Web Curios 01/05/20

Web Curios 01/05/20
Hi everyone! Hi! How are we all? An uncessary question, obviously, for we are all ecstatic at the news that our Prime Minister has managed to not only cheat death at the hands of the pandemic, but, equally, SPAWN ANOTHER JOHNSON! To the...indeterminate extant ranks of the brood, then, we can welcome whatever the fcuk they end up calling the poor ki...
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Such car, very contract: how AI is having fun with memes

Such car, very contract: how AI is having fun with memes ImgFlip AI Memes
Two of the biggest trends in digital over the past few years has been memes and artificial intelligence / machine learning. Inevitably, someone has blended the two, and that dubious “pleasure“ has fallen to ImgFlip. The image and meme creation firm has launched AI Memes, a service where you can add a word or two, pick from 48 well-known memes,...
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Mario Klingemann: synthesis in vision

Mario Klingemann: synthesis in vision Mario Klingemann
Mario Klingemann is a Munich-based artist working with algorithms, Generative Adverserial Networks (GANs) and an artist's eye to create beautiful, unsettling and challenging artwork. His projects have included neural remakes of Beastie Boys videos; Circuit Training, exhibited at the Barbican; working with Massive Attack; and the installation Memori...
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Spot price: chopping up Damien Hirst paintings for fun and profit

Spot price: chopping up Damien Hirst paintings for fun and profit MSCHF
We have covered MSCHF‘s work in the past, such as their Lucky Dip box and a multitude of other stuff covered in our weekly  ​Web Curios ​ newsletter. The newest work from the New York group is Severed Spots , a work which physically references another artwork to create its product. L-Isoleucine T-Butyl Ester is one of Damien Hirst‘s spot ...
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Web Curios 24/04/20

Web Curios 24/04/20
Oh Christ, I've gone long again.  Look, there are too many words coming up, so I'll keep the intro short. Everything's still weird, we're still mostly inside, neither the girfriend or the cat have so-far attempted to kill me (or if they have they've been  spectacularly subtle about it)...it is what it is.  I hope you're ok and not to...
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​Looking back in time to the year 2020: Imagining a posthuman future

​Looking back in time to the year 2020: Imagining a posthuman future Thomas Hensher
Mars & Beyond merges two of the most critical ideas facing the 21st century: our shared climate crisis and the rebirth of the space race. It is a massive immersive art installation, taking place across five floors of a warehouse building close to London's River Thames. The exploration of the climate crisis is led by artists across the show; exa...
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On women artists, postcolonial art and the legacy of empires

On women artists, postcolonial art and the legacy of empires
​ 2020/2021 promises to be a great couple of years for women artists. Where I live in Bristol, major art centres have already welcomed the work of the likes of Judy Chicago, Pacita Abad, Angelica Mesiti, Amak Mahmoodian, and a few years ago Lubaina Himid. Last month, both the UK and France have announced that they'll be represented by women at the ...
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Stockpiling food for thought 2: Irini Papadimitriou

Stockpiling food for thought 2: Irini Papadimitriou Irini Papadimitriou
Stockpiling food for thought is produced by Sensorium, a festival with a conference, workshops, exhibitions and performances bridging the fields of art, technology and science, and reproduced with their permission. Sensorium returns to Bratislava, Slovakia later in 2020. For further information on Sensorium and what's coming up in 2020, visit their...
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To '(dis)solve' or 'embrace' queerness: LGBT role models and advertisers' commercial conundrum

To '(dis)solve' or 'embrace' queerness: LGBT role models and advertisers' commercial conundrum “Here to Solve“, WPP / Centrica
I used to pride myself on being advertisers' worst nightmare, immune to their behavioural prods. This doesn't come from a snobbish place. My default mode is to wait for adverts to end, arms crossed. Call it a habit, I guess. I watch adverts selling the latest hatchback or convertible car with narrowed eyes. After all, I don't drive. I'm sceptical a...
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Web Curios 17/04/20

Web Curios 17/04/20
This is all quite  long,  isn't it? HELLO EVERYONE ARE WE STILL HAVING FUN? Ready for another three (ahahahaha) weeks of this? GREAT! I know that obviously it's not possible to gain any sort of accurate impression of This Fcuking World We Live In via the medium of spending all one's waking time on the web, but, if I were attempt to offer ...
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The music of silence

The music of silence Boba Jovanovic
One question has plagued music theorists since experimentation first made its way into composition: 'Can silence be music?' . It's a particularly loaded question, so for now, we'll take a look at the decidedly less-loaded route. Can silence be within music? Yes. For decades, high profile artists across all genres have found representational and pra...
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Airbreak: hacking devices to become COVID-19 ventilators

Airbreak: hacking devices to become COVID-19 ventilators Airbreak
The Airsense 10 is a popular machine in hospitals for respiratory relief. It is a CPAP (Constant Positive Airway Pressure) machine, which keeps the airway open for a better sleep. The NHS has a good explanation . Because of its usefulness in terms of respiratory relief, one might assume that a CPAP machine might also make a good vent...
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Automating the print-sign-send chore of forms

Automating the print-sign-send chore of forms Kelly Sikkema
Even in 2020, there are countless forms online which require printing and signing, to be returned either by post or email. This whole process makes a mockery of what‘s possible, particularly as the simple act of print-sign-send should be entirely online. There are countless ways to do this, and it‘s frankly lazy to require users to print and s...
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The greatest feminist struggle of the century is raging in Iran, but it's barely made a ripple in the west

The greatest feminist struggle of the century is raging in Iran, but it's barely made a ripple in the west White Wednesdays Facebook
In a hazy home video of one day in the distant past, Masih Alinejad sits in her living room and sings a sombre song in Farsi to her brother Ali. He responds wryly and playfully with a headstand, spreading his legs to form a 'Y' shaped yoga pose. Masih then gets up and dances behind him, twirling her arms while she sings the last enchanting not...
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Web Curios 10/04/20

Web Curios 10/04/20
Ordinarily I don't do these on Good Friday, what with the fact that, in my head at least, the only audience for Curios is people so terminally-bored at work that they'll deign to read even  this  poorly-birthed mess of stuff if it means that the time in front of the Powerpoint will pass quicker. This year, though, given noone has any idea...
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Stockpiling food for thought 1: Anna Dumitriu

Stockpiling food for thought 1: Anna Dumitriu Anna Dumitriu
Stockpiling food for thought is produced by Sensorium, a festival with a conference, workshops, exhibitions and performances bridging the fields of art, technology and science, and reproduced with their permission. Sensorium returns to Bratislava, Slovakia later in 2020. For further information on Sensorium and what's coming up in 2020, visit their...
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Coronavirus: making friends through online video games

Coronavirus: making friends through online video games Rob Wynne, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/28114809@N00/3474115258
We are all thinking about how we can socialise without going outside at the moment. While this situation is new to many of us, there are thousands of people who make lasting and meaningful connections from their homes. They are doing this through the world of online gaming. Gamers socialise with others online and create a sense of community and wel...
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Web Curios 03/04/20

Web Curios 03/04/20
Jesus, even by my standards that was a big one.  I am spent - seriously, I have been typing almost solidly since 640am and my fingers and my back hurt and I can't imagine for one second that any of you woke up this morning thinking "Yes, I really can't  wait  to hear Matt's tediously-cynical meanderings about The Current Situation In...
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Imperica Magazine issue 3: out now

Imperica Magazine issue 3: out now Nick Brodie
Hello. Today is Wednesday ​. ​The header image for this piece is, unintentionally, a good example of social distancing. The photo is by Nick Brodie, whose photography work features in the latest issue of Imperica Magazine . This issue, issue 3, has some splendid takes on the world.  Dan Peeke returns to talk about that most fundament...
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UN: Creative proposals wanted to combat COVID-19

UN: Creative proposals wanted to combat COVID-19 Jahsie Ault
It‘s rare to see such a big global ask be released like this, but perhaps it signifies the times that we live in. The UN has asked for any person or organisation to come forward with creative proposals to further communicate actions to counter the Coronavirus, COVID-19. There are five categories: - Personal hygiene - Physical distanc...
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