Month: June 2018

The Overlooked Masterpiece that is Technolust

There are some experiences that have to be lived to be understood.  Details, feelings, or other sensations are sometimes too abstract to be confined to words, much less fully communicated to others.  ...

Ikeda - data.flux installation - 2017 - Parallax-03

Ryoji Ikeda: An Aesthetic of Code and Big Data

One of the most exciting artists active today, cyberpunk and beyond, is France-based Japanese visual artist and musician Ryoji Ikeda (born 1966 in Gifu, Japan). In 2014, Ikeda was commissioned for the...

Simulacron-3 - German edition cover art (detail).

Drum Memory Blues: a review of proto-cyberpunk novel Simulacron-3 (1964)

Daniel F. Galouye’s 1964 proto-cyberpunk novel Simulacron-3 takes place in a world where opinion polls are mandatory. As you stroll the sidewalk, someone might come to you with a notepad, flash a badg...

Dispatches from Planet Passion : A Review of Vicious Lips (1986)

In a quixotesque quest to know everything cyberpunk, I have browsed the list of movies tagged “Cyberpunk” in IMDB. Don’t. Most movies in there are not even cyberpunk (Avatar? seriously?). Neon Dystopi...

DNA Databases and Jamming the System

Imagine a world where the government has your genetic profile on file before you’ve even committed a crime. This is a world where prevention trumps privacy and your most inherently personal data – you...

The Brain Mutator For Higher Primates — A bOING bOING Retrospective

In 1988, Mark Frauenfelder and his wife Carla Sinclair started a small zine out of their apartment in Sherman Oaks, California. This wasn’t a full-time job for Frauenfelder, who studied mechanic...

Neon Dystopia Reacts to Cyberpunk 2077 E3 Trailer

It has been five years since our last real glimpse of Cyberpunk 2077. The time has come, and now we have a new trailer. A friend pinged this to me in the early morning hours when it came out. My finge...