Establishing a temporary experimental research station within spitting distance of East London's Olympic Park, The Crystal World proposed to decrystallise digital dystopia and recrystallise unlikely new contingent cultures. Matthew Fuller wades through the muck
If extinction is inscribed into and necessary for the emergence of life, how, asks Nathan Brown, can we ever integrate the mourned object into our material lives? And what part, if any, can cinema play in this mediation?
The true health of spirit consists in the perfection of reminiscence.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
The Passion of Modernity: Malick’s The Tree of Life
The west used to dream of travel to the future, but since the ’70s all roads seem to lead to either dystopia or nostalgia for the past. Robert Barry reviews the fate of the time machine through a century of film
For one week the Psychogeophysical Summit merged renegade earth science, geekery and subjective mapping. Accompanied by Silje Hyenes Lysne, waving a magical video wand, remote reviewer Anthony Iles scried what he could
Video: The Psychogeophysical Summit London, 2-7 August 2010, a Mute and BLIP co-production.
As the financial crisis fastens its grip ever tighter around the means of human and natural survival, the age of the algorithm has hit full stride. This phase-shift has been a long time coming of course, and was undoubtedly as much a cause of the crisis as its effect, with self-propelling algorithmic power replacing human labour and judgement and creating event fields far below the threshold of human perception and responsiveness.