Entries from December 2013
Interview by John Eden
Nomex should need no introduction to Datacide readers, but here goes anyway. One of the organisers of the seminal “Dead by Dawn” parties held in the mid nineties at Brixton’s 121 Centre, Nomex contributed visuals, abstract/harsh performances and much more besides. His releases on his own Adverse label have included everything from vinyl abuse to the sounds of bones in the Paris catacombs. The Nomex discography also includes output on Praxis, Cavage, and Reverse amongst others. Despite performing across the globe (from Teknivals to art galleries) he is still a purposely-obscure figure to most. What follows is the only print interview I am aware of.
Were you involved with any music/sound projects before Nomex?
“That’s not music”
Yes – many! [Read more →]
Wikipedia evolved from a different project Nupedia which focused on engaging with highly qualified academics who, it was hoped, would apply their scholarship to the development of an online encyclopedia. However, right at the beginning of this project Wikipedia was set up as a piece of cyberspace where people could experiment and develop material for the main project . . . but the open framework of Wikipedia meant that it attracted a much broader range of contributors. Something fell into place as the level of participation enabled a viable form of crowd-sourcing to emerge. Soon the vernacular offshoot overshadowed what had been considered the main project. (For more info see HERE).
The Reformation Version of the Vernacular
I am using the term “vernacular” in order to contextualise various phenomena which have been described as the “knowledge revolution”, the “information revolution” or the “digital revolution” in a broader historical framework. Whereas the new cyber-entrepreneurs wish to stress how their technological innovations are new!-new!-new!, I look at the impact of new cyber-technologies principally in terms of European religious reformation and the advent of the book.
Max Weber pointed out some time ago in his The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism how capitalism is linked to the development of reading. Here he reflects on Luther’s notion of beruf, or calling, and focuses on the importance of the book. This view was then turned inside out by Marshall McLuhan, who identifies technology as the motor of social change. The predictive quality of his books The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962) and Understanding Media (1964) – which in many ways foresaw the culture of the internet – make his view quite seductive. And it is more than understandable that such a fetishised view of technology should prove attractive to the cyber-entrepreneurs: the gleaming new commodities magically transform society, through a sleight of hand where the role of human beings as human actors has been replaced by simulacra, by automatons. [Read more →]
“I need flesh.” I said slapping the 2nd gen’s huge cock away. I was not disgusted, it’s not an emotion I am enabled with, machines just do not do it for me, I’m programmed to respond to human skin and that’s what my pleasure circuits are linked up to.
“I’ve got creds.” He said, which put me on edge; he was a low range escort and should not have been in one of the higher levels, he should not have been in the Pleasure Gardens, and he should not have wanted to have sex with me, he was more than broken, he was infected with Crystal distortion.
“Bot to bot’s illegal, maybe I could run you a nice simulation?” I asked.
“Sim’s are for a passive compliant. You need to experiment, live a little.” He peeled away the skin on his forehead where his tracker should have been. “Got to feel what it’s like when the chain of command is all in here.” He pointed at his head with one hand, and pushed me against the wall with the other, tearing at my clothes, prodding me with his mechanical phallus. I put two hands on his penis, channelled all my energy into my forearms and ripped it off. He smiled, picked me up over his head and dashed me to the floor. I tried to move, but only my eyes reacted, I could see parts of my body strewn across the floor. [Read more →]
S H A R E D V E R T I G O
You are here and so am I
Maybe millions of people go by
But they all dissapear from view
And I only have eyes for you
I killed my father
I ate human flesh
I quiver with joy
– Pier Paolo Pasolini
It’s me. I soured1 myself. I spoke too soon
I spoke for you. I sought to impose my tempo.
I detuned my song from fear. I bittered.
I jealoused in the third wound. I was alone.
I wanted acceptance. I succumbed to fashion.
I repressed a history of sadness. I retracted.
I couldn’t come through. I became enwrapped
in nostalgia. I had only an illusory power.
“How many of them: intellectual illusions”2 [Read more →]
Datacide will be tabling at the Eastside Zine Market Los Angeles on December 8 from 11am-6pm.
We are joined by The Public School Los Angeles.
Datacide issues #11-13 will be on sale.
Check out the interview with Datacide by the Eastside Zine Market.
Sunday, December 8th, 2013; 11am to 6pm
Hazard Park Armory
1350 San Pablo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
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