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ENGINEERING CULTURE: On The Author as (Digital) Producer

Edited by Geoff Cox & Joasia Krysa
Published by Autonomedia
CC 2005 (all texts released under a Creative Commons License)
ISBN 1-57027-170-4
Paper perfectbound, 210x148 mm
240 pages

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Social change does not simply result from resistance to the existing set of conditions but from adapting and transforming the technical apparatus itself. Walter Benjamin in his essay 'The Author as Producer', written in 1934, recommends that the 'cultural producer' intervene in the production process in the manner of an engineer. The term 'engineer' is to be taken broadly to refer to technical and cultural activity, through the application of knowledge for the management, control and use of power. To act as an engineer in this sense, is to use power productively to bring about change and for public utility. This collection of essays and examples of contemporary cultural practices asks if this general line of thinking retains relevance for cultural production at this point in time - when activities of production, consumption and circulation operate through complex global networks served by information technologies.


Introduction to The Author as (Digital) Producer

Geoff Cox & Joasia Krysa

Configuring The Future of Digital Art


The Macintosh Computer: Archetypal Capitalist Machine?

William Bowles

BIT Plane

Bureau of Inverse Technology

Cognitive Capitalism and the Contested Campus

Nick Dyer-Witheford

Engaging Ambivalence

The Institute for Applied Autonomy

Appropriated Technology Wiki

George Grinsted

The Producer as Power User

Pit Schultz

The Process is the Product

Redundant Technology Initiative

Bare Code: Net Art and the Free Software Movement

Josephine Berry Slater



Freaks of Number

Matthew Fuller

Roots Culture: Free Software Vibrations Inna Babylon

Armin Medosch

Rasta Software


X Notes on Practice

Raqs Media Collective

Notes on Contributors

Produced in association with Arts Council England and University of Plymouth.