Birmingham has a small but remarkable concentration of filmmakers and photographers, techno music makers and cyberpunk designers; its central traffic system is already mapped in cyberspace; and its universalities are developing dynamic cybercultural zones. As is the case with the city itself, this is increasingly a consequence of bottom-up demand rather than any form top-down control. Certainly it was students who organised the impressive and immensly enbjoyable Virtual Futures conference at Warwick University, some twenty miles away, and what one newspaper recently described as ‘home to Britain’s most politically incorrect and hardest drinking philosophers’. Manuel de Landa joined some excellent international speakers and an abundance of brilliant students to perform in the same space as Stelarc and Pat Cadigan, with virtual effects from Linda Dement and VNS Matrix and even a rave on Saturday night. And all this in a department of Philosophy, that great bastion of academic discipline. The times, it seems, are a-changing.
- Journal Article
- Letter From Birmingham
- Broadsheet, pp. 15, Vol 23 No 2, Winter 1994, English
- Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide, SA Australia
- 0819 677X
- Dr. Sadie Plant: Letter From Birmingham. Broadsheet Vol 23 No 2 Winter 1994, p. 15, journal article [pdf 665.88KB]