This collection brings together artists, curators, programmers, theorists and heavy internet browsers, all of whose practices make a critical intervention into the broad concept of execution. It draws attention to their political strategies, asking: who and what is involved with those practices, and for whom or what are these practices performed, and how? From the contestable politics of emoji modifier mechanisms and micro-temporalities of computational processes to genomic exploitation and the curating of digital content, the chapters account for gendered, racialized, spatial, violent, erotic, artistic and other embedded forms of execution. Together they highlight a range of ways in which execution emerges and how it participates within networked forms of liveliness. With contributions by Roel Roscam Abbing, Geoff Cox, Olle Essvik, Jennifer Gabrys, Francisco Gallardo, David Gauthier, Brian House, Yuk Hui, Peggy Pierrot, Andy Prior, Helen Pritchard, Linda Hilfling Ritasdatter, Audrey Samson, Susan Schuppli, Kasper Hedegård Shiølin, Eric Snodgrass, Winnie Soon, Femke Snelting, Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, and Magda Tyżlik-Carver.
Magda Tyżlik-Carver is a researcher and curator based in the UK and Denmark. Her reserach explores relational arrangements of humans and nonhumans and their biopolitical creations through posthuman curating and curating in/as common/s, future thinking, affective data, and data fictions. Tyżlik-Carver is Assistant Professor in Digital Design at Aarhus University. For more details see: http://magda.thecommonpractice.org
Helen Pritchard is an artist and researcher. Her work brings together the fields of Computational Aesthetics, Geography, and Feminist TechnoScience to consider the participation and entanglements of nonhuman animals and environments in computational practices. Helen is the Head of Digital Arts Computing and Lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Eric Snodgrass is a senior lecturer at the Department of Design, Linnaeus University, Sweden. His research looks into the intersections of media, politics, and technology, with a focus on issues of materiality, infrastructures of power, and forms of intervention. His recent work includes the co-edited volume Executing Practices and a PhD dissertation: Executions: Power and Expression in Networked and Computational Media.