Algorithmic Top Trumps in Milan

Algorithmic Top Trumps in Milan
Today at Milan Design Week, Sjoerd ter Borg continues his project Aesthetics of exclusion. Dutch Designer Sjoerd ter Borg organizes a competition between houseplants on the Milan Design Week. Botanica Variegata creates a system of classification and taxonomy of plants, according to their online presence on Instagram. An algorithmic structure a...
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Web Curios 12/04/19

Web Curios 12/04/19
We had a species-defining moment this week - one of those rare times within a lifetime where you can step back and say “yep, that felt pretty significant, shame I’ll be worms by the time the long-term implications of it are known”. Yet did we stop staring at our jizz-filled navels long enough to enjoy it? Did we BUGGERY. Although ...
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Bricolage 10/04/19

Bricolage 10/04/19 Phil Hearing, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/philhearing/7125998929/
​This is the first in a weekly (perhaps twice-weekly) list of stuff that we've been looking at, have been sent, and have saved. We might cover these in the next few days in greater detail - or not. But, we'd like to share these with you anyway. For a much more comprehensive roundup, subscribe to our Friday newsletter . It‘s good that we don‘t have ...
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Nix to speak at Cannes Lions

Nix to speak at Cannes Lions Web Summit, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/websummit/38286774551
Alexander Nix, former CEO of disgraced data insights business Cambridge Analytica, will be speaking at this year's Cannes Lions, taking place in late June. Cannes Lions' blurb, as one would expect, paints the picture rather rosily. The event will pitch Nix with FT Managing Editor Gillian Tett, for a discussion on " personal data and polit...
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Brexit as a path to strategy

Brexit as a path to strategy
Early in the Brexit moment, late in 2015, I would talk with my anti-European Union friends about the difficulties inherent in amputating the United Kingdom from the EU. I would talk about tariffs and trade and standards and the comparative sizes of different economies. I ' d talk about the decade it took to design and implement the association agre...
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Web Curios 05/04/19

Web Curios 05/04/19 Schizophrenic Melancholia, Kader Attia, 2018
"We did the democracy!" That is an actual, direct quote from former Telegraph editor, Thatcher's biographer and establishment pillar Charles Moore, on TV last night, about Brexit. We oughtn't have another vote because 'we did the democracy'. Whatever your thoughts on the rightness or wrongness of going through this hugely enjoyable experience all o...
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Dissenter and Gab: the controversial platforms with implications for ‘free speech’

Dissenter and Gab: the controversial platforms with implications for ‘free speech’
Freedom of expression is one of the prevailing issues of our time. It is also, perhaps, one of the most contentious. Its role in society is debated from both left- and right-wing perspectives – and nowhere has the issue reared its head more than on social media. Freedom of expression is enshrined within law as a human right in the UK, the EU, and t...
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Web Curios 29/03/19

Web Curios 29/03/19
So THIS is what control feels like! How novel, at yet simultaneously how utterly familiar! Yes, that's right, it's BREXIT DAY, on which we are all honour-bound to paint our faces with the cross of St George and to drink pints of warm bitter until the blood vessels in our faces burst with happy pride and we can swim home through the seas of Friday n...
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Altered state: new book on the changing interrelationship between the citizen, finance, and art

Altered state: new book on the changing interrelationship between the citizen, finance, and art
A new book by some of our favourite digital arts folks has been released, through a two-year collaboration between Furtherfield, the Institute of Network Cultures, and others. Entitled State Machines, the book is a delectable 260 pages on topics such as AI, anonymity, biotech, Blockchain, and the corpus of the multinational corporation. Authors inc...
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Web Curios 22/03/19

Web Curios 22/03/19
ONE WEEK TO GO! OR NOT! As Schrodinger's Brexit sits patiently in its box, we anxiously await the big reveal. Is it alive? Is it dead? IS IT IN FACT WE WHO ARE DEAD, KILLED BY TERMINAL BOREDOM? Obviously that's all rhetorical - I have no idea! Neither do you! Neither does anyone else! Watching lobbyists do their jobs at the moment is quite amazing,...
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Xenodesignerly ways of knowing

Xenodesignerly ways of knowing
Human-centered design has become the predominant paradigm in design for good reasons: It is a valid and highly successful approach within select contexts. It is particularly useful to understand the everyday human circumstances of problems a design is seeking to address. It can enable the creation of empathetic designs that are intuitive and suited...
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Technology, art, and fashion: Google wants artists-in-residency

Technology, art, and fashion: Google wants artists-in-residency Google
Google’s Arts and Culture Lab in Paris is looking for three artists to take up residency for five months, and to create works which use connected textiles. In particular, the residency will partner with Jacquard, Google’s connected textile architecture which comprises of conductive metal woven into fabric - giving the user the opportunity of b...
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Web Curios 15/03/19

Web Curios 15/03/19
I had a whole thing ready to go in my head last night about TWO WEEKS TO GO and all that jazz, but a) I was quite stoned and so it was almost certainly awful; and b) the news this morning was so horrific that I don't really feel in the mood for making funnies about how banjaxed everything is. This is Web Curios, please be nice to each other. By Mic...
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Brexit may usher in point of no return for UK tech start-up scene

Brexit may usher in point of no return for UK tech start-up scene D1V1D, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/d1v1d/21633015405
Sifting through the noise to really understand what impact Brexit and all the uncertainty that it brings is having on the UK's technology start-up scene, it's possible to see a picture emerging. It is one that should cause serious concern for anyone with an interest in keeping the UK at the centre of Europe's technology sector. In The Sun Also Rise...
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Winter is coming: new game explores the mediocre

Winter is coming: new game explores the mediocre
While many games pride themselves on their hyperrealism and sensory overload,  ​It's Winter ​ takes a completely different approach. Part of an art project by Ilia Mazo and Alexander Ignatov, the premise is simple: you do... not very much. Set in a Russian tower block, the protagonist starts in a dark flat within the block itself. Taking a loo...
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The web at 30: the cappuccino years

The web at 30: the cappuccino years Wikipedia
Today is the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee's creation has, like an A-list celebrity with a secret heroin addition, enjoyed massive success but is not without its massive and rather fundamental flaws. The Web in and of itself has delivered massive commercial success for both businesses and people. A static website, W...
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The real and the surreal: in conversation with Alexandra Mazzanti

The real and the surreal: in conversation with Alexandra Mazzanti
The Dorothy Circus gallery opened late last year in London. The first gallery venture outside of her native Italy for owner Alexandra Mazzanti and her mother Maddalena di Giacomo, it is the first centre for Italian  contemporary art which focuses on Pop, Neo-surrealism and on new expressions of figurative art.  But are pop and surrealist ...
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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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