In the frictions of a rapidly developing and urbanizing world, human rights are increasingly violated by the organization of space. Just like gun or the tank, mundane building matter is abused as weapons with which crimes are committed. The application of international law as the most severe method of architectural critique has never been more urgent. Crimes relating to the organization of the built environment, originating on computer screens and drafting tables, call for placing an architect/planner, for the first time, on the accused stand of an international tribunal. International justice must bypass the legal system of states (usually complicit in such cases) and decide whether a particular planning practice deviated from the naturally aggressive character of planning and its “acceptable” level of “collateral damage” to qualify as a violation of international law. When an architect’s design premeditatedly aims to cause material damage - as part of a largescale policy of organized aggression - a war crime may have been committed.
"My sense of these aesthetic possibilities comes from the way in which digitality provides sets of lived circumstances in which our senses are encroached upon, engaged and felt differently. Living life in relation to digital computation is about the emergence of a spatiality and duration in which relative speeds and differential relations are foregrounded in our corporeal negotiation of the world. New media art offers us specific and unique insights into the rearrangements of ‘blocks of sensation.’ In exploring the possibilities of machine perception—…the differential speeds of engagement demanded from interactant and producer, the differential speeds of information itself, where instantaneity is coupled with interminable arrests, crashes and system failures—we can begin to see the the aesthesia of the digital operate. Digital aesthesia provides a set of conditions for machine perception…The relations of movement that make up the speed of a particular body, machine or human, also allow it to be affected by and affect other bodies"
Anna Munster, Materializing New Media
(for those playing the home game, this is sort of what I was going on about last night in that dumb post re: Google Glass)
I’m sort of half-watching Out of Africa and every time I tune back in someone else has syphilis.
dispatches from the front lines of heterosexuality
Arrived home to a parcel on the doorstep. Thought it was the new Nancy Fraser book Fortunes of Feminism waiting for me.
False. Four new dubstep records for my roommate.
terry richardson is the new andy warhol in that he is a stupid fucker who sucks at “art” and needs a cool babe to literally shoot him
"I don’t give a shit what the world thinks. I was born a bitch, I was born a painter, I was born fucked. But I was happy in my way. You did not understand what I am. I am love. I am pleasure, I am essence, I am an idiot, I am an alcoholic, I am tenacious. I am; simply I am…You are a shit."