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We Make Money Not Art

Last Build Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT


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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.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

  • Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living | WIRED
    The harm here isn’t just that Silicon Valley is trying to solve the wrong problem, which wastes brainpower and resources. The focus on innovating away death sets a cultural tone that directs attention from answers that might actually help, like infrastructure or education. Russell says kids deciding what they want to be when they grow up aspire to become like the titans in Silicon Valley—risking that they’ll grow up wanting to solve the wrong problems.
  • On camera forever | The Outline
    However, he adds, "the question of how much privacy people are entitled to in relation to satellite monitoring appears presently untested in courts across the world." Kevin Pomfret, who is the executive director of the Centre for Spatial Law and Policy, wrote in an email that he, too, is “not familiar with any privacy laws or regulations in the world that pertain to commercial remote sensing.”

Critical investigation into the politics of the interface. An interview with Joana Moll

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:19:54 +0000

Joana is an artist and a researcher whose work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, online tracking, critical interfaces and language

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

  • Attica - RYERSON IMAGE CENTRE - Ryerson University
    The still and moving images emerging from journalists permitted inside the prison were unlike any photo-reportage seen before, offering extraordinary insight into American incarceration, conditions within the US prison system, and the country’s fraught politics of race and power
  • Billboard Show the Landscape They Block
    In the desert landscape of the Californian Coachella Valley, artist Jennifer Bolande installed a series of billboards that camouflage themselves with the surroundings. Drivers in the desert are treated with an advertisement of the very thing so often overlooked.

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Protesting the President with a “Trumpy the Rat” Inflatable If the team’s campaign proves successful, the rat will debut at one of Trump’s own nests — as Lee put it, “as near to the Trump Tower Gates of Hell as the local police and feds will tolerate.” From then on, the gallery is happy to loan it out to appear at other protests. Any additional money raised will go towards creating more rats, to hopefully build a sizable rat pack of resistance against the Trump administration. No, over there! Our case-by-case guide to the Trump distraction technique | US news | The Guardian Some sort of problem rocking your presidency? Simple – create a distraction! Adam Gabbatt explores Donald Trump’s apparent skills at changing the news Opening Night: Desperate times call for desperate measures, lol | swissnex San Francisco !Mediengruppe Bitnik was curious to explore these human-bot relationships. Does it matter that users are chatting with bots and not humans? Why? How did the system work? How was trust built into it? How was the communication with the bots structured? Were these relationships “real”? Mapping the Topographic Fingerprints of Humanity Across Earth - Eos If increasingly globalized societies are to make better land management decisions, the geosciences must globally evaluate how humans are reshaping Earth’s surface. A comprehensive mapping of human topographic signatures on a planet-wide scale is required if we are to understand, model, and forecast the geological hazards of the future. How scientists are scrambling to safeguard vital environmental data | PBS NewsHour Since the election, members of many scientific and research groups have been archiving government data they believe could be jeopardized by the new administration. Their fear is that without data, you can’t have environmental regulation. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien took a look at one of those efforts underway at New York University. India’s Most Polluted Rivers Are Now Legally Humans Lax regulation and enforcement has also created a climate of industrial impunity — factories can dump huge quantities of toxic chemicals without even facing a fine. In defense of degrowth The book's chapters—a compilation of his opinion essays, newspaper articles, blog posts, and 'minifestos'—range from topics such as eco-modernism, the history of economics, science fiction, the Greek crisis, and Hollywood films. The book also features debates and exchanges between Kallis and degrowth detractors Blue Marlin: The Giant Ship That Ships Other Ships Blue Marlin is a semi-submersible heavy lift ship designed to transport very large semi-submersible drilling rigs above the transport ship’s deck. It is equipped with 38 cabins to accommodate 60 people, a workout room, sauna and swimming facilities. A ship shipping ships Artistic Action: Sex Worker Rights in Dublin | Center for Artistic Activism As part of our Arts Action Academy in December 2016 in Dublin, sex workers, artists and activists created and performed this creative action to raise awareness about, and fight against, laws that criminalize sex workers. All of this was conceived and implemented by the Academy participants in 24 hours as the last day of our intensive AAA training. [...]

Culture Jamming. Activism and the Art of Cultural Resistance

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:57:05 +0000

Featuring original essays from prominent media scholars discussing Banksy and Shepard Fairey, foundational texts such as Mark Dery’s culture jamming manifesto, and artwork by and interviews with noteworthy culture jammers including the Guerrilla Girls, The Yes Men, and Reverend Billy, Culture Jamming makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of creative resistance and participatory culture

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

  • David Graeber on a Fair Future Economy - YouTube
    David will consider what it would take, in terms of intellectual clarity, political will and imaginative power – to conceive and build a flourishing and fair future economy, which would maximise the scope for individual and collective creativity, and would be sustainable and just.

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Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

  • The surprising, creepy things algorithms can glean from photographs.
    Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Edinburgh’s Medical Research Council Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine have developed a phone app that can be used to analyze photos against a database of rare genetic conditions, helping patients discover undiagnosed health conditions—including Fragile X syndrome, a learning disability affecting 1 in 4,000 boys and 1 in 6,000 girls that is associated with large ears and a long face.
  • Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion | Education | The Guardian
    The German historian Arno Peters published his projection in 1974. It matches work by a Scottish 19th-century mapmaker, James Gall, and is also known as the Gall-Peters projection. It is an “equal-area” map, distorting the shape of countries as a two-dimensional visualization of a three-dimensional globe but accurately scaling surface areas. The result goes a long way to rewriting the historical and socio-political message of the Mercator map, which exaggerates the size of imperialist powers. “This is the start of a three-year effort to decolonize the curriculum in our public schools,” said Colin Rose, assistant superintendent of opportunity and achievement gaps for Boston public schools.

Painting on and painting off ISIS propaganda

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:40:28 +0000

Navine G. Khan-Dossos‘ painting series Expanding and Remaining is looking at the Dabiq magazine under a whole new perspective. Eschewing the indoctrinating articles and apocalyptic illustrations, the artist stripped back the pages of their content and laid bare the main graphic composition of its layout

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT


Vote now for the net-based art award 2017

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:57:25 +0000

Since last year, HeK, the House of Electronic Arts in Basel and Swiss art magazine Kunstbulletin have been awarding a prize for “net based” artworks. The prize aims to support works that use the Internet as the site for production and as a medium for distribution

Rendezvous with the CCTV operator

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:55:39 +0000

Finding the Operator presents the documentation of a series of attempts to find out who the operator(s) of a specific government owned CCTV camera is, initially through freedom of information requests and later through the construction of an electronic device that broadcasts messages that can only be read using a CCTV camera

The Funambulist Nº10: Architecture & Colonialism

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:03:36 +0000

Colonialism is not an era, it is a system of military/police, legal, administrative, social, and cultural system of domination; and, architecture is not (only) an aesthetic vessel, it is an apparatus organizing and hierarchizing bodies in space

Harvesting the Rare Earth

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 17:09:28 +0000

A speculative near-future scenario, where mining companies are using genetically modified micro organisms to harvest rare earth elements from e-waste dumps around the world

Artefact: are technology and magical thinking really incompatible?

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:54:40 +0000

It seems that humans have an inherent need for the unaccountable and the illogical. That’s why progresses in science and technology have often been accompanied by the arrival or renewal of paranormal phenomena

Artefact festival: Magic and politics

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:29:32 +0000

Artefact: The Act of Magic explores how we can understand magic and the magical in contemporary society. This inherently ambiguous concept evokes notions such as illusion, enchantment and awe, but is equally related to a deeper understanding of magical powers, the occult or supernatural, rituals and animism

Proceed at Your Own Risk. Tales of dystopian food & health industries

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:50:13 +0000

Kirsten Stolle examines the global influence of chemical companies on our food supply and explores the connection between corporate interests and public health. Using post-WWII America as her stage, Stolle’s collages, drawings and site-responsive installations investigate corporate propaganda, environmental politics and biotechnology