Alexander Galloway

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= the author of two books on Protocollary Power, i.e. Protocol, and, together with Eugene Thacker, The Exploit

Interview: Alexander Galloway on Protocollary Power


Status Report, 2007

"COULD YOU TELL US WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW ? WHICH ARE YOUR ACTUAL INTERESTS AND ON GOING RESEARCH AT NYU?

I participate in an informal collective of programmers and designers called RSG. We recently launched the Liberate Computer Language (LCL) which is a beta attempt to draft a new computer language unlike any currently in existence. Of course no computer currently exists that can run the language. But we hope to expand the LCL in the future.

Currently in development is the "Kriegspiel," a work of historical translation based on the largely forgotten 1978 game designed by filmmaker and philosopher Guy Debord. The "Kriegspiel" will be released some time before the end of 2007. Debord's game engages with a number of interesting questions including the political status of war gaming and simulation. I am particularly drawn to the game because it appears at first glance to be rather backward-looking, even nostalgic. Yet on closer inspection the game contains some interesting details that keep it relevant to today's world of global networks and perpetual war. In Debord's own words, it was his only work that had any real value." (http://cultureandcommunication.org/galloway/interview_barcelona_sept07.txt)