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Aram Bartholl’s work creates an interplay between internet, culture and reality. The versatile communication channels are taken for granted these days, but how do they influence us? According to the paradigm change of media research Bartholl not just asks what man is doing with the media, but what media does with man. The tension between public and private, online and offline, technology infatuation and everyday life creates the core of his producing. In public interventions and public installations Bartholl examines which and how parts of the digital world can reach back into reality.

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Marc Schuilenburg addresses the issue of governance as an essential aspect of the philosophy of social engineer- ing. Via the insights and concepts of Foucault and Deleuze he goes in search of a more adequate under-

standing of the link between social reality and govern- ance. Discussion on this should no longer be fixated on the dichotomy between private and public, says Schuilenburg. Society, after all, is not an immutable, static quantity; it has a fluid char- acter that requires thinking in terms of surveillance ‘assemblages’.

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