Utopien als Mikroskop für die Gesellschaft

In effect, utopianism functions like a microscope: by first isolating and then magnifying aspects of existing, non-utopian societies allegedly needing drastic improvements, it enables us to see more clearly their political, economic, cultural, and psychological mainstreams.

–Howard P. Segal in Utopias: A Brief History from Ancient Writings to Virtual Communities

Haunted Machines – Die Videos

Haunted Machines war eine großartige Minikonferenz innerhalb der FutureEverything-Konferenz in Manchester im Februar. Nun sind die Videos der Vorträge da.

A mini-conference inside FutureEverything 2015, hosted and guest curated by artist and designer Tobias Revell, and FutureEverything’s Natalie Kane, Haunted Machines reflected on the narratives of magic and hauntings pervading our relationship with technology and began to analyse why these narratives exist, what they mean and what they do.

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Die Vorträge, die mich am meisten angesprochen haben. Haunted Machines – Die Videos weiterlesen

Internet of Things – Filtrat 15/2015


Warren Ellis im Interview bei Imperica zum Internet of Things (IoT):

your networked house works through the kindly offices of various small start-ups. What happens when the people who run your front door for you suddenly shut down overnight? What happens when the houselights get bought out by Amazon? And you have to install a new app to heat your home because Apple owns that business now? What happened to your life that you outsourced the operation of your front door to a bunch of kids in the Mission District who pay $15 for artisanal toast in the morning?

Diese Woche kam auch das Video von Ellis’ Abschlusskeynote bei der FutureEverything. Internet of Things – Filtrat 15/2015 weiterlesen

Filtrat 10/15 – Der Phönix aus der Fashion-Asche


It’s the end of fashion as we know it.

Und wenn Li Edelkoort das sagt, dann hört man besser zu. Ich kenne keine Fashion Forecasterin mit einem feineren Gefühl für Trends und Entwicklungen.

Edelkoort listed a number of reasons for the crisis in fashion, starting with education, where young designers are taught to emulate the famous names. “We still educate our young people to become catwalk designers; unique individuals,” she said, “whereas this society is now about exchange and the new economy and working together in teams and groups.” Filtrat 10/15 – Der Phönix aus der Fashion-Asche weiterlesen