trans*migrations: cartographies of the queer

This collection of essays published by Litteraria Pragensia Books attempts to move across the fraught landscape of contemporary identity politics in order to develop the notion of trans* as a general syntactical logic for extrapolation, speculation, and becoming. The collection’s conceit follows Susan Stryker in considering the asterisk of ‘trans*’ as a “wildcard operator” which has the potential to move its nominative beyond the categories of transsexual, transvestite, transgender... in favor of a cumulative drift of alienation for which gender, sex, or social marking are but a temporary vector.

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Gaming The Aftermath

Produced and curated by Diffractions Collective – Vít Bohal, Dustin Breitling hosted by APART

Surveying a planet fraught with climatic, biodiversity, governance and social crises, this lecture series aims to understand how ‘gaming’ as the supreme medium of our time invites engagement with questions related to systems-designing, that in effect, provides tools for orienting and working through our catastrophe-laden imaginary. We reflect upon whether games themselves can accompany how we engineer strategies aligned with models of adaptive intelligence, to interface and ‘melt’ into designing counter-worlds against the lock-in of futural disintegration. Through an examination of the role of logistics operating as the arteries of our world economy, we probe into how ‘walking simulators’ and ‘management games’ compel engagement with our ‘infrastructural unconscious’ and provide templates for ‘rafting-with’ the realities of supply-chain breakdown, displaced migrations, and a form of ‘bricolaging’ our way through adverse environments.

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Existentially weighted time decay: speculative fragmentation and political immunology

Transcript of Michael Uhall’s talk at WyrdPatchwork#5

My answer was that architecture, as a social and primarily constructive act, could heal the wounds, by creating entirely new types of space in the city. These would be what I had called ‘freespaces,’ spaces without predetermined programs of use, but whose strong forms demanded the invention of new programs corresponding to the new, post-war conditions.” – Lebbeus Woods

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#WyrdPatchworks 5

In the wake of Covid-19 and its convulsions that have rendered ever more salient a global system dependent on the warp and weft of global supply chains and logistical systems, #WyrdPatchworks returns to grasp how conceptions linked to Patchwork, MetaUtopia, or alternative governance dynamics can grapple with addressing the virus compounded by Climate Change, Loss of Biodiversity, Displaced Populations. Thus, we will speculate how Covid will inflect potential ways of mining out new social arrangements that in turn transform and rezone urban, peri-urban and rural limits or how mechanisms that will sort and cast the concept of populations in a different light that departs from national, cultural, and identitarian markers towards genetic, antibody or ‘hologenetic’ economies that shift us to ponder the evolution of post-human governance. Featuring Louis Armand, Adam Lovasz, and Michael Uhall.

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On the Entropement of COVID-19 (an Entropology)

The manner in which media have been reporting on the current Covid-19 epidemic has been unique, insofar as the new crisis quickly focused the western media-scape on this one single story in a very short span of time. This effect is highly unusual and differs from the standard tempo and manner of reporting and can yield some unique insights. This essay will attempt to situate the Covid-19 pandemic within a general ‘entropology’, showing how the crisis is being spun in the months following the first reports, and will focus on the manner in which the event of the disease has become ‘entroped’ within contemporary information networks – entropement will be shown to consist in the framing of a “dissipative” object-signifier within a network of parasitic relations.

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Memory Algorithms: Duolingo as a Platform for Second Language Acquisition

The Duolingo mobile app provides a particular case study for encountering the overlap between symbolic and machine language systems in SLA (Second Language Acquisition). Although Duolingo is built upon both natural language as a trésure des significant,[1] as well as the syntactical system of machine code which underwrites the application’s backend processes and frontend interfaces, its pedagogic pipeline bears certain particular features and underlying logics which structure the user’s experience. These features will be analysed presently.  

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