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We Make Money Not Art

Last Build Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST


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Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

  • What the Robots Are Doing to the Middle Class
    A Brookings report summarizes: "The traditional middle of the job market...has indeed been declining rapidly. But another set of middle-skill jobs – requiring more postsecondary education or training - in health care, mechanical maintenance and repair and some services - is consistently growing." In confirmation, an Urban Institute report notes that the upper middle class grew from 12.9 percent of the population in 1979 to 29.4 percent in 2014.
  • Architects Float Plan to Block Trump Tower Chicago Sign with Golden Pigs
    one very worthy proposal by a Chicago architecture firm that visualizes four gilded pigs floating in the air to conceal Trump Tower Chicago’s 20-foot-tall TRUMP sign as a way to “provide visual relief to the citizens of Chicago.”
  • A Tech Collective Sets Up a Sleek Boutique — to Help Visitors Elude Big Data
    an exhibit aiming to make visible the implications of corporate and government data collection, from invasions of individual privacy to the power accumulated by tech titans. The exhibit’s appearance is in fact camouflage, designed to draw in passersby who might not otherwise be interested in exploring these topics that can seem daunting to the uninitiated.

Predictive Art Bot. A call for artworks that interpret AI-generated concepts

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:44:07 +0000

Predictive Art Bot invites artists to collaborate with a bot, interpret some of the most puzzling/exciting/provocative tweets and turn them into real prototypes, drafts for impossible projects, live performances, failed experiments, etc.

Design and Violence. Part 2: violence where you wouldn’t expect it

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:28:23 +0000

Some of these objects and systems have been part of our society for far too long. Others have emerged only recently. What these pieces have in common is that they demonstrates that violence is everywhere around us and design has a role to play in it. It can fight violence but it can also normalize it, hide it from our consciousness and even heighten its brutality

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  • The art of gentrification: city data made beautiful | Cities | The Guardian
    Graphic designer Herwig Scherabon visualises the data behind gentrification using a striking array of different styles. These examples look at the patterns of income inequality and segregation in large cities, from London to LA
  • What the Trees Say | by Thomas Pakenham | The New York Review of Books
    What both teams discovered was nothing less than a vast underground network, called a mycorrhiza, in which fungi connect trees of different species by passing chemical and electrical signals among the trees’ roots. It was an arboreal Internet—christened the “wood wide web.” Trees could actually communicate by exchanging carbon through their roots. The exchange offered mutual support.
  • An Artist's "End White Supremacy" Sign Lights Up a New York Gallery's Facade
    They’ve emerged above the same second-story window before — nearly exactly eight years ago, when the gallery hung the large lightbox outside to coincide with the 2008 presidential election — and took it down in July 2009, seven months after Americans voted for their first African-American president.
  • Rare Photographs of the US Civil Rights Struggle Beyond the South
    “The intent in compiling these images has been to inspire new conversations about the black freedom struggle that remains manifestly relevant today, more than a half century after passage of the landmark civil rights legislation that was intended to address and perhaps alleviate the nation’s racial issues.”
  • Tactical Poetics: FloodNet's Virtual Sit-ins | Rhizome
    FloodNet. It was a simple Java applet designed to rapidly reload a given webpage, but in the hands of these artists, it became a powerful “weapon of collective presence” and conceptual artwork—an exercise in “tactical poetics.” Their target of choice: the Mexican government.

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  • The Internet Archive is building a Canadian copy to protect itself from Trump - The Verge
    Kahle notes that moving the internet archive would both insulate it from efforts to take down specific content, and make it harder to request data on user activity — something that more traditional librarians fought when American surveillance powers expanded under George W. Bush. And whatever happens, a Canadian copy would create more redundancy for data that can be seemingly ubiquitous but deceptively fragile. “The history of libraries is one of loss,” writes Kahle. “The Library of Alexandria is best known for is disappearance.”
  • Building tools for digital activism | Verge 2021
    I [also] think there are a lot of data questions about bail, about sentencing. Most people don’t realize that the homicide rate in cities actually includes the people that the police kill. In places like Albuquerque, one in three people killed in Albuquerque is actually killed by the police. But if you just look at the homicide rate you don’t know that. I’m most interested in how we think about big data surfacing some of these things that have just not come to the forum because the government does not have the resources to bring them forward.
  • Climate change forces fashion students to study the weather | The Independent
    But some of the biggest retailers have started hiring climatologists to help them predict what the seasons might have in store. The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York has even launched a new course called “Predictive Analytics for Planning and Forecasting: Case Studies with Weatherization.”
  • Games can help us understand power | Blast Theory
    Ranging from early projects such as Kidnap – before the days of social media – to our recent immersive theatre show Operation Black Antler , Matt explains how play can be a useful mechanism for exploring our personal boundaries as opposed to pure mindless escapism.
  • Ms Saffaa, protest art and the fledgling Saudi Arabia women's rights movement
    Part of her activism is borne out of subverting the western framing of Saudi women as victims, rather than as agents of their own liberation. This co-opting, she says, only furthers the infantilisation they were fighting against, with women used as pawns in a cultural battleground of rising Islamophobia.

Design and Violence. Part 1: ambiguous violence

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:21:06 +0000

What these works have in common is that their design and violence are ambiguous. They start with what looks like a laudable impulse, only in the most ruthless context possible: rice that feeds hungry populations but pollutes the environment with pesticides, a brutal weapon that causes pain but not so much pain that it will kill, animal welfare in slaughterhouses, and other oxymoron.

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  • In Wake of Trump's Election, Protestors Address Climate Change at the British Museum
    The four-hour performance marks the 39th one organized by the theatrical protest group BP or not BP? since 2012, when its dedicated members first started calling for the end of oil sponsorship of cultural institutions — partnerships that are often ways for corporations to donate a tiny percent of their annual budgets for promotional purposes.
  • Danny Lyon on why he's naming and shaming 'climate criminals'
    The veteran photographer tackles the effects of climate change in his new book and shares phone numbers of deniers, such as Vice President-elect Mike Pence
  • Art and activism
    Crabapple will be joined on The Stream by artists Steve Lambert and Rajkamal Kahlon, who are using artistic expression to raise public awareness about social issues, like the impact capitalism has on society.
  • Voyage interactif aux sources du sida | Sciences, environnement, technologies | ARTE Future
    Marchez dans les pas des chercheurs et découvrez les principales phases par lesquelles la maladie est passée au cours de son histoire plus que centenaire. Quels sont les facteurs qui ont conduit à la propagation du VIH ? Existe-t-il un rapport entre l’action des puissances coloniales européennes en Afrique noire et l’éclosion du sida ?
  • Chernobyl disaster site enclosed by shelter to prevent radiation leaks | World news | The Guardian
    The structure covers the reactor and the unstable sarcophagus hastily built by Soviet authorities in the immediate aftermath of the disaster 30 years ago. The shelter is said to be the largest land-based movable object ever constructed. It took several years to build at a cost of more than €1.5bn (£1.27bn).
  • Football Manager 2017 stirs Brexit controversy - Polygon
    FM2017 randomly assigns one of three possible Brexit scenarios, two of which have only minimal impact on the game. But the third, "hard Brexit" outcome, under which Britain's immigration laws become extremely strict, forces players to take drastic action.
  • Reach out, raise money or remove: how should cities deal with street begging?
    Elsewhere, more moderate measures are being attempted. Belfast is the latest city to consider introducing begging-free zones, while New Zealand’s capital Wellington has opted to “tolerate begging as part of the cityscape”, and is exploring options that include education for beggars on street etiquette, giving vouchers instead of money, and requiring beggars to have permits.

The artist with a super-computing mind

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 08:52:14 +0000

Widener’s super computing mind leads him to use his own algorithms to elaborate numerical puzzles and games that only intelligent and independently-thinking machines of the Singularity age will be able to fully enjoy and understand

Design My Privacy. 8 Principles for Better Privacy Design

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:40:03 +0000

Designers have to start thinking about transparency and accessibility in the design of privacy-sensitive products and services. This book offers the designer guidance, in the form of eight design principles, that help with designing products and services

AI, global warming, black holes and other impending global catastrophes! Videos for your weekend

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:13:45 +0000

A series of panels at the Science Gallery in Dublin explores impending global catastrophes: cosmic bullets, climate change and machines that might one day decide to make us redundant

Heavy Metal Detector, an interview with Steve Maher

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:07:35 +0000

The work invites people on a tour of both metal music and metal materials in Helsinki. Participants get a metal detector that has been altered to play pre-recorded music from Helsinki metal bands. The group then wanders through the city historical sites, looks for the presence of iron, tin, steel, silver, copper and other metals in the ground and as soon as the device has spotted something, hard rock and metal will play through the headphones

Magazines to make you forget that we’ve just entered the Dark Age: The Funambulist, Neural and Gambiologos

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:52:55 +0000

Short list of publications worth buying/downloading. Because there’s a world out there that refuses to give in to bigots, idiots and predominant dogmas

Inheritance, a precious heirloom made of gold and radioactive stones

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:28:48 +0000

INHERITANCE consists of a set of precious jewellery artefacts which are radioactive and therefore rendered practically and symbolically unwearable for deep time, until the radionuclide transmute naturally into a stable and non radioactive isotope of lead

Lost Utopias, documenting the remains of World’s Fair sites

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:29:38 +0000

Since 2007, American photographer Jade Doskow has been documenting the remains of World’s Fair sites, once iconic global attractions that have often been repurposed for less noble aspirations or neglected and fallen into decay