an interdisciplinary anthology on the future of technoculture and the revolutionary impact of the Internet on media, technology, culture and politics.
CTheory Books
NWP : ISBN 0-920393-21-7


Life in the Wires is about life today, from Al-Jazeera to eBay, from creatively understanding new media to analyzing how questions of gender, race, class and colonialism have been deeply transformed by networked society.

Life in the Wires, is in essence what Jean-Paul Sartre calls a "fused community" a global intellectual community of theorists, musicians, artists, filmmakers, computer programmers, multimedia designers, architects, engineers, Soweto poets, Net activists, young and old, a multiplicity of race, class, gender, nation and disciplines: writing from universities, industry, media, the streets; the design and programming centers of IT, from anti-globalization street protests, from mediawatch, from the badlands of Texas, the streets of San Francisco, the hybrid cities of Cape Town, London, Toronto, New York, Paris, Helsinki, Singapore and Berlin.

"For those of us who like our media theory to have poetic and dramatic flair, the online journal CTheory provides regular satisfaction. In case you missed some of the recent (or older) essays, or just want them all together in a more complete context, the editorial team of Arthur and Marilouise Kroker have brought together a collection of forty-five CTheory texts into one volume. Titled 'Life in the Wires,' the reader explores music, politics, urban space, gender, art and other aspects of contemporary, technologically saturated life. 'Life in the Wires' supplies a range of critically ambivalent feelings about our electrified and networked condition, from Paul Miller's (DJ Spooky) reflections on 'the cinematic image' to a conversation with (media theorist) Manuel De Landa on '1000 years of war.' And like any media theory book worth its weight in wires, the CTheory Reader has a companion website with supplementary materials and a series of streamed events and seminars with many of the journal's regular contributors and editors."
-- Ryan Griffis

"A seductive and speedy surveillance of potent parasitic and viral theory in the age of the remix, the recombinant and the replicant. These essays de-code and re-code the spectacle of Life in the Wires. The CTheory Reader accelerates the Posthuman pulse."
-- Stelarc
Cybernetic Performance Artist and Futurist
Principal Research Fellow, Nottingham Trent University

"They've done it again! Arthur and Marilouise Kroker continue to brew digital delicacies rich in fiber and low in froth, an orgy of tastes in the very latest in their indelibly written series, "Life In The Wires". It's love at first byte,THE anthology of pertinent madness guaranteed to tempt and seduce. Devour cautiously!"
-- Lynn Hershman
Award-winning Filmmaker, Multimedia Artist
Professor, UC Davis

"Arthur and Marilouise Kroker are two of the most well informed and incisive analysts of technology on this continent. They are the creators of C-Theory, an ongoing project, that examines the intersection of technology, culture, and politics. Anxiously awaited, the C-Theory reader is a mamoth compendium of some of the most gifted cultural critics, artists, & philosophers. Highly recommended!"
-- Peter Maravelis
City Lights Books (San Francisco)


  • An interactive website, continuously updated with new supplementary materials for teaching
  • Streamed electronic seminars, regularly updated, featuring leading contemporary intellectuals such as: Donna Haraway, DjSpooky, Stelarc, William Leiss and Arthur Kroker, among others
  • A general introduction by the editors to Life in the Wires as well as thematic introductions to each section of the Reader
  • Index
  • Key bibliographical references



Life in the Wires: Introduction
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Screens in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Crossing into the Twisted World
James Conlon

Material Memories: Time and the Cinematic Image
Paul D. Miller (Dj Spooky)

Speed Ramping
David Cox

Making the World Safe for Fashionable Philosophy!
Joe Milutis

I was Seduced by 48 Robots in a Metallic Arena
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Music in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Black Secret Technology (The Whitey On The Moon Dub)
Julian Jonker

The Turntable
Charles Mudede

Cardboard Resistance: Deconstructed Rock and the Politics of Authenticity
Phillip Vannini

Full With Noise: Theory and Japanese Noise Music
Paul Hegarty

Go With the Flow
Bo Vibe

Politics in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Unmanned: Embedded Reporters, Predator Drones and Armed Perception
Jordan Crandall

Priming the Pump of War
Dion Dennis

CTHEORY Interview With Paul Virilio: The Kosovo War Took Place In Orbital Space
Paulo Virilio in conversation with John Armitage

1000 Years of War: CTHEORY Interview with Manuel De Landa
Manuel De Landa in conversation with Evan Selinger et. al.

Dangerous Philosophy: Threat, Risk and Security
Irving Goh

Networks, Swarms and Multitudes
Eugene Thacker

Gender in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

The Cyborg Mother: A Breached Boundary
Jaimie Smith-Windsor

When Bad Girls Do French Theory
Joan Hawkins

Metal Gender
Steve Dixon

Screaming Eagle: For Kathy Acker
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Kathy Acker in Life and Death
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Cities in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Chimurenga: Cape Town Now! CTHEORY Interview with Ntone Edjabe
Trebor Scholz

Circuits, Death and Sacred Fiction: The City Of Banaras
Mahesh Senagala

Designing the Solipsistic City: Themes of Urban Planning and Control in The Matrix, Dark City, and The Truman Show
Samuel Nunn

Net in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

The Rush to Judgment: Binary Thinking in a Digital Age
Peter Lurie

Flash Fetish
Nate Burgos

Spatial Discursions: Flames Of The Digital And Ashes Of The Real (Confessions Of A San Francisco Programmer)
Robert Nirre

Why the Web Will Win the Culture Wars for the Left: Deconstructing Hyperlinks
Peter Lurie

Speaking in Djinni: Media Arts and the Computational Language of Expression
D. Fox Harrell

The Ambiguous Panopticon: Foucault and the Codes of Cyberspace
Mark Winokur

Technical Machines and Evolution
Belinda Barnet

Posthumanism in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

The Post-Cyborg Path to Deconism
Steve Mann

Lifestyles of the Cloned and (In)Famous
Jason Lubyk

Professor DVD
Nicholas Rombes

What is Cool? Notes on Intellectualism, Popular Culture, and Writing
Jeff Rice

Beyond Postmodernism? Paul Virilio's Hypermodern Cultural Theory
John Armitage

Arthur Kroker

Myron Krueger Live: CTHEORY Interview
Jeremy Turner

Art in the Wires
Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

Loving the Ghost in the Machine: Aesthetics of Interruption
Janne Vanhanen

Koshun's Knob
Lesego Rampolokeng

Motion Perception in Movies and Painting: Towards a New Kinetic Art
Michael Betancourt

Net Baroque
Christina McPhee

Digitality: Approximate Aesthetics
Anna Munster

Hallucinations of Invisibility: From Silence to Delirium
Ted Hiebert

Distraction And Digital Culture
William Bogard