NXS #4: Algorithmic AnxietySize: 38x15 cmPages: 56
NXS #4 Algorithmic Anxiety explores the spectrum of algorithmic authority over our lives (whether perceived or not). They question or reveal the inconspicuous influence of algorithms, in their various forms, on our behavioral patterns, emotions, and self perceptions of our position in the world.
Are algorithms really rational and only virtual? Are they better than we are in drawing up a reflection of ourselves? Can they predict our future selves? Are we at risk of losing our agency to act and think, of being increasingly controlled and programmed through social credit systems, surveillance, and Big Data rankings? Are we on the path towards digitally structured totalitarianism? What does that mean for the conception of the autonomous self?
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BYArnar Ásgeirsson
Benjamin Edgar Gott
NXS #3: Viral BodiesSize: 34x12 cmPages: 64
NXS #3 Viral Bodies investigates the changing concepts of gender and identity norms in the digital space, and opens the discussion to many possible speculations and their real world implications. Kicking off the issue with a piece by Reba Maybury, over 20 fellow contributors subsequently explore social conventions, share intimate moments and experiences of pain, love, hate and fear. They delve into authenticity in the non-human sphere, or 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)
NXS #2: Synthetic SelvesSize: 38x15 cm / silkscreen coverPages: 76
NXS #2 Synthetic Selves centres on how the self is understood in the digital era, by 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.
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BYArmen Avanessian (AT)Ivan Cheng (AU)Karolien Buurman (NL)Arthur-Ervin Avramiea (RO)Andrea Karch (DE)Dr. Alberto Micali (IT)Kristýna Kulíková (CZ)Marloes de Valk (NL)Gilles de Brock (NL)Sophia Seawell (BE)Hannah Barton (UK)Geert Lovink (NL)Aaron McLaughlin (UK)Kim de Groot (NL)Nina Power (UK)Geoffrey Lillemon (US)Keith J. Varadi (US)Benjamin Grosser (US)Shintaro Miyazaki (CH/JP)Daniel Rourke (UK)
NXS #1: Cyber SensualitySize: 39x15 cm Pages: 64
NXS #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 #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)
NXS is a collaborative research project that has been exploring “the self” in the age of digital technology since 2016.
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.NXS are: Monika Gruzite, Karolien Buurman & Florian Mecklenburg
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