1. "COUNTERING CAPITULATION. From Automated Participation to Renegade Solidarity."
    High-frequency trading and the forensic analysis of the Flash Crash, May 6, 2010.

    Single channel video, 11:20 min., 2013-14

    COUNTERING CAPITULATION engages with the inquiries following the Flash Crash of May 6, 2010, an event that went down as the biggest one-day market decline in financial history. Focusing on a remarkable forensic analysis that not only contradicted the official findings of the regulatory authorities and shed light on the impact of algorithmic trading but also developed tools to visualize material processes that operate beyond human perception, Nestler argues that in the current legal framework evidence of market events can only be produced by a double figure of the expert witness: when the (forensic) analyst is joined by a whistleblower.
    With this ambivalent, contingent and marginal figure at its heart—a renegade, a traitor, a defector—COUNTERING CAPITULATION proposes a multilayered, transdisciplinary artistic practice engaged in creating narrative instabilities that coagulate dissent into insurrection: "enhancing resolution" in the technological, legal as well as social and political sense of the term.
    The video therefore concludes with a call for building "renegade solidarity" between whistleblowers—exemplary figures of contemporary insurrection—and the general public to counter the excesses of (automated) schemes of evaluation and decision-making, not only as regards financial markets but proprietary black box regimes in general.

    Credits:
    Research, concept, text and editing: Gerald Nestler
    Animation: Sylvia Eckermann
    Flash Crash charts and animations courtesy of Nanex LLC
    Sound editing: szely
    Synthetic algo voice over: Alva & Tom

    Special thanks to:
    Eric Hunsader, Sylvia Eckermann, Brian Holmes, Eyal Weizman

    Produced with the support of:
    bm:ukk
    and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, for the exhibition FORENSIS, March 15 - May 5, 2014, curated by Anselm Franke and Eyal Weizmann.

    Attribution-Non-Commercial-ShareAlike

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  2. Gerald Nestler, CONTINGENT CLAIM. Portrait of a Philosophy Series I. Elie Ayache. 1-channel video, 35:23 minutes, 2012.

    Portraits of a Philosophy is an artistic video series by Gerald Nestler on the derivative condition of the relations between natural, social and corporate bodies and minds in our time and the contingent nature of the future, the present, and the past.

    Portraits of a Philosophy Series (to date):
    CONTINGENT CLAIM, Portraits of a Philosophy Series I. Elie Ayache
    CONTINGENT ETHICS. Portraits of a Philosophy Series II. Haim Bodek
    CONTINGENT OPTIONALITY. Portraits of a Philosophy Series III. Randy Martin

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  3. Gerald Nestler, CONTINGENT ETHICS. Portrait of a Philosophy Series II. Haim Bodek. 1-channel video, 44:46 minutes, 2014-2015

    Portraits of a Philosophy is an artistic video series by Gerald Nestler on the derivative condition of the relations between natural, social and corporate bodies and minds in our time and the contingent nature of the future, the present, and the past.

    Portraits of a Philosophy Series (to date):
    CONTINGENT CLAIM, Portraits of a Philosophy Series I. Elie Ayache
    CONTINGENT ETHICS. Portraits of a Philosophy Series II. Haim Bodek
    CONTINGENT OPTIONALITY. Portraits of a Philosophy Series III. Randy Martin

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  4. Gerald Nestler, CONTINGENT OPTIONALITY. Portrait of a Philosophy Series III. Randy Martin. 1-channel video, 27:45 minutes, 2014-2015

    Portraits of a Philosophy is an artistic video series by Gerald Nestler on the derivative condition of the relations between natural, social and corporate bodies and minds in our time and the contingent nature of the future, the present, and the past.

    Portraits of a Philosophy Series (to date):
    CONTINGENT CLAIM, Portraits of a Philosophy Series I. Elie Ayache
    CONTINGENT ETHICS. Portraits of a Philosophy Series II. Haim Bodek
    CONTINGENT OPTIONALITY. Portraits of a Philosophy Series III. Randy Martin

    Uploaded

Aesthetics of Resolution videos + Portraits of a Philosophy Series

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Aesthetics of Resolution
Initially outlined with a critical reading of an analysis of the Flash Crash 2010, the concept was further developed for a conference at the Serralves Museum, Porto (Nov. 2014) as well as an exhibition entitled "HEGDE AVANTGARDE.…


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Aesthetics of Resolution
Initially outlined with a critical reading of an analysis of the Flash Crash 2010, the concept was further developed for a conference at the Serralves Museum, Porto (Nov. 2014) as well as an exhibition entitled "HEGDE AVANTGARDE. renegades, traitors, educators."

Video footage, images, graphics, voice, performance, objects and texts provide the material for an artistic as well as theoretical inquiry that resonates around the issue as to whether the conditions of perception and agency in the era of black boxes are being modified – if not disintegrated – into myriad derivative devices that are custom-built to exclude (capitalize) and at the same time internalize (socialize) underlying human capital/assets. This begs the question whether an aesthetics of “resolution” could serve as a poietic toolbox to counter proprietary schemes by employing the full purport of the term from technical to social and political agencies of resolution. The arbitrary, marginal but at the same time insurgent figure of the renegade – a traitor inside systems and an educator beyond their confines – is introduced as potential pharmakon against the ruptures that transform knowledge into proprietary capital and vision into social blindness.

geraldnestler.net
geraldnestler.net/texts_engl.htm
friendsandart.at/GeraldNestler/hedgeavantgarde/e.html

hkw.de/en/programm/projekte/2014/forensis/start_forensis.php
sternberg-press.com/?pageId=1488

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