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Inside Private Prisons. An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:30:27 +0000

Based on Lauren-Brooke Eisen’s work as a prosecutor, journalist, and attorney at policy think tanks, Inside Private Prisons blends investigative reportage and quantitative and historical research to analyze privatized corrections in America

Artissima 2017: Butts, superheroes and flaccid guns

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:48:09 +0000

Part 2 of my cursory review of the Artissima art fair which took place in Turin back in early November. Yesterday, i talked photos, today will be a rapid fire of paintings, drawings, installations, etc. In no particular order and with as little commentary as possible

Artissima 2017: A quick run through some of my favourite photo works

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:02:20 +0000

I don’t normally write about art fairs but Artissima usually introduces me to so many new ideas, artists and way of representing the world that i can’t resist sharing some of the images of the event on the blog

SOS Brutalism. A Global Survey

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:00:47 +0000

Some 100 contributors document around 120 key buildings from this period, including many previously unpublished discoveries that are in acute danger of loss through neglect of intended demolition. Moreover, the book features overviews of brutalism in architecture in twelve regions around the world

Lyon Biennale. Floating Worlds: an ambivalent review

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 14:58:32 +0000

I was expecting the curator's ideas of transience, instability and uncertainties to be translated into powerful works that directly engage with some of today’s most pressing and depressing concerns. I got very little of that. I got plenty of clouds (including a couple of atomic ones), foam, puddles, waves and fountains though. Fortunately, the biennale also features a surprisingly high number of sound works, extraordinary visual and emotional experiences and, here and there, a couple of more politically-minded artworks

Gambiologia magazine: “The gambiarra movement”

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 15:12:37 +0000

Gambiologia is the Brazilian art and science of kludging. Someone with gambiarrá displays a cunning ability to improvise, kludge, hack and make do with whatever is available. Gambiologia, however, is far more than a demonstration of one’s own resourcefulness, it is also a political and ethical gesture. It questions industrial processes and mechanisms, rejects consumerism and postulates the need for greater autonomy

Public Space? Lost and Found

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:47:23 +0000

Public Space? Lost and Found considers the role of aesthetic practices within the construction, identification, and critique of shared territories, and how artists or architects—the “antennae of the race”—can heighten our awareness of rapidly changing formulations of public space in the age of digital media, vast ecological crises, and civic uprisings

Exploitation Forensics. Interview with Vladan Joler

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:24:14 +0000

Exploitation Forensics is a collection of maps and documents created as a result of investigations conducted in the last few years by the SHARE Lab. The maps will help visitors explore the invisible layers of contemporary technological black boxes and their fractal supply chains, exposing various forms of hidden labour and the exploitation of material resources and data

Using respiration to mine crypto-currencies

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:58:26 +0000

Breath (BRH) explores how the body can perform the computational process of mining crypto-currencies by converting lung exhalation into a computer’s hashing rate. The velocity of human exhalation determines the hashing rate of a small micro computer that is mining on the XMR (monero) blockchain

IDFA DocLab: my favourite interactive documentaries

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:55:11 +0000

As usual, this year’s program was packed with dramatic commissions and entertaining debates but it was also anchored in today’s most pressing concerns: the plight of refugees in Europe, the legacies of colonialism, the plague of fake news, violation of human rights, climate change, etc.