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Mute Vol 2 #7 - Show Invisibles? Migration / Data / Work Editorial content | Vol II
Submitted by mute on Tuesday, 12 February, 2008 - 15:53

Mute_2_7_coverWe are living through an intensification of citizens’, and non-citizens’, visibility to capital. Database convergence, states of emergency and points-based immigration systems destroy the legal and informational grey zones in which the poor shelter and organise. As black economies and shadow sectors are exposed to the light of networked information in the interests of population management, border enforcement, welfare clamp-downs and, above all, profit, what are the risks and advantages of visibility? What do (political and artistic) representation and rights have to offer the illegal and ‘invisible’?

The Immaterial Aristocracy of the Internet Editorial content | Articles
Submitted by mute on Monday, 5 May, 2008 - 18:33
Harry Halpin

Taking issue with the argument that, after decentralisation, control is embodied within the protocols of networks, Harry Halpin gives a historical account of the all-too-human actors vying for power over the net. Not technical standards but immaterial aristocrats rule cyberspace and their seats of power are vulnerable to revolutionary attack

Crisis in the Visual System Editorial content | Articles
Submitted by mute on Thursday, 1 May, 2008 - 18:20
Paul Helliwell

To celebrate Mayday and in anticipation of the leftist ‘danse macabre’ which the anniversary of May ’68 once again promises to be, Mute offers a skeleton for the soixante-huitard feast: Here, Paul Helliwell exhumes the Althusserian preconditions of Jacques Ranciere’s insistently superficial aesthetic politics, and questions whether a notion of the hidden might not still have something decisive to show us

‘There is no science… but of the hidden’ – a phrase by Bachelard taken up by the Althusserians.
– Jacques Rancière from ‘The Janus-Face of Politicised Art’[1]

Citizens Banned? Editorial content | Articles
Submitted by mute on Thursday, 24 April, 2008 - 18:09
Anthony Iles and Josephine Berry Slater

Is a rabble run media becoming a possibility? And are artists in the vanguard or blocking the way? The AV media arts festival in the North-East of England last month suggested the ambivalence of artistic interventions into state and corporate broadcasting. Report by Anthony Iles and Josephine Berry Slater

Men in Denim Editorial content | Articles
Submitted by mute on Friday, 18 April, 2008 - 16:45
Iain A. Boal

The computer, it has been argued, inspired a wave of post-war 'imaginary futures', from ecstatic fantasies of time and space travel to fears of mankind's extinction. Yet, prior technological developments were similarly animated by fantasies and anxieties about the transformation of human capacities. Here Iain Boal brings three critical histories of modernity's futuramas firmly back down to earth

Blurred Boundaries: Sport, Art and Activity Editorial content | Vol II
Submitted by mute on Thursday, 17 April, 2008 - 15:42
Benedict Seymour

Is the convergence of art and sport under the pressure of pseudo-participatory spectacle undermining the utopian potential of both? Benedict Seymour goes back to the future to recover the new kind of activity which, in different ways, informs them still

Manufactured Scarcity - The Profits of Deindustrialisation Editorial content | Articles
Submitted by mute on Thursday, 10 April, 2008 - 17:02
James Heartfield

'Green capitalism': a new paradigm of sustainable production or a license to shut down plants and print money? James Heartfield looks at the case of influential pioneer in increasing profits by cutting output, Enron

Fear of Fear Itself Editorial content | Articles
Submitted by mute on Thursday, 3 April, 2008 - 14:07
Marina Vishmidt

This year’s Transmediale festival in Berlin was themed around the conceptual term ‘Conspire’. Here, Marina Vishmidt reviews its multiple presentations of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ collaborative truth production, and queries some suspicious absences

Report from Chengdu OpenPublishing | News & Analysis
Submitted by mute on Wednesday, 26 March, 2008 - 17:17
Hari Kunzru

Back in Beijing, after a tense couple of days in Chengdu. The city is the Eastern gateway to Tibet, located at the foot of the mountains. It has a huge PLA base, and was the jumping off point for the troops which are now saturating Tibet. The serious action is now apparently in the villages. There are reports of serious clashes in several rural districts, though Lhasa is now locked down. Police have been killed, and in the Aba area, the ratio of Tibetans to army is now 1:1 according to someone I talked to. I met a couple of journos who'd tried to get into Tibet hiding under blankets in a car. They'd been picked up  - everyone seems to have failed to get into the areas of Tibet and Sichuan where the ongoing violence is concentrated.

subject: Asia

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