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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Web Curios 01/02/19

Web Curios 01/02/19
SO COLD. SO COLD. But no, it is not cold enough to go home from work, IT IS NEVER COLD ENOUGH TO STOP.  I'm late with this today, what with...well, what with having been a bit slow, in the main. Anyway, as a result you're getting little in the way of preamble; instead, enjoy this WARM AND SOOTHING bath of links I have prepared especially for y...
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Race and identity in our postmodern age

Race and identity in our postmodern age
Larry Achiampong and David Blandy are the artists featured in an extraordinary new exhibition now running at the Arts Catalyst in central London. The first part of a series of film works by the duo, Generic Automata will aim to address the concepts of racial segregation and classification, starting with Charles Darwin. It was John Ed...
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Google and Facebook: the real reason they should be broken up is China

Google and Facebook: the real reason they should be broken up is China
There was a time when our internet resembled the American economy of the historic Western frontier: unregulated, vast in opportunities and untouched by large firms. The world wide web was new and cyberspace was, for the most part, overloaded with useless information. "Chances are if you search for an item even with a very good search engine, most o...
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How cartographers for the U.S. Military inadvertently created a house of horrors in South Africa

How cartographers for the U.S. Military inadvertently created a house of horrors in South Africa Selena NBH, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/moonlightbulb/6936492978
The visitors started coming in 2013. The first one who came and refused to leave until he was let inside was a private investigator named Roderick. He was looking for an abducted girl, and he was convinced she was in the house. John S. and his mother Ann live in the house, which is in Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa and next to...
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Web Curios 25/01/19

Web Curios 25/01/19
Welcome to a week in which it appears that literally everything that happens in the world now is the news equivalent of 'The Dress' or 'Yanny vs Laurel' - EVERYTHING IS BINARY AND NOTHING EXISTS BETWEEN TWO EXTREMES.  Or at least it is if you live on the internet - so, er, why not stop it? After you've choked down this week's particularly appe...
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Artistic investigations into privacy take the stage in Brussels

Lisette Appledorn
Computers, Privacy and Data Protection is an annual conference, now in its 12th year, run by a group of universities in Belgium. A spin-off exhibition and series of events, Privacytopia , enables an artistic view of contemporary cyberprivacy issues at large. Works to be shown include Archiving Faceless , a film by Bogomir Doringer (whose cover ador...
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STARTS starts up for another year

STARTS starts up for another year “Spaxels”, Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica and Waag Society have come together again to invite artists to submit their latest and greatest digital artworks to the STARTS (Science, Technology, Arts) price. As ever, there are two categories. The prize for innovative collaboration honours any pairing up of industry/tech and artists which had led to something truly creative. The...
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Deepfakes and the new information war

Deepfakes and the new information war
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but there is nothing that persuades quite like an audio or video recording of an event. At a time when partisans can barely agree on facts, such persuasiveness might seem as if it could bring a welcome clarity. Audio and video recordings allow people to become firsthand witnesses of an event, sparing th...
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I mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I loved Facebook. But I can’t stay silent about what's happening

I mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I loved Facebook. But I can’t stay silent about what's happening
​ I am really sad about Facebook. I got involved with the company more than a decade ago and have taken great pride and joy in the company's success … until the past few months. Now I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed. With more than 1.7 billion members, Facebook is among the most influential businesses in the world. Whether they like...
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The rise and demise of RSS

The rise and demise of RSS
About a decade ago, the average internet user might well have heard of RSS. Really Simple Syndication, or Rich Site Summary—what the acronym stands for depends on who you ask—is a standard that websites and podcasts can use to offer a feed of content to their users, one easily understood by lots of different computer programs. Today, though RSS con...
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Web Curios 18/01/19

Web Curios 18/01/19
You want a summary of the past week? Here you go . Listen, IT'S ALL TRUE.   Yes, whatever the opposite of perpetual motion is we in the UK seem to have invented and perfected it. What's going to happen next week? What? Nothing meaningful, but an awful lot of pointless hot air and rhetoric? Nah, thanks mate, I'm alright actually.  Tha...
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Take control of your voice assistant, with Project Alias

Take control of your voice assistant, with Project Alias Bjørn Karmann
From artist Bjørn Karmann, Alias is perhaps the first decent attempt to permanently intercept the way in which voice assistants, such as Alexa/Echo and the Google Assistants, work. As we all know, such devices are handy to have around the home but are a trade off for user privacy. These devices are essentially passive snoopers: recording machi...
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Technology is going to weaponise identity politics

Technology is going to weaponise identity politics
P olitics is increasingly dominated by the 'struggle for recognition' – different social groups (genders, ethnic and religious groups, rural and urban dwellers) clamouring to be treated with respect and dignity in the eyes of others. Many feel forgotten, and they're increasingly angry about it. But identity politics is not going to peak with the el...
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Images right now: new exhibition explores the interrelationship between visual culture and the Internet

Images right now: new exhibition explores the interrelationship between visual culture and the Internet "Five Years of Captured Captchas", Sebastian Schmeig and Sylvio Lorusso
From the Photographer's Gallery: This exhibition presents the work of 11 contemporary artists and groups seeking to map, visualise and question the cultural dynamics of 21st Century image culture. Importantly, it investigates the systems through which today's photographic images multiply online and asks what new forms of value, knowledge, meaning a...
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