oil on canvas
141 x 202 cm
Our choice is not between “regulation” and “no regulation.” The code regulates. It implements values, or not. It enables freedoms, or disables them. It protects privacy, or promotes monitoring. People choose how the code does these things. People write the code. Thus the choice is not whether people will decide how cyberspace regulates. People—coders—will. The only choice is whether we collectively will have a role in their choice—and thus in determining how these values regulate—or whether collectively we will allow the coders to select our values for us. — Lawrence Lessig on the increasing regulation of cyberspace | Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2000 (via new-aesthetic)
if the internet is a libidinal machine, or perhaps a fucking machine (which doesn’t necessarily mean a fucking machine, but you kinda know the thing i’m webbing to you about):
we pump or push or pull libidinal energy into the stream, into the network slipstream canal federation. this energy becomes trapped, not unlike with ballard’s car crash in waiting, or cronenberg’s, which is pretty much the same thing anyways. reserves of petrosexual encounter well and congeal in fits and nodes everywhere, or perhaps offer the lubrication of a more refined oil to effect the semiotic passage.
the petrosexual is the fluid of the spectacle, distilled or refined from a more general field of relations in which they are produced and captured: a libidinal-made-sexual, at least in simulated form. properties of both crude and of crack, dinosaur juice fermented for hours and minutes rather than millions of years.
these fluids also form vectors: while it is a libidinal energy that invests itself in the network apparatus, this encounter also secretes data. tracking data: data of authentication and movement and consumption. this data is what makes an efficient economics of the libidinal relation; governmentality emerges as a secondary political effect.
not unlike the petrosexual, the libidinal-made-data is also based in simulation. the difference shifts, however, from the simulacrum that is a copy-without-original to become the algorithmic statistical simulation — or shifts from models to models, image to text, code to code.
heavy-grade crude or more subtle petroleum jelly? all plastic, this is for certain: a self-referential system of fluidity different from that of the lubricant, more concentrated or refined. this is what deleuze misses when describing enclosures as molds and therefore obsolesced in favour of modulating controls: the ability of plastic to self-deform and modulate upon injection into certain molds, making rapid use of enclosures as discardable non-objects.
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which is also to say that the more general field of libidinal relations is messy and somewhat less refined, somewhat less self-referential, opening pluripotentially outward and perhaps this is a good thing.
Department of Biological Flow
Human Wearing Phallus in the Dark
process machine for protocol machine
Game of Life by John H. Conway, 1970
(Source: beepbopboopbeepbop, via rjnskl)
Portrait #23 (self)
lambda photographic print
400 x 400 cm