Datacide *14

Datacide *14

Another issue of the intelligent political zine from Berlin in English that questions stuff.

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This issue is dedicated to the memory of two good friends and contributors to the magazine who died in the course of the last year. Boris Domalain, aka Saoulaterre, aka Gorki Plubakter, and Paul Kidd, aka Nomex.

Howard Slater: Cut-Up-Marx 11-20
Nemeton: Endless War; Surveillance, Control and Repression; Social Media and Internet Surveillance; Music Industry and Copyright
David Cecil: Uganda – Anti-Homosexuality Bill Update
Oscar Mole: When Will We Leave the 20th Century?
Hannah Lammin: Dancing with Death: The Excremental, the Sacred & Ecstatic Community in Free Party Culture
Neil Transpontine: Archeology of the Radical Internet: Reflections on the early European Counter Network in the Age of ‘Networked Social Movements’
John Eden: ‘They Hate Us, We Hate Them’: Resisting Police Corruption and Violence in Hackney in the 1980s and 1990s
Controlled Weirdness: Journeys in the Naked City. Adventures in New York Before the Rain
Lynx: Wild Ride> Subcultural Rumblings in the Pacific Northwest _ form of: mutant vehicle
Hans-Christian Psaar: German Data Angst
Howard Slater: Incorrect Classification Possible
Dan Hekate: The Bodyshop
Terra Audio: Star Spores: The Computerised City
Terra Audio: Star Spores: The Magnetic Timetable
John Eden: Paul Sullivan, Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora (Book Review)
John Eden: Paul Huxtable and Al Fingers, Sound System Culture: Celebrating Hudersfield’s Sound Systems (Book Review)
John Eden: Genesis P-Orridge, G.P.O. v G.P-O: A Chronicle of Mail Art on Trial (Book Review)
Nemeton: The Rabbit Hole and other writings by Cyrus Bozorgmehr (Book Review)
Stewart Home: Robert Deller, Splitting in Two: Mad Pride and Punk Rock Oblivion (Book Review)
Christoph Fringeli: Die Revolution war für mich ein grosses Abenteuer. Paul Mattick im Gespräch mit Michael Buckmiller (Book Review)
Christoph Fringeli: Jim Higgins, More Years for the Locust: The Origins of the SWP (Book Review)
Christoph Fringeli: Michael Landmann, Das Israelpseudos der Pseudolinken (Book Review)
Joris Julius-Sabinus: Emperor Palpatine
Snotra the Dustbin Serpent: Invincible Tedium
DJ Balli: Shuffle from Plunderphonics: ‘Chris Cutler’ Remixed
Record Reviews by Zombieflesheater, David Cecil, Nemeton, Christoph Fringeli and Kovert
Alexis Wolton: Vinyl Meltdown, Side B
Datacide: Datacide Activities Since the Last Issue
DJ Charts
The Lives and Times of Bloor Schleppy (14)
With illustrations by Dybbuk, Matthieu Bourel, Tóng Zhi, Darkam, Lynx, Sansculotte

Welcome to the latest issue of Datacide, again a bumper issue full of varied contributions spanning different aspects of counter-cultural intervention and analysis of the intersections of noise and politics, technology and subversion, music and literature. This is also the first issue with a colour cover and contains specially commissioned illustrations to a number of articles. The interaction of visual artists, writers, musicians and theoreticians in print (and e.g. on records), to us, offers unique possibilities. Therefore we do not intend to join those who in recent months and years have given up on the print aspect of their publications and have migrated to an online only presence. 

This exposes them to the danger of disappearing into a rapidly changing internet where the previously assumed ‘flat’ hierarchies have given way to largely corporate controlled and government surveilled data exchanges that are increasingly organised around steep hierarchies. ‘Social media’ was seen (by some) as the ‘death of the underground’, where finally everybody was taking part in one big sharing community. In reality a vast user-generated spectacle was created. 

This spectacle doesn’t demand passive acceptance anymore, on the contrary it demands constant participation and availability; nevertheless it marks the irresponsible sovereignty of the auto- cratic reign of the market economy. It feasts on the free time of its ‘participants’, collecting data in order to market itself, presenting itself as a vast ultra-accessible reality that cannot be questioned, only liked. It remains ideology materialised. 

This confronts the critic with some problems. Not because s/he is not allowed to critique, but s/he is in danger of losing a meaningful context, an audience that is willing to engage in real discussion. Complex arguments are often seen as an impertinence, looking back at history as useless nostalgia. We cannot allow this to deter us and we insist on digging out moments of revolt, as we know past and future to be interlinked. Ideology critique has a revolutionary content. Music and writing is about making things happen. 

Of course we use the available technologies as much as possible, but maintain that the hundreds of hours of work that is condensed in the issue that you hold in your hands creates something special and powerful. 

One problem to maintain and expand these activities (for more see p.72) is of an economic nature. The reason we can print this issue is thanks to the fundraising parties and as such thanks to the many musicians and helpers who made these possible and successful; and not so much due to sales, let alone subscriptions. So if you want to support Datacide and radical independent publishing, please take out a subscription (see info on p.26), or if you are interested in selling copies, get in touch via datacide[at] The same applies if you are interested in hosting a Datacide event in your area. 


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