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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In News & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology

The Art Happens Here:

Net Art Anthology
Art happens everywhere these days. And yet, there are some realms which still linger in the shadows: namely, net art. All the more important is what Rhizome did with its self-claimed preservation platform for digital art. With their mission in mind to save net-artifacts from falling into oblivion, they presented one art work at a time over the course of two years on The idea was to create a time capsule, a finite selection of 100 art works which happened in the spheres of the internet from 1982 to 2016. This compendium is certainly an one-of-a-kind collection of websites, softwares, sculptures, graphics, books, and merchandise which pushed the possible uses of the internet as social process, material infrastructure, and lived experience to its limits. While the New Museum in New York currently showcases these art works, the repertoire also lives on in the corresponding chronicles 'The Art Happens Here: Net Art Anthology'. This already historical document, with a whole lotta net art, shall be a fruitful and pertinent research source for pre-, digital natives and generations still to come - since as Rhizome's Artistic Director, Michael Connor, states: 'In Spite of Everything Net Art is Still a Wonderful Terrible Pure Hard Thing". There is not much to add except: Mission accomplished! Buy
Goodbye World!

Goodbye World!

Looking at Art in the Digital Age - Omar Kholeif
The internet has changed the face of the world. It is no longer that peaceful looking, inactive floating orb which was captured by NASA’s Apollo 17 spacecraft in 1972. Goodbye, World! Looking at Art in the Digital Age examines the various ways human society has changed to keep up with the fast pacing developments of technology since ARPAnet first laid the foundation for the internet in the 1960s. From a critical viewpoint, author and curator Omar Kholeif focuses on the last couple of decades to trace the incredible changes in how we see and relate to imagery, how our feelings and behaviours are adapting to technology in radical ways, and how our perception of our own selves and relation to the urban landscapes surrounding us is transforming. Buy
Zehn Gründe warum du deine Social Media Accounts sofort löschen musst

Zehn Gründe warum du deine Social Media Accounts sofort löschen musst

Jaron Lanier
If not already convinced that social media is negatively influencing your life, many of us are quite sceptical about its benefits, and the poorly checked role of culprits like Facebook and Google. Click delete to save your soul is the main message of Silicon Valley pioneer and web rebel, Jaron Lanier. In “Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts” Lanier warns about how algorithms are predicated on triggering negative emotions and manipulating our behaviours. “The evidence suggests”, he says, social media “is making us sadder, angrier, less empathetic, more fearful, more isolated and more tribal.” and as such there will be not solution if we do not take part in the solution. “Quitting is the only way to learn what can replace our grand mistake.” Buy
Machines and Robots

Machines and Robots

Edition Digital Culture #5 - Dominik Landwehr
Machines and Robots studies how the subject of robotics have been approached in science and technology, in literature and art, and in cultural history, wondering whether machines are able to be creative. Several leading scholars looked into this, including Andreas Broeckmann who approaches the issue from the cultural scientist’s perspective, studying the impact that machines and robots have had on art during the 20th century. Whereas Philipp Theisohn, director of the research program “conditio extraterrestris” at Zurich University describes the rich history of robotics in science fiction, and Roland Wetzel, director of the Tinguely Museum in Basel, is an expert on the sculptor’s art and is familiar how much it influenced contemporary artists. Buy