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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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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