NEUGEBAUER, Daniel (ed.)
The New Alphabet series : Skin and Code
Just as physical violence leaves its marks on the skin, conceptual violence is written into interfaces via algorithms—in the form of biases turned into pixels, as discrimination implanted in memes in secret chat groups. The coding and decoding of body surfaces and interfaces is contingent on a whole host of norms. Yet these are not fixed: rather, they combine to create a matrix of tastes, cultural influences, technical conditions, and physical possibilities. The essays in this volume—right down to the paper they are printed on—produce an interdisciplinary noise between surface structures and a selection of cavities: surfaces, skins, and interfaces are injured, gauged, altered, or remedied. With contributions by Luce deLire, Julia Velkova, Anne Kaun, Rhea Ramjohn, i-Päd and Alyk Blue.