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VR, AR

Want to Know What Virtual Reality Might Become? Look to the Past by Steven Johnson on nytimes.com tells a history of VR as emerged from 19th century wooden stereoscopes.

“If you walk in someone else’s shoes, then you’ve taken their shoes”: empathy machines as appropriation machines by Robert Yang on blog.radiator.debacle.us opposes the VR industries’ approach to VR as empathy machines and critiques their attempt to make money with the suffering of people.

Exit and the Extensions of Man by Sarah Sharma on transmediale.de describes VR as the final frontier of male exit fantasies.

The virtual reality head-mounted display Oculus Rift induces motion sickness and is sexist in its effects by Justin Munafo, Meg Diedrick, Thomas A. Stoffregen is a study on how motion sickness in VR affects genders differently.

Animals, Language

OH THE ANIMALS OF LANGUAGE by Jean-Luc Nancy on e-flux has been written for the film Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air.

Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air by Phillip Warnell on Youtube is a 71 minute long film about how and why the human Antoine Yates, the tiger Ming and the alligator AI lived together in an apartment in Harlem, New York.

Animals, edited by Filipa Ramos, published by The MIT Press, is a collection of texts and artworks regarding the perceived dichotomy of humans and non-human animals.

SF, Feminism

A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century by Donna Haraway on stanford.edu is an essay from 1991 that introduces the cyborg as a being that rejects its origination from organism or machine alone.

Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene by Donna Haraway on e-flux is a an edited extract of Haraways book Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Duke University Press, 2016 in which she thinks with the spider Pimoa cthulhu.

SF: Speculative Fabulation and String Figures by Donna Haraway, published by dOCUMENTA (13), uses SF as a semiotic sign that intertwines various concepts.

XENOFEMINISM - A Politics for Alienation by Laboria Cuboniks on laboriacuboniks.net is an anti-naturalist manifesto calling for adaption and transformation, solidarity and a new logic of the X: If nature is unjust, change nature! (Ox1A).

Speculating Futures by frnsys on Github is a reading list on futures we can feel good about. The list displays, links and puts in relation many interesting texts, Xenofeminism and A Cyborg Manifesto among them.

FEMME BLACK SCI-FI AND UNAPOLOGETIC SOFTNESS by Layla Ben-Ali on topicalcream.info is a text about the hierarchy inversion practices of MHYSA, RAFiA, and Liz Mputu.

Tinkering, Hacking

Disobedient Electronics edited by Garnet Hertz on disobedientelectronics.com is a zine / project that investigates (DIY) electronics as a form of political protest and interference in a larger social context than Maker Culture.

Programming is Forgetting: Toward a New Hacker Ethic by Allison Parrish on opentranscripts.org is a keynote and transcript in which the author evaluates Levy’s Hacker Ethic and replaces it by posing new questions for a modern hacker ethics.

Technology & Body

Pussy Wars by Jill Richards on LARB relates the language of anti-abortionists (feminized body as ‘host’) to films such as Ridley Scott’s Alien and Danny Perez’ Antibirth.

Gender Swap – Experiment with The Machine to Be Another by BeAnotherLab on themachinetobeanother.org uses first-person cameras and the VR headset Oculus Rift to allow two persons to consentually swap and explore the imagery of their bodies with each other.

Technology Is Biased Too. How Do We Fix It? by Laura Hudson on fivethirtyeight.com explains how biased big data algorithms are towards skin color.

Computers, Software, OS

On software, or the persistence of visual knowledge by Wendy Chun on academia.edu questions software and hardware as metaphors for culture and nature.

Programmed Visions, Software and Memory by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, published by The MIT Press in 2011, gives insight into the history of modern computers and software in great detail, always questioning the structures and languages involved and embedded into them.

Materialism

Ultra-Black: Towards a Materialist Theory of Oil by Oxana Timofeevaon on e-flux.com thinks oil as a capitalist unconscious.