Brian Massumi

  • Brian Massumi on Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Amodal Suspension

    "A MESSAGE FOR YOU is floating in the sky of Yamaguchi.” Beginning on November 1—in conjunction with the opening of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan—thousands of people around the world will receive this alert by cell phone or e-mail, kicking off Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s installation Amodal Suspension (Relational Architecture 8), which runs through November 24. The message will in fact be waiting for them, suspended in the night sky over this city in southern Japan—waiting and flashing, like the seductively illegible signals that Japan’s most popular winged insect, the lightning bug,

  • Nicholas Negroponte's Being Digital, the Corporation, Emily Martin's Flexible Bodies, John Naisbitt's Global Paradox

    “MAKE ME REDUNDANT.”

    Not the sort of rallying cry you’d expect from Nicholas Negroponte, the director of MIT’s fabled Media Lab, the massively funded concept and design factory that prides itself on manufacturing the multimedia future. Negroponte entered the popular imagination as a gurulike figure in Stewart Brand’s 1987 chronicle The Media Lab, in which he starred as a kind of postliterate Renaissance man for the coming millennium. Being Digital, which grew from Negroponte’s regular back-page column in Wired magazine, is his first full-length exposition of his vision. The book covers a range