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asking for something

today, I publicly asked for money for the first time.

I admit, it was asking for money in order to use it for something specific. I asked for money so I could buy myself a new laptop.

it’s a weird feeling. it’s considered one of the “worst” things to do in our society, I guess, a society whose ideas of social status and justice are built around labour and private property.

it’s also a good feeling, a feeling of experiment. and also, I think I’m really gonna get that laptop.

I want to be honest when it comes to money. I want to break the circle of silence. I want to publicly state my needs and issues. I want to be able to say that I have no time for labour because I spend all my time doing “work” for my community, for art, for myself. I try to be the change I want to see.

I am grateful everyday that I am able to do this kind of thing. I am grateful everyday that I am culturally and socially privileged enough to not having to do that much labour and at the same time being able to do what I think is right and important.

 

in Gletscherspalten greifen

“Die Situation bestimmt den Sinn einer Handlung, nicht die Absicht der
Urheber” – unsichtbares Komitee

In diesem Kurs wird gelesen, debattiert und vor dem Hintergrund der
jeweils eigenen Mittel und alltäglichen Rahmensituationen mit den
Gletscherspalten zwischen Theorie und Praxis experimentiert.
Er beschäftigt sich mit zwischenmenschlichen Kommmunikationsstrukturen,
die sich in Regeln, Normen und Konventionen äussern und fragt, wie sich
diese mit spielerischen und künstlerischen Methoden brechen und
beeinflussen lassen.
Dies geschieht anhand der gemeinsamen Analyse von Schnittstellen wie der
Kommunikationsguerilla, Games, Memes, Audiowalks und Ethereum Contracts,
sowie der theoretischen Auseinandersetzung mit Sprechakttheorie,
Geschichtsschreibung, Chaosmagie, Narration und Spieltheorie.
So werden praktische und theoretische Perspektiven an den Schnittstellen
von Kunst und Aktivismus, Utopie und Realität, digitalem und sozialem
Raum beleuchet und verhandelt.
Unabhängig vom konkreten künstlerischen Output (aka Form) wird
prozessorientiert reflektiert, diskutiert und ausprobiert, wo in
verschiedene Realitäten eingegriffen werden kann und wie neue entstehen
können.
der Kurs verknüpft kritische Theorie mit Kunst da, wo sie auf den Alltag
trifft und politisch wird. er erfordert deshalb die Bereitschaft aller
Beteiligter, die eigenen Skillsets für künstlerische Forschung zu
nutzen, Haltung zu aktuellen Geschehnissen zu beziehen und diese
Skillsets und Haltung immer wieder gegeneinander, die gelebte Realität
und den künstlerischen Aktionsradius abzugleichen.
Textmaterial wird zu Beginn des Kurses zur Verfügung gestellt und ist ab
da verhandelbar.

Seminar an der HfbK, ab dem 12. Oktober jeden zweiten Donnerstag von 14:00 bis 18:30, Raum 213 (erste Sitzung: Raum 229).

grob umfasste Literatur:

– Handbuch der Kommunikationguerilla (gruppe A.F.R.I.K.A)
– How to do things with words (j.l. austin)
– the tyranny of structurelessness (jo freeman)
– the cardinal rites of chaos (circle of chaos)
– das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischer Reproduzierbarkeit (walter benjamin)
– language, counter-memory, practice (Foucault)
– Utopia of Rules (d. graeber)
– Kollaboration (Mark Terkessidis)
– Die Schülerschule (scuola die barbiana)

 

“rules to live by”

I currently find myself thinking about the idea of rules for living. on one hand, there are the known constants of rules in society: laws, norms and conventions. all these could be subsumed under the idea of rules we live by (mainly focused on co-existence). on the other hand, there are individual behaviours that follow certain patterns, be it conscious or not:  f.ex. how I decide to react upon catcalls or compliments depending on who made them and in what situation I am. these patterns could also be subsumed into a complex rule system I live by, my operating system.

between these mostly social and mostly individual rules there is a third category that, in a way, includes both sides: religious rules/ ethics. f.ex. the ten commandements or the wiccan rede. they are less specific than laws, rather a rough and interpretable guidance and less personal than my operating system, but definitely knit closely to a certain way of living.

so I began collecting rules I live by on this level and found that they are surprisingly high in number, my list is not yet exhausted. during the next weeks, I want to polish this list and make it publisheable, so that it can be compared to others. in a way I think this could be a nice approach in thinking about different systems / utopias / societies that could emerge out of these “rules”.

chaos in the air

die Wärme kommt vom Chaos her is one of my self-written favourites. anyhow, last week me and some collaborateurs (Kathia, Sarah, Markus) I did there is no game with were invited to talk on chaosradio. it was pleasant and interesting even with me being supernervous.

does playing have consequences in the real life? what do games and politics and society have to do with each other? what happened at 33c3? how can this approach have further impact? what is the difference between gamification and what we do?

answers, or rather, suggestions here (in german): http://chaosradio.ccc.de/cr232.html

 

“you’ve hardened your operating system. now harden your community”

this sentence, I don’t know whose it is, is written at the door of my shared studio. I like it a lot. just today, it made me think about this:

what operating system does your society run on?
it’s like having different systems with different kernels,
with different base structures and languages that turn your computer into something completely different.
it’s also like having distributions.
there are many distributions of the OS “capitalism” around at the moment “capitalist democracy”, “democratic capitalism”, “social capitalism”, “whateverthisisinchinacapitalism” and so on.
“capitalism” is an operating system most of us have grown up with.
we know that it’s buggy. but we know that it works, somehow.
capitalism is a bit like windows.
we know that there are better working things around
or things that are built upon better ethics
or things that are variable and adjustable right down to the core.
but we are a little bit lazy
and a little bit afraid that we might not be able to manage the new controls
so we stay with windows.
because we already know it and think we understand it, even though we’re mere users.

the loneliest scream ist der nach dem Verhallen der anderen Stimmen

The lust for life die so selten weiter wachsen kann als bis zu einer Demo oder ein Besäufnis. Das Nicht-Ausführen vor grössenwahnsinnigen Plänen aus Angst vor dem Scheitern, der Blamage. Das ist eine Entscheidung zur Langeweile und zum Durchschnitt. 
Es gilt, für etwas einzustehen. Diese Positionierung als Spiel zu begreifen, und wenn ich dabei ein life verliere: Dem Hass der Welt mit Liebe begegnen, lachend, drüberstehen. Und zwar, weil ich weiss, dass es anders geht, dass es etwas anderes geben kann, dass da mehr ist, mehr Schönheit, Irrsinn, Wahnwitz, Rausch, Freude, als der Hass sieht. Dieses Wissen gilt es immer wieder gemeinsam in Erfahrung zu bringen, dieses Vertrauen in sich selbst, die Gemeinschaft, die Welt. Es wächst, es kann wachsen, sobald ich meine Comfort Zone verlasse. Sobald ich mich nicht mehr ständig leicht unterfordere. Sobald ich Forderungen stelle, an mich zuerst, dann nach aussen trage. Widerstand generiere im Kleinsten, elektrisch werdendes Schaffen. Das geht nun mal nicht alleine. Denn, das wusste schon Tesla, die grösste Energie ist die, die zwischen den Teilchen entsteht.
die Wärme kommt vom Chaos her.

This is it. We have it all laying out in front of us. There is water on mars. There is a possible exoplanet. AI is only moments away.
The future is knocking at our door.
The future our parents have been dreaming of when they were kids. The one we know from all the science fiction movies. First contact, space travel, building new worlds, the whole fucking shit.
It is 2017. The day Marty McFly lands in the future lays in the past already. We are the future.
And yet, look at us. We didn’t even manage to get that hoverboard right.
How come? How come we made it to outer space and to the moon within eight years and 50 years later we have not even made one small step further?

To me, it’s kind of obvious. So obvious that I pondered whether I should write this part, as it’s kind of negative. The competitive imperative looms around every corner of our lives: Be it in school where we get grades, at work where we can get fired for someone “better” anytime, or even within the question whether we have the newest smartphone yet. In order to live, we are forced to compete and to work. Even though it is neither necessary nor has it proven to be a very prosperous tactics, since there is just not enough work for everyone and thus some people are forced into poverty. We live in a state of constant fear.
We want to be shielded from danger, and the biggest danger, so we learn, is the Other. Is everything that could possibly compete. This fear is so big that people who are best in fighting against others, in following the rules, the most egoistic ones, the ones without imagination, always end up on top.
But what we need to move on is exactly this: Imagination. Big scale.

So let’s imagine.
A system that makes us work together, not against each other. Where we share the means of production as humans, instead of being split into consumer and workforce. Where the whole planet acts as one instead of silly split-up sections against each other. Where artists don’t have to win prizes by juries to survive. Where no one is forced to anything but everyone can do everything. Being excellent to each other. Where scientists do compete against each other, but for the most interesting results and not the most profitable ones. They work together on the idea they think best instead of trying to outsmart each other for merits. They collaborate. Everyone who thinks they have a contribution to make get’s a say. And, of course, an education, as education is truly considered a human right.
Our lives would revolve around creation, not around dull office work.
We would work and live towards something greater, as humankind.
We would have given all power to imagination.