the Internationale is Paul Caplan, former Digital Charabanc, journalist and imager and now Principal Teaching Fellow at Winchester School of Art (#WSA).
My work is about uncreative objects - the words and imag(in)ings that circulate and connect in the databases and that are mined as the 'digital detritus' of techno-capitalism and 'dialectical images' on our mobile remixological apparatuses. Following object-oriented ontology, I approach the words, code, protocols and apparatuses as 'objects' with sensual and real dimensions. Following new materialism, I understand those objects as material, vital and present.
I work with uncreative objects - language and images, language as image and image as language that techno-capitalism mines for value and the user values as social content. The objects I 'make' are not creative although they add to the rags 'n refuse that others value.
I work on Facebook and Twitter, the walled gardens, proprietorial, closed object-spaces where the objects I un-create with circulate. But my platforms are not 'virtual' or 'online', they are material, real, concrete. I 'write' on the Wall and through the Stream. I imag(in)e in Albums. I perform on server farms, display across cables.
my everyday remix StreamTweets by @Internationale
my paid work
My teaching equips the next generation of public communicators to critically explore the potential of networks, communication objects and relations.
my previous work
Object-oriented 'mobal' media
Exploring how mobile networked devices such as phones and tablets enable a form of remix whereby users, organisations, companies and the state connect streams of information, data and stories, offering new ways of imag(in)ing and managing in 'mobal' (mobile/global) space. The research is part of a project with a US publishing house on developing mobile ‘publications’ or “active books” where the text works with interactive elements empowering ‘everyday remix’ practice-research experiments.
Picking up on my practice-research PhD, evangelising for using practice to answer research questions. Making practice a tool for everyone - not just artists. A book in preparation and currently in negotiation with a UK publisher.
Object-oriented 'photography' (OOPh)
Practice-research experiments in imag(in)ing. Approaching images, imaging technologies, imagers and imaged subjects as... objects.
- JPEG: the quadruple object: My PhD used object-oriented philosophy as a practice-research method to explore the JPEG standard as an object. I took a series of digital pinhole photographs and remade them with, through and against JPEG as eBooks and mashups:
- Thing of the day: Just objects. Imag(in)ed
Object-oriented 'poetry' (OOp)
Practice-research experiments in writing. Approaching language, writing technologies, writers and writing subjects as... objects.
- Uncreative mobilities: Remixing the objects that stream through my mobile devices.
- Ekaw Snagennif: Writing James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake backwards 140 characters at a time. Read the text plaited with other Tweets and posts.
- A(d)gorithm Elves: Writing the Facebook ad texts back into the Wall to confuse the Facebook advertising algorithm elves and tell uncreative ad stories.
- Object of the day: Just objects. Written on Twitter
- We're all remix artists now: everyday remix, apps and objects Paper and Active App-Book (best viewed on Mobile) delivered at Apps and Affect conference, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. October 2013. The paper followed a practice-research workshop on building a Web App (best viewed on Mobile).
- What Is a JPEG? The Invisible Object You See Every Day in The Atlantic (September 24th 2013).
- Software Tunnels Through the Rags 'n Refuse: Object Oriented Software Studies and Platform Politics in Culture Machine 14 (2013) PDF.
- Through a Prism darkly. What does software see?. Paper delivered at Conditions of Mediation London 17 June 2013. PDF here.
- Digital Common Space: Remixability co-authored with Jussi Parikka in Hemment, D; Thompson, B; de Vicente, J and Cooper, R (2013) Digital Public Spaces. Future Everything. Available as PDF here.
- London 2012: Distributed Imag(in)ings and Exploiting Protocol in PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication 2(2) (September): 6-21 PDF).
- Practising Theory. Paper delievered at ASCA International Workshop, Amsterdam, March 2011. (PDF version 8MB. Sorry it's got imag(in)ings embedded!)
- Software Tunnels Through the Rags 'n Refuse. Paper delivered at Platform Politics, Cambridge 12-13 May 2011. PDF and video here.
- Towards an Object-Oriented Photography. Paper given at the Perceptions of Practice conference, Nottingham Trent University 11.07.11
- Video 'paper' Object-Oriented Photography in O-Zone and on YouTube here.
...and objects on their way to publication:
- The app-object economy: We’re all remix artists now - a Journal-ready version of the App-book including a make-your-own-Hello-World-web-app.
- Imag(in)ing: object-ortiented practice-research - a textbook arguing that practice-research is a critically informed powerful methodology for everyone, not just artists. Currently with publisher's reviewers.
- Object-oriented photography - the first in the Active Book series. Turning my PhD into a mobile book where the reader can do the imaging philosophy within the book.
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- Via email: praxis [at] theinternationale.com
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