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Marching Plague

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We heard that the FBI and the Justice Department made a ferocious effort to stop the writing of this book, and after reading it we understand why. Marching Plague offers a radical reframing of the discourse surrounding germ warfare. After refuting the idea that massive biological attack is a probable if not a certain future occurrence, Critical Art Ensemble goes on to argue that biological weapons programs are little more than a monumental waste of taxpayer dollars and medical and health resources that could be better spent fighting the massive loss of life each year from emerging infectious diseases.
— The Yes Men

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Shut Them Down!

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The overall feeling created by the book is one of hope and excitement about the future of the movement. It re-ignites the emotions and sense of urgency created by the G8 protests and in doing so provides a valuable service in combating the post-protest comedown that inevitably occurs after such an event. The book makes you feel like there is still a movement out there, that it didn’t just melt away after 8 July and that the daily struggle is most definitely worth fighting.

The impressive range of stories, ideas and thoughts in the book reflects the diverse and innovative tactics adopted by activists at the G8 summit, and attacks the G8’s dominant narrative of neo-liberalism with its own alternative story. Well worth a read.

—Peace News, May 2006

In a surprisingly engaging, intellectual, and clear manner, Shut Them Down! speaks from within the specifically anti-authoritarian networks of resistance that organized for years building up to the G8 summit of world leaders meeting in July 2005 in Gleaneagles, Scotland. Against the standard cheerleading style of post-summit reportbacks written by a few participants and many observers, Shut Them Down! is written almost exclusively by individuals and collectives who participated in the building, organizing, demonstrating, and supporting of the protests. Unafraid to be brutally self-critical, honest, and hopeful, the various essays cover the spectrum of strategies and tactics used in Scotland in excruciating detail. What results is sometimes a DIY manual for organizing mass anti-capitalist networks, sometimes a comic book and sometimes an academic journal.

— Jacob Blumenfeld, Left Turn

An in-depth review of Shut Them Down! from Greenpepper Magazine can be read online here.

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Curating Immateriality

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0100101110101101.ORG & [epidemiC] | Josephine Berry Slater | Geoff Cox | Alexander R. Galloway & Eugene Thacker | Olga Goriunova & Alexei Shulgin | Beryl Graham | Eva Grubinger | Piotr Krajewski | Jacob Lillemose | low-fi | Franziska Nori | Matteo Pasquinelli | Christiane Paul | Trebor Scholz | Grzesiek Sedek | Tiziana Terranova | Marina Vishmidt

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INTRODUCTION TO 'THE WORK OF THE CURATOR IN THE AGE OF NETWORK SYSTEMS' Joasia Krysa

OF SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: IMMATERIAL LABOUR IN OPEN SYSTEMS Tiziana Terranova

TWILIGHT OF THE WIDGETS Marina Vishmidt

EXTRACT FROM KURATOR SOURCE CODE Grzesiek Sedek

SOFTWARE ACTIONS Geoff Cox

FLEXIBLE CONTEXTS, DEMOCRATIC FILTERING AND COMPUTER-AIDED CURATING Christiane Paul

'C@C': COMPUTER-AIDED CURATING (1993-1995) REVISITED Eva Grubinger

CONCEPTUAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF ART Jacob Lillemose

UNASSIGNABLE LEAKAGE Josephine Berry Slater

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ON MISANTHROPY Alexander R. Galloway & Eugene Thacker

ANNOTATIONS ON 'I LOVE YOU' BY DIGITALCRAFT.ORG Franziska Nori

NET ART LOCATOR low-fi

THE PARTICIPATORY CHALLENGE Trebor Scholz

EDITS FROM A CRUMB DISCUSSION LIST THEME Beryl Graham

AN INVENTORY OF MEDIA ART FESTIVALS Piotr Krajewski

FROM ART ON NETWORKS TO ART ON PLATFORMS Olga Goriunova & Alexei Shulgin

CULTURAL LABOUR AND IMMATERIAL MACHINES Matteo Pasquinelli

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Engineering Culture

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INTRODUCTION TO 'THE AUTHOR AS (DIGITAL) PRODUCER' - Geoff Cox & Joasia Krysa 007

CONFIGURING THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL ART - etoy 031

THE MACINTOSH COMPUTER: ARCHETYPAL CAPITALIST MACHINE? - William Bowles 039

BIT PLANE - Bureau of Inverse Technology 063

COGNITIVE CAPITALISM AND THE CONTESTED CAMPUS - Nick Dyer-Witheford 071

ENGAGING AMBIVALENCE - The Institute for Applied Autonomy 095

APPROPRIATED TECHNOLOGY WIKI - George Grinsted 106

THE PRODUCER AS POWER USER - Pit Schultz 111

THE PROCESS IS THE PRODUCT - Redundant Technology Initiative 127

BARE CODE: NET ART AND THE FREE SOFTWARE MOVEMENT - Josephine Berry Slater 133

LONDON.PL - Harwood 151

FREAKS OF NUMBER - Matthew Fuller 161

ROOTS CULTURE: FREE SOFTWARE VIBRATIONS INNA BABYLON - Armin Medosch 177

RASTA SOFTWARE - Jaromil 203

X NOTES ON PRACTICE - Raqs Media Collective 209

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Economising Culture

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INTRODUCTION TO 'THE (DIGITAL) CULTURE INDUSTRY' - Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa & Anya Lewin

THE FLEXIBLE PERSONALITY: FOR A NEW CULTURAL CRITIQUE - Brian Holmes

HERITAGE - The Yes Men

THE MOOD OF NETWORKING CULTURE - Jeremy Valentine

AN ECONOMY OF LOVE - Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings

GLOBALICA: COMMUNISM, CULTURE AND THE COMMODITY - Esther Leslie

Re-Code.com - Carbon Defense League & Conglomco Media Conglomeration

TRIP THE LOOP, MAKE YOUR SWITCH, CONSUME THE NET - Julian Priest & James Stevens

SOCIETY IN AD-HOC MODE: DECENTRALISED, SELF-ORGANISING, MOBILE - Armin Medosch

SIGHTINGS - Raqs Media Collective

FLEXIBLE COLONISATION - Marina Grzinic

LOWTECH MUSIC FOR HIGHTECH PEOPLE - Gameboyzz Orchestra

HOMEWORK: THE EXTENSION OF THE CULTURE INDUSTRY - Mirko Tobias Schäfer

THE PRESIDENT@WHITEHOUSE.GOV SHOOTER - Margarete Jahrmann

ON WARFARE AND REPRESENTATION - Jordan Crandall

THE SPECTACLE: GLOBAL AND PARTICULAR - Adam J. Chmielewski

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0100101110101101.org (Spain)
Association Apsolutno (Yugoslavia)
Autonome a.f.r.i.k.a. (Germany)
Autonomous Culture Factory (Hungary)
Franco Berardi Bifo (Italy)
Luther Blissett (Italy)
Brett Bloom (USA)
Alexander Brener (Russia)
Candida TV (Italy)
Carbon Defense League (USA)
Sfear von Clauswitz (USA)
C.U.K.T. (Poland)
Manuel De Landa (USA)
d-i-n-a (Spain)
Ricardo Dominguez (USA)
Miklos Erhardt (Hungary)
FiftyFifty (Spain)
Matt Fuller (UK)
Alexander Galloway (USA)
David Garcia (Netherlands)
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh (India)
Heidi Grundmann (Austria)
Jesse Hirsh (Canada)
IFTAF (Austria)
Fran Ilich (Mexico)
The Institute (Romania)
Institutio Media (Italy)
InterSpace (Belgium)
Cultural & Info Center K@2 (Latvia)
Oleg Kireev (Russia)
Eric Kluitenberg (Netherlands)
Tetsuo Kogawa (Japan)
Kuda.org (Yugoslavia)
Michael Linton (Canada)
Geert Lovink (Australia/Netherlands)
Sebastian Luetgert (Germany)
Duna Maver (Hungary)
MediaArtLab (Russia)
Stefan Merten (Germany)
Mikro (Germany)
Multimedia Institute mi2 (Hungary)
Neue Slowenische Kunst (Slovenia)
Kenta Ohji (Japan)
Cesare Piertoiusti (Italy)
Simon Pope (UK)
Joanne Richardson (Romania)
Patrice Riemens (Netherlands)
Louis Rosales (Mexico)
Paula Roush (UK)
®?ark (USA)
Sarai Collective (India)
Barbara Schurz (Austria)
Greg Sholette (USA)
Howard Slater (UK)
Space Hijackers (UK)
Felix Stalder (Canada/Austria)
Janos Sugar (Hungary)
V2_Organisation (Netherlands)
Vakuum TV (Hungary)
McKenzie Wark (Australia/USA)
Peter Lamborn Wilson (USA)
WRO Center (Poland)
Ernie Yacub (Canada)

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Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation

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"In the neoliberal era of postmodernism, the proletariat is whited-out from the pages of history. Silvia Federici recovers its historical substance by telling its story starting at the beginning, with the throes of its birth. This is a book of remembrance, of a trauma burned into the body of women, which left a scar on humanity's memory as deep and painful as those caused by famine, slaughter and enslavement.

Federici shows that the birth of the proletariat required a war against women, inaugurating a new sexual pact and a new patriarchal era: the patriarchy of the wage. Firmly rooted in the history of the persecution of the witches and the disciplining of the body, her arguments explain why the subjugation of women was as crucial for the formation of the world proletariat as the enclosures of the land, the conquest and colonization of the 'New World,' and the slave trade.

Documenting the horrors of state terror against women, Federici has written a book truly of our times. Neither compromising nor condescending, Caliban and the Witch expresses an unfailing generosity of spirit and the dignity of a planetary scholar. It is both a passionate work of memory recovered and a hammer of humanity's agenda." - Peter Linebaugh, author of The London Hanged

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