Gary Tedman: the Communist case for remaining in the European Union

Gary Tedman: the Communist case for remaining in the European Union
Professor Tim Congdon, a senior UKIP member and academic, in a short BBC online article entitled Brexit puts UK on new economic path , has probably written the clearest expression of the Leave campaign in terms of its economic ideas and plans post exit.  This is a critique of those ideas. In the wake of the Leave campaign winning the vote to e...
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Important UNESCO report on digital skills, education and gender

Important UNESCO report on digital skills, education and gender
UNESCO and the EQUALS Skills Coalition have launched a report into gender divides in digital skills, and how education can overcome the divide. We’ll start by quoting the introduction from the report, which is entitled I’d blush if I could: The title of this publication borrows its name from the response given by Siri, a female-gendered voice assis...
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Sufferosa: new work from the Kissinger Twins

Sufferosa: new work from the Kissinger Twins
The Kissinger Twins - Kasia Kifert and Dawid Marcinkowski - have remade their 2010 interactive masterpiece Sufferosa for Instagram. Using features including Instagram’s IGTV and Insta Stories, the new work comprises three acts over twenty-four episodes. This is the launch of the first act, with the second and third acts to be launche...
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Ján Pernecký: the digital paradigm

Ján Pernecký: the digital paradigm
Ján Pernecký is founder of Rese Arch, an organisation which supports and teaches conceptual and generative approaches to architecture, and is also founding partner of Bratislava agency Subdigital. Ahead of his talk at Sensorium in June, we asked Ján ​about architecture, the "digital", and generative...
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Aidan Moesby: the cold and the warm(ing)

Aidan Moesby: the cold and the warm(ing)
We are at a critical point of the climate change and mental health crises. We are the most connected 'on demand' generation yet seem to have lost touch with who we are and where we fit in the world. We mediate our life through technology and screens. Are we ever truly where we are and present? I have just finished the research and development of my...
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Sissel Marie Tonn: sense, space, time

Sissel Marie Tonn: sense, space, time
Change is everywhere; after all, as we know, it is the only constant. The work of Sissel Marie Tonn reflects change. By allowing the viewer to concentrate on the sensory and perceptual impacts to environments undergoing some sort of change, her work allows for its own narrative and a very real, very special sort of anthropological history. We caugh...
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Augment your knowledge at Sensorium

Augment your knowledge at Sensorium “Halo”, Kimchi and Chips
The lovely Danube-banked city of Bratislava plays host once again to Sensorium , Slovakia‘s biggest festival of digital art and culture, in early June. Held at the Pisztory Palace in the city centre, the festival will host the usual luminaries of digital arts and culture but also, for the first time, have a public programme to be held across the ci...
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AlgoCurios 03/05/19

AlgoCurios 03/05/19
HELLO EVERYBODY! So, er, it's been something of a trying week what with the news and the life and the fact that the Imperica website basically combusted last week, leaving Poor Editor Paul with bits of HTML all over his lap and leaving YOU (you POOR DARLINGS) without an email version of Curios last week ( you can still read it here on the website t...
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Bricolage 17/04/19

Bricolage 17/04/19
A new series for BBC Radio 4,  Invisible Networks , starts today. Presented by James Bridle and featuring artists including our old friends  Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev , it "reimagines John Berger's Ways of Seeing for the digital age".  Also happening today is the very interesting-looking Glitches and Ghosts at Lancaster U...
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Grayson Perry offers a head for Brexit

Grayson Perry offers a head for Brexit Terence Higgins Trust
Grayson Perry's latest sculpture,  ​Restituted British Head ​, is a nod to what it means to be British as Brexit is upon us. Whilst  ​Head of a Fallen Giant ​, his sculpture of a decade ago, was nostalgic, this one tackles Britishness head-on (pardon the pun). As we deploy the xenophobic-influenced economic suicide of Brexit, Perry has cr...
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Carlsberg's new campaign goes for all-or-nothing

Carlsberg's new campaign goes for all-or-nothing Anton Kudris, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/jodaka/2586730290/
Have you seen retweets from Carlsberg where the original author is slagging off their lager?  carlsberg tastes like stale breadsticks — harleigh (@sharpdarts_) June 20, 2018 ​Rather obviously, there's some reverse psychology going on. As  ​ Marketing Week explains, Carlsberg is slagging off its past in order to attract you to its future. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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