Monday, January 14, 2019
The Matrix films owe much to the theories of Baudrillard, and when they were making the sequels, the Wachowskis approached the great man, hoping to get him involved. But he steered clear. In his words, The Matrix is surely the kind of film about the matrix that the matrix would have been able to produce.
PS: A more recent Keanu offering gets a coruscating review that almost makes me want to see it...
Sunday, January 06, 2019
But... yes, this.
Do NOT listen to Marie Kondo or Konmari in relation to books. Fill your apartment & world with them. I don’t give a shite if you throw out your knickers and Tupperware but the woman is very misguided about BOOKS. Every human needs a v extensive library not clean, boring shelves— Anakana Schofield (@AnakanaSchofiel) 3 January 2019
Can someone please present Marie Kondo with a copy of Anthony Powell's 1971 novel Books Do Furnish A Room? Then see if she implodes in a puff of anti-matter.— Dickon Edwards (@dickon_edwards) 5 January 2019
Thinking about the Marie Kondo 'sparks joy' thing and thinking she's clearly never found an old 2000AD or Face mag at the bottom of a box up her mum's old loft and had a full-body Proustian rush that felt like actual time travel and is one of the most sublime feelings in life.— DänielNöthing (@DanielNothing) 6 January 2019
Friday, January 04, 2019
Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event “the Inversion.”Which raises all sorts of questions: can there be a valid Turing test if neither party is human (but each assumes the other to be)? And does Baudrillard’s hyperreality become hyper fraudulent? (“Wasn’t it always?” chuckle the cynics.) And if we’re not brains in vats, could we just be phones in racks?
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Monday, December 31, 2018
If you didn’t know, Bandersnatch aims to subvert the vanilla TV-watching experience with the illusion/delusion of choice that runs through video games, and before that, those adventure books that allowed readers to turn to different pages according to what twist they wanted the narrative to follow next. So I made a character kill or not kill, jump or not jump, pour tea on a computer or not, choose the Thompson Twins or Frosties or anti-depressants.
My question is, how many times do I have to watch Bandersnatch, and in how many different permutations of breakfast cereal, before I’m allowed to say that I’ve *seen* it, in the way I’ve (or not seen), say, the latest Star Wars movie?
Friday, December 28, 2018
1. What exactly is the objection to taking photographs in an exhibition? I can see there may be copyright issues, and it might have an impact on, say, postcard sales, but surely that’s a problem for the gallery, not a visitor. It’s not as if people are lugging around tripods and flash guns; someone taking a photo of a picture with a phone is no more intrusive than someone simply looking. It is pretty much impossible these days to market any kind of arts event without using social media (there was a notice up asking us to use the hashtag #AnniAlbers) so exhibitors should be seeking to embrace the form; last year’s Selfie to Self-Expression show at the Saatchi being a case in point.
2. If, for some reason, you object to being in proximity to people taking photos, I can’t imagine that counting them does much to soothe your troubled soul. It’s almost as if you want to be offended, and somehow need to quantify your degree of offence.
3. Oh dear. Those exclamation marks. Really.
PS: Vaguely related: A cheerful update to the Monkey Christ fiasco.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
the drone was pretty Baudrillardian to begin with but by transfiguring itself into pure simulation it has become the most Baudrillardian thing ever— bat020 (@bat020) 24 December 2018