Xenodesignerly ways of knowing

Xenodesignerly ways of knowing
Human-centered design has become the predominant paradigm in design for good reasons: It is a valid and highly successful approach within select contexts. It is particularly useful to understand the everyday human circumstances of problems a design is seeking to address. It can enable the creation of empathetic designs that are intuitive and suited...
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Technology, art, and fashion: Google wants artists-in-residency

Technology, art, and fashion: Google wants artists-in-residency Google
Google’s Arts and Culture Lab in Paris is looking for three artists to take up residency for five months, and to create works which use connected textiles. In particular, the residency will partner with Jacquard, Google’s connected textile architecture which comprises of conductive metal woven into fabric - giving the user the opportunity of b...
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Web Curios 15/03/19

Web Curios 15/03/19
I had a whole thing ready to go in my head last night about TWO WEEKS TO GO and all that jazz, but a) I was quite stoned and so it was almost certainly awful; and b) the news this morning was so horrific that I don't really feel in the mood for making funnies about how banjaxed everything is. This is Web Curios, please be nice to each other. By Mic...
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Brexit may usher in point of no return for UK tech start-up scene

Brexit may usher in point of no return for UK tech start-up scene D1V1D, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/d1v1d/21633015405
Sifting through the noise to really understand what impact Brexit and all the uncertainty that it brings is having on the UK's technology start-up scene, it's possible to see a picture emerging. It is one that should cause serious concern for anyone with an interest in keeping the UK at the centre of Europe's technology sector. In The Sun Also Rise...
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Winter is coming: new game explores the mediocre

Winter is coming: new game explores the mediocre
While many games pride themselves on their hyperrealism and sensory overload,  ​It's Winter ​ takes a completely different approach. Part of an art project by Ilia Mazo and Alexander Ignatov, the premise is simple: you do... not very much. Set in a Russian tower block, the protagonist starts in a dark flat within the block itself. Taking a loo...
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The web at 30: the cappuccino years

The web at 30: the cappuccino years Wikipedia
Today is the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee's creation has, like an A-list celebrity with a secret heroin addition, enjoyed massive success but is not without its massive and rather fundamental flaws. The Web in and of itself has delivered massive commercial success for both businesses and people. A static website, W...
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The real and the surreal: in conversation with Alexandra Mazzanti

The real and the surreal: in conversation with Alexandra Mazzanti
The Dorothy Circus gallery opened late last year in London. The first gallery venture outside of her native Italy for owner Alexandra Mazzanti and her mother Maddalena di Giacomo, it is the first centre for Italian  contemporary art which focuses on Pop, Neo-surrealism and on new expressions of figurative art.  But are pop and surrealist ...
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Web Curios 08/03/19

Web Curios 08/03/19
What's been YOUR favourite stupid this week? SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM! It's nice of the powers that be to ensure that the 'Brexit' box set we've all been enjoying for the past couple of years doesn't peter out towards its denouement - though does anyone else get the feeling that, muchlike in Lost, the scriptwriters aren't entirely sure of how to wrap...
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In Sweden, do what you like and get paid for it

In Sweden, do what you like and get paid for it
Sweden's Public Art Agency recently held a competition for an artist to do something with Korsvagen train station in Gothenburg. The winners, Jacob Goldin and Simon Senneby, proposed a project called  ​Eternal Employment  which the jury considered "humorous and critical". And here's the idea. The artists will shortly be advertising for so...
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On Near-Future Fictions

On Near-Future Fictions
The Virtual Futures Near-Future Fictions series was born after a salon event sometime in February 2017, as fingers wrapped around cool, perspiring glasses and conversational white noise echoed off the neon art in the Lights of Soho gallery in London. Although Virtual Futures has embraced science-fiction since its inception — with Pat Cadigan, Alan ...
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Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising, despite saying copyright is for losers

Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising, despite saying copyright is for losers
Copyright is for losers – or so Banksy once claimed. But the days of the mysterious artist's dislike for intellectual property now appear to be long gone, as he has recently won a case of unauthorised merchandising in Italy. The unauthorised copying of Banksy works is widespread – a stroll through London's popular markets in Camden and Brick Lane, ...
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Grow your own: how food production is changing

Grow your own: how food production is changing Concept CGI for The Buzz Building / Belatchew Arkitekter AB
The twin horrors of Brexit and climate change mean that society in the UK will need to change rapidly, lest a meltdown - or, at least, a downturn. With some already stockpiling food in the possibility of a no-deal Brexit (Brexit absolutely needs to be fucking stopped - Ed), now seems to be a grimly opportune time to look at how we might i...
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Hoxton gets all the colour

Hoxton gets all the colour
​Carnovsky ​ is Milan-based duo Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. Working for 12 years now, they are most well-known for prints which feature large-scale, almost stencil-like figures laid out in multi-layered RGB spot colours. Their work is now coming to Hoxton in east London. We do like our dry humour but we're actually being kind when we say...
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Web Curios 01/03/19

Web Curios 01/03/19
First up, an apology from me to you for screwing up the html quite so spectacularly last week; hopefully this week the links should work and the words should be readable and the only issues you ought to encounter are the ones born of authorial inadequacy rather than the peculiar strain of CMS-luddism I appear to be infected with. ANYWAY! How are we...
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Is the age of the app finally over?

Is the age of the app finally over?
The shift toward mobile apps in the past 10 years has revamped our lives. From having a conversation to ordering food, they have made our lives easier than ever. 2018 has undoubtedly been exciting for the mobile apps market. With a year-on-year growth rate of around 11%, the past year has witnessed over 27 billion app downl...
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Behind the eyes

Behind the eyes Krisztián Kristóf, Illuminati
​Our friends at Tenderpixel come to us with news of an excellent new exhibition featuring Czech artists. Consider the power of processes taking place behind closed eyelids. They could bear potential for new structures, create space for resistance or even collective acts of rebellion. In our sleep-deprived society sleeping almost counts as a revolut...
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DAU comes to London in April

DAU comes to London in April Bureau Jigsaw
In Friday’s Web Curios we briefly covered DAU , an immersive cinematic experience which has recently taken place in Paris. The organisation behind DAU , the DAU Institute, has since announced that it is to come to London in April. Supposedly inspired by Soviet physicist Lev Landau , DAU grew from a single film into what might be called a social tes...
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Web Curios 22/02/19

Web Curios 22/02/19
A NEW PARTY! JUST WHAT WE ALL WANTED! Except it’s not the good sort of party, the type with party rings and sausage rolls and a secret stash of uppers that you find at 3am in the host’s sock drawer and which you know will add a whole new spin to the gathering - no, sadly it’s the other sort of party, all halitosis and misery and h...
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Web Curios 15/02/19

Web Curios 15/02/19
OH GOD THERE IS A NEW NEWSLETTER CMS AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT AND I AM LATE AND HAVE A MEETING IN 90 MINUTES AND I AM STILL IN MY PANTS (little peek behind the authorial curtain for you there, you're welcome). I have to run - you take care of all the links and stuff, and please shut the door behind you on your way out; this, as ever, is the overlo...
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Web Curios 08/02/19

Web Curios 08/02/19
They're getting rid of all the self-harm stuff on Insta! That'll sort out the growing feelings of fear, alienation, anxiety, rootlessness, despair, precariety, anomie, anhedonia, listlessness, loss and general fcuking confusion amongst the young, won't it? I would make some sort of joke about bandaging an axewound but, well, I don't want to give an...
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