October 6th, 2013
Author: admin

Californian Ideology Then & Now

Dr. Richard Barbrook will be speaking about two decades of The Californian Ideology at 3.20pm on Wednesday 9th October for the Networked Art panel at RENEW 2013: the 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology in Riga, Latvia.

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October 3rd, 2012
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Imaginary Futures at ITSC Cologne Conference

Dr. Richard Barbrook will be the keynote speaker for the Media Evolution and Society session at the Internationales Film & Fernsehfestival at 2.00pm on Friday 5th October in Köln, Germany.

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September 26th, 2012
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Imaginary Futures at Future Camp

Dr. Richard Barbrook will be participating in the Dark Web/Deep Web/ Invisible Web panel of Future Camp at 9.30pm on 28th September 2012 at Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg, Germany. Other speakers include Angela Richter, Andreas Leo Findeisen and Ote Reissmann.

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August 9th, 2011
Author: Richard Barbrook

Imaginary Futures at the European Culture Congress

Dr. Richard Barbrook will be participating in the Cyberiad panel of the European Culture Congress at 12.30pm on 9th September 2011 at the Regional Centre for Business Tourism in Wroclaw, Poland. He has written The Davos Parallax which is a SF tale about the banking crisis to introduce this panel. Imaginary Futures is one of […]

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June 10th, 2011
Author: Richard Barbrook

Imaginary Futures at Virtual Futures 2.0’11

Dr Richard Barbrook will be talking about Imaginary Futures at the Virtual Futures 2.0’11 conference at the University of Warwick on Saturday 18th June at 6.00pm. Location: MS.02, University of Warwick, Kirby Corner Rd, Coventry, West Midlands CV4. Richard will also be introducing a screening and discussion of Class Wargames Presents Guy Debord’s The Game […]

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May 24th, 2011
Author: Richard Barbrook

Imaginary Futures at the Babylonia Festival

Dr Richard Barbrook will be talking about Imaginary Futures at the Babylonia Anti-Authoritarian Festival in Athens, Greece, on Thursday 26th May at 9.00pm. Location: School of Fine Arts, Peireos 256, 18233 Athens, Greece. metro: Kallithea Richard will also be introducing a screening and discussion of Class Wargames Presents Guy Debord’s The Game of War on […]

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November 23rd, 2010
Author: admin

Imaginary Futures at the Futurological Congress

Dr Richard Barbrook will be talking about Imaginary Futures at the Futurological Congress in Lviv, Ukraine, on Saturday 27th November at 3.30pm. Location: Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe, Bohomoltsia 6, Lviv. Besides this presentation, Richard Barbrook will also be hosting a Class Wargames performance for the Futurological Congress with Stefan Lutschinger on Sunday […]

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March 3rd, 2010
Author: admin

Imaginary Futures is published in Polish

Przyszłości Wyobrażone – the Polish translation by Jan Dzierzgowski of Imaginary Futures – has been published by Muza SA in their Spectrum series. For more information, check out the Muza website.

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January 31st, 2010
Author: admin

Imaginary Futures Author at Transmediale 10

Dr Richard Barbrook will be appearing at Transmediale 10 to open its The Futurity Long Conversation – ‘a relay of one-to-one conversations, brings 21 leading artists, designers, theorists, journalists and media interventionists together to discuss, contextualise and explore the abstract and qualitative elements defining what we conceive of the future today’ – at 1.00pm on […]

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April 14th, 2009
Author: admin

Editora Peirópolis Publishes Futuros Imaginários

Editora Peirópolis from São Paulo, Brazil, have just published Futuros Imaginários – das máquinas pensantes à aldeia global – the Portuguese translation of Imaginary Futures. Richard Barbrook will be visiting the country over the next two weeks for a lecture tour to promote the book. His first appearance will be at the International Seminar “Information, […]

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March 29th, 2009
Author: Richard Barbrook

Imaginary Futures Author at Creative Cities Symposium in Vienna

Dr Richard Barbrook will be giving a talk entitled ‘Creative Labour and Proletarian Playtime’ at the ORF Symposium on Creative Cities on the afternoon of Tuesday 31st March at RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal, Argentinierstraße 30a, 1040 Wien, Austria. For more details, check out the ORF website.

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January 24th, 2009
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Imaginary Futures Author at Transmediale ’09

Dr Richard Barbrook will speaking the Transmediale Festival ’09 in the session on ‘How Enthusiasts, Amateurs and Hobbyists Shape the (Music) World’ at 3.00pm on Tuesday 27th February at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2. 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg. For further details, see the Transmediale Festival website.

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January 14th, 2009
Author: Richard Barbrook

imaginary futures at the Radiator Festival

Dr Richard Barbrook will speaking about Imaginary Futures at the 4th Radiator Festival – “Exploits in the Wireless City” – on Thursday afternoon on 15th March at the Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, England. For further details, see the Radiator festival website.

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November 24th, 2008
Author: Richard Barbrook

Imaginary Futures at St. Petersburg Art Academy

Dr. Richard Barbrook will speaking about Imaginary Futures as part of a Digital Artisans’ Evening at the ProArte Institute in the Peter & Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg on Wednesday 26th November. For further details, see the ProArte Institute’s website: http://www.proarte.ru

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October 5th, 2008
Author: Richard Barbrook

imaginary Futures at Cold War Culture conference

Dr. Richard Barbrook will be appearing at the Cold War Culture conference which takes place at the Victoria & Albert museum in London on Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd November. This major conference brings together some of the most exciting thinkers on art, design and architecture in the post-1945 period to reflect on the ways […]

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May 29th, 2008
Author: Richard Barbrook

Imaginary Futures wins 2008 Marshall McLuhan Award

The Media Ecology Association (MEA) has selected Richard Barbrook’s Imaginary Futures: from thinking machines to the global village as the winner of the 2008 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology. Past recipients of this award include Francis Fukuyama, Doug Rushkoff and Neil Postman. The official presentation of the award […]

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May 14th, 2008
Author: Richard Barbrook

World Ex-Position ’08

Fahim Amir has posted a review of the World Ex-Position ’08 which took place on 26th April-15th May 2008 in Vienna, Austria. He concludes his Mute article with this observation on Richard Barbrook’s talk about Imaginary Futures at the festival: “His politically apt and historically well informed argument presents a strong antidote to the euphoric […]

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January 24th, 2008
Author: Richard Barbrook

New reviews of Imaginary Futures

Two reviews of Imaginary Futures were published in December 2007: John Barker’s Up For Grabs in Science as Culture, Number 4, Volume 16, 2007, pages 481-488. “By giving us the history of intellectuals thriving on an ahistorical view of the world, and what this view leads to, [Barbrook] has given depth to the critique that […]

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October 16th, 2007
Author: Richard Barbrook

Author to Participate in performance of Guy Debord’s The Game of War – 23rd October 2007

CLASS WARGAMES PRESENTS GUY DEBORD’S THE GAME OF WAR Tuesday 23rd October 2007 at 6.00pm 01zero-one Westminster Kingsway College Soho Centre Peter Street London W1F 0HS (01zero-one’s main entrance is on Hopkins Street) Class Wargames The Game Class Wargames will play Guy Debord’s The Game of War using a replica of his original 1977 design […]

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September 30th, 2007
Author: Lisa Devaney

Author to Host Leiden University Conference – 3rd October 2007

Dr. Richard Barbrook will host and speak at The Netherlands Conference “The Futures of Digital Technology? at Leiden University in The Netherlands, 3rd October 2007. He joins academics, digital professionals and writers, including popular science fiction writer China Mièville. Please see the attached press release and conference flyer for more information about this event. Download […]

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June 8th, 2007
Author: Lisa Devaney

The Guardian Features Imaginary Futures

In “How we have been fooled by utopian visions of the future”, Christine Evans-Pughe, writing for The Guadian’s Technology section, concludes of Richard Barbrook’s Imaginary Futures that: Barbrook has an amusing take on our distorted − if not delusional − relationship with technology, but his underlying point is serious: future visions of technology are used […]

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June 6th, 2007
Author: Lisa Devaney

Book Launch Photos Live

Thanks to all – about 300 of you – who attended the Imaginary Futures book launch celebration on 16th May 2007 at Madame JoJos in London’s SoHo. Photos are now posted on Flickr.com, and will soon be added to the Imaginary Futures Gallery on this website. Please view the photos here.

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June 6th, 2007
Author: Lisa Devaney

First Review

Writer Sarah Snider has reviewed Richard Barbrook’s newly released book Imaginary Futures for Culture Wars She comments that: Imaginary Futures shows how technology has itself been, and is still, mediated by competing versions of the future. The parallax of time allows us to turn correlation into causality, retroactively instilling agents with intentionality, and actions with […]

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May 24th, 2007
Author: Lisa Devaney

Author To Host SOUNDWAVES Artist Evening

Join Richard this coming Wednesday, 30th May, to explore new sonic artworks showing in the SOUNDWAVES exhibition, a colloboration of Kinetica Museum and Cybersonica, running until 29th June. Richard will introduce audiences to Julie Freeman (Specious Dialogue), Michael Markert (Kontakstation and kII 2.2) and Andy Huntingdon (tapTap) who have produced works for the exhibition. The […]

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May 24th, 2007
Author: Lisa Devaney

Author Appearance – Housmans 29th May

Richard Barbrook will discuss his new book Imaginary Futures at Housmans bookshop this coming Tuesday, 29th May, 2007. Housemans specialises in books and periodicals of radical interest and progressive politics and offers the most comprehensive range of radical newsletters, newpapers and magazines of any shop in Britain. The shop is selling Imaginary Futures, and the […]

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May 24th, 2007
Author: Lisa Devaney

300 Welcome New Book

Imaginary Futures Book Launch Press Release The Imaginary Futures book launch at Madame JoJos in London’s SoHo drew a celebratory crowd of 300 on 16th May 2007. Richard Barbrook debuted his newest book, published by Pluto Press, to an enthusiastic audience of academics, press, technologists, students and the author’s friends and family at the nightclub […]

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April 23rd, 2007
Author: News Editor

RICHARD ON MYSPACE.COM

Make friends with the author on MySpace.com, and keep up to date about new speaking engagements and other appearances the author will be making. Visit him here.

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April 20th, 2007
Author: News Editor

ORDER IMAGINARY FUTURES

Imaginary Futures will be available to the public from Pluto Press in May 2007. Copies can be ordered at www.plutobooks.com (£16.99 GBP – $26.95 USD). Or, orders can also be made from Amazon.co.uk. Download an introduction to Imaginary Futures here. Or to find out more about the book and view a video introduction, click here.

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April 19th, 2007
Author: News Editor

BOOK LAUNCH EVENT

Meet the author at his book launch celebration in London’s SoHo. Barbrook will speak during the press preview and present visuals. He will be joined by Simon Schaffer, Cambridge University Professor and BBC4 presenter, who will give an introduction and overview of Imaginary Futures. Late night entertainment will feature legendary Chicago house performer Robert Owens […]

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April 15th, 2007
Author: News Editor

PLUTO PRESS OFFERS ADVANCED COPIES

Advanced copies of Imaginary Futures are now available for editorial review purposes from Pluto Press. If you are a member of the press, please contact lisa@imaginaryfutures.net to request a copy for review.

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The utopian dreams of Russian-style cybernetic communism could only be turned into everyday reality within the made-in-the-USA global village.