I will give my talk "Technological Narratives: Solarpunk, Cyberpunk, Popculture" at this year's #36C3 ! Day 3 (29.12), 13:30, Art&Play Stage!
That is not an easy quest: we can try doing it with a hands-on approach, a call to adventure, a promise to see the fruits of your labour yourself, being more than a spreadsheet row.
With that we should be careful not to go into the "adventure economy" too much, not to land into the exploitation of Uber.
Today I realized that #solarpunk stories need to focus on people losing their jobs and respecializing. There are millions of miners worldwide who need to know that learning a new trade is normal and should have a promise, a vision of a good life after that.
Otherwise Solarpunk fails its most important duty: to dream up a better future for everybody, not just for the few of us who were lucky to choose "future-oriented" professions.
Finally finished the long-overdue
Solarpunk, cyberpunk, popculture: technological narratives tl;dr
A nice #solarpunk panorama by Blue-Hearts licensed CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0
https://jods.mitpress.mit.edu/pub/resisting-reduction may be a good response to #transhumanism #singularity , going into more ecological #solarpunk themes when thinking about design of our technology
"Elements of our reality correspond to elements of fictional ones, sure. But I’m not saying that we live in a cyberpunk world. Rather, we live in a world that can be productively viewed through a cyberpunk lens. The difference is subtle but important — cyberpunk is the map, not the territory. "
I don't know if I posted about my latest blogpost:
Hackers in popular culture - the curse of being an eternal rebel
> Using "computeromancy" as an aesthetic makes true hacking much more tame and hackers' criticism of our capitalist culture - toothless. They're dangerous because they're skilled criminals / geniuses, not because they see more than us or raise valid points against how we use technology.
I'm looking for creators of https://petapixel.com/2015/01/22/disabled-photographer-petitioning-canon-make-dslr-left-handed-people/ … petition / photographers missing their right hand. I'm working on a #diy #openhardware left-hand grip for DSLR cameras with multiple buttons. #accessibility #disability #careables
Four drawings with the exact same characters and composition, but:
1. Realistic, modern day with Elon Musk on the screen and people looking at their phones.
2. Superheroes fighting in futuristic armors / with lasers.
3. Grim'n'gritty cyberpunk with people shooting each other.
4. Solarpunk, where the characters work together on something. No visible hierarchy.
Loop back to 1 to show the contrast.
My talk "Solarpunk, cyberpunk and popculture: Technological narratives tl;dr" was accepted at the re:publica conference happening this May 6-8 in Berlin!
With all its problems I think it's one of the most utopian movements out there, giving free knowledge to everyone on the planet. I don't understand why it's so absent in the popular culture.
Idea: a local #Solarpunk meetup, once a week, on Sundays.
Not just a lecture & goodbye, but a place to spend the day, play boardgames, meet new people, discuss different things and give each other hope.
We could start with a talk and / or some workshop, but for the next few hours everybody could work on their project or just hang out.
A proper, hopeful, common space.
Programmer, hacker, educator, activist and a wannabe writer fascinated by how technology is portrayed in culture - and how that affects human lives.
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