Why was there not to be a Soviet Internet? Can the roots of today's Internet be connected to the ideologies of capitalism? Baruch Gottlieb reviews and questions Benjamin Peters’ book "How to Network a Nation".
In Power and Architecture, the post-Soviet city and utopian public space was used as a critical framework with which to discuss issues related to the Russian contemporary culture and identity. Molly Hankwitz reviews the exhibition that was presented as a sequence of four interconnected installments in Calvert 22.
An essay on waiting for the technological rapture in the church of big data. Marloes de Valk writes about the paralysing effect of hiding the human hand in software through anthropomorphising computers and dehumanising ourselves.
What does it mean to think and act as a sculptor on the net? Artist, Jan Robert Leegte has been reflecting on this question since before the invention of Web 2.0. His solo (online) exhibition at Carroll / Fletcher Onscreen is the right opportunity to discover its peculiar research.
Banks, governments, credit card companies and fintech evangelists all want us to believe a cashless future is inevitable and good. But this isn't a frictionless utopia says Brett Scott, and it's time to fight back.
The first of a brand new series of Mathias Jansson's study of Videogame Appropriation in Contemporary Art. This article explores the videogame Tomb Raider and Lara Croft, using Anne-Marie Schleiner's question as it's central theme, "Does Lara Croft Wear Fake Polygons?" asked in a gender analyse essay published in 2000 in the Switch magazine. Including examples of works by artists who have appropriated, intervened, hacked and critiqued this popular videogame character.
Even if digital art is still in its infancy, it flourishes while essentially remaining unevaluated and the public approaches it with a degree of curiosity. New art forms in the immaterial digital domain demand a general rethink in terms of their conservation, presentation and acquisition.
The Freesound Project is a web repository of audio samples available under the Creative Commons Sampling Plus licence. It concentrates on sound rather than music, and has a wide variety of samples accessible through an easily navigated interface.
Raquel Rennó writes about the Festival Cultura Digital, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - between the 2nd and the 4th of December 2011. It gathered 6 thousand people in about 20 open discussions, 20 workshops and 52 international and national projects, bringing together political institutions, artists, companies, activists and intellectuals in a hybrid format. The main goal was to change and broaden the limits of digital practices and connect to other people and networks from other cities, states and countries.
We all know what Outsider Art is, and the fallaciousness of the term - yet, why is the mainstream artworld suddenly turning towards it? Outsider artworks (echoing Dubuffet) are aesthetically valuable, precisely insofar as they haven't been created for the sole purpose of critique, nor for being deliberately market-friendly (the last point is quite contentious). They are what they are. Or at least, 'what they are' is grouped around a deviation from the mainstream 'norm'.
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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