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Jonah Brucker-Cohen does social subversion at Futuresonic09

I wrote this post for InterventTech on 24 May 2009. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.


BLOG EXTRACT – Taking a break from the glamour of Space 1 at Futuresonic 09, I stumbled across the ultra-talented and sparky Jonah Brucker-Cohen of coin-operated in Space 2.

Jonah used his session to talk about some of his social subversion projects. These projects interrogate and play with different kinds of online social architectures and data networks. They also intervene in these networks in some way to reveal how underlying structure affects the character of the community such networks facilitate and often challenge this in some way. Read in full to find out more about my highlights.

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Digital futures at Futuresonic 2009

I wrote this post for InterventTech on 19 May 2009. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.


BLOG EXTRACT – Kicked off and driven by Stow Boyd, the Digital futures session at Futuresonic 09 was beautifully optimistic. The session explored new visions for the future based on behaviours and trends emerging from networked culture and raised some tricky questions about the importance of shared vision and collective decision making in successfully shaping the future we want.

Leading on this platform, Stow Boyd introduced the term Edglings to the Futuresonic audience.  Boyd first introduced Edglings on his blog /Message back in 2006 as a metaphor for a new kind of citizen. A citizen that he saw emerging as a result of the web. In Boyds view, this new kind of citizen is defined by a new worldview made possible by the internet and the possibility of extended interaction between many. Edglings hold a ‘glocalised’ perspective on the world (simultaneously local and global rather than national) and are attracted online because it provides a more egalatarian view of the world, the possibility to produce, consume and take part. On top of this networked communication online also provides a sense of personal empowerment that other publishing mediums cannot on the same scale, it enables people to talk about what matters to them, connect up with others and potentially ‘make a difference’ in some way. In terms of impact Boyd described Edglings as a movement underpinned by a common set of values. These values Boyd expressed, will help drive us toward a web culture that offers broader hope for humanity and the possibility of a survivable future. Wowser.

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Futuresonic 2009 round up

I wrote this post for InterventTech on 16 May 2009. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.


BLOG EXTRACT – So it’s May again which means that it’s time for me along with hundreds of other art-tech and social media types to descend on Manchester for Futuresonic09.


First of all I’d like to say a BIG ‘well done’ to the Director of the festival Drew Hemment and his brilliant team. This years conference was really well organised and brought a great collection of speakers together. The ranging insight and expertise each speaker brought to the conference felt relevant and the mix of practicing artists and ‘tech-industry’ representatives generated some interesting debates on the platform.

The over arching thread of the conference was environment 2.0 but within that key sessions were guided by a few more specific themes. These were:

Some InterventTech round up posts on specific sessions to follow soon.

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