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Agnotology and the 'Free Market'

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 10, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

Capitalism itself is reified in the idealized free market as the necessary (and natural) order of the world in the conception of market competition as a variant of Darwinian natural selection (evolution); agnotology is the creation of uncertainty and ambivalent fact; it is a competitive tool incompatible with the idealized free market of capitalism.




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A Message from Hank Rudolph at Signal Culture

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 27, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



random art notes

Signal Culture, a new not-for-profit media arts organization, is rapidly approaching the final week of fundraising.

If you havent already donated, please take a look:
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/signal-culture




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Experiments in Cinema 8.53 showing Antag|Protag

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 9, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: SHOWS & SCREENINGS

This year's Experiments in Cinema Festival will be showing my movie Antag|Protag (2012) in the first screening in this year's program:




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My New Book is Now Available for Purchase

story © Michael Betancourt | published February 7, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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My book, The History of Motion Graphics: From Avant-Garde to Industry in the United States, is now available on amazon.com.

There is also a hard cover edition, appropriate for libraries....






 
Immaterial Physicality and Marx

story © Michael Betancourt | published February 6, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

My new article "Automated Labor: The New Aesthetic and Immaterial Physicality" is now in print on CTheory.

This essay considers Karl Marx' short essay The Fragment on Machines and its relationship to digital automation. The new aesthetic described by James Bridle is a typical example of this new, automated labor beginning to impact the physical world and provides a reference point for the examination of The Fragment on Machines: Marx divided labor into three categories (means, material and living labor) that is in the process of being reorganized by digital automated systems (in both immaterial labor and physical production forms). This reorganization forces an underlying paradox in capitalism into focus, foregrounding the mismatch between a capitalist productive system and the consumer society required to maintain that system, a paradox that emerges precisely because exchange value emerges from the relationship between one commodity and anotherfrom the exchange of a commodity for the acquisition of another: human labor is the underlying commodity required by this entire system, a commodity rendered obsolete by digital automation; the new aesthetic provides physical examples of this transition-in-progress.