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[the] xxxxx [reader]

Published September 2006 in association with mute. 476 pages. ISBN: 0955066441

Available from specialist bookshops, amazon and online here.

[the] xxxxx [reader] proposes a radical space for code-driven art, science and technology investigations.

[the] xxxxx [reader] is a comprehensive anthology of world and life re-coding strategies, collecting background text, Lisp and Perl program listings, and screenshots.

Contributors

Hal Abelson, Erich Berger, Shu Lea Cheang, Florian Cramer, Yves Degoyon, Leif Elggren, Simon Ford, Olga Goriunova, Paul Graham, Graham Harwood, Stewart Home, Martin Howse, Jonathan Kemp, Friedrich Kittler, Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, Aymeric Mansoux, Bruno Marchal, Armin Medosch, Anthony Moore, Peter Norvig, Jeff Prideaux, Thomas de Quincey, Otto Roessler, socialfiction.org, Gerald J. Sussman, Julie Sussman, Oswald Wiener

Review(s)

Frieze magazine (January 2007) review by Maria Fusco:

Maria Fusco and Jonathan Derbyshire look back over the best art and literature books of 2006

How many of us find, at one time or another, that words are a poor currency for our thoughts? Is language so transparent that we can see straight through it, or so solid that we need a bolt-cutter to excise specific meaning? xxxxx, compiled and edited by Berlin collective xxxxx, traverses such cracks and gaps in comprehension while playing with Thomas Carlyle's cry of the 'Strange Power of Reality.' Declaiming itself as a 'radical new space for artistic exploration', this compendium presents an intriguing selection of writings about writing, editing and 'software subjugation', including work by Yves Degoyon, Olga Goriunova, Stewart Home and socialfiction.org. The result is often obscure, sometimes enlightening, always absorbing. The range of voices (notably, somewhat disappointingly, predominantly male) alone ensures that we, as readers, are kept alert by subtle/brazen shifts in tone and timbre, which together contribute to a persuasive feeling of now. You cannot escape this book, even though often you may not understand it.

Contents

Endonomadology. Otto E. Roessler

The Universal Dovetailer Argument. Bruno Marchal

The Universal Dovetailer coded in Lisp. Bruno Marchal

Screenshots cat1-8. Erich Berger

Comparison between Karl Pribram's "Holographic Brain Theory" and more conventional Models of Neuronal Computation. Jeff Prideaux

The English Mail-coach. Thomas de Quincey

Perl Routines to manipulate London. Graham Harwood

Notes on the Concept of the Bio-adapter. Oswald Wiener

Endophysics. Otto E. Roessler

War.pl Graham Harwood

Process.lisp Paul Graham

From Ripper to Stripper and back again. Stewart Home

Mercury Acoustic Delays and Natural Computing. Anthony Moore

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (extract). Harold Abelson and Gerald J. Sussman

Pornographic Coding. Florian Cramer and Stewart Home

Plenum scenario and patches. Shu Lea Cheang, Armin Medosch, and Martin Howse

New Russian Literary Trend: Chauvinist and Revolutionary "Male Literature" of Udaff.com. Olga Goriunova

By the Source of Life. Appendix. Leif Elggren

As If I was My Father. Leif Elggren

Monadology. Gottfried. W. Leibniz

Human-Computer Oscillation and the need for Calories. Graham Harwood

A Gargoyle Automaton for the Chain-Reaction Glitterati. socialfiction.org

An Artificial Cognitive Map System. Otto E. Roessler

Kodiak.lisp Peter Norvig

Protected Mode. Friedrich Kittler

A Psychopathic Hymn. J. G Ballard's "Crashed Cars" Exhibition of 1970. Simon Ford

Media and Drugs in Pynchon's Second World War. Friedrich Kittler

Emanuel Swedenborg's Physical Computing. Jonathan Kemp

Digital Feedback as another State of Matter. Automated Creation Processes as a new Clay. Aymeric Mansoux

Jabberwocky and London.pl Florian Cramer

Version Control. Martin Howse

Pynchon and Electro-mysticism [new translation]. Friedrich Kittler

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