Rob Myers reviews Alessandro Ludovico's book 'Post-Digital Print– The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894'. It tracks the many deaths of print media and its long history of surviving against the odds in order to show how it can survive the Internet as a vital part of our shared culture. Ludovico is the editor and publisher of Neural, a magazine for critical digital culture and media arts.
What can we learn from our encounter with an indeterminate symbol floating in the space of a gallery that exists only on Apple devices? Rob myers writes about Bill Miller's work featured at The Widget Art Gallery (WAG) serving art online since 2009. From July to August 2013 the work inhabited this virtual space as Bill Miller's "A Symbol".
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.
Rob Myers reviews #Carnivast by Mez Breeze and Andy Campbell. They bring the code poetry of Mezangelle into the third dimension with a meditative and sensuous virtual reality application. It's a sensuous world, although not entirely a comfortable one, and one that invites exploration of its depths, or at least a closer look at its surfaces. Finely tuned to make a space that you can lose all sense of time and self in as you explore it.
Daniel Rourke reviews Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead's exhibition at the Carroll / Fletcher Gallery, London, UK. This is the first survey exhibition bringing together a range of new and recent works. Interested in how information about the world is filtered through the prism of the world wide web, and other forms of information technology, Thomson & Craighead play with this data to create poetic, compelling works that ask fundamental questions about what it is to be human.
Daniel Rourke visits the Photographers' Gallery in central London and reviews their latest exhibit One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age by artists Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied, on THE WALL. Over an eight week period (18 April - 17 June 2013) they feature a non-stop stream of video captures of what they term as the lost city and its archival ruins. A documentation of a past visual culture of the web and the creativity of its users with new pages changing every 5 minutes. The project provides a glimpse into web publishing when users were in charge of design and narration in contrast to the automated templates of Facebook, YouTube and Flickr.
CyPosium was an online event in October 2012 dedicated to the history of online performance. It recovered previously lost history, brought online performers old and new into conversation, and assembled its audience into an ad hoc community.
Esther Belvis Pons' writes about Roger Bernat's experimental theatre work 'Public Domain'. The piece, still on tour, has been performed in public spaces around the world. This audience-centred project invites individuals to participate in an engaging experience that emerges as a sociological choreography. The audience gathers in a public square and they are given a pair of headphones, fulfilling the narrative possibilities of the group using statistical tools.
Michael Szpakowski takes us through Annie Abrahams’ show at the Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon in Sète. Annie's work, he says, "has no message, is not confined to any one medium, collaborates in multiple ways, borrows, steals (and gives) and presents us with a set of marvellous and mysterious objects which afford us a spectrum of entirely new pathways to the world, to seeing it, talking and thinking about it".
Yen reviews Dancing Rhinoceri of Bangladesh, an interactive poem by net artist Millie Niss, looking at the interface and reader experience, but also at the text itself, and the complexities of its reading, and at the source of its creation through technology. The Dancing Rhinoceri of Bangladesh, she says, is more than just a poem. As with all electronic literature, it requires more than just literacy to access, understand and appreciate. It is a piece of art, which carries in itself, cultural, historical, political and technological implications and meanings.
The Games for Cities programme is hosting the first international conference with leading ‘city-game’ design experts from around the world. Games for Cities is an initiative started by Play the City...
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