NXS #4: Algorithmic Anxiety


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Issue #4 of NXS — Algorithmic Anxiety — explores the spectrum of algorithmic authority over our lives (whether perceived or not).

By questioning or exposing the inconspicuous influence of algorithms on our behavioral patterns, emotions, and self-perceptions, Issue #4 asks important questions. Are algorithms really rational and only virtual? Are they better than we are in drawing up a reflection of ourselves? Can they predict our future selves?

Are we at risk of losing our agency to act and think, of being increasingly controlled and programmed through social credit systems, surveillance, and Big Data rankings? Are we on the path towards digitally structured totalitarianism?

What does that mean for the conception of the autonomous self?

The fourth issue includes contributions from Arnar Ásgeirsson, avoidstreet, Crosslucid
, Julie Czerneda
, Simon Denny, Ariana Dongus
, Wesley Goatley
, Quentin Gomzé
, Benjamin Edgar Gott, Normunds Grūzītis, Abby Jame
, Gwyneth Jones
, Colin Koopman
, James Massiah, 
Vector Newman
, Nathalie Nguyen
, Sabrina Scott
, Nishant Shah
, Jaeho Shin, Viktor Timofeev
, Veronika Vidø
, and Coralie Vogelaar.

NXS is a research platform initiated by the Amsterdam based design studio Goys & Birls as well as an experimental printed publication, where each contributor comments and reflects on a previous contribution.

Published biannually, NXS experiments with innovative content and brings together different points of view. A diverse selection of upcoming or established theorists and practitioners allows NXS to define an initial position and interlace articles, essays, interviews and artistic works which refer to each other.

Aiming to explore the emotional and sensual side of hardware, software, and algorithms, that normally have been assessed by their functionality, aesthetics, and ethics, NXS invites artists, theorists, poets, and off-context cultural participators to capture the current emotional status of networked society and hardware-enhanced relationships.

Curated and edited by Karolien Buurman, Monika Grūzīte, and Florian Mecklenburg

Designed by Goys & Birls with design interns Sophia Krasomil and Léontine Pigot

Published by Goys & Birls, 2019
Printed in a limited edition of 750 copies

Softcover, 56 pages, full color and b&w, 5 × 13.5 inches

ISBN: 978-90-828571-2-2

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