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.

These adverse environments are specifically rendered through the competing imaginaries of how our future ‘landscapes’ will transform and how their depiction further comes to anticipate what we will inherit and inhabit in the course of a world either with us or without us. Thus, how do gaming ‘landscapes’ involve players and particularly how are their depicted alternation whether through the contours of the ‘virtual’ or ‘talons of the real’ come to converge and gradually enmesh as an ‘actual world’ we come to traverse through our interfaces.

Through the extension beyond the ‘mouse-eye-finger’ coordination complex, how does the constellation of other interfaces also encompass and extend the role of the body and its need to become ‘immersed’ in our Real and Virtual ruinous landscapes. Here, with the concept of ‘navigating through data sets’ interwoven with VR, AR, MR interfaces, can we envision how an ‘embodied choreography’ generated by specific games can serve as incubators to prepare and actively rebuild our landscapes and our infrastructural rewiring in the throes of catastrophe.

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Meta-Geography & Left-Wing Eurasianism w/ Nikolay Smirnov

We are joined by Nikolay Smirnov to discuss how Permafrost is the Sphinx of Russia, Left-Wing Eurasianism anticipating Post-Colonial Theory, and Libertarian Occultism in Russia. Transcript below and interview conducted by Dustin Breitling. Continue reading “Meta-Geography & Left-Wing Eurasianism w/ Nikolay Smirnov”

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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