the Internationale is Paul Caplan, former Digital Charabanc, journalist and imager and now Head of Department: Computer Science and Technology at GSM London.
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
I am Head of Department: Computer Science and Technology at GSM London where, together with my team, I'm developing the sort of courses that we need to ensure the next generation of digital media entrepreneurs, techies, geeks and hackers have a critical, politically informed and economically relevant approach to computing, network media and the digital economy.
my previous work
In previous incarnations I've been a frontline academic in the traditional (Russell Group University) industry, photojournalist, editor, consultant and trainer (Digital Charabanc). My CV (as PDF) is here.
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.
- On Twitter: @internationale
- Via email: praxis [at] theinternationale.com
- On Skype: internationale