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BALCONISM
Text/ConstantDullaart
Anew"ism"callsforsovereignexpressioninthe21stcentury,acronyms,typos,
leetspeak,andkaomojiincluded.
Wearealloutsideontehbalconynow.Standingonaplatformmadeoutofatweetinto
corporateversionsofpublicspace.Wearenotstoredinacloud,opaqueortranslucentto
whomever.Wepublish,wegetread.ok.Privatepublishingdoesnotexist,wenowknow
wealwaysgetread(hi).Toselectwhatwewanttohaveread,andbywhom,isour
greatestchallengerly.Fornowandtehfuture.Ifyoutoleratethis,yourchildrenwillbe
normalized.Outside,onthestreet,statusupdatesintheair,checkingintoanotherspatial
analogyofinformationexchange.Sometimeshardtoreach,throughtutorials,encryptions
andprinciples.Itisgeneroustobeoutdoors,watchedbyathousandeyesrecordingusfor
thefuture,ouractionstobeinterpretedasanofficejob.Weneedaprivateverandaabove
ground,aplaceforabreathoffreshair,outofsightforthecasualonlooker,butgreatfor
publicannouncements.Thebalconyisbothpublicandprivate,onlineandoffline.Itisa
spaceandamovementatthesametime.Youcanbeseenorremainunnoticed,inside
andoutside.Slippersareokonthebalcony.Freedomthroughencryption,ratherthan
openness.Themostimportantthingis:youmustchoosetobeseen.Wearealreadyseen
andrecordedonthestreetsandintrains,inemailz,chatz,supermarketzandrestaurantz,
withoutachoice.Remainingunseen,bymakingaclearerchoicewheretobeseen.Weare
inthebravenewnow,getreadytochooseyourbalcony,toescapethewarmenclosureof
thesocialweb,toaddress,totalktothepeopleoutsideyouralgorithmbubble.Uwillnot
getarrestedonthebalcony,youandyoursshouldhavetherighttoanonymityonthe
balcony,althoughthismightseemtechnicallycomplicated.Thebalconyisagallery,
balustrade,porchandstoop.ThebalconyispartoftheEcuadorianembassy.Itz
masturbatingonthebalconywhenyourlocaldictatorpassesby.AFK,IRL,BRBandTTYS.
ThebalconyisthePiratebaymemoannouncingtheywillkeepuptheirservicesbywayof
drones,orjustPiratbyrancompletely.Publishingina403,publishinginsidethereferring
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drones,orjustPiratbyrancompletely.Publishingina403,publishinginsidethereferring
link,andaserroronaserver.BalconismisIRC,TORandOTR.BalKony2012.Balconyis
Speedshows,onlineperformances,Telecomix,Anonymous,Occupyandmaybeeven
Googleautomatedcars(def.notglassthobtw).Balconization,notBalkanization.The
balconyscenecreatescommunityratherthancommodity.Nothingistobetaken
seriously.Everywinfailseventually.Proudofwebculture,andwhatwasbuiltwithpun,
fun,wires,solder,thoughtsandvisionsofequality.Nothingissacredontheb4lconi.Itis
litbyscreens,fueledbyopennetworks,andstrengthenedbyretweetz.Onthebalcony
theambitionsarehigh,identitiescanbecopied,andrealitymanipulated.Hopeisgiven
andinspirationcreated,initiativepromotedanddevelopmentdeveloped.Knowyour
meme,andmemewhatyouknow.Icanhazbalcony.Balconismisasoapboxinthepark.
Thebalconyisconnected:standonabalconyandyouwillseeothers.Thebalconyis
connecting:youdonothavetobeafraidonthebalcony,wearebehindyou,wearethe
masses,youcanfeelthewarmthfromtheinside,breathingdownyourneck.Where
privacyceasestofeelprivate,trytomakeitprivate.Ch00seyouraudience,demandto
knowtowhomyouspeakifnotinpublic,orknowwhenyouaretalkingtoanalgorithm.
Whenyoucan,stayanonymousoutofprinciple,andfun.Andwhenyouareinpublic,
understandinwhichcontextandatwhattimeyouwillandcouldbeseen.Speakouton
thebalcony,freefromthestorefront,freefromthesinglewhitespace,butleaninginto
people'soffices,bedroomsandcoffeetables,leaningintovirtuallyeverywhere.Onthe
balcony,contemporaryartreclaimsitscommunicativesovereigntythroughconstant
remindersofafreedomoncehadontheinternet.Orztotheopeninternetbuildersand
warriors.Learnhowtodo,thenchallengehowitisdone.Encrypt.Encryptwelland
beautifully.ArtwithtoomuchtheoryiscalledAuditorium,andkitschiscalledLiving
Room.Inspiredbyhomebrewtechnologiesandopennetworkcommunications,createart
inthespiritoftheinternet,resistingterritories,beitinstitutionalandcommercialart
hierarchiesorcommercialinformationhierarchies.Theinternetiseverymedium.Head
fromtheinformationsuperhighwaytothebalconythatiseverywherethroughtheright
VPN.Thepoolisalwaysclosed.
ConstantDullaartisaformerresidentoftheRijksakademieinAmsterdam,livingand
workingmostlyinBerlin.Hisworkoftendealswiththeeffectsandaffectsofcontemporary
communicationandmassmedia,bothonlineandoffline.http://constantdullaart.com
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