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Date Published: 7/23/2004
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Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, Editors

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LIFE IN THE WIRES: THE CTHEORY READER
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, Editors

Now Published -- ordering information below

CTheory Books
NWP
ISBN 0-920393-21-7

LIFE IN THE WIRES: THE CTHEORY READER
an interdisciplinary anthology on the future of technoculture and the revolutionary impact of the Internet on media, technology, culture and politics.

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
Rhizome.org

"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."

? Stelarc
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

www.lifeinthewires.net

  • 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
  • Index
  • Key bibliographical references

Ordering Information

Life in the Wires: The CTheory Reader
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker, eds
ISBN 0-920393-21-7
475 pages, price: $29.95

All books will be sent by surface mail unless other arrangements are made for airmail delivery

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To order copies of this book for bookstores, classroom use, or to pay by international money order, please send an email to ctheory@uvic.ca


LIFE IN THE WIRES: THE CTHEORY READER

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Life in the Wires: Introduction
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

9


Screens in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


17

1

Crossing into the Twisted World
James Conlon
20

2

Material Memories: Time And The Cinematic Image
Paul D. Miller (Dj Spooky)
27

3

Speed Ramping
David Cox
34

4

Making the World Safe for Fashionable Philosophy!
Joe Milutis
40

5

I Was Seduced by 48 Robots in a Metallic Arena
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker
49


Music in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


55

6

Black Secret Technology (The Whitey On The Moon Dub)
Julian Jonker
61

7

The Turntable
Charles Mudede
70

8

Cardboard Resistance: Deconstructed Rock and the Politics of Authenticity
Phillip Vannini
79

9

Full With Noise: Theory and Japanese Noise Music
Paul Hegarty
86

10

Go With the Flow
Bo Vibe
99


Politics in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


105

11

Unmanned: Embedded Reporters, Predator Drones and Armed Perception
Jordan Crandall
110

12

Priming the Pump of War
Dion Dennis
117

13

CTHEORY Interview With Paul Virilio: The Kosovo War Took Place In Orbital Space
Paulo Virilio in conversation with John Armitage
126

14

1000 Years of War: CTHEORY Interview with Manuel De Landa
Manuel De Landa in conversation with Evan Selinger et. al.
135

15

Dangerous Philosophy: Threat, Risk and Security
Irving Goh
155

16

Networks, Swarms and Multitudes
Eugene Thacker
165


Gender in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


179

17

The Cyborg Mother: A Breached Boundary
Jaimie Smith-Windsor
184

18

When Bad Girls Do French Theory
Joan Hawkins
192

19

Metal Gender
Steve Dixon
207

20

Screaming Eagle: For Kathy Acker
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker
215

21

Kathy Acker in Life and Death
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker
218


Cities in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


221

22

Chimurenga: Cape Town Now! CTHEORY Interview with Ntone Edjabe
Trebor Scholz
226

23

Circuits, Death And Sacred Fiction: The City Of Banaras
Mahesh Senagala
230

24

Designing the Solipsistic City: Themes of Urban Planning and Control in The Matrix, Dark City, and The Truman Show
Samuel Nunn
234


Net in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


245

25

The Rush to Judgment: Binary Thinking in a Digital Age
Peter Lurie
249

26

Flash Fetish
Nate Burgos
257

27

Spatial Discursions: Flames Of The Digital And Ashes Of The Real (Confessions Of A San Francisco Programmer)
Robert Nirre
260

28

Why the Web Will Win the Culture Wars for the Left: Deconstructing Hyperlinks
Peter Lurie
269

29

Speaking in Djinni: Media Arts and the Computational Language of Expression
D. Fox Harrell
277

30

The Ambiguous Panopticon: Foucault and the Codes of Cyberspace
Mark Winokur
285

31

Technical Machines and Evolution
Belinda Barnet
309


Posthumanism in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


327

32

The Post-Cyborg Path to Deconism
Steve Mann
333

33

Lifestyles of the Cloned and (In)Famous
Jason Lubyk
340

34

Professor DVD
Nicholas Rombes
343

35

What is Cool? Notes on Intellectualism, Popular Culture, and Writing
Jeff Rice
348

36

Beyond Postmodernism? Paul Virilio?s Hypermodern Cultural Theory
John Armitage
354

37

Hyper-Heidegger
Arthur Kroker
369

38

Myron Krueger Live: CTHEORY Interview
Jeremy Turner
377


Art in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker


385

39

Loving the Ghost in the Machine: Aesthetics of Interruption
Janne Vanhanen
389

40

Koshun?s Knob
Lesego Rampolokeng
398

41

Motion Perception in Movies and Painting: Towards a New Kinetic Art
Michael Betancourt
402

42

Net Baroque
Christina McPhee
410

43

Digitality: Approximate Aesthetics
Anna Munster
415

44

Hallucinations of Invisibility: From Silence to Delirium
Ted Hiebert
430

45

Distraction And Digital Culture
William Bogard
443


Contributors


461


Acknowledgments


466


Index


467
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