Derek Jarman's home needs saving

Derek Jarman's home needs saving
Late last year, we reported that a Derek Jarman retrospective is to take place in Manchester, in April . However, there is something more urgent, but still Derek-related, that we wanted to let you know about. It‘s Prospect Cottage. This is his famous cottage on the Kent coast which overlooks Dungeness Power Station. After Derek‘s death, his pa...
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One Question at a time

One Question at a time Sarah Parsonage (OQ) with Rankin
​Recently, we held a competition for free tickets to One Question. The response was genuinely unexpected - so many of you applied that it took rather a lot of time to weed through all of the entries. For the winners, we hope that you had a great time. One Question is... well, let's leave it to the team themselves to describe it. "One Question is co...
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Guerilla ontology: Celebreedy invokes a famous face mashup

Guerilla ontology: Celebreedy invokes a famous face mashup Boris Johnson (51%), Leonardo diCaprio (49%), Celebreedy / Shardcore
People love celebrities. This is not a new phenomenon – whether it be flocking to see Kings, Queens, Italian Generals or village idiots, we love looking at 'notable' members of our tribe. Don't feel guilty, though. The urge to look at famous people is embedded in our primate evolution: a 2005 study found that Macaques will even 'pay' to see picture...
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Cold wars and black holes: Birmingham‘s unique digital archive

Cold wars and black holes: Birmingham‘s unique digital archive Cold War Steve, after
Birmingham is a rather incredible and untapped place for digital arts and technology. Led by people such as Antonio Roberts and places such as BOM and the Custard Factory, it's a city which seems to punch well below its weight on the digital stage. What's needed is an Ars Electronica-type establishment there. Anyway, one can dream. Also from B...
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Why you don’t see many black and ethnic minority faces in cultural spaces – and what happens if you call out the system

Why you don’t see many black and ethnic minority faces in cultural spaces – and what happens if you call out the system Stormzy / Wikipedia
  Have you ever been to the theatre, looked around, and thought about how predominantly white the audience is? Does the same impression come to mind when visiting museums? If it does and the answer is a resounding yes, then you're not alone. There is a major problem in Britain's cultural industry and it's time we all took a hard look at why. F...
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Prix Ars Electronica is open

Prix Ars Electronica is open Ars Electronica
This year's entry round for the Prix Ars Electronica is now open. Submit your entry and - who knows? - it could be in September's Ars Electronica Festival . The submission process is pretty much the same as in previous years. Submit through the Ars site and ensure that your work description is sufficiently verbose and deep enough for the jury ...
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Anish Kapoor goes virtual

Anish Kapoor goes virtual
You all know who Anish Kapoor is; we don't need to tell you that. He has a new exhibition coming up at Waddesdon Manor, using VR. ​Into Yourself, Fall ​ sees Kapoor send the audience into a journey through the human body - hence the title. The piece starts in a forest which has a hole in the ground. Jump through the hole - Kapoor clearly enjoyed&nb...
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Mobile app report: your data is leaking everywhere

Mobile app report: your data is leaking everywhere Paweł Czerwiński
Forbruker Radet, the consumer council in Norway, has published a report on how ​"consumers are exploited by the online advertising industry". ​ It's a report whose findings should be of no surprise to many readers. What might be of specific interest, however, is the report's focus - on mobile apps, rather than any other digital medium. Th...
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Friend of a Friend: the Facebook that could have been

Friend of a Friend: the Facebook that could have been Craig Davis
I express my network in a FOAF file, and that is the start of the revolution. —Tim Berners-Lee (2007) The FOAF standard, or Friend of a Friend standard, is a now largely defunct/ignored/superseded[1] web standard dating from the early 2000s that hints at what social networking might have looked like had Facebook not conquered the world. Before we t...
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Stay safe online - a message that ripples through the ages

Stay safe online - a message that ripples through the ages Jose López Franco
In 1994, the BBC broadcast a series called  ​The Net ​. Shown weekly on BBC2 and hosted by Benjamin Woolley, it tapped into nascent interest of an Internet - and web - beyond academia. Oh, what the hell, just watch an entire programme and wallow in how lovely and fun and fluffy it all seemed to be, and what our collective future look...
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Design out climate change

Design out climate change Viktor Lysenko
Friend of Imperica Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino , whom we first profiled waaaaay back in 2011 , has launched a new design education package based on the mitigation of climate change. Taking place for two weeks in July, it's a pilot and will feature talks and on-site visits. Topics will include carbon emissions, manufacturing, farming, renewables, lo...
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Will AI take over? Quantum theory suggests otherwise

Will AI take over? Quantum theory suggests otherwise Joakim Honkasalo
Will artificial intelligence one day surpass human thinking? The rapid progress of AI, coupled with our standard fear of machines, has raised concerns that its abilities will one day start to grow uncontrollably, eventually leading it to take over the world and wipe out humanity if it decides we are an obstacle to its goals. This moment is usually ...
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Government strategist in incomprehensible recruitment outburst

Government strategist in incomprehensible recruitment outburst
Do you want the UK to become a meritocratic technopolis? You do? Good. Because Dominic Cummings, notorious / infamous / ubiquitous special adviser to the Prime Minister, wants you. ​As sprawled across every newspaper and political blog this morning, Cummings wants a bunch of people to change "how the British state makes decisions". Here is his summ...
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Easily dissolves in water: Alex Frost goes on show

Easily dissolves in water: Alex Frost goes on show Alex Frost
Alex Frost is a London-based artist who made a name for himself back in 2018. In the summer of that year, Frost uploaded a series of videos to YouTube. Entitled  ​Wet unboxings ​, these videos - 48 in total - featured consumer food and health products being opened in a tank full of water. Here is one of these videos. Alex o...
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The end of 2019

The end of 2019
Each year, we wrap up how things went over the past 12 months as well as offer up a reminder of our most popular articles of the period. For us, we got things somewhat back on track and published many more articles than was the case in 2018, as well as try some new ideas - such as partnering with One Question and publishing articles from ...
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Fuck Yeah Internet Fridge: GitHub stores code in the Arctic

Fuck Yeah Internet Fridge: GitHub stores code in the Arctic Gunvor Røkke, CC licence
GitHub, Microsoft‘s open source super-repository, has launched a project to store code in the Arctic. While this may seem far-fetched to some, it is an admirable attempt to store code that can be retrieved and used by future generations without degradation. We have covered such matters before. Back in 2011, we interviewed Andy Finney  who was ...
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Collage art and activism in Chile: Instagram posts building on the legacy of Latin American ‘mail art’

Collage art and activism in Chile: Instagram posts building on the legacy of Latin American ‘mail art’
Since widespread protests started in October 2019 in Chile, social media has become a key way for artists and activists to circulate and exchange information and ideas. Independently curated Instagram feed @CollageChile has taken a particularly prominent role. The work, in form and dissemination, echoes 20th-century mail art and collage practice fr...
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The Predictions Bucket 2020

The Predictions Bucket 2020
Imperica's annual breakdown of predictions for the new year across marketing and digital. Make sure that your screen is in landscape mode to see the full chart. ​ Digital twins / Optimisation Democracy /  voting Finance / End of cash Enviro / CO2 Society / inclus- ivity / education / detox / Health Surveillance / ethics /  privacy / ...
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CO2 reduction: brands are finally realising that less is more

CO2 reduction: brands are finally realising that less is more Julia Joppien
We are fans of Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, the arm of Wunderman Thompson which wraps things up in rather neat little briefings and offers crystal ball-gazing to cilents. What's particularly good about WTI is that they don't coat things in nonsense - they produce reports, devoid of meaningless drivel, which anyone can read. All p...
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The Last of England: Marcus Brown's speculative fiction

The Last of England: Marcus Brown's speculative fiction Raimund Verspohl
Imperica turns 10 next year. The person who we have - probably - featured the most throughout this turbulent decade is Marcus Br- no, Marcus  ​John Henry ​ Brown. We started with Marcus on the toilet ; interviewed him about the past, present, and future ; profiled many projects ; talked about digital transformation ; and much more. T...
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