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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Testing times

Testing times

The Contemporary Art Society and the Art Fund have launched Testing Media, a new fund to ramp up the acquisition of contemporary art by museums in the UK. From now until March, the fund - a £60k pot - intends to work with museums who intend to acquire work that may be difficult to easily buy and preserve, such as performance art or many forms of digital art.

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Top 10 of 2012

Top 10 of 2012

From the near-past to well into the future, we have covered a lot of ground this year. Here are the most popular articles from Imperica in 2012, ranked in order of popularity.

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Horizons

Horizons

Horizons is the name of Imperica's series of events. Focussing on one or a number of themes, Horizons events are interactive, interesting, entertaining, and stimulating... and the ticket price is inexpensive.

 

Wearable Horizons

We returned to the BFI as part of the Sci-Fi London festival in May 2014, to look at wearable technology.More here.

Mirror Mirror

Produced in association with Arc, our event in summer 2013 looked at the future of home and mobile entertainment.More here. 

Horizons

Imperica's first event in 2012 was a two-day celebration of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, produced in association with Sci-Fi London.Info, slides, and Storify. 

Kurzweil joins Google

Kurzweil joins Google

3D holographic telephony: soon. New world government: soonish. A machine solution to the Turing Test: a bit longer.

If you believe that all of these are going to happen, then you agree with author, futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil, the man that (in his own words) has got 89 out of his 108 own predictions, spot-on. It was announced yesterday that Kurzweil has become Google's Director of Engineering.

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Pussy riot

Pussy riot

The Photographers' Gallery. A place for professional practitioners of the art to showcase their finest work from around the world, right?

Well... not exactly. For its current exhibition, entitled For the LOL of cats: Felines, photography and the Web, the Gallery has embraced the Internet's embrace of all things furry and four-pawed.

 

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Playable City shortlist announced

Playable City shortlist announced

Ten artists have been shortlisted for the Playable City Award, a competition from Bristol's Watershed arts centre to bring digital engagement into public space. The final ten were chosen from a total of 93 entries, made across 24 countries.

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Lévy looks back

Lévy looks back

Publicis CEO Maurice Lévy has given his video address for Christmas. Think of it as the Queen's Christmas Message, but with more references to digital and new markets. For "Commonwealth" read "International advertising and marketing group".

Lévy has recorded his message in recent years in video, and has been published to YouTube. This year is no exception, although there are a few quirks thrown in, to keep you on your toes.

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The high Priest of advertising

The high Priest of advertising

The next President of the IPA is to be Ian Priest.

Head of Chime Communications' new ventures and markets, he is the P in Chime's VCCP agency. His two-year term starts next April.

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Go with the Flow

Go with the Flow

Energy Flow is a new interactive piece from Field.

The London-based duo of Marcus Wendt and Vera-Maria Glahn have launched the new piece as a mobile app, featuring a randomised narrative that stitches together up to 10 computer-generated vignettes to make a new film every time, packed with visual metaphors concerning connectivity and turmoil.

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War games

War games

Syrian rebels have unveiled what is perhaps the ultimate in reverse skeuomorphology: a homemade tank which is powered by what looks to be a PlayStation controller.

On the face of it, the tank, called Sham 2, looks like a bit of a rustbox, but then tanks weren't necessarily designed with beauty in mind. However, the innards are much - much - more interesting.

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An archaeology of decisions: in conversation with Elizabeth Price

An archaeology of decisions: in conversation with Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price is the first Artist in Residence at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's space unit, RALSpace. Working with space scientist Dr. Hugh Mortimer, Elizabeth and Invisible Dust curator Alice Sharp recently presented their thoughts and work to the annual 8th Appleton Space Conference. Elizabeth is also the winner of this year's Turner Prize.

We caught up with Elizabeth to discuss her collaboration with RALSpace, as well as the immediate impact of her Turner Prize award earlier this week. 

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The prediction bucket

The prediction bucket

This is the second year in which we are running the Imperica prediction bucket. It collects all of the ad and digital agency predictions for the following year into one spreadsheet, so you can see which predictions are most popular, which predictions are the real gems, and which predictions are down-and-out crazy.

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City scapes

City scapes

London is a city of famous squares: Bloomsbury, Berkeley, Hoxton. Flat Iron Square is one of the lesser-known squares, located south of the river behind the Menier Chocolate Factory. It has been regenerated of late, with a "piazza" format giving visitors the chance to eat al fresco while the trains rumble to and from London Bridge station in the background.

While the city squares are very much a London institution, perhaps Marcus Lyall might appreciate being labelled as another. Deep-rooted into the city's underground music scene, Lyall gradually moved into multimedia – particularly experimental film-making – as well as directing TV advertisement spots. Bringing all of this together is his work for touring bands, including the Rolling Stones and U2.

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Fairly secret army

Fairly secret army

The unveiling of the UK Government's new cyber security strategy appears to be the end of a long contextual shift. Gone are the days of visible threats across known borders, replaced with threats from basically anywhere with an Internet connection. 

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Price wins Prize

Price wins Prize

Winner of the Turner Prize 2012 is Elizabeth Price.

Price's winning work comprises of three works, described by one reviewer as "a rollercoaster of brain sodomy; it will forcibly fuck your eyes and ears". While we may not express Price's work with such a... er... floral sentiment, it is work which is, at times, uneasy viewing. And that's the point.

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Entirely justified

Entirely justified

The duo of Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, most popularly known as The KLF, still command a great deal of affection, interest, and cultural resonance.

A new book about the KLF has been released that wraps up a lot of, as the duo put it themselves, "What the KLF is about". Chaos Magic Music Money by John Higgs is the author's own story of the Kopyright Liberation Front and the light and heat that it created in the late 80s and early 90s.

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When I'm Sixty-Four

Earlier in the year, we ran an event called Horizons which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, including from an art-crit perspective.

10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10

In a similar vein, American nonprofit play organisation Playpower and the MIT Press have released 10 PRINT"... a book about a one-line Commodore 64 BASIC program".

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Mixing water with electricity

Steak Studio's Daniel Kupfer has produced a new piece with Samsung to promote their latest fondleslab (™ The Register), the Galaxy Note 2.

Still from Samsung Galaxy Note S2 promo

By using the Note's pen-tablet function (you know, the one we all expected not to exist by 2012), Kupfer connected it to a display device inside a water tank. 

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