Andrew Fentem, interface researcher and the creator of the now-ubiquitous multitouch technology, has announced a new creation: ultra-thin actuators which turn anything into a pixellated display.
Waiting for an Uber? Why not swap some money with an art student in Berlin before you head on holiday to stay in your Airbnb-rented apartment and negotiate your new found city courtesy of yPlan? Sounds like the perfect holiday, right? Made all the more sweeter thanks to the help of people you’ve never met before who wanted to lend you a benevolent hand.
I had a whole riff worked out here about Lord Sewel and that dentist and the poor lion, but then I realised it wasn't funny, so I binned it. Trust me, you're missing nothing.
Hold still, keep quiet and take your bloody medicine - it may not cure you, but the foul taste might at least cause you to reflect briefly as to why you need it in the first place. This is Web Curios!
The Science Museum’s new Information age gallery looks at the last 200 years of information and communication technologies, inviting visitors to take a long view on our ability to generate, share and store information. We focused the gallery on six technological ‘networks’ and chose transforming events – or moments in history – that show how people have created and shaped each new wave of social, economic and technological change.
Cars have had a bad week. First it was the taking control of a Jeep Cherokee just by knowing its IP address; then it was the ability to gain access to a car's systems by DAB.
A week characterised, tediously, by ACTUAL WORK draws to a close. NO MORE OF THAT, PLEASE - obviously I am ordinarily a man of leisure, lying back on a chaise longue and being fed peeled grapes by a succession of lightly-oiled eunuchs, and as such anything so unspeakably vulgar as actual labour makes my teeth itch rather. I barely had the time to wade through all the webspaff this week, so I hope you're grateful.
Eh? What was that? The sound of crushing indifference? Oh, suit yourselves. In any case, before I head off to Brighton to catch up with old friends and pretend I'm still young for a couple of days, let me guide you gently and with care to the centre of this week's infolabyrinth - easy to enter, tricky to leave, and oh so full of dead ends and ephemera and the slightly troubling sound, just over there, of something mythical and horned and hungry - this, as ever, is WEB CURIOS!
This summer, two exhibitions in London explore the interactions between light, space and technology. In the Barbican Curve, Los Angeles-based digital artists, Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank, present their laser commission Light Echoes (2015), as part of Doug Aitken’s 30-day cross-arts happening Station to Station. Meanwhile, The Vinyl Factory have invited Carsten Nicolai to install unicolour (2014) at their space in the Brewer Street Car Park in Soho. In both galleries, the overall environment is atmospheric, rhythmic and captivating. It seems that some of the more exciting contemporary art right now is bridging the gap between moving image, audio-visual art, and significant advances in the digital realm.
When Margritte wrote "This is not a pipe" under his painting of a pipe he was playing with the relationship between an object and its representation. This painting, made by me, follows this tradition; it is a representation of a pre-existing representation. Traditionally it would be known as an "after" denoting the intentional lineage from a stated source image. Billy made this painting; after, I made this one.
SPACE! SPACE! SPACE IS AMAZING! Loads of other important stuff may have occurred this week, but frankly the whole 'pictures from billions of miles away' thing totally eclipses them. WOW.
Anyway, I am not in London today and therefore have even more incentive to get this copy filed and head out into the great sunshiney outdoors - I hope you get to do so too, in time. First, though, cock your ears - if you listen hard enough you may receive the faintest traces of the sounds of the furthest reaches of in internet; don't worry, webmongs, they're probably not really screams of pain and loneliness and anguish, honest! THIS IS WEB CURIOS!
In the 17th century, houses in Amsterdam were taxed according to the width of their frontage — the trading area they presented to the canals. As a result, newer houses were built to be as narrow as possible. Apparently, there are still houses in the city where furniture can only be moved around via the windows.
Closer to the present day, in the latter half of the 19th century, long-distance roads in the UK and USA were in a pretty poor state. The success of the railways had killed off the coaching trade, and the roads began to fall into neglect. Groups like the Cyclists’ Touring Club successfully lobbied for better roads. This made life much easier for the motorists emerging in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. So much easier, in fact, that the cyclists were eventually driven off the roads they’d helped to create. They couldn’t compete with the automobile.