Marc Garrett reviews Civic Radar, the first comprehensive monograph of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s pioneering artistic career, spanning across five decades, in the fields of photography, video, film, performance, installation, and interactive and net-based media art.
Obscurity, the latest project of Paolo Cirio, targets american mugshot websites aiming to sabotage their functioning and expose their supposed ethics. Cirio cloned some of the most known mughshots, scrambled the data profiles of the people listed in them and obfuscated their identities. At the new cloned websites, users get to decide if profiles should be kept or removed. Cirio talks about the challenges and difficulties behind his artistic work.
Statistics, probabilities, correlations – more and more quantifying methods and tools are becoming the epistemological grounding of governance in the 21st century. The exhibition “Nervous systems” – on show until the 10th of May at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin – presents artists, activists and philosophers exploring what it means living in a quantified word.
How do artists bridge the divides between disciplines to break new ground and meet the challenges of the future? What are the secrets to making collaboration work between different creative communities? We go looking for answers at Manchester’s FutureEverything, a future-focussed multimedia arts festival with exciting multidisciplinary collaboration at its heart.
The Neoliberal political economy has been particularly adept at transcribing our corporeality and its affects into mechanistic laws and procedures. It's so good, in fact--the story goes--that it's robbed us of the very thing it charges us for. How can we take back the things that are most intimately ours? Neoliberal Lulz offers a few ideas.
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.
Marc Garrett interviews Jennifer Chan about her work. Her awareness and use of the Internet reflects a way of life, that situates its networks as a primary resource. Chan is a self-described ‘amateur cultural critic', a net artist, a media artist, and academic. Her work exists both online and in physical realms, it is always present and contemporary. Mainstream art culture no longer owns the consciousness of art, Chan and others like her are pulling it apart.
Mathias Jansson writes an engaging, historical article about PONG and various artists' own imaginative interpretations, artworks, rehacks, referring to the classic Videogame. A start of a series of articles, looking at classic games and how they have been used in art and what impact they have made on the art scene.
Woman, Art & Technology is a new series of interviews on Furtherfield. Over the next year Rachel Beth Egenhoefer will interview artists, designers, theorists, curators, and others; to explore different perspectives on the current voice of woman working in art and technology. "I am honored to begin this series with an interview with Lynn Hershman Leeson, a true pioneer in the field who has recently produced !Women Art Revolution- A Secret History."
Claire Bishop's new essay Digital Divide, asks why the contemporary mainstream Artworld has, for the most part, continued to disavow any critical dialogue with the 'endlessly disposable, rapidly mutable ephemera of the virtual age'. While the questions Bishop poses are welcome and expertly framed for the mainstream art world, Robert Jackson argues that her call for confrontation has no relevance, when measured up to the sphere of "new media art" (Bishop's words) which is in a more advanced stage of critique with its messy materials.
Rob Myers takes a look at how we can subvert the operation of the algorithms that the Digital Humanities, corporations and governments use to read, see, and draw conclusions about human expression by treating them as the true audience for contemporary art and literature.
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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