United nations

As part of the International Festival of Digital Art at Watermans Gallery in Brentford, two partnerships working with and in digital technology were invited to take part in a conversation.

Chaired by Saul Albert, the duos are One Room Shack, conceptual artists from Nigeria; and Carol MacGillivray and Bruno Mathez, London-based artists working with a variety of media. Both groups exhibited at the Festival, with One Room Shack exhibiting Unity, a piece on the embodiment of the 'Olympic spirit'; and MacGillivray and Mathez exhibiting Diasynchonoscope, a 3D installation based on principles of choreographed time.

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Back to our roots

WWWTXT is an excellent project from Daniel Rehn which brings past conversations related to the Internet and web back as a tweet-like form.

 At this point in time, a 15-year-old TRS-80 is more than sufficient to access most of what the Internet has to offer. ?93JUL

Reading the short stories of people coming to terms with what they had at the time is simply lovely.

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Schu shop

BBC Radio 3 is running a season dedicated to Franz Schubert. 

Piano Sonates by Hans Thijs, CC licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansthijs/4053439396/

Called The Spirit of Schubert, the station will turn over much of its programming to the Austrian genius who produced a massive body of seminal works before passing away at 31.

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Anonymous threatens root DNS servers

Those Anonymous folks have made public what is probably their most blatant plan yet: an attempt to bring down the root DNS servers of the Internet on March 31.  

It's Escaped by Gwydion M Williams, CC licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/45909111@N00/3473881292/

There is no mention as to when the attack will cease should it happen, so we assume that it's going to be an all-dayer.

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In conversation with... Tim Malbon and Alex Harding

Picle is an application launched by Made by Many at the recent South by South West conference. Essentially a storytelling app which combines user-captured sound and vision, it was given considerable acclaim and coverage upon its launch.

Alex Harding, Tim Malbon. Photo by courtesy of Made by Many

We caught up with Alex and Tim from Made by Many to talk about Picle, and the approach that Made by Many are taking to the development of their own products.

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Ronson vs Ronson

Jon Ronson has been having a bit of a time with Jon Ronson.

Jon Ronson

More specifically, the writer/broadcaster/journalist Jon Ronson has been having a bit of a time with @jon_ronson.

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The cinematic experience

Charlotte Crofts has launched the Curzon Memories app, providing a rich, interactive experience in and around the historic Curzon Cinema in Clevedon, Somerset.

Image by courtesy of Charlotte Crofts

The App will be launched at a rather lovely afternoon tea event at the Curzon this Friday. It uses QR codes and GPS to offer content related to specific points in the cinema.

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AdPrint Festival announces jury lineup

Our friends at the AdPrint Festival have announced their judging lineup.

AdPrint Festival judges. Images by courtesy of AdPrint Festival

The competition is split into two main categories: design (Design Angels) and advertising (Advertising Angels).

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Jon Ritman: from Artic to apps

Jon Ritman is one of the best-known programmers for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. With titles such as 3D Combat Zone, the Match Day series, Head over Heels and Batman under his belt, he has a formidable history of gaming development which in fact covers a variety of platforms.

Jon Ritman. Image by courtesy of Jon Ritman

We caught up with Jon to discuss the past, the present, and the future of gaming from his personal perspective.


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In conversation with... Leila Johnston and Professor David Trotter

LJ: I recently caught up with a former Cambridge University lecturer of mine, David Trotter. As well as being an extremely inspiring teacher, David is an expert on literature and cinema between the world wars, and has a particular interest in the social effects of communication technology.

Layers by Janet Ramsden, CC licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramsd/6264965478/

It was fascinating chatting to David – we're looking at the same thing through different lenses and there's clearly so much to be gained, on both sides, from these kind of exchanges. Read on for the surprising origins of social media, what really happens when tech goes head-to-head with nature, and more.

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Into the gap

Recruiting and retaining the best creative talent is tough. Finding them at an early age, nurturing them into agency culture while avoiding dilution of their raw ability is tricky. When there is no such thing as a job for life any more and agency employees jump ship for more than just the salary, there's a lot for HR professionals to think about.

Niko Herzeg, Kidar Iyer. Photo by courtesy of GapJumpers

The problem is exasperated when "traditional" requirements are no longer as appropriate. Copywriters still need to have an excellent command of language and grammar, and designers still need to know the ins and outs of kerning. But, what about those in the middle? Where does the intake of creative technologists come from – the art department, or computer science... or somewhere else?

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The life and death of kernel blimp

The Pirate Bay is taking to the air.

Drone Fly by Sid Mosdell, CC licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidm/4444222867/

They have announced an intention to take their servers to the sky in drones, theoretically bypassing the risks inherent in land-based infrastructure. 

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More Morozov

The growing disconnect between Silicon Valley's reluctance to accept the social responsibility that comes with the ownership of today's digital public squares and the glowing public admiration these companies receive is one more reason to take a more critical stance and examine the cultural origins of our benevolent attitudes toward these corporate titans.

Evgeny Morozov, image by Fiesta della Scienza, CC licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/festivaldellascienza/6307053805/


The quote is from an updated afterword from Evgeny Morozov's The Net Delusion, published today.

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Plants and politics

"Plant life of the Pacific world" is the latest exhibition from London-based, Portgual-raised artist Carlos Noronha Feio. The works are collages, which assemble plant and flower forms from images of nuclear explosions.

Carlos Noronha Feio. Image by courtesy of Carlos Noronha Feio

Most of the collages have been classified according to E.D. Merrill's book of the same name, published in 1945 for military use. Carlos talked to us about the exhibition, how it was produced, and some of its underlying themes.

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The value of ideas

The Atlantic's Megan Garber has conducted a heinous crime which is almost too unspeakable to mention. She has CRITICISED TED.

Idiot Condensation Piece by CJ Sorg, CC licence http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjsorg/2202699583/

In fact it's a well-constructed argument. Like many virtual services that we now take for granted, TED isn't a public service, it's a commercial enterprise, and should be treated as such.

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World's shortest ad

McCann Digital Israel has launched what it claims to be the world's shortest ad.

OCD clip - YouTube

As you can see from the above still (apologies that we've given the game away), it's a rather neat piece of thinking, as the client is the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation.

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Ask Jon Ritman

Jon Ritman is the super-programmer behind many of the most well-known - and well-played - games on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. 

Match Day 2

Most notable for his work with Artic Software and, later, with Ocean, he is responsible for Combat Zone; the Match Day series; Batman, Head over Heels and many others. He was also Programmer of the Year at the 1988 Golden Joystick Awards. 

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Bus-Tops glitches out

Much like the mode of transport that the project is associated with, you wait for a while for some Bus-Tops news and it comes along all at once.


Following the recent announcement of its Open Processing competition winners, Alfie Dennen and the team recently held a mini-season of glitch art submissions.

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In conversation with... Terry O'Neill and friends

World-famous photographer Terry O'Neill has, for the first time, agreed to let his work be manipulated. Collaborating with London gallery Rook & Raven, the exhibition Terry O'Neill reworked brings contemporary artists together with O'Neill to remix and rework his most iconic photographs.

Terry O'Neill. Image provided by courtesy of Canoe

We invited Terry, the project's artists, and the show's curators to tell us their thoughts on the exhibition, and the significance of the remix in contemporary culture.


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Bus-Tops OpenProcessing winners

The Bus-Tops team have announced the winners of their competition, in conjuction with OpenProcessing, to select the 10 best works.


They're all rather nice - animated, bold, and in many cases, rather detailed and elaborate.

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