technology collective

Joseph Stella—one of the first American artists to glorify the new technologies of urban modernity—was born today in 1877. See more of the artist’s work in Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960

Joseph Stella (1877–1946), Luna Park, c. 1913. Oil on composition board, 17 ½ × 23 ½ in. (44.5 × 59.7 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of Mrs. Charles A. Goldberg 72.147

humans must progress towards the technological singularity at all costs, human cost, ecological cost, social cost

all of it, we’re coming to collect because technology is our entire reason for being

Connected coffee pots, smart dog bowls, cars that update on the fly. There’s plenty to love about the ever-growing Internet of Things. But all this connectivity—all this data—also raises some pretty big questions. Not least of which: Who owns our data, anyway? Altimeter Group analyst Jessica Groopman hazards some answers to this, and many other, tough questions in her op-ed on Qualcomm Spark.

Mom and I just found out…

The car has been in repairs since Friday, and they told us how much it would cost. It was a hefty price, but we could manage. Today we got a call that it would be more than that, and mom is freaking out. I am willing to help her through selling some of the things I have and taking commissions for glass bottles (probably five open slots at a time to make it less stressful with it coinciding with college). However, I first need to find something to recieve payments from and figure out how to work it. I would appreciate it if anyone can help me with this. I’m not exactly tech savy. So any advice is good advice in my opinion!

Error: Phil.exe

Title:  Error: Phil.exe

Genre: dark (or angst as it’s apparently called; I just don’t think it’s accurate though)

Summary: Computer viruses are a code that copies itself and destroys a computer system and its information. At the most, someone could loose their device. But the virus called Phil.exe wasn’t interested in corrupting a computer and then dying along with it. It was a sentient virus, and it had bigger plans that expanded beyond the computer world. All it needed was a host.

Word Count: 1500+ (this is just an introduction; I normally will aim for 3000-4000 words)

Additional Note: This comes from the virus!phan au which was designed by @maddox-rider! This is my own interpretation of it; it may not line up with other stories later but I will try and keep it close to what she has designed. Go check out her art!

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Planetary exploration does not recognize national borders. Planetary science is inherently a collective endeavor that at some level demands a planetary, not national identity of those who practice it, as scientists from Earth try to understand our near neighbors. Many astronauts have commented on the striking absence of political boundaries on Earth when seen from space. Something of the same perspective is demanded of those of us who are stuck down here looking up, sharing resources and attempting to unravel the story of the planets.
– David Grinspoon, ‘Venus Revealed’ 


The photograph above is one of the most profoundly humbling images returned from humanity’s extension of itself since the Apollo 8 “Earthrise” photo taken by human astronauts upon emerging from the far dark side of the Moon. Referred to as the “Pale Blue Dot” image, this photo was taken at a distance of 3.7 billion miles away from our quaint planetary home. The significance of this image, however, does more than compel us to ponder our existence and view ourselves from a baffling vantage point in space. It represents an era of human ambition we reference in passing as the “Golden Age of Planetary Exploration”. 

(Above) Voyager spacecraft; launch day.

During the 60′s and 70′s, the American space program (NASA, JPL) surged with burgeoning technological development, data collection, applicable catalysts of innovation which spurred progress in other industries amongst our society, and at the height of it all, this image was taken of our home during the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 “Grand Tour” of the solar system. Using gravitational assist to essentially “slingshot” their way through the solar system, the spacecraft duo encountered an assortment of vibrant, enigmatic, and active features amongst the known outer planets while surveying dozens of moons and returning a wealth of iconic data before gracefully exiting the solar system. We’ve had numerous planetary surveillance missions since then, from Galileo, Messenger, and Cassini, to LADEE, Rosetta, Dawn, and the Mars Orbiter Mission. During the 60′s and 70′s however, things seemed to be ramping up, rather than slowing down. 

(Above) New Horizons on launch day.

Now, with New Horizons’ mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, we’re feeling that excitement we once felt not so long ago while surveying these seemingly familiar but not so well understood worlds. It’s important to mention this because our willingness to explore, develop new technologies, and carry out bold endeavors never faded. As legislative seats moved around and Congressional budgets allocated funding to “more important” areas of our society (i.e., election-cycle, shorter-term priorities), the drought for planetary exploration funding - let alone human spaceflight and space exploration funding in general - has become much more pronounced, leading to low visibility amidst the public, which is why the Curiosity mission to Mars, the Rosetta spacecraft rendezvous with a comet, and this New Horizons flyby of Pluto are currently holding the attention of the world. We simply aren’t exploring like we used to (be able to do). Although this appears to be a grim view, I’m optimistic about the future of space exploration with so many countries investing into their own programs and new launch providers at the helm which are already ushering in truly revolutionary new mechanisms from the nano to macro scale.

Read: ‘The dark future of American space exploration: NASA’s golden age is about to come to a thudding halt’ 

(Above) New Horizons spacecraft, November 2005 at Kennedy Space Center.

New Horizons represents something powerful. As we all celebrate this exciting moment in history (which is indeed poised to rewrite it upon arrival), reflect on the near-incomprehensible distance this spacecraft is from its womb. The “Pale Blue Dot” image of Earth was taken at a distance of 3.7 billion miles. Pluto is 4.67 billion miles away. Viewing the Earth from Pluto would be difficult to discern amidst the (Carl’s words) “bastion and the citadel of the stars.” 


After the celebrations fade and the news media withdrawals its coverage of extraterrestrial activity, don’t let your own ambitions and hopes for our discovery and exploration retire amongst the humdrum daily routine we’ve become so comfortable. Demand more from your legislators, government, and yourself. Get involved with a local astronomical society. Explore a career in the STEM fields in preparation for your own activity in the space industry. Launch your own project by funding it through Endeavorist! Above all, stay curious and share your #PlutoFlyBy experience with others. 

– Rich Evans (sagansense) | Science Evangelist, endeavorist

AN INCOMPLETE LOOK AT PARTICIPANTS IN FEMINIST ONLINE ART MOVEMENT(S):

SOLIDARITY PROJECTS + GROUPS
ArtAndFeminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon (2)
ArtFem.TV
Black Girls Code
Bunny Collective
Center for Feminist Pedagogy
Conversations With Women
Crash Override Network
Dames Making Games
Deep Lab
Discwoman
Everyday Sexism Project
FACES
FEMICOM Museum
FemTechNet
futurefemmes
Gallery Tally
genderchangers.org
Girls of the Internet Museum (GIM)
Girls Only NYC
Girls Who Code
Hollaback!
Institute for Women and Art
Learn to Search
Mentoring Artists For Women’s Art
Old Boys Network
Panoply Performance Laboratory
Peachy Keen Collective
Queer Technologies
[secret girl group]
Son of a Patriarch
Stop Street Harassment
StudioXX
Tactical Technology Collective
The Coven
The Feminist Art Project
Tracers Book Club
UCLA Voidlab
When Women Refuse
(wo)manorial
Women In Swedish Performing Arts
Women’s Center for Creative Work
Women’s Rights Campaigning

PUBLICATIONS:
.dpi Journal of Feminist Art and Digital Culture
A CUPS podcast
Bluestockings Magazine
Codette
Girls Get Busy
Girls Like Us
Illuminati Girl Gang
Lies Journal
Offworld
SALT.
Shabby Doll House
S S I S S T E R S S
Tender Journal
THE LE SIGH
The Rise of the Videogame Zinesters

SUPPORTING INSTITUTIONS:
Arcadia Missa
Aux Performance Space
Centre des arts actuels Skol
Centre Hubertine Auclaire
Eastern Bloc
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (Brooklyn Museum)
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, NYC
Franklin Furnace Performance Archive
PARMER
PWRPLNT
Rhizome at the New Museum
Transfer Gallery

VISUAL ARTISTS/DESIGNERS/FACILITATORS/INDIE GAME MAKERS ETC:
Annie Abrahams
Steph Alarcon
Morehshin Allahyari
Alma Alloro
Kari Altmann
Patricia Alvarado
Kaja Cxzy Andersen
Anna Anthropy
Aevee Bee
Genevieve Belleveau
Hannah Black
Mary Bond
Cristine Brache
Mattie Brice
Arvida Byström
Micha Cárdenas
Jennifer Chan
Naomi Clark
Christen Clifford
Andrea Coates
Petra Collins
Lauren Cook
Samantha Conlon
Andrea Crespo
Anna Crews
Jesse Darling
Stephanie Davidson
Ella Dawn
Angelina Dreem
Kate Durbin
Hannah Epstein
Suzon Fuks
Nina Freeman
Carla Gannis
Erin Gee
Emilie Gervais
Gross Girl Problems
Randi Lee Harper
Claudia Hart
Deanna Havas
Hannah Heilmann
Ann Hirsch
Faith Holland­
Erica Lapadat Janzen
E. Jane
Natalie Jeremijenko
Miranda July
Soha Kareem
Zahira Kelly
Rosemary Kirton
merrit kopas
Elisa Kreisinger
Olia Lialina
Life of a Craphead
Anya Liftig
Kristin Lucas
Amber Lundy
Divya Manian
Amelia Marzec
Cat Mazza
Rea McNamara
Jennifer Mehigan
Grace Miceli
A. Minolti
Lorna Mills
New York Times Feminist Reading Group
Not in the Kitchen Anymore (Jenny Haniver)
Lora Nouk
Lena NW
@ok_cucumber
Marisa Olson
Louise Orwin
Party Time! Hexcellent! (Rachel Simone Weil)
Hannah Perry
Rachel Perry Welty
Sondra Perry
Porpentine
Sunita Prasad
Erin M. Riley
Bunny Rogers
Annina Ruest
RAFiA Santana
Anita Sarkeesian
Martine Syms
Caroline Sinders
Brooke Singer
Beth Siveyer
Megan Snowe and Reija Meriläinen
Molly Soda
Krystal South
Fannie Sosa
Evelin Stermitz
Hito Steyerl
subRosa
Amber Hawk Swanson
Martine Syms
Elizabeth Tolson
Katie Torn
Amalia Ulman
Addie Wagenknecht
Saoirse Wall
Angela Washko
Faith Wilding
Caroline Woolard

WRITERS:
Leigh Alexander
Samantha Allen
Ana Cecilia Alvarez
Katie JM Baker
Jayinee Basu
Amber Berson
Gabby Bess
Callie Beusman
Megan Boyle
Melissa Broder
Marie Calloway
Ana Carrete
Diana Cirullo
Die Dragonetti
Christina Dunbar-Hester
Jane Harris
Amanda Hess
Frank Hinton
Marina Galperina
Mira Gonzalez
Lana Polansky
Sarah Nicole Prickett
Lucy K Shaw
Jenna Sutela
Rachel Rabbit White
Jillian Steinhauer
Rachel Wetzler
Deanna Zandt
Jenny Zhang

CURATORS/CONTEXTUALIZERS/ORGANIZERS:
Karen Archey
Josephine Bosma
Sarah Brin
Lisa Cartwright
Gaby Cepeda
Lauren Cornell
Kimberly Drew
Sian Evans
Rozsa Zita Farkas
Lauren Goshinski
Beth Heinly
Dorothy Howard
Jamillah James
Liz Losh
Jacqueline Mabey
Zoe Marden
Antonia Marsh
Sally McKay
Laurel Ptak
Zoë Salditch
Astria Suparak

In 2003, Uranus, representing technology and progress, entered the sign of  Pisces and was then in mutual disposition with Neptune, which represents mergying, dissolving and unifying, in  progressive, technological Aquarius. Soon after companies that had an enormous impact started emerging such as Wordpress, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Tumblr in early 2007. Prior to this, Uranus and Neptune were conjunct during the 90′s which saw the founding of sites such as Amazon and Ebay, though this is more directed towards business since the conjunction was in Capricorn .  It seems like these two planets brough out a theme of merging and unifying(Neptune) to the collective through technology, networking and inovation (Uranus), our acess to eachother became  less limited through technology.

Socionics IMEs

The explanations of IMEs I gave before were very brief and I thought it would be beneficial to provide a bit better explanations so here I go!

S (Si) : harmony, pleasure, health, comfort, pleasantness, satisfaction, convenience, quality, cosiness, aesthetics  

I (Ne) : potential/possibility, connections, the unique and unusual, uncertainty, the unknown, search, chance

 L (Ti) :  analysis, hierarchy, classification, sense-making, understanding, order, system, structure, formal logic

E (Fe) : emotions and emotional expression, passion, mood, excitation, exuberance, romanticism, imitation, acting

T (Ni) : development over time (processes), cause and effect, history, planning, forecasting, past/future, rhythm, urgency, fantasy 

R (Fi) : like/dislike, good/bad, attraction/repulsion, attitude towards other human beings, judgements determined by people doing things

F (Se) : authority, influence, desire, competition/struggle, willpower, impact, force, appearance, territory  

P (Te): benefit, efficiency, action, method, mechanism, act, work, motion, technology, expediency, economy, analysis collected data to make logical conclusions, generally accepted knowledge is more the realm of Te

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What’s in a banner?

The images used in our banner are from the third edition of Owen Jones’s classic work “The Grammar of Ornament” (London: Bernard Quaritch, 1868). Jones, a designer and decorator primarily interested in the use of color in ornamental design (“form without colour is like a body without a soul”) was an early proponent of the use of chromolithography (“The Grammar of Ornament” was first published in 1856). The book presents hundreds of samples of color designs from across time, geography, and culture. Sample images from the book are presented here.

We chose images from this book for use in our banner because we believe they represent some of the core areas of documentation at UWM’s Special Collections: history, culture, art, design, and the history of books and printing. Of course, chromolithography is also Max’s favorite printing technology.