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ISSUE 03: 

COPIES [in the age of network culture]

Spring 2015

Call for submissions: Issue 3

It can be said that the act of copying is related to an attempt to collect, reproduce, display, our contemporary network culture. Today, the network not only connects the world, it reconfigures both culture and subjectivity by transforming the way we produce and share ideas. The 1976 book, The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins defines a meme as a set of cultural data that acts like a genomereplicating, spreading, and mutating in response to the selective demands of the culture in which they develop. Yet, information when imitated is subject to variation, and no copy is in fact the same.

Will network culture recraft or diminish the public domain? How does the act of copying usurp notions of architecture’s autonomy? Does the difference between unconscious and conscious influence matter? What types of subjectivity are engaged in the act of aggregating images? In an image saturated culture, what is the role of copying? How does our current embrace of data-driven architecture call this culture of copying into question? What does data look like? How does copying undermine the status of the original? Does temporality still matter? Is copying illegal? Embarrassing?

PLACE-HOLDER is interested in gathering a wide range of contributions and contributors, from any discipline. Screenshots, text, photography, drawing, collage, render, paper archives, and digital archives are welcome. For essays, text or papers please submit an abstract (250 words maximum) by December 21, 2014 to placeholder.net@gmail.com.