The 1904 game of Monopoly was intended to show how landlords accumulate wealth and impoverish society, but today's version normalises competitive land grabbing and rentier behaviour. Francesca Baglietto interviews Neil Farnan about Utopoly - a 'hack' of Monopoly that engages people's imagination and ideas for a better society.
The British Academy recently brought together a panel of experts in robotics, economics, retail and sociology to talk about how technology is reshaping our working lives. This review summarises their thoughts on the role of automation in the workplace now and in the future, and argues for the need to recalculate the value we place on tasks within society.
This editorial introduces the themes of post-truth and post-work, which a range of artists and thinkers will be tackling during Charlotte Webb's guest editorial role in April and May. Their writings are understood as moments of corrective doubt - opportunities to speculate about issues of truth and labour, and to proceed as artists should: by imagining alternative realities and evolving conceptual, aesthetic and practical ways to inhabit them.
In 2016, Rachel Clarke, Claudia Hart, and Patrick Reynolds re-launched "The Real Fake" at the Bronx Art Space and real-fake.org, an exhibition featuring artists using various forms of 3D and Simulations technologies. "Simulationists" Patrick Lichty and Claudia Hart discuss Simulationism, "Real-Fakeness", and the politics of art in the Post-Truth world.
Marc Garrett interviews artist, Eugenio Tisselli about his collaborative project with Tanzanian farmers currently being shown as part of a larger, touring exhibition 'Monsters of the machine: Frankenstein in the 21st Century', at Laboral, in Spain, until August 31st 2017.
'In Defence of Serendipity : For a Radical Politics of Innovation' by Sebastian Olma asks how the creative industries got creativity so wrong and describes the conditions needed to enable a creative culture that inspires radical visions of the future.
The reason many people on the left are excited about proposals for a Universal Basic Income (UBI) is that it acknowledges economic inequality and its social consequences. In reality, however, UBI provides political cover for the elimination of social programs and the privatization of social services.
An appreciation of David Daniels, the great shape-poet, who died in May 2008. one of those figures who straddles the divide between digital and pre-digital art and literature. His art is about liberation, uninhibited outpouring, spontaneity and fun. Co-published by Furtherfield and The Hyperliterature Exchange.
From Vooks to ebooks, from the iPad to the Google settlement, and from print-on-demand to new styles of writing, Edward Picot attempts to analyse the effects of the digital revolution on the publishing industry, and to make some educated guesses about how things may develop in the next few years.
The New Aesthetic is a new art meme, originally defined by James Bridle as a method of collecting materials which point towards an infatuation with the agency of computing. Although it has existed in it's current form since last year, it's sudden emergence has set off plenty of scholars, writers and artists into profuse flusters. But here's the question - can the new aesthetic be more than a meme? More to the point, does it want to be? Is it capable of a direction?
In Part Four of his series on classic Videogames and their appropriation into contemporary art. Mathias Jansson explores Pac-Man, with a selection of examples of how the game has impacted artists' work and contemporary art culture.
This exhibition presented by Furtherfield shows us life with blockchain technologies: a self-owning forest with ideas of expansion, a self-replicating android flower, a tale of lost innocence, a DIY money making rig, a Hippocratic Oath for software developers, a five minute marriage contract.
Featuring Jaya Klara Brekke, Pete Gomes, Rob Myers, Primavera De Filippi of O’Khaos, Terra0, Lina Theodorou and xfx (aka Ami Clarke).
Furtherfield Presents Offline Is The New Luxury, an exhibition by Alison Ballard. It is a collection of works exploring our relationship with technology and the Internet. When daily encounters are increasingly mediated by online technology, how is this affecting our experience of live-ness, presence, and time?
As demonstrated by the works in the NEW WORLD ORDER exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery, blockchain technologies and cultures display a remarkable capacity to embody the interests of diametrically opposed political ideologies. Manpowertop looks more widely at the subject of Silicon Valley companies and how their promotional media envisions "the future" of their technology's role in society.
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