Cursed With Good Ideas
CWGI #15: What happens when a phone dies (with Nicolas Nova & Anaïs Bloch)

CWGI #15: What happens when a phone dies (with Nicolas Nova & Anaïs Bloch)

April 11, 2021

The fifteenth episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, seventy-one minutes of socio-technical assemblage unpacking with Anaïs Bloch, Dino Chang, Gabriele de Seta, Patrick Harrison, and Nicolas Nova.

In this episode: smartphone affects, repair cultures, legendary solderers, and drawing as method.

Clicks and bleeps afforded by the caprices of broadband connections.

LINKS:

- Nicolas Nova & Anaïs Bloch's "Dr. Smartphone" book, Open Access PDF: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03106034/

- "Dr. Smartphone", print version: https://www.idpureshop.ch/web/catalogue.aspx?cat=62

- Nicolas Nova & DISNOVATION.ORG's "A Bestiary of the Anthropocene": https://bestiaryanthropocene.com/

- Anaïs Bloch's work: https://www.anaisbloch.ch/

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CWGI #14: The ethnographer as construction worker (with Leif)

CWGI #14: The ethnographer as construction worker (with Leif)

January 21, 2021

The fourteenth episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, seventy-seven minutes of urban fieldwork reminiscences with Asa Roast, Dino Chang, Gabriele de Seta, Leif, and Patrick Harrison.

In this episode: black pollution, construction work masculinities, urban ethnography and anxious wealth.

Audio artifacts and bitcrushing sponsored by Zoom compression algorithms.

LINKS:

- Overhead cable removal in Shanghai: http://www.thatsmags.com/shanghai/post/23023/are-overhead-cables-in-shanghai-about-to-become-a-thing-of-the-past

- John Osburg's "Anxious Wealth": https://www.perlego.com/book/744833/anxious-wealth-money-and-morality-among-chinas-new-rich-pdf

- Sarah Swider's "Building China": https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9780801456930/building-china

- Leif's "Bordering Shanghai": https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718515302311

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CWGI #13: The Unavoidable Lockdown Episode (with Andrew Holtz & Marianne von Blomberg)

CWGI #13: The Unavoidable Lockdown Episode (with Andrew Holtz & Marianne von Blomberg)

May 6, 2020

The thirtheeth episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, seventy minutes of inescapable lockdown chronicles with Andrew Holtz, Dino Chang, Gabriele de Seta, Joy Zhu and Marianne von Blomberg.

In this episode: Epidemiology 101, social credit system, health QR codes, and empty airports.

Echoes and ghostly crackles kindly offered by smartphone microphones.

LINKS:
- COVID-19 spikes in Hong Kong, Singapore & Taiwan: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/09/world/asia/coronavirus-hong-kong-singapore-taiwan.html
- Alibaba's Hangzhou Health Code: https://technode.com/2020/04/07/china-voices-how-alibaba-built-chinas-health-code/
- Andrew Holtz's blog: https://medium.com/@andrew.holtz94
- Marianne von Blomberg on the social credit score: https://mappingchina.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MCJ-No-2-2018-Blomberg.pdf

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CWGI #12: Boredom and self-quarantine in Wuhan

CWGI #12: Boredom and self-quarantine in Wuhan

February 11, 2020

The twelfth episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, fifty-four minutes of catch-up with Clément Renaud, Dino Chang, Digougou and Gabriele de Seta.

In this episode: Coronavirus, self-imposed quarantine, epidemic boredom and Wuhanese identity.

Phased voices and microphone taps are 100% organic.

LINKS:
- 2019-nCoV crisis recap: https://chublicopinion.com/2020/02/04/wuhan-a-tale-of-immune-system-failure-and-social-strength/
- More on quarantined life: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30299-3/fulltext
- Anti-pangolin propaganda: https://www.businessinsider.com/wuhan-coronavirus-pangolins-intermediary-host-2020-2
- WHU Alumni fundraiser: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-wuhan-fight-through-coronavirus

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CWGI #11: At the Institute for Findom Research (with Nel)

CWGI #11: At the Institute for Findom Research (with Nel)

January 25, 2020

The eleventh episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, sixty-eight minutes of living room vibing with Nel and hosts Dino Chang, Gabriele de Seta and Patrick Harrison.

In this episode: Taiwan elections, nation-state cosplaying, financial domination and green hat cuckoldry.

VOIP delay and occasional garbage collection truck jingles prove our site-specificity.

LINKS:
- Institute for Findom Research: https://twitter.com/FindomInstitute
- The retweet game: https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/the-retweet-slaves-who-worship-their-dommes-on-twitter
- Findom in the Philippines: https://netnography595114714.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/findom/
- Findom in China & Hong Kong: https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/2094964/findom-fetish-asia-pay-pigs-money-slaves-and-why-men-dont-want-sex-women

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CWGI #10: Wuhan, Different Everyday! (with Ge Yulu)

CWGI #10: Wuhan, Different Everyday! (with Ge Yulu)

October 27, 2019

The tenth episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, seventy-two minutes of bilingual exchanges with Ge Yulu and hosts Dino Chang, Gabriele de Seta and Digougou.

In this episode: growing up in Wuhan, 1.5 tier cities, contemporary art education and surveillance cameras.

Background disturbances resulting from precarious on-site recording.

LINKS:
- Ge Yulu's "Where the streets had my name" http://www.chinafile.com/multimedia/video/where-streets-had-my-name
- Ge's dildo on flagpole installation: https://radiichina.com/beijing-art-student-punished-for-putting-dildo-on-flagpole/
- Xu Bing's "Dragonfly Eyes" trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4JsoR25DP4
- Dorothy J. Sollinger's "Streets as suspect" article: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14672715.2013.758819

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CWGI #9: Surviving a PhD dissertation (with Asa Roast)

CWGI #9: Surviving a PhD dissertation (with Asa Roast)

April 19, 2019

The ninth episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, sixty-three minutes of postdoctoral therapy with Asa Roast and hosts Jonathan Burrow, Dino Chang, and Gabriele de Seta.

In this episode: PhD hazing, dissertation PTSD, coping strategies and YouTube rabbit holes.

Continuity errors due to wedding commitments.

LINKS:
- Asa Roast's website: http://asaroast.com/work
- 60 Minute Cities - Chongqing: https://bivouacrecording.postach.io/post/60-minute-cities-chongqing-60fen-zhong-wo-de-cheng-shi-zhong-qing
- Bruno Latour's "On the difficulty of being an ANT": https://www.douban.com/group/topic/17840258/
- The tracksuit meme: https://www.popbuzz.com/internet/viral/jawad-bendaoud-meme-video/

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CWGI #8: Shanghai and the aesthetics of failure (with Katy Roseland)

CWGI #8: Shanghai and the aesthetics of failure (with Katy Roseland)

December 1, 2018

The eight episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, fifty-five minutes of underground insights with Katy Roseland (Basement6, Shanghai Community Radio) and hosts Dino Chang, Gabriele de Seta & Patrick Harrison.

In this episode: Shanghai's creative basements, art spies, community radios and club culture.

Involuntary reverb courtesy of Skype feedback.

LINKS:
- Basement6: http://www.basement6collective.com/ 
- Shanghai Community Radio: https://www.instagram.com/shcr_radio/ 
- Eduardo Makoszay's "Tomorrow can take care of itself (ft Nick Land)": https://vimeo.com/223902358/bbf68a469d 
- Official "Map Pointz" project: https://www.instagram.com/map_pointz/

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CWGI #7: Taiwanese New Age (with Paul Farrelly)

CWGI #7: Taiwanese New Age (with Paul Farrelly)

September 26, 2018

The seventh (but eight really) episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, sixty-eight minutes of spiritual communion with Dr. Paul J. Farrelly (Capital Academic Advisory) and hosts Dino Chang & Gabriele de Seta.

In this episode: Taiwanese campus folk, new age religiosity, spiritual practices, vintage magazine Tumblr.

Occasional ambient hiss added for a more lo-fi summer vibe.

LINKS:
- Paul J. Farrelly's website: https://www.pauljfarrelly.com/ 
- Capital Academic Advisory: https://www.academics.asia/ 
- Paul's essay on Terry Hu and New Age religion in Taiwan: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-xGNvVh2owzQ0NSVmxaSFZ6U00/view 
- Paul's "Altered Statuses" Tumblr: https://altered-statuses.tumblr.com/

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CWGI #6: Peppa’s garbage field (with Gong)

CWGI #6: Peppa’s garbage field (with Gong)

July 10, 2018

The sixth episode of CURSED WITH GOOD IDEAS, seventy-three minutes of gonzo sinology with Gong (Vice China) and hosts Jonathan Burrow, Joshua Cader, Dino Chang & Gabriele de Seta.

In this episode: Vice in China, the post-wall generation, the end of subcultures, Peppa the Pig and Dongbei thug life.

Reverbs and traffic ambience all mixed-in for an optimal multi-sited experience.

LINKS:
- S.T.H's article on post-wall Chinese youth: http://www.vice.cn/read/time-for-generation-wall 
- Vice China documentary on independent comics: http://www.vice.cn/read/comics-infinite-full-version 
- The "This is a fucking paradise" documentary series: http://www.vice.cn/show/this-is-a-fucking-paradise 
- Vice China article on Peppa the Pig : http://www.vice.cn/read/peppa-thug-pig-is-lost-control-again

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