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.
Filippo Lorenzin interviews Nicolas Sassoon, a Vancouver-based artist making use of early computer imaging processes to render fantastical visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments. His latest work, INDEX, has been presented on the homepage of Rhizome in the first weeks of October.
Despite its image of rapid technological change, progress under capitalism has stalled. Spinning ever faster is not the same as going somewhere. Contemporary Accelerationism wants to take off the brakes, and it is enlisting art's help to do so. Rob Myers attempts to speed up understanding of what Accelerationist art is and where it maybe heading.
Marc Garrett interviews John Jordan and Gavin Grindon about their collaborative publication, 'A Users Guide to (Demanding) the Impossible'. "This guide is not a road map or instruction manual. It’s a match struck in the dark, a homemade multi-tool to help you carve out your own path through the ruins of the present, warmed by the stories and strategies of those who took Bertolt Brecht’s words to heart: “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”
In the lead-up to her solo show, institutions of Resolution Disputes [iRD], at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn, Daniel Rourke caught up with Rosa Menkman over two gallons of home-brewed coffee. They talked about what the show might become, discussing a series of alternate resolutions and realities that exist parallel to our daily modes of perception.iRD is open to visitors on Saturdays at Transfer Gallery until April 18th, and will also function as host to Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahyari’s 3D Additivist Manifesto, on Thursday April 16th.
Based on an interview with the Critical Glitch Artware Category organizers and contenders of http://www.demoparty.us/: jonCates, James Connolly, Eric Oja Pellegrino, Jon.Satrom, Nick Briz, Jake Elliott, Mark Beasley, Tamas kemenczy and Melissa Barron.
Lawrence Bird interviews Michel Bauwens, one of the foremost thinkers on the peer-to-peer phenomenon. Belgian-born and currently resident in Chiang-Mai, Thailand, he is founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives.
Richard Stallman, the outspoken promoter for the Free Software movement proposes that we should all leave Facebook and either find or build our own alternatives. Commodify.Us provides a platform for users to regain control over the commercial exploitation of their personal data. Marc Garret discusses the importance of such alternative hacktivist structures for social independence.
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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