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Ultimate Exit: the Architecture and Urbanism of Tech-Secessionism

Can the titans of tech engineer an escape from government oversight? Initiatives like Seasteading and talk of Silicon Valley’s “ultimate exit” are part of a growing tech-secessionist movement in which venture capitalists and companies like Google are imagining city-state-like sites for unregulated technological innovation. What might these enclaves look like and how are these tech-secessionist ideologies manifested in urban form? Ultimate Exit interviewed the movement’s protagonists and critics and interpreted these landscapes through a multimedia installation by architect Martti Kalliala and artist Daniel Keller.

This event was curated by Martti Kalliala and enabled by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York’s MOBIUS fellowship program.

Participants: Martti Kalliala, architect and fellow at the Finnish Cultural Institute of New York; artist, Daniel KellerEd Keller, associate dean of distributed learning and technology at Parsons the New School for Design; philosopher, theorist Nick Land; futurist Geoff Manaugh; and Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof, Bitnation Founder and CEO. Multi-media installation by Martti Kalliala and Daniel Keller.

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