• NXS WORLD is a collaborative artwork that explores ‘the self’ in the age of digital technology.
NXS Issue #3: Viral BodiesSize: 34x12 cmPages: 64
NXS issue #3 Viral Bodies investigates the changing concepts of gender and identity norms in the digital space, and open the discussion to many possible speculations and to their real world implications. Kicking off the issue with a starting piece by Reba Maybury, over 20 fellow contributors explore social conventions, share intimate moments and experiences of pain, love, hate and fear. They delve into authenticity in the non-human sphere, they code accidental bigotry on the internet. Science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster blurs the lines of reality, transmitting what is real and what not in a dystopian society. Political art critic Penny Rafferty unravels the minds of tech giants while artistic researcher Addie Wagenknecht questions the diffusing lines between virtual technology and working bodies in reality.
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BYReba Maybury (UK)Dario Alva (ES)Josefin Arnell (SE)Jonathan Castro (PE)Lois Cohen (NL)Jesse Darling (UK)Vita Evangelista (BR)Alan Dean Foster (US)Gaika (UK)Jahmal B Golden (US)Sophie Hardeman (NL)Manique Hendricks (NL)Gui Machiavelli (BR)Mary Maggic (US)Simone C.Niquille (CH)Norman Orro (EE)Clara Pacotte (FR)Pinar & Viola (NL & FR)Penny Rafferty (UK)Addie Wagenknecht (US)Melek Zertal (DZ)Lil Miquela (US)Indiana Roma Voss (NL)
Th, 17 May
Fr, 18 – 20 May
Sa, 2 June
Thursday, 1 March
Exhibition opening: Viral Bodies by NXS De School, Amsterdam
Offprint London 2018Tate Modern, Turbine Hall London
NXS Workshop De School, Amsterdam
Fanfare /b/channel w/ NXS [1/3]: Reba MayburyFanfare, Amsterdam
NXS Issue #2: Synthetic SelvesSize: 38x15 cm / Silkscreen CoverPages: 76
The topic of NXS issue #2 Synthetic Selves centres on how the self is understood in the digital era, investigating whether we have full agency in constructing ourselves and what kind of images of ourselves we are broadcasting. Online environments are playgrounds for our identities and places for becoming the other. At face value, online platforms seem to promise us the opportunity to become anyone we want. Yet what happens online has consequences in the physical world. And what happens online is supported by the physical systems in which we grow up and live. Technology not only mediates the narratives of our daily lives, it shapes them.
NXS Issue #1: Cyber SensualitySize: 39x15 cm Pages: 64
NXS Issue #1: Cyber Sensuality aims to explore the emotional and sensual side of hardware, software and algorithms, that normally have been assessed by their functionality, aesthetics and ethics.
Dive into NXS Issue #1 and explore our desires through screens, our strolling habits, the multifacet word neon, poetics of nomos, oneiric dimensions, anonymity, narcissism, filters, pixelated mysteries, 3D arousal, the act of ghosting, smelling and touching social medias, tantric worlds, erotics of code, spam appeal, seduction at the time of mobile technologies, the self as a predator, cybernetics and organism, the intimacy with our devices, a feverish Chatroulette interaction, confessions on digital behaviours, speculations on robot’s love life, connections, cybersex, the image of the self, love and empathy, a cyborg identity, love dolls with AI and times of confusion.
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BYInes alpha (FR) Trudy Barber (US) Katrina Burch (UK/NL) Marilou Chabert (FR) Scry de Doria (FR) Aiden Doyle (AU) Jason Ebeyer (AU) ElpopoSangre (FR) Esteban Gonzalez (FR) Olga Mikh Fedorova (RU/BE) Margaret V Haines (CA) Min Jie (CN) Anja Kaiser (DE) Jacob Kerray (UK) Célestin Krier (FR) Agnese Krivade (LV) LA HORDE (FR) Hector Latrille (FR) Matt McMullen (USA) PrismViews (US) Rachel-Rose O'Leary (IE) Raf Rennie (CA) Reese Riley(USA) Nicole Ruggiero (USA) Helin Sahin (US/TR) Jack Self (UK) Yung Soft (FR) Marie Tomanová (CZ/USA) Ultrabianka (AT) Lauris Veips (LV) Janine Vermeulen (NL) Bruno Zhu (PT/NL) Agnieszka Zimolag (PL/NL)
In 2016 Goys & Birls initiated the collaborative research project NXS exploring “the self” in the age of digital technology. At the end of 2017, NXS was joined by Karolien Buurman.
NXS – standing for Nexus – creates its content by building a network of contributors and their writings or visualisations. Each of them is asked to reflect and comment on a previous contribution. NXS takes the form of a cross-platform structure with exhibitions, performances, lectures and a biannual publication as its core. It searches for personal viewpoints, experiences and stories on relevant topics around digital technology, as a way to make them more tangible and more accessible to an audience that reaches beyond artists, designers, and theorists.
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