Citizen D podcast 042: James Bridle and the new dark age

By Državljan D. (Citizen D)

We sat down with James Bridle who was visiting Ljubljana to give a talk at the Aksioma gallery to talk about the evergrowing problem of technodeterminism and the way future is being predicted by the machines.

Listen to the podcast here.

What’s the role of humanities in the information society, how do we integrate our future generations and how the myth of the neutral and objective machine came about?

We also talked about Bridle’s investigations of algorithms and the underbelly of YouTube, explored in the article “There is something wrong with the internet”.

James Bridle is an artist and writer working across technologies and disciplines. His artworks have been commissioned by galleries and institutions and exhibited worldwide and on the internet. His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Observer and many others, in print and online.

He lectures regularly at conferences, universities, and other events. “New Dark Age”, his book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso (UK & US) in 2018. His work can be found at

The podcast music provided by Dee Yan-Key.

Photo credit: Steve Forest, Workers’ Photos

Citizen D advice:

  • Debate the social influence of technology development
  • Doubt technology neutrality
  • Rethink technodeterministic usage of tools

More information:

  • There is something wrong on the internet – article
  • The nightmare videos of childrens’ YouTube – TED Talk
  • New Dark Age – review

About the podcast:

Podcast Citizen D gives you a reason for being a productive citizen. Citizen D features talks by experts in different fields focusing on the pressing topics in the field of information society and media. We can do it. Full steam ahead!

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.

This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.