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Day 2 of HYBRID MATTERs symposium: Root brain, post-fossil culture & why we need to stick with our mess

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:30:34 +0000

Hybrid ecologies unfold through complex interactions between actors and elements: human, non-human, biological, mineral, robotic, artificial, etc. There has always been some forms of interaction between humans and their immediate biological environment (through agriculture, bee keeping, fermentation techniques, etc.) but contemporary science is speeding up the synergies and frictions

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

  • About us – Prison Insider
    Prison Insider brings together economic, cultural, university and other organizations invested in promoting human rights and freedoms. Prison Insider exists because a significant number of people have volunteered their time and skills. The early work to set up Prison Insider started in the summer of 2014, bringing social activists and web experts together.
  • The new robot revolution will take the boss's job - not the gardener's | Business | The Guardian
    The WEF’s argument is that the ecosystem that once ensured growth was translated into higher living standards has deteriorated as a result of technological change, global integration, domestic deregulation and increased immigration. It has a comprehensive list of remedies, including fair and efficient taxes to ensure adequate investment in education and physical infrastructure, action to tackle corruption and the concentration of rents, an adherence to core labour standard and worker protections.
  • From Google to Amazon: EU goes to war against power of US digital giants | Technology | The Guardian
    In Europe there is a growing fear of becoming a 'digital colony' ruled by Silicon Valley, whose giant firms wield huge power over privacy – and like to avoid tax. Now regulators are striking back
  • Interview: Dr. Stanley Burns, The Knick's Medical Advisor | Mental Floss
    Dr. Stanley Burns is the medical advisor for The Knick, a medical drama starring Clive Owen and directed by Steven Soderbergh. He's also curator of an encyclopedic archive of historical medical photography; this comes in handy because the show is set in 1900, and is all about period details. mental_floss interviewed Burns about his role on the show and some quirks of medical history.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

  • Stop Saying Art Will Flourish under Trump - Scientific American Blog Network
    The idea that "at least artists will flourish under Trump" is lazy thinking and ignores history. It's an inaccurate trope. Yes, artists can play a critical role in combating or undermining authoritarian governments. Everyone from blunt political cartoonists to fine artists painting visual riddles can leave a record that not everyone in this moment in history let their thoughts be swayed by nationalist and xenophobic feelings.
  • If you were an elephant … | Environment | The Guardian
    As an elephant, you’d have a mind. You would, no doubt at all, be conscious. All the evidence agrees. None – absolutely none – disagrees. You’d have a sense of yourself as distinct from other things. When you looked out contemptuously at humans, wondering why they ate obviously contaminated food, opted to be miserable and alone, or wasted energy on pointless aggression and anxiety, it would be your contempt, as opposed to generic elephantine contempt, or reflexive contempt that bypassed your cerebral cortex, or the contempt of your sister. It would be you looking out, and you’d know it was you.
  • | DRAGONS AND ORCHIDS The Future city is not for...
    This ruin of a failed future quickly became home to a range of non-human beings. 10 million orchid mantises from 5 different species developed an intricate civilization in-between the manmade structures, which also incorporated several species and sub-species of orchids. Together with the ruin they form an inter-special super-identity.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

  • Hyperobjects — University of Minnesota Press
    “hyperobjects”—entities of such vast temporal and spatial dimensions that they defeat traditional ideas about what a thing is in the first place. In this book, Morton explains what hyperobjects are and their impact on how we think, how we coexist with one another and with nonhumans, and how we experience our politics, ethics, and art.
  • L’Anthropocène et l’esthétique du sublime
    Que le sublime soit l’esthétique cardinale de l’Anthropocène n’est absolument pas fortuit : sublime et géologie se sont épaulés tout au long de leur histoire.

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

  • Boston Is Covered In Goose Poop and People Are Mad As Hell | Motherboard
    “A single goose can consume up to four pounds of grass per day and produce as much as three pounds of fecal matter every day, causing little league teams to spend time cleaning fields, dog owners to clean goose feces from their pets’ paws, and walkers to walk in the street to avoid fouled sidewalks,” wrote Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George in a hearing order last month.
  • The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation
    We found one common factor in these clusters: unpredictability. Where the job requires people to deal with lots of unpredictable things and messiness–unpredictable people, unknown environments, highly complex and evolving situations, ambiguous data–people will stay ahead of robots
  • The inside poop on Barcelona's pickpockets - LA Times
    A police officer took our statements and showed us mug shots. No luck. He informed us, and a quick Internet search confirmed, that the bird-poop scam is one of many methods — perhaps the most dismally appropriate in this land of scatological tradition — that pickpockets use to fleece distracted tourists in Barcelona.
  • Google, Google, pourquoi m'as tu abandonné ?
    Ainsi, un "enfant" ou un jeune adolescent qui n'est a priori ni raciste ni antisémite mais effectue des recherches sur l'holocauste sans avoir dans son champ ou dans son horizon lexical ou conceptuel les notions de "révisionnisme" ou de négationnisme" s'adressera à Google en utilisant les formulations qui ont le plus de chance de le conduire vers des sites révisionnistes ou négationnistes, ou à tout le moins de l'exposer à ces théories du doute et du complot.
  • Killing kakas with kindness: New Zealand bird lovers threaten future of parrot
    Four Kaka chicks tested last week by the council were all found to have differing levels of metabolic bone disease, and the scientists will give the chicks another two weeks to increase their strength and leave the nest. They will then decide whether they can survive on their own, or will have to be euthanised, as two were last year.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

  • How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness | The MIT Press
    The necessity for "black art" comes both from antiblack racism and resistances to it, from both segregation and efforts to imagine an autonomous domain of black culture. Yet to judge by the work of many contemporary practitioners, English writes, black art is increasingly less able—and black artists less willing—to maintain its standing as a realm apart.
  • The Trump bump – when a diss from Donald is good for business | US news | The Guardian
    Think of it this way: some industry experts have been sceptical about whether a Trump presidency will be good for American business. But, in fact, even before he takes office, Trump is having a positive impact. Albeit unwittingly.
  • Les 700.000 ouvriers invisibles des usines à colis françaises | StreetPress
    La chaîne ouvrière s’est transformée mais n’a pas disparu. Une fois les produits commandés, le préparateur de commandes s’affaire à charger sa palette. 13% des ouvriers français assurent ces jobs invisibles, solitaires et numérisés.
  • Graffiti Grammar Police
    Punctuation Vigilantes for the rescue: „Their names? Agent X and Agent Full Stop. Their mission? To fix illegible and grammatically incorrect graffiti everywhere… starting with Quito, Ecuador. Collectively known as Acción Ortográfica Quito, these two grammar vigilantes have started a movement to make the world a better place, one punctuation mark at a time.“
  • SUPERFLEX/Tools/Hospital Equipment
    The installation consists of an operating table, surgical dynamic lamps and surgical instrument table which was carefully selected by palestinian doctors in Gaza and organisations working in Gaza. SUPERFLEX declared that when the exhibition ended, the work would be shipped to a hospital in Gaza, Palestine, to be used by staff and patients.
  • Our Journey to the ‘Blacksonian’ - The New York Times
    The museum has a mission to “tell the truth,” says Joanne Hyppolite, one of the Smithsonian’s curators, who joins us on this week’s episode, “whether that’s respectable or not, whether it hurts or not or it’s painful or not. And even if it’s about ourselves, not just about what other people did to us. We need to put it out there, the unvarnished truth.”
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From animal sensors to Monet as a painter of the anthropocene. 9 things i learnt on the opening day of the HYBRID MATTERs symposium

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:56:19 +0000

The actors of hybrid ecologies are many. They are genetically engineered plants, cloned trees, animals used as sensors. Or they are robots, software and networks that encroach on the biological and sometimes manage to fuse with it. Some of this hybrid ecology is the direct result of human actions but increasingly, we see signs that biological and technological entities are escaping human control and are transforming the planet

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Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

  • A history of protests in New York City – in pictures
    A new exhibition at the Bronx Documentary Center features the work of photojournalists who captured conflict on the streets of New York between 1980 and 2000. Whose Streets? Our Streets! covers moments of violent confrontation like the Tompkins Square Riot, the creativity of the Aids protesters of the 1990s and non-violent civil disobedience triggered by racial tensions, and runs until 5 March

Book review – Public Servants. Art and the Crisis of the Common Good

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:21:06 +0000

Socially engaged artists need not be aligned (and may often be opposed) to the public sector and to institutionalized systems. In many countries, structures of democratic governance and public responsibility are shifting, eroding, and being remade in profound ways—driven by radical economic, political, and global forces. According to what terms and through what means can art engage with these changes?

Talking broiler chicken, germ maps and maggots with Andreas Greiner

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:22:16 +0000

Greiner's works involve buying 40 litres of maggots and bringing them to the exhibition space until they turn into flies, composing music based on
 the luminous skin of a squid, convincing the Director of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin to consider a fly as a living artwork, photographing portraits of algae, carefully orchestrating explosions around Berlin

Unauthorized images: when absurd gag laws call for absurd (but witty) artworks

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:47:35 +0000

Artist Daniel Mayrit (famous for a photo series which presents the portraits of the most powerful people in the City of London as if they were delinquents caught up on CCTV cameras) demonstrates the absurdity of Spain's gag laws

13th. Repackaging slavery

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:55:44 +0000

The documentary 13th argues that the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery except as “punishment for crime,” has not outlawed the practice of slavery. It has merely repackaged it into a ruthlessly efficient system of mass incarceration.

HYBRID MATTERs exhibition: when biological and technological entities escape our control and transform the planet

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:17:02 +0000

The focus of the Nordic art&science network program HYBRID MATTERs are the hybrid ecologies that emerge when our environment interacts with technology, when two spheres so far regarded as independent start to affect each other and form new entities with new qualities

The Occult, Witchcraft & Magic. An Illustrated History

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 16:37:55 +0000

A lively history of all things cryptic, mystic and other-worldly, beginning with the earliest evidence of magical thinking amid the gloom of a Palaeolithic cave, and ending in the bright light of our digital age and its newfound interest in paganism

Albedo Dreams. Experiments in DIY climate manipulation

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 17:16:51 +0000

Albedo suits are designed to increase the solar energy reflectivity (albedo value) in the forests; this way cooling the climate and mitigating the climate change. The work plays with the notion of geoengineering and forest management as a geoengineering project

The Christmas tree, your typical postnatural organism

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:23:14 +0000

"The Condition" might look like standard (media) art installation but don't let its playful appearance fool you. The deeper you dig, the more you realize how many thought-provoking ideas and issues the work raises: new forms of 'natural selection' where it's the prettiest -not the fittest- that survives, novel ecology in which salmons and tulips are grown à la carte, and intersection between the design of biological organisms and capitalistic values