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Once the cutting-edge technology of their time - video, floppy disk, CD and Super8 film are now virtually useless. Often, we even still have collections of these media somewhere in the basement, but we have no way to play them anymore - they have become obsolete.⁠ But there are some enthusiasts and artists who still appreciate these audio and visual carriers - mainly because of their specific aesthetics, which take you back to their era like a time capsule. And yes, there is often nostalgia involved, or a certain cultural pessimistic reflex that claims that "everything was better in the old days," but the love of obsolete media is also rebellious in nature. When recorders and cable outlets are scarce, it takes a certain amount of stubbornness to keep the technology alive.⁠ ⁠ ⁠H.o.Me. - Home for Obsolete Media introduces different analog media in a technological and culture historical context and demonstrates the potential inherent in working analog in the digital age.⁠ ⁠   Buy...

MJKVDL 2021 presents the first published overview of the experimental work of architect-turned-clothing designer Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur.  After a 30 year career as an architect, Mark began experimenting with clothing design after he and his husband, the artist AA Bronson, relocated from New York to Berlin in 2013. His designs emerge from labour-intensive and formally unique processes, responding to problems or provocations raised by traditional approaches to garment construction and tailoring, and subverting established norms of production. Rather than a fashion collection, Mark’s clothes exist outside of capitalist cycles of seasonal production and consumption; each garment is unique and no multiples are made or sold.⁠ Designed in the layout of a fashion lookbook, the publication, however, shows in a very intimate way the garments that are imbued with autobiographical narratives. The very personal is underlined by the photographs, most of which were taken at home in the Berlin flat Mark shares with his husband.⁠⠀ Buy...

For a long time, sustainable products had the reputation of being unsexy, aesthetically somewhere between a tie-dyed T-shirt and a haystack. But these times are fortunately over. Sustainability, longevity and circularity are not only in demand as properties, but also their visibility within the material.⁠ At ECAL students of product design, established materials specialists, manufacturers and researchers came together with the aim of exploring and defining the aesthetic potential of a new generation of sustainable materials. The result of this research-through-design project is a series of fourteen case studies involving the development of materials made from textile waste, recycled paper, rubber granulate or vegetable fibers such as algae, rice husks, hemp, flax and wood. The resulting new materials can be shaped, pressed, woven or welded and offer future designers a range of practical tools and applied knowledge about the methods of analyzing and processing seminal materials, utilizing their advantageous qualities and developing functional, yet aesthetically intriguing objects.⁠ Buy...

This cookbook is dishing up recipes from major data leak scandals. ⁠Our years with the internet have been marked by an exponential growing mass of data - and the scandalous leaks of some of that collected information. But while everyone scours with paranoia the overabundance of material in those leaks to find incriminating information - there must be something there, right?! It cannot only be chaos! - Demetria Glace has found actual cooking recipes in the data clutter.⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Released just in time for hacking season, The Leaked Recipes Cookbook showcases over 50 recipes found in the biggest email leaks of the last 15 years, including the very best cookie and a "secret" barbecue sauce among many others.⁠⠀ Beginning in March 2016, Democrats started to receive emails from companies like Google asking them to click on the link to reset their passwords. Some of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign staffers did. And that is how we got the recipe for the Genovese Pie! Of course this is also how Pizzagate came to life and screwed with the head of some out of touch with reality people, but that you will find in another chapter: The Conspiracy Course.⁠⠀ Buy...

The Drone Chronicles maps the evolution and increasing integration of drones in our society, from the American invasion in Afghanistan in 2001 onwards. ⁠Because the compiled articles derive from different media outlets, they mirror a variety of perspectives on ethical and political questions about drone usage. While the catalogue, alongside the journal, lists all the models introduced onto the market between 2001 and 2016 — either for commercial or military purposes, they are organized by release date and presented along with their technical specifications. The manufacturers are listed by country in the catalogue’s index, proposing a comparative geopolitical reading, equal to that of an atlas.⁠ This unusual publication gives you an inside to the exponential growing production of drones. It shows you the major players, challenges your moral views, but also triggers the humorous absurdity. But it does not impose a view on you. You'll have to work it out yourself.⁠ Buy ⁠...

The noise is here to stay! During the 2017 Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam for instance, different kinds of noises were produced throughout the Festival’s organized conferences, clubbing nights, and in the partner museums and cinemas. This purple/green book is simply the assemblage of a selection of these noises. The noise of technology, the noise of capitalism, the noise of communication when it breaks to pieces, the noise of distractions, of bots, of screens and screams, the noise of advertisers, of molecular engineering, bacteria and policy makers. Imbued with both thought provoking texts and images, the Noise of Being is a reminder and an invitation to continue the reflection about the dissonances of living. Buy...

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...

How would the future possibly look like? Especially in a world where things seem to be heading somewhere where design is playing a very important role in shaping such future! Touching upon issues like DNA analysis, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and space exploration, The Future Starts Here explores cutting edge scientific research and innovative pursuits, taking them from the laboratories and the studios to the attention of the general public. This includes research which has an impact on the Self, the Public, the Planet and the Afterlife. In comparison to the first issue released by V&A (this book’s publisher) dating back to 1852 and which sought to make sense of the Industrial Revolution, the current issue presents technologies and products in order to make sense of the nascent digital revolution. Buy...