“Most of our cultural lives now, and particularly our literatures now, are spent in coded spaces. We live in a world where we increasingly outsource our memories and experiences to the network, which is fine… it’s good, but it has these intense consequences for us— that our time is spent in negotiation with the network in order to understand these memories and these experiences that we have. And that our experiences are co-created with these repositories of memory, experience, and so on online, on the networks.”—James Bridle’s talk “We found love in a coded space” (via jenlindblad)
“The literary distinctiveness of his work has given rise to the adjective “Ballardian”, defined by the Collins English Dictionary as “resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J. G. Ballard’s novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.”—http://www.ballardian.com/about
“There is just no generalizing about the moral effects of art, because it doesn’t seem to have any. If it did, people who are constantly exposed to it, including all curators and critics, would be saints, and we are not.”— Robert Hughes, in: Culture of Complaint (Warner Books 1993), p. 178
I installed the top two images below as desktop images on all the public-use terminals at ICP, switching back and forth between mac and windows for every other machine. The public-use machines are all macs, so the fact that half look like they’re running Windows was confusing enough (clicking the Start menu will of course do nothing), but then the open window containing the EULA (written in Esperanto) in the center of the screen can’t be closed, since it’s also part of the background image.
It is a simple tactic, but by the time I left this morning, several students were confused and thought the machines were broken, although they seemed to ignore it once they figured out they could still get into Safari. Hopefully the school won’t “fix” my piece before the opening tomorrow night.
The same machines are running screensavers with variations on the old FBI warnings, mostly translated to Esperanto or using Wingdings, and with ICP’s logo as the symbol of authority. Examples here and here. Each is part of my own personal Intellectual Property Rights Agreement I’ve instated across ICP’s computers.
More info on our group show opening can be found here.