Excerpts from Just War by Timo Tuhkanen
In conversation with Tao Lin on his mandalas
Office Ergonomics: an interview with Thomas Levine
Three poems by Roger Van Voorhees
Nest of Ghosts by Libros Fantasma
The Whistleblower Fantasy by Dorothy Howard
Recline Decline: Working Hard or Hardly Working by Whitney Mallett
Towards a Marxist Cyber Theology of Chaos Magic by Angel Ashley
What’s Eating Youtube?: Food Commodity Content Online by Die Ashley
Accumulation and unraveling of the self by Thea Ballard
Narrative time and excitation in computer music, EDM, and noise by Alexander Iadorola
On blogging by James Curry-Castillo
Virtual Self-Improvement & enhanced mindfulness practice by Rebecca Beauchamp and Jónó Mí Ló
Number and numbness: Data journalism, the rationality community, and the misuse of mathematics by Samuel Hopkins
The central question the Arachne webzine takes up is the relationship of mythology to the internet.
Despite the running joke what to call it; sometimes called, ‘cyberspace’, ‘online’, ‘the web,’ ‘the net,’ etc., the internet was originally called the ‘World Wide Web’ (www) by one of its creators, Tim Berners-Lee. Berners-Lee defines the concept in his book, Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web (1999) as: “The set of all information accessible using computers and networking, each unit of information identified by a URI.” Metaphors of linking as weaving, the ‘web’ are pervasive in both the original language used to define the internet, and its evolving use.
The zine’s theme comes from myth of Arachne, an origin story for the spider described in Ovid’s The Metamorphoses (Latin: Metamorphoseon libri, “Books of Transformations,” 8 AD). Arachne (Greek: ἀράχνη) was a weaver who was challenged by the goddess Pallas Minerva (Greek: Athena, Ἀθηνᾶ) to a weaving contest. Her story represents the theme of humans holding contests with the gods. Although there are other accounts, in Ovid’s story, Arachne fatally lost, despite the goodness of her craft and the beauty of the garment she produced. As a sort of lenient curse for thinking she could beat Pallas Minerva, Arachne and all of her offspring were transformed into spiders, allowing them to keep weaving while no longer enjoying human pleasures.
From Ovid’s The Metamorphoses:
- Bk VI:1–25 Arachne rejects Minerva
- Bk VI:26–69 Pallas Minerva challenges Arachne
- Bk VI:70–102 Pallas weaves her web
- Bk VI:103–128 Arachne weaves hers in reply
- Bk VI:129–145 Arachne is turned into a spider
The symbolic relationship of a spider to the internet could be interpreted in many ways.
The zine’s thematics of gender, labor, and technology focus this project on explorations of the landscape upon which ideas of self, society, public, community, and craft, are constructed online today, using the myth of the spider as a starting point. Contributions reflect writer’s interpretations of the theme.
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Arachne #01—on gender, labour and technology
- Timo Tuhkanen
- Tao Lin
- American Artist
- Thomas Levine
- Roger Van Voorhees
- Libros Fantasma
- Dorothy Howard
- Whitney Mallett
- Angel Ashley
- Die Ashley
- Thea Ballard
- Alexander Iadorola
- James Curry-Castillo
- Rebecca Beauchamp
- Jónó Mí Ló
- Samuel Hopkins
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