Critique of Software Violence

02.guillotineTaking Benjamin’s 1921 essay “A Critique of Violence” as starting point, the essay/paper analyses the notion of violence as an idea inherent to language and software, and questions its uses and ethical consequences. A version was published in Spanish “Crítica de la violencia software”, in Concreta 05, June 2015 ( and an updated version in English as keynote address for Executions: conversations on code, power & death, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus University, December 2015 (*.exe_(ver0.1)).