The TRUMP Simulation Effect

“Simulation threatens the difference between the “true” and the “false,” the “real and the “imaginary.” – Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation

We are now witnessing an unfolding, war-torn geography of spectacular violence in the wasteland of the TRUMP simulation effect.

Traveling Across the Broadcast Space

“To be a subject, according to Merleau-Ponty, one must necessarily be part of the world one looks at and touches, therefore one must also be an object of that world.” – Kris Paulsen, Here/There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface

The “SHOW” has no beginning, middle nor end… it exists in Internet TIME: continuous and “omnitemporal.” It is a PLACE (of some kind) to enter into, and be, a SPACE for interaction that is no different from our everyday online interactions across the chattering broadcast space of social media.

An Unfinished Communications Revolution

I was a grad student at CalArts when Kit Galloway and Sherrie Rabinowitz staged their masterwork Hole-in-Space at Century City in LA, simultaneously connecting Lincoln Center in New York. As I was explaining to Kit while preparing for his upcoming interview on the next installment of Networked Conversations, if only I had known this historic event was happening just a few miles away. His response was that no one knew, no one expected it, it was never announced. One of the earliest (if not the first) satellite art installations, Hole-in-Space, just spontaneously appeared out of nowhere.

The Distributed Artists Network

“The program concept was to link up the world, to demonstrate that we are all part of “our world”… the ground rules for the show included everything had to be live, and that no politicians or heads of state must be seen.” – Our World, 1967

Since the first satellites were launched into space in the 1950s, interconnecting the globe and establishing the planetary locational grid that is GPS, systems of human communications, interactions, enterprise, entertainment, commerce, warfare, and terrorism, have all become increasingly decentralized and distributed.

A History of Optimism for Dark Times

“…this is bigger than about our work… [it’s about] all that needs to be healed to go forward towards an aesthetic of occupying cyberspace… what we want as a cyber world before we hand the keys over to the robots to save us.” – Kit Galloway, February 24, 2017

I had the great pleasure of Skyping with Kit Galloway this week, a stream-of-consciousness conversation that covered everything from the early histories of global satellite spectacles; to the radical social communications events Kit and Sherrie Rabinowitz staged with the Electronic Café; to the dire times we now face in the age of TRUMP. This was in advance of Kit’s interview coming up on April 24 as part of our new series, Networked Conversations, a project of the Third Space Network.

Social Broadcasting

Despite the surging interest in Internet broadcasting – Facebook Live, Twitter Periscope, Livestream, UStream, et al – this emerging phenomenon is still, almost, the same one-to-many paradigm as good old-fashioned network television. There is one essential difference though: you no longer need a television network, a stable of reporters, studio trucks, satellite dishes, high-end cameras, and a corporate budget. No, you can transform yourself into a mobile global broadcaster, using only your iPhone and an Internet connection to beam live images around the