Lily‘s Garden: jarring and enthralling

Lily‘s Garden: jarring and enthralling
We can't think of any garden-based games, except for a somewhat esoteric memory of Ned's Garden , released in 1983 for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum . Fast-forward 36 (!!!) years and there's a new garden with a new owner.  ​Lily's Garden ​ is a mobile game which combines RPG-style plot with a  ​Tetris ​-esque puzzle game. However, the she...
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Not... Not the Turner Prize

Not... Not the Turner Prize Gretchen Andrew
The first time I ever discussed the idea of NOT NOT was on Imperica in 2015 saying When Magritte 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 liminal state is more easily understood in terms of performance. Consider an actor playing Hamlet. We acknowled...
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Facebook changes policy on diet products

Facebook changes policy on diet products
Facebook has announced that it will stop pushing ads about slimming and diet products across its eponymous platform and subsidiary Instagram to users under 18. Of course, while this is absolutely right and The Proper Thing To Do, it assumes that you have filled in the age field honestly in the first place. For 10 points, try to remem...
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Ars Electronica wants AI artists

Ars Electronica wants AI artists Wikipedia
Austrian digital art behemoth Ars Electronica has opened a new scheme for artists working in AI to gain a residency in Edinburgh. The winner will receive  €10,000 comprising of a €3k artist fee, a €5k production budget, €2k extra costs budget, and €5k for travel - including to Ars in Linz for 4-6 weeks, and the University of Edi...
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Byker Grove: the zombie apocalypse

Byker Grove: the zombie apocalypse
Many UK grown-ups will remember  ​Byker Grove ​, the BBC's Newcastle-based teen drama which launched the careers of Ant & Dec (now famous TV presenters in their own right); Jill Halfpenny (a highly successful actor); and Donna Air (er... us neither). If you're in your 40s, then you probably remember the first few series or so. In fact...
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Who's a good boy: new ambient music from Alex May

Who's a good boy: new ambient music from Alex May
Friend of Imperica  ​Alex May ​ is releasing a new ambient album,  ​Innocuous Sporran Fury ​​, of which the title track is charmingly entitled E very puppy has a gun and will own you in the end. As ambient fans ourselves (the new Max Würden is AWESOME by the way), Alex is a composer in the style that we could probably call Modern Cla...
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The village London forgot

The village London forgot Peter Marshall
In a recent Web Curios ( 24 May ), we included a link to an ongoing project from Bow Arts which looks at the history of the Lea Valley - the area surrounding the River Lea in east London from the River Thames up to Hertford. Peter Marshall has been capturing London life for more than 40 years, and has published his archive across a variet...
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Plan for comms planning excellence

Plan for comms planning excellence Slon DotPics
Comms planner and author of  ​Planning Dirty ​, Julian Cole, has launched a suite of courses and materials called  ​Planning Dirty Academy ​. Offered as a paid service, PDA will contain materials, resources, and plenty of other stuff for comms planners - including monthly webinars with some of the best senior planners from around the worl...
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Is sustainability just lip service?

Is sustainability just lip service?
​Media analysis company Commetric has posted a piece on how public attitudes to Palm Oil have been shifted by specific interventions - with some brands acting much more quickly than others. The author, Dimitar Ganev, singles out Iceland as being a winner in this debate. Its ad with Rang-Tan the chimpanzee, lifted from an earlier ad for Greenpeace a...
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Gallery Delivery offers an exhibition on demand

gallery-delivery-sschmieg-006-photo-by-andre-wunstorf_3000 Sebastian Schmieg
UK readers have probably heard of Deliveroo, the below-minimum-wage-paying food delivery service whose untrained cyclists aggressively mount pavements at speed across the country. A project of digital artist Sebastian Schmieg, Gallery Delivery offers an artistic version of Deliveroo. The courier delivers and sets up a "white cub...
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Social media: time to grow up

Social media: time to grow up
The pit of eternal fire that is social media appears, we hope at least, to be cooling. As JWT reports this week, the era of Kardashian-influenced pout-for-likes posts on Instagram are changing to a more content-rich, engagement-driven model which has the added benefit of longer user session times. Not only is this good for publishers, but it's...
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“We are never going to understand the world more broadly“: Holly Herndon and James Bridle

“We are never going to understand the world more broadly“: Holly Herndon and James Bridle Still from “Eternal“, Holly Herndon
Many of you will be familiar with both Holly Herndon and James Bridle - for different, but possibly overlapping, reasons. Both have a deep and sustained interest in artificial intelligence, human/machine interaction, anthropology, and of course aesthetics. Bristol‘s own Crack magazine, perhaps the nearest thing that we have in the UK to Pitchfork (...
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2019's social media image optimisation handbook

2019's social media image optimisation handbook Lisa Fotios
Marketers are contending with two very crucial realities concerning modern audiences: Attention spans have gotten shorter (so you have less time to hook your audience), and people are engaging with images now more than ever before. As humans, of course, we respond to visual stimuli naturally, but as technology has advanced and viewing channels have...
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Web Curios 06/09/19

Web Curios 06/09/19
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I wasn't expecting this, I have to say, but as I prepare to take two weeks off (yes, that's right, I'm AWAY! You don't have to feel guilty about deleting this email without even taking a cursory looking at its contents for a whole FORTNIGHT!) I am in a weirdly cheery mood. He's fcuking it all up! Maybe it's all going to be ok! Betwe...
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Startups that sell stuff online

Startups that sell stuff online
Do you know what CPG stands for? How about FMCG? What about DNVB? You might have two out of three if you've been paying attention. CPGD, or Consumer Packaged Goods Directory, is a... well... a directory of what its creators call DNVBs: Digitally Native Vertical Brands.  Its creators, David McGillivray and Jessica Sheft-Aston, are Manhattanites...
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48 hours of bliss: life in a spa

48 hours of bliss: life in a spa Valeria Boltneva
​The US edition of GQ carries a long article on something which we don't seem to have in the UK.  ​48 hours living in Wi Spa, Koreatown ​ is the diary of Joel Breuklander, who spends two days in what seems to be a massive hotel in the Korean quarter of Los Angeles. And, before you start thinking as to whether it is possible to spend 48 hours i...
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Amazon: the blameless killer?

Amazon: the blameless killer?
BuzzFeed is running an article on US deaths caused by Amazon delivery drivers . As one might expect, there is a considerable tension between the stress put onto Amazon drivers and the targets which they have to meet, and Amazon's own view of the relationship, which is to consider their drives as self-employed contractors. Valdimar Gray was del...
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The dictatorship of the like

The dictatorship of the like Nando Moura
There is no doubt that many countries are locked in a culture war. Whilst many may consider the UK and US as being the hotspots of this digital battle, it’s also being actively fought - if that’s the right term - in Brazil. The NYT has published a piece which has charted the growth of YouTube videos from right-wing nutjobs popping up on the re...
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Looking around

Looking around
​ Look Around You is a BBC comedy series from the early 2000s. Described by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening as “One of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen”, it is known for its gorgeous attention to detail - paying homage to educational science programmes of the 1970s. The first series was a set of short, rather hauntological pieces covering a dif...
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Facing up: new algo-exhibition at the Photograpers' Gallery

Facing up: new algo-exhibition at the Photograpers' Gallery
Part of Data / Set / Match at the Photographers' Gallery in London is new work by prolific artist Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Entitled  ​How do you see me? ​, the exhibition presents sequences which are from the same source, but are totally different. This is due to the use of "evolutionary algorithms", not just to recognise facial fe...
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