Modifying the Means To The End

  In the wake of efforts to create precipitation and combat the arid and drought-stricken landscape of the United Arab Emirates, legions of drones have been unleashed and tested this past July to usher in a novel deployment of cloud seeding. The drones distinguished from previous experiments that relied on dispersing silver iodine in the clouds are equipped with high-resolution sensors that measure temperature, humidity and release electrical charges that are designed to electrocute clouds in their effort to jolt droplets in the clouds which in effect trigger them to clump together and produce rain. 1

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Derivative Capitalism & Cryptonomics w/Jonathan Beller

An interview with Jonathan Beller regarding the evolution of the Attention Economy, the role of Cinema as a critical site and catalyst for aspects of Computation, and the possible emergence of a ‘Cryptocommons’.

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‘Social Derivatives & Convex Commons’ w/Economic Space Agency & Gerald Nestler

This is the video uploaded from the Diffractions Collective and their featured panel that hosted Economic Space Agency & Robin Hood ‘DAO’ to discuss the nature of Social Derivatives, DAOs, Gaming, and Convex Commons. Below is also accompanying notes from Gerald Nestler who unfortunately was not able to join us.

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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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The Passion According to Omnicide

A film influenced by the works of Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. and Jason Bahbak Mohaghegh’s Omnicide. Narration by Anja Kauffman. Original Sound from Valerio Tricoli’s Clonic Earth and Lucy Railton’s Paradise 94.

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