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“It shows us how the software structures of social media change not only what we read but how we read. As an aesthetic reductive interface experience, it provides renewed opportunities for agency within the systems we all find ourselves stuck inside.”
“The economy didn’t burn down, energy prices didn’t soar, the GDP didn’t drop, and unemployment didn’t spike. The economists making these estimates are the true alarmists in the debate.”
Kimchi and Chips co-founder Elliot Woods shares stunning simulation views of , the studio’s outdoor light art installation that premiered at the 2021 Another Moon NEW NOW Festival in Essen, Germany. Created in the 3D software Blender, the technical visualization shows how the architecture of 40 solar-powered laser projectors rendered a perfect sphere into the nights sky—a “second moon” visible from up to 1km away.
“This experiment could, therefore, confirm both
information conjectures and the existence of information as the fifth state of matter in the universe.”
Part of a series on AI in everyday life,
Steve Lohr explores the quest to end chatbot’s “spiral of misery.” The technology journalist notes that despite the fact that players including Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle saw decent growth in their chatbot markets this year, frustrating user experiences—a bot can’t discern or misinterprets commands—continue to mar interactions with AI. Surprisingly, training customer service chatbots is the frontline of making AI more competent, due to the vast number of call centre recordings and text interactions available to data scientists—systems like GM Financial’s chatbot Nanci are moving towards 75 percent query resolution. And where will this newfound efficiency be deployed? Healthcare. AI can “help us move from reactive sick care to proactive, predictive and personalized care,” says Anthem.ai’s Rajeev Ronanki.
Ełexiìtǫ ; Ehts’ǫǫ̀ / Connected ; Apart From Each Other, Casey Koycan’s installation about cultural transmission and memory, opens at Toronto’s InterAccess. In the work, speaker-containing logs are suspended from trusses, and pipe a mix of Dene drum, electronic instruments, guitar, and chanting into the gallery. “The resonance of sound and song from within the logs emphasize the steps towards finding the connection to culture,” writes the Tlicho Dene artist.
Exposing the deep links between technocapitalism and ecocide,
Joana Moll’s newest installation premieres at the Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) as part of her eponymous solo show. The Spanish artist and researcher correlates the exponential growth of CPUs with the dramatic decline of insect species in recent decades by arranging 19,125 pinned specimen images—from Intel’s 4004 to the Orchid Bee—into a large-scale mural. Inanimate Species
Findings from “Beyond Matter: Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality,” a project by
ZKM, Centre Pompidou, Museum Ludwig, and others, are posted. Hatched during the pandemic, they include research on exhibition web design and commissioning ‘born digital’ content. The initiative also fostered digitization experiments, including a playful AR version of Komar & Melamid’s Project For Lenin’s Statue (1993).
“The Terraforming was convened on behalf of new foundations for a viable planetary future. This takes on critical urgency when that future is put in direct peril. To ensure that the future is not canceled is a fight we cannot lose.”
American artist and “father of digital art and computer animation” (Smithsonian)
Charles ‘Chuck’ Csuri
dies aged 99 in Florida. Active since the 1960s, the widely recognized pioneer and educator’s legacy includes establishing several graphics research centers and founding one of the first CGI production companies.
The final chapter in
Meriem Bennani’s CGI film trilogy Life on the CAPS debuts at the University of Chicago’s The Renaissance Society as a video installation. A co-commission with Nottingham Contemporary, UK, the film returns to the series’ dystopian island world the artist based on research into island societies, biotechnology, and vernacular music. Protagonist Kamal gets a new body to fight for CAPS’ liberation—a cause impossible to solve within a single lifetime.
“I think the obsession with immutability and stable identity, which is being imposed on commercial blockchain projects, is very un-cyberfeminist and it’s very un-Satoshi Nakamoto. So that’s definitely a site of a struggle.”
“The way you position your antenna and even your body are recorded in the image as signal and noise. This means each image is unique to the person and place that created it.”
“KINETISMUS: 100 Years of Electricity in Art,” Kunsthalle Praha’s inaugural exhibition opens. A multi-generational affair, its scope spans Bauhaus to teamLab, bundling work as computer art, film, cybernetics, and kinetic art. Cleverly, 20th century pioneers like
Vladimir Bonačić (image: Random 63, 1969), László Moholy-Nagy, and Lillian F. Schwartz are matched up with contemporaries including Refik Anadol, Shilpa Gupta, and Olafur Eliasson.
“In a way, a peatland is less a land than a memory of what has existed on it—where life is not lost but preserved in muddy murk.”
“Nature × Humanity,” a celebration of
Oxman Architects’ biomorphic forms, opens at SFMOMA. Focused on the pressing question “what is the role of an architect in the age of climate change?,” Neri Oxman and collaborators present recent work exploring new materials and manufacturing techniques. Featured projects include a malformed chaise lounge and the masks (2018), through building- (image: Vespers Model for Gemini Cinema, 2021) and city-scale proposals.
“Sadly, I report that 51
Lifeforms have died.”
“Oceanic Thinking,” featuring
Monira Al Qadiri, Sancintya Mohini Simpson, SUPERFLEX (image: , 2019), and others, opens at The University of Queensland Art Museum in Australia. The kickoff of the multi-year Dive-In Blue Assembly project (which connects marine scientists and artists, as part of an UN initiative), the show invites viewers to “think together with these liquid, vast, biodiverse, and non-binary spaces to speculate our collective future.” Load More
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