Debate | Booklaunch | Performance

Cultural Intelligence Operations

ACF NY / THURSDAY DEC 13, 06:30 PM

The Austrian Cultural Forum is pleased to present Austrian electronic media pioneer Konrad Becker with: Ayreen Anastas (16beaver) Stephen Duncombe (NYU) and Fran Ilich (Spacebank) Moderator: Jim Fleming (Autonomedia)

Dictionary of Operations, Autonomedia 2012 ISBN: 978-1-57027-261-5

Konrad Becker’s “Operations” highlights the subtext of the politics of information and the underlying framework of media reality in digital networks. If every communication is an oracle, who owns meaning which authorizes legitimate knowledge? Dictionary of Operations reflects illusory mirror worlds and excavates media-archaeological ghost stories that continue to haunt the world. Tracing the omnipresent trails of monsters, zombies and ghosts in the infosphere it declares “To be human is to be haunted, bound in chains to a past dominating the present.”

“Operations” is a performance series based on a series of books published by Autonomedia. Dictionary of Operations, is the third in a series of new lexica. After defining the field of Tactical Reality (2002) and Strategic Reality (2009), this manual to the contemporary cognitive environment analyzes 72 terms to access the operative logics of social and anti-social media.

Konrad Becker will perform excerpts from “Operations”: a spoken word electro-poetry show of psycho-acoustic beats that explores mimetic communication machines. “Operations” evokes the phantasmagoric qualities of digital media environments. The performance unveils media history to be haunted by reoccurring themes of ghosts, mirror worlds and dangerous trans-communications.

Operations | Modern Ghosts (At Poesia en Voz Alta, Mexico City)