How much can users really know about the functioning of the cameras which are embedded in their devices? Backdoored, Nye Thompson's recent work, explores the role of softbots in a world of smart objects and unsecured surveillance cameras. Millicent Hawk interviews the artist on the technology, aesthetics and universal conditions that make this work both compelling and uneasy at once.
Filippo Lorenzin interviews Nicolas Sassoon, a Vancouver-based artist making use of early computer imaging processes to render fantastical visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments. His latest work, INDEX, has been presented on the homepage of Rhizome in the first weeks of October.
Why was there not to be a Soviet Internet? Can the roots of today's Internet be connected to the ideologies of capitalism? Baruch Gottlieb reviews and questions Benjamin Peters’ book "How to Network a Nation".
In Power and Architecture, the post-Soviet city and utopian public space was used as a critical framework with which to discuss issues related to the Russian contemporary culture and identity. Molly Hankwitz reviews the exhibition that was presented as a sequence of four interconnected installments in Calvert 22.
An essay on waiting for the technological rapture in the church of big data. Marloes de Valk writes about the paralysing effect of hiding the human hand in software through anthropomorphising computers and dehumanising ourselves.
Marc Garrett interviews John Jordan and Gavin Grindon about their collaborative publication, 'A Users Guide to (Demanding) the Impossible'. "This guide is not a road map or instruction manual. It’s a match struck in the dark, a homemade multi-tool to help you carve out your own path through the ruins of the present, warmed by the stories and strategies of those who took Bertolt Brecht’s words to heart: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
Despite its image of rapid technological change, progress under capitalism has stalled. Spinning ever faster is not the same as going somewhere. Contemporary Accelerationism wants to take off the brakes, and it is enlisting art's help to do so. Rob Myers attempts to speed up understanding of what Accelerationist art is and where it maybe heading.
In the lead-up to her solo show, institutions of Resolution Disputes [iRD], at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, Daniel Rourke caught up with Rosa Menkman over two gallons of home-brewed coffee. They talked about what the show might become, discussing a series of alternate resolutions and realities that exist parallel to our daily modes of perception.iRD is open to visitors on Saturdays at Transfer Gallery until April 18th, and will also function as host to Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahyari’s 3D Additivist Manifesto, on Thursday April 16th.
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.
Lawrence Bird interviews Michel Bauwens, one of the foremost thinkers on the peer-to-peer phenomenon. Belgian-born and currently resident in Chiang-Mai, Thailand, he is founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives.
Richard Stallman, the outspoken promoter for the Free Software movement proposes that we should all leave Facebook and either find or build our own alternatives. Commodify.Us provides a platform for users to regain control over the commercial exploitation of their personal data. Marc Garret discusses the importance of such alternative hacktivist structures for social independence.
Furtherfield presents Please identify yourself, a new exhibition by artist collective THEY ARE HERE, informed by their residency at Furtherfield, as well as online & offline activities across Finsbury Park.
Furtherfield Presents Offline Is The New Luxury, an exhibition by Alison Ballard. It is a collection of works exploring our relationship with technology and the Internet. When daily encounters are increasingly mediated by online technology, how is this affecting our experience of live-ness, presence, and time?
Furtherfield presents Superdiversity: Picturing Finsbury Park, an exhibition collaboration between researcher and artist Katherine Stansfeld and local people and communities in London’s Finsbury Park. The exhibition maps a multiplicity of meaning and experience of Finsbury Park in an exploration of what place and difference mean in today’s global London. Support gratefully acknowledged from Ordnance Survey, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Royal Holloway Centre for the GeoHumanities.
Monsters of the Machine at laboral, Spain, is a group exhibition with a contemporary take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, seeing the world through her eyes now. Shelley’s classic, gothic horror and science fiction novel, has inspired millions since it was written 200 years ago in 1816, and then published anonymously in London in 1818.
The Games for Cities programme is hosting the first international conference with leading ‘city-game’ design experts from around the world. Games for Cities is an initiative started by Play the City...
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