Alessandro Ludovico on Sat, 25 Feb 2017 13:21:50 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Armin Medosch (1962-2017)

Since asking him about his "Shopping Windows" exhibition in the early
2000s, I've enjoyed over the years different long, inspiring and
passionate conversations with Armin in Amsterdam, Linz, Berlin, Novi
Sad, Vienna, and surely somewhere else. They always involved the
terrific combination of criticism, including being direct whenever
needed, inspiring vision and some hilarious jokes.

>From handing a copy of the Dive catalogue after jokingly signing it
first, to finally tirelessly explaining his latest projects a few
months ago, Armin has always been a pleasure to meet and conspire

I've seen him proudly presenting his New Tendencies book last June in
Vienna, after years of research, and then, the day after, presenting
the Technopolitics timeline and project joining the extensive
involved group in a delightfully articulated installation at MAK.
As potentially many of his projects, the latter reflects some of
his major virtues, enabling a group of talented people to produce
fruitful exchange and outcomes, also perfectly materialising one of
his most famous quotes: "In a networked environment, it is not so
much individuality and expression that count but increasingly new
ways of creating, sharing, disseminating and scheduling digital work.
Through collective action the field progresses as a whole. Sharing and
collaborating means learning from each other".

The Technopolitics ultimate embodiment was his last effort and
paradoxically, it seemed to be conceived and engineered as a living
process, meant to attract energies and transform itself, triggering a
critical spirit the very moment one starts to read and understand it.
To me, his last gift.

With gratitude, Alessandro

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