John Law

 >> Chaos Cacophony and Dark Saturnalia: How an obscure secret society in San Francisco in 1977 changed the way adults play for decades to come

Introduced by Bani Brusadin
TUE, 12 March 2015 at 2:15 pm
Center for Urban Culture Kino Šiška, Ljubljana

More at: More at: www.aksioma.org/networked.disruption

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Urban exploration and pranks group The Suicide Club, founded in January 1977, was the protean cradle of ideas that, while obscure at the time, have gone on to influence world-wide trends, sub-cultures and social movements. Starting in 1986, The San Francisco Cacophony Society, a more open experimental organisation that rose from the ashes of the secretive Suicide Club, was the group that created the Burning Man Festival. Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, arguably the most influential American novel of the 1990s as well as a statement defining an entire generation’s cultural displacement, was directly inspired by Cacophony and the earlier Suicide Club. The first decade of the 21st century saw the rise of a mass movement of street games and urban play epitomised by the new social media phenomenon of “flash mobs” and the world-wide “urban exploration” culture. Cacophony was one of the primary sources in the early encouragement and implementation of these types of play. Street art and media pranking were a part of the scene as well, embodied in the advertising pranking of the Cacophony affiliated Billboard Liberation Front (starting in 1977) and the punk rock circus and bike rodeo underground that blossomed in the 1990s, instilling a DIY spirit into the alternative performance scene world-wide.


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  • Crypto Design

    From 6 to 7 March 2018

    Workshop and series of lectures
    Curated by the Institute of Network Cultures (NL)

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    LECTURES
    TUE, 6 March 2018, Room 118

    10:00–10:15 - Introduction
    10:15–11:00 - Patricia de Vries: Masks and Camouflage as Artistic Cryptographic Strategies, lecture
    11:00–12:00 - Anthony van der Meer: A Guided Tour Through the Clear, Deep and Dark Web, interactive talk
    12:00–12:30 - Tim Brouwer: Cryptographic Collectibles: the Materiality of Cryptography, presentation
    12:30–13:00 - Wrap up and Q&A

    Lectures are open to general public. FREE ENTRANCE!

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    WORKSHOP
    TUE, 6 March and WED, 7 March 2018, Room 311

    15:00–18:00 (each day) - Loes Bogers: Crypto Design Workshop

    Workshop is limited to 16 participants. Free of charge.
    Subscription required. Participants will be selected based on a short motivational letter. Apply on the link below and tell us why you think you will benefit from the workshop.

    https://goo.gl/forms/ZaItci1j90kHFgFq2

    Deadline for submission: WED, 28 February 2018, 12 AM

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