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weekend reading

Here we go again. Janne Nora Kummer prepared a interesting range of texts and inputs for last weeks seminar about cyber feminism. We had a lot to discuss and also dived into the MEME-Culture which was complete stranger to me but is a very influential way of mobilize the people – used by right and left groups. If you are interested in this subject, you can watch the documentary “Lösch dich” to get an impression on how the right is trolling around in the social media. It is one point of view and they are not perfect but still..

About point of view, this article shows a very independent point of view of the «Spiegel»-Reporter Claas Relotius on journalism.

Die Fälschungen des «Spiegel»-Reporters Claas Relotius bieten dem Journalismus eine Chance: Er könnte sich endlich seinem unterkomplexen Realitätsbegriff stellen.

To collect Data is not a new phenomen but this does not mean that we should not inform us how this is done. This article from le monde diplomatique “Google sucht dich” can provide more information and “der dressierte Mensch” gives you an impression on how far a nation like China can go with the collection and publicly distribution of personal information. But not only China, also Switzerland had lately some argues about surveillance and the public voted “yes” to observe in case of suspected insurance swindel..

An diesem Spätnachmittag ist der Park rund um das Bürgeramt fast verlassen. Ein altes Paar in geflickten Kitteln erklärt uns den Grund: „Jetzt läuft im Fernsehen gerade ‚Das Leben des Volkes in 360 Grad‘, die meisten Leute hocken vor der Kiste.“ Jeden Abend sendet das Lokalfernsehen eine Zusammenstellung von allen Fehltritten, die innerhalb der letzten 24 Stunden von den Überwachungskameras aufgezeichnet wurden. (“Der dressierte Mensch” von René Raphaël und Ling Xi, le monde diplomatique vom 10.01.2019.)

Maybe a more positive contribution for in between about the thought and the benefit of open sorce “Freie Software für die Städte” which is a bit older but I like a lot.

Ob die dahinterliegenden Algorithmen öffentlich kontrolliert oder als Geschäftsgeheimnisse privater Unternehmen gehütet werden, ist letztlich auch für die Legitimation der Demokratie von Belang. Es bieten sich viele Möglichkeiten, die smarte Stadt auch technologisch souverän zu machen – mit eigens entwickelter Software und Hardware, die offen ist und der Öffentlichkeit gehört.

To finish for this weekend, a friend of mine recommended me an articles of the music artist Sam Kidel who deals with the collection of Data in his music “Rave im Datenzentrum” and I have also read a nice interview with Anelise Cheng on how she managed to continue writing while questioning the world.

Anelise Chen: “Then I changed it to third-person clam, and that was exactly how it was meant to be.” The writer shares a collection of digital fragments that have shaped her practice, including an image depicting cycling exercises, a photo of Kafka’s diaries, and a video of her mother’s first time seeing snow.

Fabian who did the weekend reading last month send me also this: “londons victorian hyperloop forgotten pneumatic railway beneath capitals street” – quite funny to see how one can forget what one used to have .

weekend reading

Now I have to tell you, that I always wrote under a pseudonym, my real name is Leoni! No of corse not, but for this time, I am really Leoni who is writing the blog post for this weekend. This is only because Fabian was so kind to borrow me his account until my account is ready. Thank you Fabian for your interesting readings in the last weeks!

I should probably introduce myself properly so you don’t get confused because of the names. I am Leoni, also a student of the new Master Spiel && Objekt, I finished my Bachelor in History and History of Arts in Basel (CH) and have now the chance to experience to work in a more practical way in the field of Art and I’m really curious of everything that is still coming up to us. Hi.
As an Example, this first week of class after Christmas was a nice one. In fact we played a lot of games and laughed a lot, but also got a good impression what it means to design games and how to build Möglichkeitsräume.

Hm, I started the week with some interviews of possibility spaces in politics. There was a interview in the NZZ with Bernd Stegeman about liberal populism, one with Gretchen Dutschke about political protests 1968 and 2018.

But there is also an interesting change going on in Mexico, which is well portrayed in this article by le monde diplomatique.

Seit dem 1. Dezember ist Mexikos neuer Präsident López Obrador im Amt. Amlo, wie er genannt wird, will auf dem alten Sumpf einen neuen Staat errichten. Die Widerstände sind enorm, der Terror der Drogenmafia lässt nicht nach und die Methoden des Präsidenten sind nicht immer demokratisch.

To close the possibility spaces in politics for now there is an article about listening to each other in politics..

Alle reden über das Zuhören – als Forderung, als Wunsch und als Diagnose, dass es am Zuhören mangle. Woher kommt die Idee, dass die Demokratie „Zuhören“ verlangt – und was könnte daran falsch sein? Eine Spurensuche.

And something about Plastic. Finito.

Plastik war der demokratische Stoff schlechthin. In der Nachkriegszeit stand er für wachsenden Massenwohlstand und revolutionierte in Form der Vinyl-Schallplatte die Populärkultur. Selbst die Kritik an der Konsumgesellschaft wurde im Medium der Rock- und Popmusik formuliert – auf global vermarkteten Plastikscheiben.

weekend reading

Just before the last week of of this year, in which we will start our very first S&O game jam, here’s some more stuff to read.
Let’s start with the weekly facebook-hate: Apparently, there are more black live matter posters than black employees, as written in this (oh, the irony) facebook-note by a former employee.

There is this amazing piece by Thomas B. Edsall, who draws connections between the industrialization and the de-industrialization in England and the automation-age in the rust belt, with its up- and down-sides. So when you are still in doubt, how the change towards a robot-based economy will and did affect society, read this article, relying on a lot of very recents studies and articles.

While there are parallels between conditions of workers during industrialization in England and during the deindustrialization of regions of this country now, one big difference stands out from a political vantage point: In England, workers turned sharply to the left while here they have moved sharply to the right.

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This week was mainly structured by ourselves in Janne‘s dramaturgy class- which is great! Spending a week with dramaturgy and thinking about the concepts, we would like to realize during our masters or at the very end of our studies, was pretty nice. Introducing our different concepts to one another was a real wow-moment to me. I realized again, that we are quite a cool gang of students. So: High five to us.

I spend my week mostly reading about work and what one could to avoid it. So, i read a few anarchists from the 80ies, most popular this essay by Bob Black, which already starts with a BOOM!: Read more

weekend reading

So, hello again. As my first week got such great feedback by thousands of readers, I have the great pleasure to go again.

As we talked about immersion, hypermediacy and transparency this week and played the great game Stories Untold to be more aware of those theoretical concepts, the concept of immersion also crossed my way in Sarah Masons Text on gamification in the gig economy.

The algorithm is at the heart of the ride-hailing game, and of the coercion that the game conceals. In their foundational text Algorithmic Labor and Information Asymmetries: A Case Study of Uber’s Drivers, Alex Rosenblat and Luke Stark write: “Uber’s self-proclaimed role as a connective intermediary belies the important employment structures and hierarchies that emerge through its software and interface design.” “Algorithmic management” is the term Rosenblat and Stark use to describe the mechanisms through which Uber and Lyft drivers are directed. To be clear, there is no singular algorithm. Rather, there are a number of algorithms operating and interacting with one another at any given moment. Taken together, they produce a seamless system of automatic decision-making that requires very little human intervention.

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Artist Talk: Heiko Kirschner – Research Based Art und Temporalisierung von Wissen

(This coming week’s talk will be in German.)

Heiko wird uns einen Einblick in seine momentane wissenschaftliche Forschungsarbeit zur temporalisierung von Wissen in Pioniergemeinschaften geben und ueber die Rolle von Research Based Art in Wissenschaft und Kunst referieren.

Heiko Kirschner arbeitet seit Mai 2018 als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Projektangestellter) am Zentrum für Kommunikations- Medien- und Informationswissenschaften der Universität Bremen im DFG-Projekt “Pioniergemeinschaften: Die Quantified-Self- und Maker-Bewegung als kollektive Akteure tiefgreifender Mediatisierung”. Zuvor war er Research Assistant am Human-Drone Interaction Lab der University of Southern Denmark (SDU) und Mitarbeiter im DFG-Projekt “Mediatisierung als Geschäftsmodell III” (Schwerpunktprogramm 1505 Mediatisierte Welten) an der Universität Wien. Nach seinem Masterstudium der sozialwissenschaftlichen Innovationsforschung an der TU Dortmund war er wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für allgemeinse Soziologie an der TU Dortmund und wissenschaftlich geprüfte Hilfskraft im DFG-Projekt “Skopische Medien” (Schwerpunktprogramm 1505 Mediatisierte Welten) an der Universität Konstanz.


Monday, 3rd of December 2018, 20:00


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11, Berlin

weekend reading

It’s time to take over! Friedrich’s time on the weekend reading spot is over (for now) and now we students are in charge. Me gusta!

I thought, it could be nice to introduce myself before I write my first blog post on this blog, so: HI! I am Fabian, formerly finished a Double Master Degree in Frankfurt (Oder) and Istanbul, wrote my thesis about migration narratives in German pop music and also worked a little in the political field, before I decided that I would rather like to work in a theatrical context. And to add something more private: The last concert I went to were those lovely people.

This week, I saw Simon Stones piece “Griechische Trilogie” at Berliner Ensemble, which focuses on the role of women in Greek dramas. This reminded of the amazing Zündfunk Generator (which is a recommendation in general) podcast episode about women in Tech- maybe because we also had a daily coding task on our schedule. Nonetheless, all of that came together as I read Kate Julian’s longread Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?where she looks at almost every aspect of the topic.
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weekend reading

This week’s weekend marks the end of my own editorial shift as I will be giving over control to the students. So I get to do whatever I want one last time.

I’ll start of with the best story that has ever been published on the internet. Behold, the unfathomable story of Boatmurdered:

This elephant has killed so many guys he has a fucking full on last name and title now. But one of the dogs finally knocked him unconscious.


Continuing with the list of bestest best texts that have ever been publish in distinct media, here’s the best newspaper article that has ever been printed (in german): Vergesst eure Leitkultur (by Hans Georg Soeffner).

Daraus folgt: Die Vergrößerung des Wachstums- und Handlungspotentials pluraler Vergesellschaftungsformen wird erkauft mit einem hohen Maß an Fragilität des Zusammenhaltes. Staatsbürgerliche Selbstverpflichtung und Toleranz auf der einen und Fundamentalismus auf der anderen Seite sind die beiden Extreme, die auf die fragile Struktur solcher offenen Gesellschaften antworten.

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Artist Talk – Archie Wonderwood, Soziale Architektur und ihre Konstitution — NEUER TERMIN! —

Die Studierenden des Studienganges Spiel und Objekt nehmen sich dem Phänomen der sozialen Architektur, in ihrer physischen Gestalt auf der Terasse der HfS, an. Gemeinsam wollen wir über dessen gegenwärtige Situation diskutieren. Seit einigen Tagen ist unser Gast in seiner jetztigen Ausformulierung auf dieser Welt vorhanden. Jedoch fehlt Archie Wonderwood noch eine Position, um sich in den kollektiven Strukturen unserer Hochschule wiederfinden und einbinden zu können.

Wie geht es weiter mit dem kleinsten Raum, der auf dem Schulgelände der HfS Position bezogen hat? Was sind Wonderwoods Beweggründe unter uns zu verweilen? Was sind die Anforderungen an uns Studierende, die Archie nun in dieses Netzwerk der HfS einbeziehen wollen?

Ihr seid herzlich eingeladen, Archie Wonderwoods Zukunft mitzuverhandeln und Zinnes neuestem Mitglied ein herzliches Stelldichein zu bereiten.

Da Wonderwoods Karriere und Lebensführung erst kürzlich begonnen haben, wird an dieser Stelle auf eine Biographie verzichtet.

Wer mit Archie in Verbindung treten und über seine Zukunft reden möchte, nutze bitte diesen Discord-Channel:
Discord ist eine Kommunikations-App und kann hier kostenlos heruntergeladen oder online genutzt werden.


Montag, 26. November 2018, 20:00


Room 1.50, Zinnowitzer Str. 11. Berlin