Trying something new: A list of things I’ve encountered this month, and which have stuck with me for one reason or another.
I’ve been looking at the imagery emerging from the war in Ukraine in part because I am interested in both the use of images and in whether or not there are new types of images.
Interestingly, this is also what »Socialist Realism« was about, according to Boris Groys – rather than showing the reality of real existing socialism, its mission was to convey »transcendental« messages by »incarnating« them in what only superficially looked like real people— Roland Meyer is @bildoperationen.bsky.social (@bildoperationen) August 21, 2023
At the moment, generative A.I. produces works by repurposing a large body of pre-existing material, which means it mostly recycles clichés and drips out stale kitsch.
Insane sums of money that were supposed to re-float our economies in the wake of the financial crisis and the pandemic have ended up supercharging big tech’s hold over every aspect of the economy. Capitalism’s twin pillars - markets and profit - have been replaced with big tech’s platforms and rents. Meanwhile, with every click and scroll, we labour like serfs to increase its power. Welcome to technofeudalism.
I love a good website project, and this one translates the entire book onto the web.