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Breeding a Planetary Community Chicken
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:24:25 +0000
The Socle du Monde biennale in Herning is currently showing Koen Vanmechelen's Planetary Community Chicken, a cross between his now iconic Cosmopolitan roosters and commercial hens
The Ascent: dynamics and geometries of the workplace
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:49:10 +0000
Presented as a traditional four-act play, 'The Ascent' attempts to examine the discrete nature of class politics; paralleling contemporary workplace geometries from multiple vantage points. The production centre's around the story of law firm attending a mandatory training day that takes place on board a one to one scale replica of an American Airlines Boeing 747. Although fruitful in its intentions, the experiment unfolds into chaos and bloodshed
8 things i’ve learnt during the last edition of the STRP biennale
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:36:56 +0000
This year the theme, Senses & Sensors, explored perception: how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. How we absorb and comprehend what we see, and how rapidly progressing technological advances expand and augment our perceptions
The Dead Minitel Orchestra
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:27:58 +0000
In 1982, the French public telecommunications company launched a revolutionary system combining the telephone and information technology. It was a beige, plastic box and it was called the Minitel. In 2013, members of the Graffiti Research Lab France decided to explore the sonic and visual possibilities of the defunct technology
Teds and clerics
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:42:20 +0000
And Now for Something Completely Different: two photo series by Chris Steele-Perkins: the iconic one that documents the teddy boys and a more recent one that looks at a football competition for Roman Catholic priests
Valerio Spada. Photographing the invisible mafia
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:24:06 +0000
Italian photographer Valerio Spada is interested in the daily existence of Mafia bosses who spend decades on the run. What do you carry with you when you decide to disappear? What do you take along when you are forced to move from one place to another?
Airports: forerunners of a new world or microcosms of their own?
Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:21:51 +0000
Linked from one another by a uniform protocol, from Marseille to Yellowknife, airports might be today the suburbs of an “invisible world capital”, foreseen by the SF writer J.G. Ballard, the tarmac of a global village, the doorstep of an artificial and virtualized world
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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT
- Bacteria, Methane, and Other Dangers Within Siberia’s Melting Permafrost | WIRED
For hundreds of thousands of years, the Siberian permafrost has been a giant freezer for everything buried within it. But global warming has put the frozen ground in defrost mode, and the tundra is now heating up twice as fast as the rest of the planet. “Permafrost is a silent ticking time bomb,” says Robert Spencer, an environmental scientist at Florida State University. As it thaws, the dirt could release a litany of horrors. Beware: The ice-beasts cometh.
- Trump Presidency “opens door” to planet-hacking geoengineer experiments | Environment | The Guardian
scientists have warned it could have catastrophic consequences for the Earth’s weather systems.
Scientific modelling has shown that stratospheric spraying could drastically curtail rainfall throughout Asia, Africa and South America, causing severe droughts and threatening food supply for billions of people.
“Clearly parts of the Trump administration are very willing to open the door to reckless schemes like David Keith’s, and may well have quietly given the nod to open-air experiments,” said Silvia Riberio, with technology watchdog ETC Group. “Worryingly, geoengineering may emerge as this administration’s preferred approach to global warming. In their view, building a big beautiful wall of sulphate in the sky could be a perfect excuse to allow uncontrolled fossil fuel extraction. We need to be focussing on radical emissions cuts, not dangerous and unjust technofixes.”
- Photographs from the World’s Largest Human Decomposition Center
For his series The Washing Away of Wrongs, Robert Shults photographed the forensic research of the world’s largest center for studying human remains at Texas State University.
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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT
- En Écosse, des employés d'Amazon en sont réduits à dormir sous des tentes pour pouvoir travailler
Au contraire, les porte-parole de la boîte sont même enthousiastes sur les conditions de travail imposées à leurs employés. "Pendant le Black Friday [jour où le plus grand nombre de commandes est enregistré, ndlr], nous avons organisé des tombolas gratuites. Il faut que les employés s'amusent", s'est ainsi réjoui Paul Ashraf, manager général des opérations pour Amazon au Royaume-Uni. Un discours paternaliste digne du XIXe siècle et à mille lieues des réalités du quotidien des entrepôts.
- 'We've left junk everywhere': why space pollution could be humanity's next big problem | Science | The Guardian
While estimations vary, there are about 4,000 active and inactive satellites in space. They are at risk of being hit by the approximately half a million bits of floating space debris, ranging in size from micro-millimetres to two double-decker buses.
“What everyone is realising is this is a growing problem, though nobody gave a shit in the early days of space exploration,” Held says.
- Artificial Intelligence: The Park Rangers of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic
In an intriguing thought experiment, landscape architect Bradley Cantrell, historian Laura Martin, and ecologist Erle Ellis have taken this ethos to its logical extreme, and ended up with what they call a “wildness creator”—a hypothetical artificial intelligence that would autonomously protect wild spaces. We’d create it, obviously, but then let it go, so it would develop its own strategies for protecting nature.
- Should a human-pig chimera be treated as a person?
“These concerns about chimeric research add to the already potent ethical issues associated with mainstream invasive animal research. Tens of millions of animals are sickened, injured, genetically manipulated, and killed in biomedical labs every year, even as a robust body of evidence shows that some animals are more self-aware and emotionally and cognitively complex than we previously thought. That leads to the inescapable conclusion that we have already crossed a number of moral lines.”
- Dyslexia in Chinese: Disability of a different character | The Economist
Until recently it was assumed that dyslexia had a universal biological origin, whatever language a person was reading. But being dyslexic in Chinese is not the same as being dyslexic in English, according to Wai Ting Siok of Hong Kong University. Her team's MRI studies showed that dyslexia among users of alphabetic scripts such as English and of logographic ones such as Chinese was associated with different parts of the brain, just as different parts of the brain were involved in reading the two types of language.
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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT
- FCJ 28: Creative Robotics
The Creative Robotics issue wants to wrestle with the figure of the robot as a historically and culturally constructed sociomaterial assemblage and with how it enacts a number of political, social and aesthetic questions
- The world if robots take our jobs - YouTube
Computers are taking on increasingly sophisticated tasks, a trend which will cost many people their jobs. With so much automation to come, how many humans will still be needed?
- Going for gold: Conflict Minerals at Arts Catalyst - review | The Independent
Greenland also happens to be home to colossal reserves of rare minerals, and more people believe Greenland’s route to full independence could lie in the extraction of huge quantities of uranium and rare earth metals. Mining companies from countries as distant as Australia and China are only too ready to help Greenland shake off its colonial past.
- When Fingerprints Are as Easy to Steal as Passwords: The Case for New Biometrics - The Atlantic
As hackers learn to imitate the body's unique features, scientists might turn to brainwaves and genomics to verify people's identities.
- Encountering the other mind: How AI will shift our design process, and in turn, our cities — Freunde von Freunden
The questions of who is included and who is excluded from the wealth arise and the world may become more divided because people who qualify as “citizens” will enforce protection of a native basic income system. So perhaps unless UBI works everywhere at once it could help make global divisions between the rich and the poor even worse.
- Field Report on an Artist and Her Pigs
Tin Nyo, rather than forcing judgment, is forcing an engagement with the wages of survival against the desire for pleasure, and our unwillingness to tease them apart — just as we incorporate our iPhones into every corner of our lives while the conditions under which their materials are mined and manufactured remain background noise at best.