CYBERNETICS LOVES THE BORDERLANDS
Life in the Wires is about life today, from Al-Jazeera to eBay, from creatively understanding new media to analyzing how questions of gender, race, class and colonialism have been deeply transformed by networked society.
Life in the Wires, is in essence what Jean-Paul Sartre calls a "fused community" ? a global intellectual community of theorists, musicians, artists, filmmakers, computer programmers, multimedia designers, architects, engineers, Soweto poets, Net activists ? young and old, a multiplicity of race, class, gender, nation and disciplines: writing from universities, industry, media, the streets; the design and programming centers of IT, from anti-globalization street protests, from mediawatch, from the badlands of Texas, the streets of San Francisco, the hybrid cities of Cape Town, London, Toronto, New York, Paris, Helsinki, Singapore and Berlin.
"For those of us who like our media theory to have poetic and dramatic flair, the online journal CTheory provides regular satisfaction. In case you missed some of the recent (or older) essays, or just want them all together in a more complete context, the editorial team of Arthur and Marilouise Kroker have brought together a collection of forty-five CTheory texts into one volume. Titled 'Life in the Wires,' the reader explores music, politics, urban space, gender, art and other aspects of contemporary, technologically saturated life. 'Life in the Wires' supplies a range of critically ambivalent feelings about our electrified and networked condition, from Paul Miller's (DJ Spooky) reflections on 'the cinematic image' to a conversation with (media theorist) Manuel De Landa on '1000 years of war.' And like any media theory book worth its weight in wires, the CTheory Reader has a companion website with supplementary materials and a series of streamed events and seminars with many of the journal's regular contributors and editors."
? Ryan Griffis
"A seductive and speedy surveillance of potent parasitic and viral theory in the age of the remix, the recombinant and the replicant. These essays de-code and re-code the spectacle of Life in the Wires. The CTheory Reader accelerates the Posthuman pulse."
Cybernetic Performance Artist and Futurist
Principal Research Fellow, Nottingham Trent University
"They've done it again! Arthur and Marilouise Kroker continue to brew digital delicacies rich in fiber and low in froth, an orgy of tastes in the very latest in their indelibly written series, "Life In The Wires". It's love at first byte,THE anthology of pertinent madness guaranteed to tempt and seduce. Devour cautiously!"
? Lynn Hershman
Award-winning Filmmaker, Multimedia Artist
Professor, UC Davis
"Arthur and Marilouise Kroker are two of the most well informed and incisive analysts of technology on this continent. They are the creators of C-Theory, an ongoing project, that examines the intersection of technology, culture, and politics. Anxiously awaited, the C-Theory reader is a mamoth compendium of some of the most gifted cultural critics, artists, & philosophers. Highly recommended!"
? Peter Maravelis
City Lights Books (San Francisco)
KEY FEATURES OF THE READER INCLUDE
- An interactive website, continuously updated with new supplementary materials for teaching
- Streamed electronic seminars, regularly updated, featuring leading contemporary intellectuals such as: Donna Haraway, DjSpooky, Stelarc, William Leiss and Arthur Kroker, among others
- A general introduction by the editors to Life in the Wires as well as thematic introductions to each section of the Reader
- Key bibliographical references