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April 2020

Inspired by children’s book illustrations, Sciuridaes is CMU animation student Lumi Barron’s ingenious use of high-speed photography to capture “anthropomorphic videos of little beasts in my backyard.” An final project for Golan Levin and Nica Ross’s Experimental Capture course, Barron spent eight weeks training local squirrels to eat at a miniature dinette.

“This is a particularly dangerous message to send during a pandemic, when chilling worker speech about health and safety practices could literally be a matter of life and death.”
– New York Attorney General Letitia James, outlining how Amazon may have broken state whistleblower laws for firing a warehouse worker who organized a protest at a Staten Island distribution hub
“By channelling patterns of fluid single-cell forms and the spiritual presence of artificial intelligence, she opens up the possibility of an encounter with other beings who have been ‘in the room’ all along: our cohabitants, symbiotes and other ghosts in the machine.”
Gary Zhexi Zhang, on the work of Finish artist Jenna Sutela who “incorporates shapeshifting slime molds, algae blooms, and machine learning algorithms into her practice to foster a new understanding of the world”

In celebration of the 50th Earth Day, The Atlantic compiles 31 iconic photographs, “each a glimpse into some aspect of our environment, how it affects and sustains us, and how we affect it.” Included are pictures taken during the inaugural Earth Day protests in 1970: “Conceived as a national teach-in, patterned after the Vietnam teach-ins held on hundreds of campuses in the Spring of 1965, Earth Day is a nationwide demonstration of concern for the planet and all forms of life—not only man—who live on it.”

Florian Schneider
Pioneering electronic musician Florian Schneider dies in Düsseldorf, after a battle with cancer. Along with Ralf Hütter, Schneider (and later, a rotating cast of collaborators) formed Kraftwerk, which created the template for electronic music sound design, groove, and mythologizing the future in the 1970-80s. Impacting the sound of everyone from Afrika Bambaataa to LCD Soundsystem, Schneider’s immense influence endures.
“Conway’s LIFE changed mine, I think Conway himself thought it rather trivial, but for a nonmathematician like me, it was a shock to the intuition, a shattering revelation—to watch glorious complexity emerging from staid simplicity.”
– Musician Brian Eno, describing the sizeable impression John Conway’s Game of Life made on him
John Conway
Mathematician John Conway dies from COVID-19 related complications at a New Jersey nursing home. Known for his prolific contributions across number theory, game theory, probability theory, topology, and algebra, his Turing complete Game of Life endures as a foundational inspiration in both artifical life and computational art.
“I still think COVID-19 sounds like it’s a poorly-supported mid-2000s video codec.”
– Creative coder and Twitch streamer LunaSorcery, tweeting out what we’re all thinking

Operating under the rubric “connect online like it’s 1999,” this Faith Holland, Lorna Mills, and Wade Wallerstein-curated exhibition asks a big existential question of net art in the age of COVID-19: “Well Now WTF?” While it may not provide tangible answers, its 80-plus contributing artists (organizing in sardonically titled rooms including “stay home and masturbate” and “pants optional”) offer community, irreverence, and nostalgia—joyful respite during a moment of unprecedented isolation.

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