Gallery Delivery offers an exhibition on demand

gallery-delivery-sschmieg-006-photo-by-andre-wunstorf_3000 Sebastian Schmieg
UK readers have probably heard of Deliveroo, the below-minimum-wage-paying food delivery service whose untrained cyclists aggressively mount pavements at speed across the country. A project of digital artist Sebastian Schmieg, Gallery Delivery offers an artistic version of Deliveroo. The courier delivers and sets up a "white cub...
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Social media: time to grow up

Social media: time to grow up
The pit of eternal fire that is social media appears, we hope at least, to be cooling. As JWT reports this week, the era of Kardashian-influenced pout-for-likes posts on Instagram are changing to a more content-rich, engagement-driven model which has the added benefit of longer user session times. Not only is this good for publishers, but it's...
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“We are never going to understand the world more broadly“: Holly Herndon and James Bridle

“We are never going to understand the world more broadly“: Holly Herndon and James Bridle Still from “Eternal“, Holly Herndon
Many of you will be familiar with both Holly Herndon and James Bridle - for different, but possibly overlapping, reasons. Both have a deep and sustained interest in artificial intelligence, human/machine interaction, anthropology, and of course aesthetics. Bristol‘s own Crack magazine, perhaps the nearest thing that we have in the UK to Pitchfork (...
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2019's social media image optimisation handbook

2019's social media image optimisation handbook Lisa Fotios
Marketers are contending with two very crucial realities concerning modern audiences: Attention spans have gotten shorter (so you have less time to hook your audience), and people are engaging with images now more than ever before. As humans, of course, we respond to visual stimuli naturally, but as technology has advanced and viewing channels have...
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Startups that sell stuff online

Startups that sell stuff online
Do you know what CPG stands for? How about FMCG? What about DNVB? You might have two out of three if you've been paying attention. CPGD, or Consumer Packaged Goods Directory, is a... well... a directory of what its creators call DNVBs: Digitally Native Vertical Brands.  Its creators, David McGillivray and Jessica Sheft-Aston, are Manhattanites...
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48 hours of bliss: life in a spa

48 hours of bliss: life in a spa Valeria Boltneva
​The US edition of GQ carries a long article on something which we don't seem to have in the UK.  ​48 hours living in Wi Spa, Koreatown ​ is the diary of Joel Breuklander, who spends two days in what seems to be a massive hotel in the Korean quarter of Los Angeles. And, before you start thinking as to whether it is possible to spend 48 hours i...
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Amazon: the blameless killer?

Amazon: the blameless killer?
BuzzFeed is running an article on US deaths caused by Amazon delivery drivers . As one might expect, there is a considerable tension between the stress put onto Amazon drivers and the targets which they have to meet, and Amazon's own view of the relationship, which is to consider their drives as self-employed contractors. Valdimar Gray was del...
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The dictatorship of the like

The dictatorship of the like Nando Moura
There is no doubt that many countries are locked in a culture war. Whilst many may consider the UK and US as being the hotspots of this digital battle, it’s also being actively fought - if that’s the right term - in Brazil. The NYT has published a piece which has charted the growth of YouTube videos from right-wing nutjobs popping up on the re...
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Looking around

Looking around
​ Look Around You is a BBC comedy series from the early 2000s. Described by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening as “One of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen”, it is known for its gorgeous attention to detail - paying homage to educational science programmes of the 1970s. The first series was a set of short, rather hauntological pieces covering a dif...
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Facing up: new algo-exhibition at the Photograpers' Gallery

Facing up: new algo-exhibition at the Photograpers' Gallery
Part of Data / Set / Match at the Photographers' Gallery in London is new work by prolific artist Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Entitled  ​How do you see me? ​, the exhibition presents sequences which are from the same source, but are totally different. This is due to the use of "evolutionary algorithms", not just to recognise facial fe...
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Institute of Urban Arts launches in London

Institute of Urban Arts launches in London “Abstract / Urban” book detail
The Institute of Urban Arts is a new London-based organisation which “Aims to create an online platform for study, research and debate” in urban art. They are also searching for a permanent space in which to house a gallery and events. There doesn’t seem to be much more info apart from a link to a Kickstarter for a book called Abstract / Urban...
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YouTube is to change ad placements and content algos

YouTube is to change ad placements and content algos
YouTube is playing around with new algorithms in its English-language territories, on the back of similar experiments in the US which caused a drop in views of questionable content of around 50%. Questionable content is, of course, largely subjective: one person’s content sewer can be another’s polished opinions of yet another right-...
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Our reader survey results

Our reader survey results
First of all, may I personally thank everyone that took the time to fill in this year‘s reader survey . It genuinely helps in terms of setting our priorities and direction for the next year. I‘ll respond in accordance with the questions. How often do you visit the Imperica website? The clear majority here was “I don‘t. I just receive the newsletter...
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Make Twitter hyperlocal again

Make Twitter hyperlocal again
​ I'd like to ask you to do something for me. Open the Twitter app on your phone, and click the magnifying glass at the bottom. Up pops a page which offers a search box, followed by a list of Twitter's most popular topics at the moment. It's likely that you have given Twitter at least a general understanding of where you are: "UK", "Oxford" , or wh...
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AI is in danger of becoming too male – new research

AI is in danger of becoming too male – new research Clem Onojeghuo
Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are becoming smarter every day, beating world champions in games like Go, identifying tumours in medical scans better than human radiologists, and increasing the efficiency of electricity-hungry data centres. Some economists are comparing the transformative potential of AI with other "general purpose technologie...
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Whole Earth Catalog comes back for women

Whole Earth Catalog comes back for women Evgeniy Grozev
The  ​Whole Earth Catalog ​, started in 1968 by Stewart Brand as a catalogue for those seeking inspiration, has had an update... this time, from friend of Imperica Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino. We first interviewed Alexandra way back in 2011 and since then, entirely as predicted, she has gone onto many bigger and better things, including helpin...
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Instagram influencers sent a piece of gravel; tricked into thinking that it’s moon rock

Instagram influencers sent a piece of gravel; tricked into thinking that it’s moon rock Oli White Vlogs
Remember the old saying that someone would "go to the opening of an envelope" to describe their obsession with being seen? Social media influencers have, in the main, taken that saying and turned it up to 11. This theory has been proven by YouTuber Josh Pieters, who sent a bunch of influencers a piece of gravel - but communicated to them as a piece...
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Digital Earth: technology and geopolitics in the 21st century

Digital Earth: technology and geopolitics in the 21st century
​Digital Earth is “a global research network of artists and scholars who map out, picture, and grasp how technology in the 21st century shapes geopolitics” , whose “aim is to gather and exchange global knowledge on current and emerging technological developments” . The collective has been around for a while now, but has recently been active in rele...
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How ancient symbols can benefit modern design

How ancient symbols can benefit modern design
I love symbols. I love the prevalence and permanence of the symbols in our world. I love that some symbols are transitory. I love learning the stories behind their design, and I love discovering and saving symbols that might otherwise slip away. Over the past three years, I've created a digital encyclopedia of symbols. I've gathered together more t...
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Ars Electronica launches a music festival

Ars Electronica launches a music festival Alex Braga, c/o Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica has announced a new event and festival.  ​AI x Music ​ is to be held across Western Austria, Ars's home turf, in September. The event will feature artists including Memo Akten, Markus Poschner, and Hermann Nitsch; scientists including Josef Penninger; and others including Amanda Cox from the  ​New York Times ​ data journal...
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