Playlist. A Reader

1. The Golden Age of Dead Media

We live in the age of planned obsolescence. Thanks to Brooks Stevens, the American industrial designer who first used this term in 1954, we always “desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary.”...

So, When Did Planned Obsolescence Become An Artistic Practice?

"Science is truth for life watch religion fall obsolete science will be truth for life technology as nature science truth for life in fortran tongue the answer"
–10000 Maniacs. Planned Obsolescence

"The street finds its own uses for things" is a line from William Gibson’s Burning Chrome, a...

Endless Loop: A Brief History Of Chiptunes

Chiptune refers to a collection of related music production and performance practices sharing a history with videogame soundtracks. The evolution of early chiptune music tells an alternate narrative about the hardware, software and social practices of personal computing in the 1980s and 1990s. By digging into the interviews, text files and dispersed ephemera that have made their way to...

The Matter Of Electronics

1. Digital and Material

I would like to consider a notion that I have felt was intuitively true but have never explored in depth: that the 8-bit or “low-res” aesthetic of much contemporary electronic art can be thought of as a form of digital materialism. By employing the phrase “digital materialism,” I draw upon a specific term that has circulated within the sphere of avant-garde filmmaking from the 1970s onwa...