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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:43PM   |  3 comments

Week 7's student summary comes from Annie Bunyavadhana.

In Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest among Free and Open Source Software Developers, by Gabriella Coleman examines how Free and Open Source Software developers were able to use their techno-craft to defend against the legal efforts that try to constrain their autonomy.

Connecting code and...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:41PM   |  3 comments

Week 7 looked at the phenomenon of Wikileaks, and especially how it intersects with digital and physical borders on the so-called "immaterial" Internet.

Readings

Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens, “<nettime&rt; Twelve Theses on Wikileaks by Geert Lovink & Patrice Riemens”, December 7, 2010,...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:39PM   |  11 comments

This week's student summary comes from Julian Weisner.

Since the assimilation of computers and machines into daily human life there have been questions about the benefits of these “advancements” Recently more than ever as a culture filled with technology I have seen and heard of many downsides to these “advancements”. Just as we have gained new materials and media for communication,...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 4:31PM   |  3 comments

Week 6 explored the poetic and the political in design, and especially how they interface with what can and cannot be done with technologies.

Readings

Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects (Basel, Switzerland: Birkhäuser, 2002), 57–73

Anthony Dunne, Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience,...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 6:28PM   |  Add a comment

The selected summary for Week 5 was written by Annie Bunyavadhana.

Annie Bunyavadhana

"Precarias a la Deriva: A Very Careful Strike" uses the theory of the derive to develop four hypotheses on the duty of care and the caring labor which is maintained mostly by women in a patriarchal and capitalist society. The first hypothesis states that sex, care and attention...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 6:25PM   |  1 comment

This week focused on issues of movement and possibility within the space of gender and the environment.

Readings

Amanda Schaffer, "Prescriptions for Health, the Environmental Kind - NYTimes.com", August 11, 2008, (accessed January 23, 2011).

Sabine Falk and Christoph Schäfer,

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 2:49PM   |  4 comments

This week's best summary is from Bri Padilla.

Bri Padilla:

According to Miriam Webster, there are ten potentially definitions for the noun "space." Interestingly enough, in addition to being a "three-dimensional expanse where matter exists," space is also defined as "freedom to assert identity."

The connection of space with identity is an intriguing one and one...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 2:43PM   |  2 comments

This week was all about mapping, and the ways in which maps create and reflect socio-political-aesthetic realities.

Readings:

Trevor Paglen, "Experimental Geography: From Cultural Production to the Production of Space - The Brooklyn...

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We have two excellent summaries to feature this week by Elise Springuel and Alex Smyrnos.

Alex Smyrnos

A few years ago, I was watching television when my dad barked at me to work on my unfinished homework. It was 9:30 on a Sunday night and I was watching the new Desperate Housewives episode. When I explained that my homework could wait, my dad erupted, extremely...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 10:17PM   |  Add a comment

Week 3 is about surveillance, and specifically techniques for both counteracting surveillance technologies as well as highlighting their inherent contradictions. Humor plays a role in how people have responded to surveillance, as seen in the videos embedded below and the project by the F.A.T. Lab.

Readings

Institute for Applied Autonomy,

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 9:34PM   |  Add a comment

The following is the best summary for the week by student Ashley Alicea:

While Mumbai is said to be a safe haven for women, this does not necessarily mean they have basic rights. The Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR) have brought this issue up in a very unique light.

In Mumbai, women who loiter in public areas are frowned upon. They are seen as...

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Posted by Nicholas Knouf at 9:31PM   |  Add a comment

Week 2 involved exploring various types of so-called "immaterial" borders, especially as they intersect with physical ones. We looked at the US/Mexico border, and a series of online projects that examine through games and fiction; the Straits and Gibraltar, migrant labor, and attempts to setup non-state electronic networks across it; and borders of gender, and especially how that int...

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