Where Synapse meets Human+ | An open bibliography

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“Reimagining human as user and user as not necessarily human.”
—Benjamin Bratton at #premsela15

The exhibition HUMAN+. The future of our species is being held as part of the CCCB’s Beta series of exhibitions. This series looks at 21st-century culture and the major transformations of our age, while exploring the intersections between culture, technology and society. One of the most important of these transformations, is the raise of AI in our daily life and all its social, cultural and even ethical implications. On that sense, Human+ brings to the table a wide amount of questions, more than answers, on the topic of Cyborgs, superhumans, post-humans and clones. Wondering about all possible futures, we’re requested to think how this futures can be: evolution or extinction? What does it mean to be a human today and what it will mean in the years to come?

Have we reached the era predicted by Richard Brautigan on his poem All watched over by machines of loving grace, written in 1967?

The exhibition focuses on a multiplicity of interrelated topics, aiming to get in deep on the notions of augmented abilities, entropy, the built environment, the anthropocene, and even the limits between life and death [if there is one]. These topics have also been part of dpr-barcelona research over the past years, starting with the project EntropicIQ and expanded through the e-Book series, Synapse. As part of our approach to open publishing and knowledge exchange, also motivated to embrace the discussion on how architecture as discipline reacts in the intersection with politics, technology, economy and social issues, we’re going to join the provocation started by @kosmopolisCCCB to create a bibliography to accompany the exhibition #HumansCCCB, by giving free access to our Synapse e-Books along the time that the exhibition will be open.

Synapse is a series of publications—started in 2012— in digital-pamphlet format, available for Kindle, exploring the thought and ideas of thinkers and doers; articulated by simple detonating questions posed through emails, tweets and conversations.

Nature and city are not opposites or excluding concepts, in fact, they are interacting systems. The next step will be to understand and transform our cities under the logic of nature’s principles of organization. This series, fast generated and transmitted, may help in that connection.

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You can download the books FOR FREE in .mobi format for kindle, by clicking on the images:

SFerracina_KINDLE

‘Cyber-Imageability and the Incommensurable Future of Cities,’ is an essay about what it might be like to move inside the Augmented City—a metropolis built of mixed spaces that are continually created by subjects, yet not necessarily readable to them. He describes futuristic landscapes oscillating between bits and atoms, subjectivities and algorithms, anthropocentrism and ecological networks.

Cyber-Imageability and the Incommensurable Future of Cities.
Simone Ferracina

Format: eBook .mobi
ASIN: B00CWBATJC
Language: English
Date: May 2013

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Antonas_KINDLE

‘Urban Planning for Murder. Murder Fact Event.’ In this title, Aristide Antonas approaches the city through its exceptional moments —investigating urbanity through alegal, unaccounted incidents that take place in various locations of a city—. With this essay, Antonas immediately notes the specific similarity that links the civic, technical perspective of an abstract governance of the infrastructure with Badiou’s polemic and traditionally political perspective.

Urban Planning for Murder. Murder Fact Event.
Aristide Antonas

Format: eBook .mobi
ASIN: B00Y8V6TGG
Language: English
Date: May 2015

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Pasquinelli_KINDLE

En ‘Cuatro regímenes de entropía: por una ecología de la genética y de la teoría biomórfica de los media,’ Matteo Pasquinelli cuestiona con este ensayo la parcialidad de comparaciones formales y el reduccionismo del “código digital” a un tipo de “código genético”. Este ensayo descubre conexiones entre diferentes estratos ontológicos facilitadas por excedentes de energía, conectando de esta forma los dominios de lo físico, lo biológico, lo tecnológico y lo cognitivo.

Cuatro regímenes de entropía: por una ecología de la genética y de la teoría biomórfica de los media.
Matteo Pasquinelli
Publicado en Inglés “Four Regimes of Entropy: For an Ecology of Genetics and Biomorphic Media Theory”, Fibreculture #17: Unnatural ecologies, special issues on media ecology. 2011.

Traductores: Hebe Giobb y Matt Biaggi
Formato: eBook .mobi
ASIN: B00AEY1KCY
Idioma: Castellano
Fecha de publicación: Noviembre 2012

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DiSiena_KINDLE

‘Sentient City. La Ciudad del Conocimiento,’ es un acercamiento al fenómeno urbano a partir de las percepciones de un ciudadano cada vez mejor conectado en red pero domésticamente aislado. Sin embargo, la interacción físico-digital del espacio también revela nuevos espacios de intercambio, fenómenos replicables en otras ciudades situadas a miles de kilómetros de distancia, basados en la identificación con gestos e intereses cotidianos, que provocan que el ciudadano se aventure a explorar su ciudad como base de una experiencia de aprendizaje.

Sentient City: la Ciudad del Conocimiento.
Domenico di Siena

Colaboradores: Irene López (copy-editor)
Formato: eBook .mobi
ASIN: B00AEY8Q26
Idioma: Castellano
Fecha de publicación: Noviembre 2012

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By sharing this Synapse series—a forum of reflections written by people moving on the limits and blurring boundaries on the knowledge of cities, information, technology, art, biology and philosophy—, we invite you to download the e-Books, read and discuss. You can join the conversation using the hashtag #HumansCCCB on twitter.

Header image, ‘Decelerator Helmet’ by Lorenz Potthast. Courtesy CCCB.


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