What is 128-bit?

128-bit could sometime in the future possibly be the next standard architecture for computer chips (CPU, GPU, etc.), if the need for direct addressing of more than 16 EiB (approx. 18.1 EB) memory ever arises, which is the theoretical maximum of 64-bit architectures, which are currently in use.

The 128-bit you are currently visiting is conceived as a space for researching, developing and promoting revolutionary culture and aesthetics, under the premise that the revolution of the contents is inconceivable without the revolution of the form. In this sense, 128-bit prefers experimental art, created from an active confrontation with contemporaneity, oriented towards a better future.

The right, thereat, to move largely through pop culture is retained, as the division between high and low culture has weakened through the 20th century, and any attempt to restore such a division is backward and reactionary. It is, after all, a division that arises from class differences in society, which are then reflected in the field of aesthetics. Just as in politics the support and maintenance of class differences is reactionary, so it is also in aesthetics. Pop culture itself, on the other hand, is the main place of production and consumption of aesthetic formations, and certainly the most relevant place, since it is available to the widest audience.

One of the crucial elements of modern human culture is information technology. Life has become unthinkable for us without it. Communication, information, individual and collective organization, work, entertainment, health, traffic coordination, security both of data in a network and of physical places, education, spatial orientation, trade, etc. – everything is tied to IT. It is important to follow and understand this technology, which, like any other, has both liberating and enslaving potential, because it depends on us and our usage of it which of these two potentials will develop. Therefore, we encourage the use and development of free and open technologies, oriented towards the development of the liberating potential of IT.

On the same trail, the development of a free culture is also encouraged, with copyrights adapted to the new conditions created by the development of IT and in line with the humanistic idea of universal free access to information: knowledge belongs to the world! The use of free licenses such as the GNU GPL, Creative Commons and other similar ones is therefore encouraged in all fields. Thereat, we do not necessarily consider “piracy” as unauthorized file sharing to be a crime, but more often we see it as reclaiming what already belongs to everyone. Like neither water nor land – knowledge must not be privatized either.

128-bit wants to give space to aesthetic formations (literature, music, art, film, comics, etc.) that are more modern and/or more experimental than those commonly encountered. In this regard, it is possible to send suggestions for reviews or posts from around the world.

And finally, in political terms, 128-bit is an anti-fascist and libertarian-leftist project, against racism, sexism, capital, and any form of government or domination, for the democratization of the republic and the radicalization of democracy.

128-bit is culture, technology, utopia.

Contact: fra128b at autistici.org