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Die Leere Mitte Issue 10

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 21, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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In issue 10: Randee Silv, Angela Caporaso, Michael Betancourt, Marjan Zahed-Kindersley, Mark Young, Joseph Salvatore Aversano, Christopher Clifton, Nico Vassilakis, Mario Jos Cervantes.

Edited in Berlin by Horst Berger and Federico Federici

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Illustrator Glitch Experiments

story © Michael Betancourt | published March 15, 2021 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: GLITCH & POSTDIGITAL

Here are several experiments with generating glitches using software that isn't normally engaged for glitching, Adobe Illustrator:







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Now Available - The Book of Dissolution

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 23, 2020 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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This work of visual poetry is composed from forty-two carefully curated compositions produced between 1998 and 2020. Dissolution means the decomposition into fragments or parts, a disintegration that returns the established order to its component elementsbut this breaking up does not mean an end to order, merely the conversion from one state to another, more dynamic one. These images are a meditation on this process of ordering and transformation. These images are a meditation on this process of ordering and transformation, a sequence of images, like an animation without the in-between frames.






 
Humanity Enabled: AI & the Great Economic Accelleration

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 7, 2020 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

I will be giving a talk at the Aspen Institute-Germany conference "Humanity Enabled: AI & the Great Economic Accelleration" on December 8 on the structural barriers to the emergence of the 'society of leisure.' These are not economic but cultural, a confluence of religious and social prohibitions on leisure that simultaneously devalue, demonize, and disenfranchise labor.

The presentation slides can be downloaded here





 
Conspiracy Theories are 'Animistic Fallacies'

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 10, 2020 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: working notes

A vast, evil conspiracy is comforting. The paranoid belief in the capacity of authority to maintain itself and secretly dominate events provides an explanationhidden power acting without oversightthat is easy to understand.




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