Bay watch

Bay watch

The long-awaited documentary on The Pirate Bay, TPB: AFK, is released this week. Directed by Simon Klose, it features the three founders - Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde, and Gottfrid Svartholm - and premieres at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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Advertising: it's good for you

Advertising: it's good for you

The Advertising Association has commissioned a report by Deliotte, examining how - and how much - the sector contributes to the UK economy. Entitled Advertising Pays, it's a useful, highly readable, and valuable piece of work.

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Senses working overtime

Senses working overtime

It was Charles M. Schulz who said "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." The pleasure to be derived from chocolate is, of course, well known; it's cathartic, enjoyable, and we're more than capable of emotionally postponing the damage done to the waistline and teeth.

Ogilvy has teamed up with Birkbeck University and neuroscience researchers MyndPlay to develop a common currency for pleasure, with Ogilvy client Beyond Dark, a new premium chocolate brand, benefiting from the work.

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2020 vision

2020 vision

Longtime friend of Imperica John V Willshire has been working with Mark Earls, he of Herd fame, on what advertising might look like - and, indeed, what it might be - in 2020.

The result is a presentation that uses Willshire's rather lovely Artefact Cards to project its key messages.

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Street talk

Street talk

How many lamp posts have you walked past today? Try counting them on your journey to work tomorrow. What if they had a story to tell – about what they see under that light, how they were installed, and what has been written on and stuck to them over the years?

Hello Lamp Post! is a project to create a fictitious but real world based on the stories of street furniture. Winner of the Playable City Award, it will be installed into the city of Bristol this summer before it goes on an international tour.

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Ben Eaton and Kevin Macnish: the modern theatre of war

Ben Eaton and Kevin Macnish: the modern theatre of war

Leeds Creative Labs is a project run by Caper and the University of Leeds Cultural and Creative Exchange. It matches four academics with four digital artists for a short period of intensive collaboration and development. We chatted with artist Ben Eaton and academic Kevin Macnish about their project, which explores the ethics of contemporary warfare using game platforms.

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Occupying the language of Occupy

Occupying the language of Occupy

The Occupy movement was set up partly in response to a number of macroeconomic factors, including the subprime mortgage crisis and the wider downturn in western economies. So, it might be rather surprising to discover that one of the world's biggest corporations has launched Occupy IKEA.

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Your identity is changing

Your identity is changing

In addition to its role as the UK's leading producer of Pease Pudding, Foresight is the Government's futures agency, advising ministers and policymakers on ways to plan for the future. A new report from Foresight, called The future of identity, offers some thoughts as to how personal identity will change across the next decade, primarily as a result of digital technologies.

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Dotcom bubble

Dotcom bubble

Kim Dotcom, the artist formerly known as Kim Schmitz, returns from his legal woes with a new venture, Mega. Offering up to 4TB of cloud storage, it comes with additional privacy features - presumably inspired by Dotcom's own experiences at the hands of New Zealand's finest. 

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Parcel for Julian Assange

Parcel for Julian Assange

Many of us get a little excited and nervous when we order something online, tracking the movements of the parcel from one point to another. Artist collective Mediengruppe Bitnik has taken the concept one step further, sending a parcel to Julian Assange, currently holded up in the Ecudorian Embassy. The parcel takes a photograph of its surroundings every few minutes, and broadcasts it to the Internet. 

 

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Germain influence

Germain influence

Here's a rather novel idea that we reckon is going to catch on. Wolff Olins has created the post of Visiting Creative Director, one that will see some of the UK's most interesting brains join the company for short periods of time. The first is Dan Germain, the Creative Director of Innocent.

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Angelic works

Angelic works

Artangel and Radio 4 have launched the third version of Open, an open competition for anyone to submit a site-specific idea for a piece of artwork. The organisers want the entries to be challenging and radical, and they welcome digital work too.

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Open access and rights campaigner Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Open access and rights campaigner Aaron Swartz dies at 26

We start this week with some very sad news. Aaron Swartz - makor, creator, inventor and campaigner - has died after committing suicide by hanging last Friday. His legacy is both substantial and powerful: involved in the creation of RSS, Reddit, anti-SOPA group Demand Progress as well as tirelessly campaigning for the freedom of people and of content online, his life, and his efforts, will be greatly missed by many.

 

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Big games

Big games

Microsoft's IlluminRoom, currently under development at its Research Labs, allows gameplayers to experience the in-game world further than just their television. Formerly the exclusive domain of mind-expanding drugs, the system projects live visuals in and around the player's environment.

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Wieden + Kennedy opens the Garage door

Wieden + Kennedy opens the Garage door

Wieden & Kennedy has announced the creation of Garage, a new agency with a new offer.

Announced at W+K's HQ in Portland, it is led by veteran senior creative John Jay.

 

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Anonymous targets the BBC

Anonymous targets the BBC

It was Sparks who wanted to own the BBC, and now Anonymous want to pwn it.

The group has announced its intention to bring the organisation's digital capability down, with #OpBBC.

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New opportunities: arts, tech, and cats

New opportunities: arts, tech, and cats

There are quite a few calls for involvement and proposals around at the moment, so we're summing up three of the best.

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Come in number 9

Come in number 9

Ronaldo is coming to London - to work for WPP.

Next month, the Brazilian footy master is to start a work placement, apparently working directly with Martin Sorrell.

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Win tickets to London's art, books, and antique fairs

Win tickets to London's art, books, and antique fairs

For our first competition of 2013, we're offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to London's art fairs in the spring. You're guaranteed a great day out, and it's a great prize for anyone with a particular interest in art or antiques.

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Anna Dumitriu: dirty work

Anna Dumitriu: dirty work

It has been a phenomenally busy year for Anna Dumitriu. With exhibitions and workshops taking place across the world, her work with both the biological and social impacts of disease has taken her work to a number of galleries across Europe, with a highlight perhaps being her receipt of the Society for Applied Microbiology's Communications Award in the summer.

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