Infosthetics: Transmition of Knowledge in a Trans-National Empire

Dáve Kwon

“The concept of culture is deeply reactionary. It is a way of separating semiotic activities (activities of orientation in the social and cosmic world) into spheres to which people are referred. It is the very essence of capitalist profit to not be restricted to the field of economic surplus value: it also resides in the seizure of the power of subjectivity.”

Felix Guattari, Culture and Subjectivity

We’ve always lived in this world by ourselves, every since the beginning of man we have been alone. Imagine a world without others. A society where you were the sole citizen and therefore you created the parameters for order and control. These social structures would be irrelevant to your behavior and would only be activated in response to your survival. But, since we live in a reality where we are the not the only ones to exist, we have adapted to live as individuals within the multitude. Once we decided that it would benefit ourselves, we gathered into the collective to protect and benefit the individual. In doing so we were allowed to not learn, but to copy. The conception of a mimetic society was born and through it the nascent stages of duplication. Through Jean Baudrillard’s concepts of Similacra and Simulation we understand that there is no reality, but only a representation of it. Currently, our contemporary life which is accelerated by technology unveils the rapid progression of duplication that culture cycles through. Today we can imagine the duplicity of the image as the dissemination of information through the reliable channels of media medium. Murshall McLuahan famously stated, “the medium is the message.”

We can argue that this is still true, but the advantage that we have is that the information age has created a the new medium of the internet, which comes with no instruction manuals. Neither a centralized way to control and surveillance this conduit for communication. Anarchy prevails in the internet, there are no nation-state identities on the internet, only avatars. Political powers in desperation try to control the activity on the internet, but with such a decentralized structure, it becomes impossible, so they control what they know and can which is the physical infrastructure in which the internet operates. Decentralized structures mean that there is no leader, no idol to martyr and therefore no symbol to destroy. This helps us to speculate an altered reality in which nation-states would dissolve and new cultural collectives can organize. (incomplete thought in progress).

This group will research and explore data visualization methods and the transmition/exploitation of data in the information age. This will involve a two part investigation, first being the research of the past existence of culture through informal creation and development which involve pidgin language, jazzhip hop, and the second being the research of de-classified informationcensorshipcrowd sourcingtrollingmob collective, and hacktivism.

Steal This Film II [2006]
League of Noble Peers
“intellectual property is the oil of the 21st century”

Weather Underground
Sam Green/Bill Siegel
“Hello. I’m going to read a declaration of a state of war… Within the next 14 days we will attack a symbol or institution of American injustice.”

keywords: diaspora, linguistics, jargon, argot, informal, anarchy

Felix Guattari, Culture and Subjectivity
Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation
Giorgio Agamben, Means Without End
Howard Zinn, A People’s History of American Empire
Alan Moore & David Lloyd, V for Vendetta
Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent

pure data
data visualization
interactive graphics
real-time data
sound sculpture

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