Saturday, September 4, 2004

Networks, flows and power

Flowmaps, The Imaginaries of Global Integration
Brian Holmes

'In an unforgettable phrase from Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon writes: "To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization." Half a century later, Fanon's phrase demands we ask this question: To what extent, and with what consequences, have the world's populations assumed the electronically mediated culture of global integration? How heavily does the new immaterial realm weigh upon those who have chosen or accepted to speak its language? In the syntactical structure of gobalization, industrial and financial flows are inseparable from centralized military command, networked communication, and the broadcast news-and-entertainment media. It is through these standardized vectors, and through the almost inconceivable diversity of the groups and individuals inhabiting them, that the integrated planetary system "thinks" or dreams...'

Brian Holmes recently participated in the Networks and Power panel at Ars Electronica. (via)

Also on the topic of flows, check out Motion Traces, the Ars Electronica Futurelab's latest media art project.

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