Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus by Patrick Clair

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1

Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair
Written by: Scott Mitchell

Production Company: Zapruder’s Other Films.

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Google's Wael Ghonim being arrested by Egyptian Plain Cloth Police last week

The original video footage was taken by Duncan Sharp of Sky News

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Ubermorgen.com analyzes the contemporay discourse of torture

Ubermorgen.com - Superenhanced
The austrian artist duo Ubermorgen, known for their 2005 project GWEI (Google will eat itself), are presenting their new solo exhibition Superenhanced. It deals with the aesthetic and linguistic implications of the actual renaissance of torture in western societies under the justification of the so called “war on terrorism”.

“ubermorgen.com gets to grips with this sinister subject matter, but rather than condemning a human rights outrage that is there for all to see, appears to be more interested, on one hand, in exploring the hypocrisies of the language that renders it acceptable, and on the other the moral position of the spectator when exposed to ambiguous questions and disturbing images. The point of departure is the Superenhanced Generator, a web project (displayed in installation form) that contains a smart interrogation engine, basically capable of comprehending the spectator’s responses, and that generates a fake legal document (a foriginal), modelled on rendition orders and interrogation protocols.”

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The Hooded Jesus from Abu Ghraib

The Hooded Jesus from Abu Ghraib

W. J .T. Mitchell, the renown Author of “The Pictorial Turn” has written a brilliant semiotic review of the HBO documentary The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.

“The Hooded Man reminds us of Jesus. A new kind of Jesus, admittedly, one whose tormented face is concealed from us, and whose poise at that moment was transformed by photography into an indelible icon of what a Christian nation accomplished in its crusade to liberate the Middle East”

W. J. T. Mitchell, The fog of Abu Ghraib: Errol Morris and the “bad apples”, In: Harper’s Magazine May 2008

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Quote: Baudrillard - The Spirit of Terrorism

“We have to face facts, and accept that a new terrorism has come into being, a new form of action which plays the game, solely with the aim of disrupting it. Not only do these people not play fair, since they put their own deaths into play – to which there is no possible response (‘they are cowards’) – but they have taken over all the weapons of the dominant power. Money and stock-market speculation, computer technology and aeronautics, spectacle and the media networks – they have assimilated everything of modernity and globalism, without changing their goal, which is to destroy that power.”

Jean Baudrillard (2002): The Spirit of Terrorism and Other Essays, p. 19

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european zeitgeist

since fears of new terror attacks in europe rise again, people invent inventory to protect themselves…

Civilian Designs Simple Gas Mask
With the threat of gas raids hanging over more and more cities in Europe, the demand for gas masks in many communities far exceeds the supply. To provide some sort of gas protection in case of an emergency, an ingenious Scandinavian inventor has designed the improvised mask shown at the left. It consists simply of a hollow wooden tube and a cloth bag filled with chemicals. Air purified by the chemicals is sucked into the mouth through the tube, while the nose is held shut with the thumb and forefinger of the hand holding the mask.

via modern mechanix

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terror 2.0

on sunday, cnn international will broadcast a feature with the title ‘terror 2.0’ – a quite strange merger of two distinctive discourses, but obviously striking.

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