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18 OCTOBER 2011

Cyberpunk: the future has already happened

"Cyberpunk' is a 60–minute documentary, the ad for which states: 'What started as a book became a literary movement. What was a literary movement became a subculture'.

And that's one of the major flaws of this film. It perpetuates the general myth that everything 'cyberpunk' expanded out of 'Neuromancer' and Gibson's vision. In truth, most of the stuff covered here (virtual reality, hacking, industrial music, cybernetics, designer drugs, anarchy) was already developing quite nicely before Lord Gibson, Chairman Bruce, and the rest (Shirley, Rucker, Shiner) were kind enough to provide a fictional universe in which to fuse these disparate explorations.

The production of 'Cyberpunk' is very inconsistent, too –– some parts are professional documentary, while other parts have the odor of quick–cash opportunism. The breathy women narrator is ultimately aggravating, oh–ing and ah–ing over all this stuff.

But there is some good material here, including interviews with Gibson, Leary, Scott Fisher (of NASA/Ames), Brenda Laurel, Vernon Reed (Living Color), Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly) and others. There's also some cool computer graphics (circa 1989) and an industrial soundtrack with Front Line Assembly, Ministry, and Severed Heads.

'Cyberpunk' is still a must–see since it's the only documentary about cyberpunk that we have."

(G. Branwyn)

Fig.1 Produced and Directed by Marianne Trench and Peter von Brandenberg, Intercon Productions, 1990.

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1990 • anarchy • augmentation • Bill Leeb • bodybody modificationBrenda Laurel • Bruce Bethke • computer graphics • computer virus • corporeal augmentationcyberneticscyberpunk • Cyberpunk (1990) • cyborgdesigner drugsdystopiaembodimentethicsfictional universe • Front Line Assembly • hackinghacktivismhuman beings • industrial music • informationinformation wants to be free • John Shirley • Lewis Shiner • Living Color • Mariana TrenchMinistry (band)mutant scienceNASA Ames Research CenterNeuromancerorgan • phone phreaking • posthumanRudy Ruckersci-fiScott Fisher • Severed Heads (band) • speculative designtechnological determinismtechnophobiaTimothy Leary • Vernon Reed • virtual realityvirusvisions of the futureVRWilliam Gibson

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
15 MAY 2011

Spomenik: monumental geometry echoing the shapes of flowers, crystals, and macro-views of viruses or DNA

"During the 1960s and 70s, thousands of monuments commemorating the Second World War – called 'Spomeniks' – were built throughout the former Yugoslavia; striking monumental sculptures, with an angular geometry echoing the shapes of flowers, crystals, and macro–views of viruses or DNA."

(Photo–Eye via Amazon.com)

Jan Kempenaers (2010). 'Spomenik', Roma Publications

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1960s1970sabandoned places in Eastern Europeaesthetics • Antwerp • architectureBalkans • Bosnia • brutalismconcreteCroatiacrystaldeserted placesDNAdocumentary photographerEastern blocflowerfuturisticfuturistic designgeometric formsgeometry • Herzegovina • Jan Kempenaers • Kosovo • Macedonia • macro-views • melancholy beauty • Metohia • modernism • Montenegro • monument • monumental sculptures • neglect • neglected architecture • photographphotographersculpture • Serbia • SFRY • shapeSloveniaSocialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaSoviet monuments • spomenik • symbolismtypology • victims • virusvisual representations of scientific concepts • Vojvodina • Willem Jan Neutelings • WWIIYugoslavia

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Simon Perkins
09 SEPTEMBER 2005

Information Flows Through Digital Social Network Analysis

Lada Adamic (HP Invent)
Unlike viruses, which spread indiscriminately from host to host, pieces of information are propagated by people who find them interesting and who pass the information to others who they think may be interested. Since people are most similar to their immediate contacts, and this similarity decays as the distance in the social network between individuals increases, information becomes less relevant further away from the source and is unlikely to spread throughout the network. This holds true even in networks with power–law connectivity distributions where highly connected individuals, known as hubs, have the opportunity to potentially spread information to a large number of people. Taking advantage of the fact that significant portion of communication, especially within a corporation, occurs via email, we confirmed our model by observing the occurrence of attachments in mailboxes and by simulating the spread of information using actual email patterns.

Mapping rhizomatic structures of electronically mediated human interaction via network communication.

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decayflowshubinformation flow • propagate • rhizomesocial networkvirusvisualisation
25 JULY 2005

Clive Wearing: procedural and declarative memories

"Clive Wearing, also indicates a distinction between procedural and declarative memories. Clive was a famous musician prior to suffering a rare brain infection in 1985. The virus destroyed a large part of his brain and he only retained a 'moment to moment' memory. However, some of the procedural memories that he had previously stored were intact. For example, if you were to ask him if he could play the piano (declarative knowledge) he would answer 'no', but when he sits down at the piano he can in fact play his procedural memory is not affected."

(Jim Krikava, International School of Prague)

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1985brain • brain infection • Clive Wearing • declarative knowledge • declarative memories • declare • Jim Krikava • memorymoment • moment to moment • musicianpiano • play the piano • procedural memories • procedural memory • procedurevirus
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