Escape Velocity. Computing and the Great Acceleration

Felix Stalder


Ever since 1990, computing has been opening up entirely new types of resources for extraction. In the digital context, the notion of extractivism points to the fact that “data is taken without meaningful consent and fair compensation for the producers and sources of that data”. Felix Stalder, professor of Digital Culture at the Zurich University of the Arts, points out that computing has boosted the great acceleration of human activities that has moved the Earth system into the Anthropocene. If we are to prevent the deeply authoritarian responses to the impending climate breakdown, we should unveil the colonialist character and the consequences of the current system of extractivism. This is what makes Vladan Joler’s work so urgent. New Extractivism, presented at Aksioma (Ljubljana), gives an insight into the world-scale infrastructure designed to collect, analyse and connect all aspects of reality and turn them into capital, which, in turn, gives rise to new accumulations of wealth and concentrations of power.


Felix Stalder: Escape Velocity. Computing and the Great Acceleration
PostScriptUM #41
Series edited by Janez Fakin Janša
Publisher: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Represented by: Marcela Okretič
Proofreading: Miha Šuštar
Design: Luka Umek
Layout: Sonja Grdina
Cover image: knowbotiq, Swiss Psychotropic Gold, the Molecular Refinery, 2020
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Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and
the Municipality of Ljubljana
Part of Tactics & Practice #12: New Extractivism

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