Over the past few years, Louis Armand has been extremely prolific in his publications. The speed with which this Prague-based writer and academic has managed to write full-length novels and sprawling poetic texts is a point of interest in its own right, and his latest publication Glitchhead must be read as part of a sprawling palimpsest of concepts, themes, conceits and, in the most general sense, writing, which Armand has recently been publishing.Continue reading “Armand’s Glitchhead (2021) in the Rearview Mirror”
A point comes when information becomes invested in the world’s matter, and this investment summons a multiplicity of affordances. Inspiration is hyperstitional vaperware come from the future which lures the animal spirits – it is never certain whether it is a trap or a genuine meal, but there is, after all, little distinction between the two.Continue reading “Glyphs on Feral Enterprise”
/–––Before the material nature of algorithmic processes hid within the miniature circuits of our personal computers, it was much easier to understand programming as a material form of media inscription. Since the beginning of the 19th century, this medium was the punched card on which a program was written by means of a mechanical punch system. With the advent of digital computers, one card became the equivalent of one line of machine code. One deck of cards was one program. But this sifting through media archeology tends to unearth ever older strata of our technological unconscious. The card thus shows itself as a medium which can do two things: first it provides the means to trace and compile databases, and second it allows the mediation of a previously programmed sequence of (mostly computational) processes. Cards are in this sense not only a medium for compiling information, but their sequential reading also creates the protocol for recursive logic which is the basis of all algorithmic functions.
And so I ask: what kind of computer are tarot cards?
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