enablers of dystopian totalitarian regimes, or as artificially intelligent agents that could send the world into another war.

During the talk, Dave Young will present short extracts from a number of relevant films from the 1950s/1960s, providing a curious insight into a popularised reading of cybernetics: a pastiche of science-fiction, Cold War paranoia, and the imaginary future of human-machine interaction.

DRONES: Eyes From a Distance - Berlin, April 18-19

A talk on The Reposition Matrix workshop series will be presented as part of DRONES: Eyes From a Distance at the Disruption Network Lab in Berlin. Co-panelists include Jack Serle (from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism), and Tonje Hessen Schei (director of Drone). The panel will be moderated by Marc Garret of Furtherfield.

What is the politics and the regime of power beyond drone-systems? Which are the consequences both on militant networks and civil society of an increasing automatism of conflicts? Can we track down the hidden strategies that move target-killings? Can we understand better drone technology? This event combines reflections on the political and technological infrastructure of drone-systems, the use of them in massive and weaponised military programmes, and the artistic and activist response to this.

More information about the full programme available here.

Localhost: The Radio and the Commons

The Radio and the Commons is a two-day events programme of talks and a workshop. The programme explores the power of radio in contemporary society, and to propose radical ways in which it can be co-opted by the public in the digital age. It is the second in the Localhost events series, and will take place at the Forest Centre Plus, Edinburgh, 20th-21st November 2014.

Roel Roscam Abbing (Rotterdam, NL) will give a talk on the historically imagined potentials of the radio. Withs its root in the latin word 'radius', it translates to "I beam" or "I radiate", hinting at the possibility that it was perhaps conceived as medium where we could all be listeners as well as broadcasters. In the context of the forthcoming 'digital radio switchover', can we make use of the old public AM/FM radio bands, and turn it into a new commons?

Following this, Jack James (London, UK) will discuss his work Temporary Local Broadcast, which involved the development of a temporary community radio station, broadcasting conversations with Peterborough locals examining the history of the city, its multiculturalism, and its place in modern England. Jack will present audio recorded during the residency period, and discuss the creation and subsequent 'tuning-in' session at Metal in Peterborough.