Dark Euphoria Where Did The Future Go?

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A visualization of Bruce Sterling’s Closing Key note Dark Euphoria- the cultural temperament of the coming decade: Gothic High-Tech and Favela Chic
“It is neither progress nor conservatism because there's nothing left to conserve and no direction in which to progress. So what you get is transition. Transition to nowhere.'"
http://video.reboot.dk/video/486788/bruce-sterling-reboot-11
He defines four quadrants for the coming decade and neatly discards this half as being irrelevant for the audience (which equates to the majority of the world's population): the financial crisis of the Boomer generation, the BRICs, the emerging economies and the 'fundies' of all persuasions

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Dark Euphoria Where Did The Future Go?

  1. 1. Dark Euphoria A visualisation of Brue Stirling’s notes on the cultural temperament of the coming decade: Reboot 11
  2. 2. Where did the future go? • We’ve known since the 12th century what progress is: Master nature, more security, better health..... • What we’re going to get: No money, scarcity, financial collapse, low- intensity global warfare, and a climate crisis. • We’re deliberately moving backwards.
  3. 3. the cultural temperament of the coming decade • Aging Baby • Gen x: Boomers. things falling Have the apart, votes. everything is possible Crisis Gothic Capitalism High Tech Shock of Dark the old Euphoria Emergent Favela countries Chic • BRICS, • Gen x: fundies- action is globalising but cheaper not progressing than control
  4. 4. Who is? What is? GOTHIC HIGH TECH
  5. 5. Steve Jobs •brilliant but dying of something secret and horrible •got both hands on the steering wheel - but death is waiting
  6. 6. a heroic 18th century gothic novel brilliant poly-ethnic with no ideology
  7. 7. will cheerfully campaign against themselves
  8. 8. no lie holds sway -but nothing holds
  9. 9. position themselves in the narrative rather than build any permanent infrastructure
  10. 10. cheerleaders not leaders
  11. 11. why are gen x goths? why do they like to dress up like dead people? don't blame me because I'm already dead don't blame me I'm a vampire
  12. 12. And on the flipside FAVELA CHIC
  13. 13. lost everything material- everything they've built and every thing they have but wired to the gills
  14. 14. no children no relationships
  15. 15. but big on facebook
  16. 16. Facebook is a favela- the whole thing is going south, no civil rights, you can't make money there,, you live there until they pull the plug
  17. 17. an emergent structure action is cheaper than control
  18. 18. you can't insure it or get title to it -no inspections -it's a slum that you built yourself with play labour
  19. 19. a civilized squat a stuffed animal: a smokestack industry, repurposed
  20. 20. there isn't any other place to go the old new an urban intervention
  21. 21. References IMAGES • Bruce Stirling’s Closing Key note Dark 1. Your Personal "Flying Carpet” Euphoria- the cultural temperament of the http://www.flickr.com/photos/hollywoodplace/3016264752/ 2. "buy this new thing, suckers" coming decade: Gothic High-Tech and http://www.flickr.com/photos/jarod_uses_film/2576845129/ Favela Chic 3. The Watchers Ruin: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mwest/215218600/ • “It is neither progress nor conservatism 4. Confrontation? http://www.flickr.com/photos/jarra/1350029316/ because there's nothing left to conserve 5. Banksy http://www.flickr.com/photos/simon- and no direction in which to progress. So crubellier/147034740/ what you get is transition. Transition to 6. Lobbyists for McCain http://www.flickr.com/photos/darynbarry/2831975838/ nowhere.'" 7. cheerleaders • http://video.reboot.dk/video/486788/bruc 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthdog/31471319/ eat the people who piss me e-sterling-reboot-11 off.http://www.flickr.com/photos/bitca/2280075391/ 9. Electrical http://www.flickr.com/photos/bjurman/2199563743/ • He defines four quadrants for the coming 10. My social Network on Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and MyblogLog decade and neatly discards this half as http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/1824234195/ 11. James, I think your cover's blown! being irrelevant for the audience (which http://www.flickr.com/photos/23912576@N05/2962194797/ equates to the majority of the world's 12. The moon belongs to everyone... http://www.flickr.com/photos/mauronascimento/2606241050/ population): the financial crisis of the 13. Jumping into the new dimension Boomer generation, the BRICs, the http://www.flickr.com/photos/shutterhack/2328014257/ emerging economies and the 'fundies' of 14. always in beta http://www.flickr.com/photos/russelldavies/375434178/ all persuasions 15. http://www.treehugger.com/2008-01-14_110939-TreeHugger- wigglesworth1.jpg • length 45 minutes 16. http://steampunkworkshop.com/stunning-etched-brass- modular-synth

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