Channel TWo reviews Rockstar Games’ “Grand Theft Auto V,” released September 2013 and noted as “the fastest selling entertainment product in history.” Instead of the well-covered social and political aspects of the GTA series, this review focuses on the limits of the game landscape and the artificial life that inhabits it.
Benjamin Berg (AKA stAllio!) has made a career for himself as a member of the Indianapolis-based art band Animals Within Animals (AWIA) since the turn of this century. Alongside this Berg has also emerged as the host of a rad radio program on Numbers FM, as the founder/curator of ‘glitchgifs’ on Tumblr, and even as a Pillow-seller. Monty Cantsin corresponded with the artist recently by email for this interview.
In the posthuman opera "The End" Vocaloid Hatsune Miku is unreal and ageless but possibly not death-defying. What can a not-quite-Open-Source media phenomenon teach us about mortality and cultural alienation? And how much further can the figure of the virtual idol singer be taken in a world which increasingly resembles the cyberpunk dystopias that it originated in?
Marc Garrett reflects on Furtherfield’s role and direction as a rhizomatic arts collective. He argues that the mainstream art world is becoming less relevant in contemporary life. He presents a selection of artworks, projects and events shown in their public gallery in Finsbury Park over the past 2 years and discusses Furtherfield's new lab space, the Furtherfield Commons. This presentation was given at the ICA, London and to students at the Institute of Creative Technologies, De Montfort University, Leicester.
Lawrence Bird interviews Ricardo Dominguez about The Transborder Immigrant Tool (TBT), a hand-held device to aid crossers of the Mexico-US border. A project created by the University of California at San Diego’s Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab, and still evolving today. It includes input from other members of the collective: Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas, Amy Sara Carroll and Elle Mehrmand.
Spill >> Forward by Transnational Temps is an 'Online Exhibition' of images and other media of the theme of oil spills. With some works shown at the MediaNoche gallery in NY from July 30th - November 19th, 2010. TT are an arts collective exploring the interstices of art, ecology and technology.
Based on an interview with the Critical Glitch Artware Category organizers and contenders of http://www.demoparty.us/: jonCates, James Connolly, Eric Oja Pellegrino, Jon.Satrom, Nick Briz, Jake Elliott, Mark Beasley, Tamas kemenczy and Melissa Barron.
Furtherfield recently received a hard copy of The Telekommunist Manifesto in the post, written by Dmytri Kleiner. After reading the Manifesto it was obvious that it was pushing the debate further regarding networked, commons-based and collaborative endevours. Marc Garrett interviews Dmytri about the Manifesto, its concepts and other projects created by the Telekommunist Collective.
In partnership with CultureCode and Land Securities, Furtherfield presents Digital Zoo – Life from the world wild web – a touring exhibition that explores how our lives - personal and political - are being shaped by digital technologies and how our relation to the natural world is changing.
'RE / PRE / SENT / PAST' features works by media artist Markus Soukup that explore different phenomena from dreamscapes to long distance travel recordings, as well as attempted considerations of societal change in relation to technological developments.
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