Category: Culture

Bad Shibe – Out Now!

Cover Illustration for "Bad Shibe" by Lina Theodorou. Bad Shibe, Novella, 2017. "Bad Shibe" is the story of a young member of a near-future cryptocurrency-based utopia. YS works in an orchard in the day, goes to school in the evening, and tips everyone like a good shibe. Until one day they start feeling jealous of…
Posted in Crypto, Culture, Projects

Art Data Money

title: Art Data Money Art Data Money is Furtherfield's new programme of art shows, lab events and debates. "Art Data Money aims to build a commons for arts in the network age, and invites people to join us and discover new ways for cryptocurrencies and big data to benefit us all." I've art and writing…
Posted in Art, Crypto, Culture, Projects

Art For Algorithms

My first article for Furtherfield as guest editor is now online: Rob Myers takes a look at how we can subvert the operation of the algorithms that the Digital Humanities, corporations and governments use to read, see, and draw conclusions about human expression by treating them as the true audience for contemporary art and literature.…
Posted in Aesthetics, Art, Art Computing, Culture, Politics, Projects

Work In Progress: Contemporary Art Daily Data Analysis

Word clouds (don't worry, there are heat maps as well ;-) ) of words from shows by city.
Posted in Art, Art Computing, Culture, Digital Art History, Projects

Cryptocurrency Culture

http://thecypherfunks.com/ ""The Cypherfunks" is a network of musicians working individually & together to make music under the same name. A cryptocurrency [FUNK] acts as "stock" in the band. Both the currency & band are completely decentralized. It is a grand experiment in permission-less, internet scale innovation in music, collaboration, and technology." http://www.monegraph.com/ http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/09/monegraph/ "monegraph helps…
Posted in Art, Art Computing, Culture

If You Can Get To Buffalo

Image from CityPaper, © 2013 There's a play on in Baltimore this week by Trish Harnetiaux called "If You Can Get To Buffalo" about Julian Dibbell's 1990s Village Voice LambdaMOO article, "A Rape in Cyberspace": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Rape_in_Cyberspace You can read reviews here: http://citypaper.com/arts/stage/what-a-tangled-web-1.1492872 http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/05/23/if-you-can-get-to-buffalo-an-exploration-of-a-rape-in-cyberspace-by-amanda-gunther2/ There's an interview with the playwright here: http://www.baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/new-baltimore-play-tackles-totally-weird-1990s-cyber-culture/ And the theatre company's…
Posted in Culture, LambdaMOO

Cybersalon January 2013

Legendary London net culture meet up Cybersalon has returned with a new home at The Arts Catalyst. The first event in the new series was appropriately retrospective, being devoted to the history of the digital design scene that has centred on Shoreditch from the 1990s to today, from self-proclaimed "Ditcherati" to government funding for "Silicon…
Posted in Art Computing, Culture, Reviews

Not Now James, We’re Busy

This post does not include the phrase "frantic academic clopping".James Bridle's "Where The F**k Was I?" (2011) is a book containing 202 maps depicting his movements over the previous year. The maps were produced using OpenStreetMap (2004) to plot the secret location database that iPhones (2007) had been discovered to be keeping (April 2011). It…
Posted in Aesthetics, Culture, Politics

MU*s

The FTP archives and homepages of the 1990s may be gone but some of the best known MU*s are still there. You can connect from the command line using Telnet. LambdaMoo: telnet lambda.moo.mud.org 8888 MediaMoo: telnet mediamoo.cc.gatech.edu 8888 FurryMUCK: telnet muck.furry.com 8888 On modern GNU/Linux distros, Telnet may not be installed by default. You will…
Posted in Art Computing, Culture, Howto

An Aesthetics Of Disappearance

I stumbled over this anti-face-recognition project again and, post-"world's ugliest t-shirt" from "Zero History" I enjoyed it even more: http://ahprojects.com/blog/117 http://ahprojects.com/blog/122 http://ahprojects.com/blog/146 http://ahprojects.com/blog/146 http://ahprojects.com/blog/156 http://cvdazzle.com/ This technique can work in reverse, causing false positives and misdirected automated actions: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/12/02/google-street-view-p.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/5356031/Google-Street-View-blurs-face-of-Colonel-Sanders-at-every-KFC.html And it can use objects other than faces, operating on sensors other than 2D cameras:…
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