Pedro Marum reviews IGNORANCE: The Power of Non-Knowledge, an event of Disruption Network Lab in Berlin, which discusses ways and strategies to explore, unveil and unmake ignorance and its political, legal and social uses in everyday life.
The 2015 film Dreams Rewired (dirs. Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhardt, Thomas Tode) screened at Watermans, London on Nov 13th. By comparing historic and current responses to new media, the film makes links between time periods and spaces. This review takes snippets from the film as starting points to introduce some of its main themes.
Two years after Harun Farocki's death, a project-retrospective collaboration of his work was undertaken, with its first part at The Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) named ‘What is at Stake’, and more recently the second-part titled ‘Empathy’ at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies focusing on an analysis of labour within the framework of capitalist demands. The exhibition ran from the 2nd of June until the 16th of October 2016.
Edwina Bartlem’s article Reshaping Spectatorship: Immersive and Distributed Aesthetics proposes that immersive artwork practices have transformative potential. In this interview, her proposition is leveraged as a frame and axis of dialogue with Australian artist Rachel Feery to discuss her multi-sensory immersive work, Clearing the Cloud.
How much can users really know about the functioning of the cameras which are embedded in their devices? Backdoored, Nye Thompson's recent work, explores the role of softbots in a world of smart objects and unsecured surveillance cameras. Millicent Hawk interviews the artist on the technology, aesthetics and universal conditions that make this work both compelling and uneasy at once.
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.
Monsters of the Machine at laboral, Spain, is a group exhibition with a contemporary take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, seeing the world through her eyes now. Shelley’s classic, gothic horror and science fiction novel, has inspired millions since it was written 200 years ago in 1816, and then published anonymously in London in 1818.
Deep Water Web is a poetic essayistic meditation around phenomena straddling contemporary and historical geopolitical contexts of the UK and Australia; a continuous hyperlandscape, an environment composed from local manifestations of global ecologies, between points in the northern and southern hemispheres in the UK and Australia, online and in the physical space of Furtherfield Gallery.
London's Permaculture Design Course - Spring Into Action! and Design 4 A.C.T.I.O.N (Active Community Transformation In Our Neighbourhoods) are a different kind of permaculture course - positive design for your life, your community and your world by empowering the genius inside all of us!
Artist collective THEY ARE HERE invite you to play with and test software that allows wireless-enabled computers and mobile devices to directly form a spontaneous communication network independent of the internet. Across a series of drop-in sessions facilitated by THEY ARE HERE, games and experiments will be trialled as part of the development process for their forthcoming exhibition at Furtherfield in October 2016.
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