Coming this summer is a series of The Indifference Engine discussions on Bitcoin and its externalities. Check our our newsletter Sweeping Statements to be kept informed of future topic-specific calls, and complete the new General Participant Request Form so we can bear you in mind!
Two new pages with information on how we organise things, and how you can get involved:
How Salon Invitations & Events are Organised
0xSalon005 ::: The Indifference Engine ::: Topic Information
As Bitcoin surpasses previous price records and re-enters mainstream consciousness following several wilderness years, the twelve year old cryptocurrency appears to have “arrived” in the eyes of the market. The value proposition of an ungoverned, uncensorable digital means of value transfer is clear for all to see…but can our planet afford the thermodynamic price tag? To maintain the integrity of its transaction record, the Bitcoin network creates a hard boundary to the outside through exacting validation requirements. There is no sensitivity to the consequences of the thermoeconomic challenges it issues. This inability of ‘mined’ cryptocurrencies to differentiate the energy sources used to secure them has led to criticism as to their indifference to their ecological externalities.
We held a one-off Non-Fungible Salon around unique tokens, collectibles and digital commodification. Audio report now available.
For 0x Salon’s first venture beyond our own memetic practice and into a meta-discussion of internet memes, we aim to bring together meme admins and practitioners, researchers and theorists, and casual viewers alike. Our discussion will move beyond the Dawkinsian notion of memetics often invoked in academic discourse and instead center banal internet memes, which circulate between our screens and spread forcefully into the world outside.
Notes Toward the Memes of Production
Post Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production
Post-Digital Cultures of the Far Right: Online Actions and Offline Consequences in Europe and the US
Exploring the emergence of life and collective behaviour, and agency at the level of the individual and the collective.
We’ll connect the drivers towards self-replication from physics and the speculative astrochemistry of primordial life to ecological-evolutionary games, information theoretic approaches to individuality and the emergence of collective behaviour in natural and synthetic contexts.