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Concepts are a pillar of our project. Writing and theory are essential tools of engagement for any multi-media.

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Control and Freedom in Geographic Information Systems

"The merger of cartography, statistical analysis and database technology threatens our privacy and autonomy, while simultaneously pluralizing our consensus of what exists, or has existed, at a place. Digital map making is now a crucial form of communication, and a newly contested media that begs exploration. This talk addresses the most severe technological consequences of location tracking, while presenting creative directions, détournements, and strategies that free and open source GIS/GPS technologies now make available to the general public. The talk is followed by a discussion with the audience."

Article originally published in Datacide #12, 2012.

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The Long Walk (From VTCL 002)

"An organisms way of life is its legacy to the cosmos - is it a story of depletion and death or expansiveness and wisdom?"

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The Dancing Star #2 - A Consistent Basis

Written during the months of Occupy Oakland, as observing sympathizers and critical participants. The Dancing Star suggests that the most important work of autonomous organization is the exploration, development, and extrapolation of a consistent ethics.

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The Dancing Star #1 - What can Colletive Action Accomplish / The Function of Transforming Space

The first writing of a new project published by Void Tactical Media. This issue explores two facets. First it explores what, if any, achievements are accessible through collective action, and suggests that a basis of development is necessary before embarking on such a social experiment. Second, the Dancing Star suggests a framework for understanding the process and effects of transforming space, when understood not only as an artform but also as a practice.

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vtxt008 The Function of Media

A position statement holding that the message itself, not the medium, is the message.

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vtxt009 Critical Electronics

Split Horizon argues that the radical potential of techno is hindered by its yearnings for a return to classic, industrial Detroit.

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vtxt007 Beyond Despair

"Humanity has a tragic history, this should be self evident. Endless critique and denial are both ways in which we cope with this fact, but both strategies have the same result: they lead nowhere. In any scenario, however limited or terrible, we create what each moment will be, how it is lived and how it will be remembered. To move beyond despair we must meet the world as it is, not as we wish it might be. Our dreams may never be realized and tragedy, misery, waste, and destruction will surely continue long beyond our deaths. Still, nothing about this limits our capacity to burn brightly. The willingness to engage the world elevates our lives, liberating us from the despair of escapism offered by both critique and hope. It is not enough to escape the world, to live outside of it, to critique it, to be religious, to numb ourselves with drugs, to follow leaders, to become lost in media reality. The only path beyond despair is engagement: critique of society and acceptance of history coupled with the courage to risk your life effecting them." (Essay included in CIDE#54, Split Horizon Live PA on Realicide Youth Records)

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vtxt005 Anti Mass 2

Returning again to thoughts to triggered by the classic 60's text 'Anti Mass,' exploring these ideas in a changed world and asserting the continuity of a path forward.

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vtxt001 Anti-Mass-Events

"thinking about mass events. putting together shows, 'making things happen.' or to put it another way: dissecting an old idea - "the rave way." the mass event as the coming together of a large number of people in space as the root of an expansive and liberating experience. an energy and a space radically different from the codified spaces of shows, bars, art galleries, etc. .. cultural resistance."

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