The Šum Journal will present a thematic volume entitled Cryptocene, which will be published in the 10th issue of the journal.

In his short theory-fiction, PJ Ennis imagines a crypto-world or rather post-crypto-world of the 31st century depicted through the perspectives of three prisoners, and, among other things, offers a concise history of monetary theories as new religions/ideologies.
Nick Land’s text is a preface to his book on bitcoin and philosophy that he has been working on for several years entitled Crypto-Current. This is the first time a short section of the book will be published. The initial hypothesis is that a brief document, i.e. the 64 words by Satoshi Nakamoto that launched bitcoin, will in the future have the status of a pre-Socratic fragment, which will be endlessly dissected by philosophical schools.

Edmund Berger discusses blockchain in terms of long-term economic cycles and speculates whether we’re dealing with a new techno-economic and thereby aesthetico-political paradigm. The text aims to reclaim modernity and open up alternative modernity that breaks with the past in order to achieve a New Reality Principle, that is, New Reason.

A video lecture by Edmund Berger that was prepared exclusively for this occasion will be screened at the presentation.

A free pdf of the journal can be downloaded from

State Machines: Art, Work and Identity in an Age of Planetary-Scale Computation

Focusing on how such technologies impact identity and citizenship, digital labour and finance, the project joins five experienced partners Aksioma (SI), Drugo More (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (NL), and NeMe (CY) together with a range of artists, curators, theorists and audiences. State Machines insists on the need for new forms of expression and new artistic practices to address the most urgent questions of our time, and seeks to educate and empower the digital subjects of today to become active, engaged, and effective digital citizens of tomorrow.

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