Bioluddites with Fo:AM | fringejoyride


I came to Fo:AM to answer a very large mental block about my newest project about a new speculative fringe community, The Bioluddites.

We were doing the building in the forest entirely with spider nets and wood, a lot of textile and fabric to start to push away the forest and use the forest as wall. It was 500sq m, so not too big, but there is a kind of porosity where you don’t know whether you’re inside a building, inside a forest or inside a labyrinth. He [Bruce Sterling] wrote a text about some guy coming to research this house in 30 years with a GPS, and he was not able to find this house – it had disappeared entirely. Like the Blair Witch house or something. Because of the text we took care to blur the boundaries of the house we were in construction, we blurred the boundaries. So it’s interesting how the text as a report from the future is at the same time modifying what you are doing in the real time. Honestly that is fantastic.

He’s told Facebook probably tens of thousands of things about his life and economic activity. Robert Scoble is, in fact, one of Facebook’s most delightful products. He’s turned over his short-term memory and the digital wormcast of his waking hours over to a company that sells advertising space on the basis that their products – also know as “their users” and their tracked activities – can be induced to spend money through targeting.

Put another way: there is, in fact, a little bit of Robert Scoble’s brain that is now the Facebook Cortex.

And, through his usual hyperactivity, he’s become an even better product: there are 350,000 people following Scoble on Facebook, clicking Like on his Foursquare checkins and Spotify reports – and by those actions Facebook can compile consumer profiles on each of them, too. That little chunk of brain that Scoble has turned over to Facebook is helping to make all his readers better products, too.


Buzludha is Bulgaria’s largest ideological monument to Communism. Designed by architect Guéorguy Stoilov, more than 6000 workers were involved in its 7 year construction including 20 leading Bulgarian artists who worked for 18 months on the interior decoration. A small, universally expected donation from every citizen in the country formed a large portion of the funds required to build this impressive structure that was finally unveiled in 1981 on what was the 1300th anniversary of the foundation of the Bulgarian state.

Buried in the monument’s concrete structure, is a time capsule containing a message for future generations explaining the significance of the building.

In September 2011, the Bulgarian cabinet transferred ownership of the monument to the Bulgarian Socialist party.

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borisov declared, “We shall let them take care of it because here it also holds true that a party which does not respect its past and its symbols has no future”.