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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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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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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Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising, despite saying copyright is for losers

Banksy finally goes to court to stop unauthorised merchandising, despite saying copyright is for losers
Copyright is for losers – or so Banksy once claimed. But the days of the mysterious artist's dislike for intellectual property now appear to be long gone, as he has recently won a case of unauthorised merchandising in Italy. The unauthorised copying of Banksy works is widespread – a stroll through London's popular markets in Camden and Brick Lane, ...
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Grow your own: how food production is changing

Grow your own: how food production is changing Concept CGI for The Buzz Building / Belatchew Arkitekter AB
The twin horrors of Brexit and climate change mean that society in the UK will need to change rapidly, lest a meltdown - or, at least, a downturn. With some already stockpiling food in the possibility of a no-deal Brexit (Brexit absolutely needs to be fucking stopped - Ed), now seems to be a grimly opportune time to look at how we might i...
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Hoxton gets all the colour

Hoxton gets all the colour
​Carnovsky ​ is Milan-based duo Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. Working for 12 years now, they are most well-known for prints which feature large-scale, almost stencil-like figures laid out in multi-layered RGB spot colours. Their work is now coming to Hoxton in east London. We do like our dry humour but we're actually being kind when we say...
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Media

Media Imperica event “Mirror Mirror”, BFI London, 2013
We are not the most popular site in the world and will never purport to be. However, we have a small, growing, and highly valuable audience who read and engage with our content each and every week. The numbers (Q1 2019) Average session duration 1.5 minutes Highest activity is on Fridays 12pm-8pm, around the same time as our newsletter Around 3000 u...
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Behind the eyes

Behind the eyes Krisztián Kristóf, Illuminati
​Our friends at Tenderpixel come to us with news of an excellent new exhibition featuring Czech artists. Consider the power of processes taking place behind closed eyelids. They could bear potential for new structures, create space for resistance or even collective acts of rebellion. In our sleep-deprived society sleeping almost counts as a revolut...
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